Explore Careers - Job Market Report
Labourers in this unit group remove excess metal and unwanted materials from metal parts, castings and other metal products and perform other labouring activities. They are employed in structural steel, boiler and platework fabrication plants, heavy machinery manufacturing plants, sheet metal fabrication shops, shipbuilding and other metal products manufacturing companies.
chipper-grinder, forge helper, grinder-deburrer, labourer – metal fabrication, metal cleaner, metalworking machine helper, plater helper, shipfitter helper, shotblaster, wheelabrator operator.
- 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
- Immerse metal products in cleaning solutions
- Assist structural steel and platework fitters, sheet metal workers, metalworking machine operators or other metal workers
- Transport 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Labourers in Metal Fabrication in Southern Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Currently the chances of qualified Labourers in Metal Fabrication finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. Employment potential is fair locally because, although there is a wide spectrum of manufacturing industries that employ this position, the workforce remains stable with a potential supply of labour usually able to fulfil the industry's demands. The South Shore area saw a general improvement in the overall manufacturing sector in 2010.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Labourers in Metal Fabrication in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Labourers in Metal Fabrication (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- Tri-Star Industries, the Yarmouth-based company which produces ambulance vehicles, is in the process of hiring some of the 16 new workers anticipated as part of its expansion
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- The mink farming industry in Nova Scotia is turning record profits. Most of the province's 120 mink farms and 1,000 workers are in Digby County.
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Composite Atlantic Ltd. of Lunenburg has landed a contract to produce a composite wheel bin for airline fuselages. Some job growth at the company is expected.
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- Weymouth-based Lewis Mouldings and Wood Specialities, maker of various wood products, has received a loan from the provincial government to expand products and markets. The company employs 75 people and plans to add more with additional growth.
- Kings Produce Processing Ltd. has won a contract to make boxed lunches for soldiers at CFB Gagetown in Oromocto, N.B. The company employs 75 people in Middleton and has tripled its workforce in the past four years.
- Always Home Homecare, a care for seniors business based in Dartmouth, will open a satellite office in Liverpool in May 2013 and employ several homecare workers. Other satellite offices may follow in other parts of the province.
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