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Sheet Metal Technology

A sheet metal technician interprets drawings, develops suitable patterns, cuts and forms sheet materials into complex shapes and assemblies both manually and by machine. He or she works in a range of materials including ferrous and non-ferrous materials and therefore needs to understand the joining and fastening of all of these materials.

Sheet metal technicians work in factories and workshops specifically equipped with a range of hand tools, power tools and specialist machines capable of forming and assembling sheet metal into simple and complex shapes.

Sheet metal workers interpret drawings and transfer dimensions to sheet materials and sections to meet the required specification. Sheet metal workers develop patterns both manually and using CAD to allow materials to be formed into the correct shapes. Formed panels are sometimes connected to box section frameworks to form assemblies to suit the required purpose.

Sheet metal workers may be required to programme forming and shaping machinery and operate this machinery to fabricate accurately shaped panels and assemblies.

A sheet metal worker will need to be proficient in a range of joining and fastening processes including metal active gas, Tungsten Inert Gas and resistance spot welding processes. Assemblies can be arranged using hot work processes or cold fixings such as riveting, screwing and bonding.

A sheet metal worker will manually assemble, dress and finish sheet metal panels and assemblies using a range of hand and bench tools.

A sheet metal worker will be able to operate all types of welding equipment, manual and CNC forming equipment, sheet metal hand fabrication and dressing tools as well as a range of power operated tools. A sheet metal worker will use a computer to develop patterns for machine use as well as manually developing simple patterns on a drawing board.

Sheet metal workers serve a wide range of sectors including the marine, aviation, food, pharmaceutical, ventilation, transport, architectural and furniture industries.


Standards Specification

The WorldSkills Standards Specification specifies the knowledge, understanding and specific skills that underpin international best practice in technical and vocational performance. It should reflect a shared global understanding of what the associated work role(s) or occupation(s) represent for industry and business.

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WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

Gold
Daniel Oliveira Gomes
Brazil


Silver
YUNG-HSIANG CHANG
Chinese Taipei


Silver
Hyeon Jun Won
Korea


WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

Gold
CHENG-CHIA KAO
Chinese Taipei


Silver
Kleber Santos
Brazil


Silver
Jin Mu Hong
Korea


WorldSkills London 2011

Gold
SHENG-PIN LO
Chinese Taipei


Gold
Yong Jae Jeon
Korea


Bronze
Tatsuya Matsui
Japan


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