Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades

Those who work in these occupations make and install products from large sheets of metal, particularly in heating and ventilation, among other areas of building. These occupations include: welders, sheet metal workers, ironworkers, blacksmiths, die setters, boilermakers and structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters.


  • High school diploma.
  • Successful completion of an apprenticeship program and certification in the trade.
  • Blacksmiths and die setters usually require several years of experience as forging machine operators.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will continue to be impacted by natural resource development in the NWT. As a result there will be high employment levels during these projects. Most of these jobs will be medium-term, and fall slightly over the long term.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 10.2% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 39.8% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 49.1% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 10.2% live in other communities. About 43.5% are employed in the Construction industry and 32.4% in the Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction sector.