Automotive Sheet Metal Worker

Automotive sheet metal workers cut and shape sheet metal components into the correct forms and sizes for the bodywork of vehicles. 


Automotive sheet metal workers cut and rivet sheet metal, applying heat treatment. They finish off the sheet metal by joining, filing, sanding and smoothing it down. They use electrical and gas welding techniques to join soft steel of different thickness.

Automotive sheet metal workers often have to draw plans, according to which the parts are cut and put together. It is important that the components fit together exactly. They need to know about the qualities of different metals, since decisions must be made as to the correct type of metal to be used. 

They usually work indoors in a workshop and mostly at a bench. Neon or indirect lighting is often used to soften the glare reflecting from the bright surface of the sheet metal. The work is of a relatively clean nature but the hammering can cause some noise.


Personal Requirements

  • at least 16 years old
  • enjoy working with your hands
  • mathematical aptitude, since geometrical principles are constantly applied
  • knowledge of and interest in metals
  • able to work accurately and neatly
  • good eye-hand coordination
  • good health and physical fitness
  • good vision and colour discrimination


Employment

  • motor vehicle manufacturers
  • bus body building companies
  • automotive body repair shops


Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation work in a motor manufacturing or bus building concern
  • make an appointment to speak to an automotive sheet metal worker about this type of career


Programmes

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