Sheet metal worker

Sheet metal workers mark out, cut, shape and join sheet metal using hand or machine tools to make and repair sheet metal products and components (excluding vehicle bodywork).


  • Checks final product to ensure conformity with specifications.
  • Repairs damaged metal parts such as copper sheets and tubes by beating, riveting, soldering, welding and fitting replacement parts.
  • Finishes product by grinding, filing, cleaning and polishing.
  • Assembles prepared parts and joins them by bolting, welding or soldering.
  • Uses hand or machine tools to bend, roll, fold, press or beat cut sheet metal.
  • Uses template, measuring instruments and tools to mark out layout lines and reference points.
  • Examines drawings and specifications to assess job requirements.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 30% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for sheet metal worker is £24,551

400 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 400. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for sheet metal worker roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £24,551 per year. That is about £2,046 per month or £12.59 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,907, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,986

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 400 people are employed in the region.

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