Labourers in metal fabrication (NOC 9612)

About this job

Labourers in metal fabrication:

  • remove excess metal and unwanted materials from metal parts, castings and other metal products and do other labouring activities
  • work in structural steel, boiler and platework fabrication plants, heavy machinery manufacturing plants, sheet metal fabrication shops, shipbuilding and other metal products manufacturing companies
Common job titles
  • assembler, nut and bolt
  • battery lead burner
  • bench hand, machine shop
  • bending machine
  • buffer, hand / metal
  • burnisher


Labourers in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • read and interpret work orders
  • operate metal cleaning equipment such as wheelabrators, deburrers and shotblasters to remove excess welds, rust, scale and other material from surfaces of metal parts, castings and other metal products
  • polish metal products to mirror finish
  • put metal products in cleaning solutions
  • help structural steel and platework fitters, sheet metal workers, metalworking machine operators or other metal workers
  • carry raw materials and finished metal products manually or using hoists or other devices
  • sort metal sheets and parts, scrap metal and other materials
  • clean work areas and equipment
  • load and unload vehicles using hand truck or dolly
  • may cut, grind or chip excess metal from metal products using hand tools

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor plant environment.
  • Working with machinery may be a source of injury.
  • Labourers may be exposed to flying metal particles and noise.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is some movement between occupations in this group.

Progression to metalworking machine operator positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.