mark out, shape, form and join sheetmetal and other materials to make products and components.
studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job, material and equipment requirements
selecting metal stock, such as stainless steel, galvanised iron, mild steel, aluminium and copper, and checking sizes, gauges and other dimensions of metal stock against specifications
marking out metal stock with reference points and lines, using templates, gauges and other measuring instruments
cutting metal stock along guidelines using hand and power shears, guillotines and drills
shaping and forming cut metal stock into products using folding and bending machines, rollers, presses and hammers
fitting and assembling components into final products by welding, riveting, soldering, brazing and otherwise joining
finishing products by polishing, filing, sanding and cleaning assembled products
may repair damaged sheetmetal products and components
may specialise in fabrication, or on-site assembly and installation, of sheetmetal products
may produce aircraft sheet metal components requiring advanced drawing and calculating skills
may specialise in decorative copperwork
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
In New Zealand:
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.