Job prospects Sheet Metal Worker in Ontario

Job opportunities for Sheet metal workers (NOC 7233) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a sheet metal worker.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Job opportunities in Ontario

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Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Sheet metal workers (NOC 7233) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

The majority of sheet metal workers work in the construction industry, mainly as speciality trade contractors. These tradespersons often work for plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors to install sheet metal products such as ductwork, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.

The demand for workers in this occupation will likely remain favourable over the forecast period, as the construction industry should see a fair level of activity. Job opportunities in this field largely depend on the amount of new housing, non-residential, and infrastructure construction. While residential construction will ease in 2019, higher population growth continues to support housing developments such as condominiums in some of Ontario's largest urban centres. On the non-residential side, steady business activity should bode well for this occupation, as commercial construction stays moderate. These tradespersons may also find opportunities to install ventilation and refrigeration units in manufacturing plants such as food processing facilities in southern Ontario. Infrastructure investments in public facilities and transit lines will require these workers to setup exhausts, ventilation, heating and cooling systems at buildings, stations and terminals.

Sheet metal workers will have to repair and replace existing air handling systems, which will help support job prospects in this trade. In addition, there is a growing demand for more energy efficient heating and cooling systems. This will lead to new opportunities as households and businesses choose to upgrade ventilation systems and adapt greater building automation tools.

Outside of construction, a fair number of these tradespersons work in the manufacturing industry to produce fabricated metal goods such as architectural and structural products. Many of the goods produced are used by the construction industry so demand for these products should remain steady, supporting job prospects for those employed in manufacturing.

There are two skilled trades associated with this occupation in the province–sheet metal worker and residential (low rise) sheet metal installer. Since this is a compulsory skilled trade in the province, the labour pool will consist of registered apprentices or individuals that hold trade certification in this field. The number of registered apprenticeship certificates has been rather steady for the sheet metal workers' trade group in Ontario over the last few years. This trade group continues to attract a fair number of registrations, with a relatively high number of new registration records as of late.

Some employers prefer candidates that have a Gas Technician Certificate (G1, G2, or G3) obtained through the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA). Job seekers may also need to be familiar with various welding techniques such as shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW/MIG), or gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Individuals may need to be familiar with various safety protocols such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). Workers in this occupation often have to travel to various sites so a valid driver's licence may be required. There is some seasonality associated with this occupation with more opportunities during the spring and summer months. Tradespersons who work at heights must complete a provincially required working at heights training program.

Here are some key facts about Sheet metal workers in the Ontario region:

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