3 Ways the World Relies on Metal Workers
The modern world relies on metalwork in so many ways
Look around you. From where you are, what amazing things can you see that have something to do with metal?
This article pays tribute to the amazing sheet metal workers who help build our nation.
Metal work has been around since prehistoric times, when man picked up a stone to fashion metal. The ancient Egyptians were skilled sheet metal fabricators who made amazing gold and silver artefacts.
It was sheet metal work that made the armour of the King Arthur's knights. Pressing, rolling and cutting technology was invented by Leonardo da Vinci during the renaissance.
Henry Ford wouldn’t be able to produce cars if it wasn’t for the assembly lines that sheet metal made possible. Without them, he probably would have gone for faster horses.
Fast forward to the present and the world would not survive without metal.
Here are three industries today that depend on metal workers.
Welding is the cornerstone activity of any construction project
Sheet metal workers are unique in the construction industry because they are the only trade that design, manufacture, and install their own products.
Architectural sheet metal workers work with other building trade professionals to ensure the integrity of a structure. Some of the activities include welding, cutting, caulking, fastening, hoisting, rigging, and repairing.
There are 70,000 building and construction companies in Australia.
Each one of them employs sheet metal workers
Without them we would not have Q1. Or our Eureka moment!
Welders make up over half of employment in the manufactuing industry
Fabrication is the process of creating a metal product from design to finish.
Sheet metal workers, welders and boilermakers help produce all the things the rest of us take for granted in our lives. Like the cars we drive. Or the airplanes that fly us from place to place. Or the sophisticated medical equipment that treat us.
Sheet metal workers don't just work with their hands. They need analytical and mathematical skills to read plans and to determine the precise combinations of materials to use. Some of them also need to be computer-literate and must be able to use CADD software and BIM models.
MIG Flux cored welding in Slow-mo
Sheet metal workers work with mammoth CNC machinery and specialised tools like computer-aided saws, laser cutters, grinders and sheers to measure, cut, bend, shape and attach precise pieces of metal together.
Welders join together the pieces of metal, glass or plastic with precision tools like benders, chipping hammers, grinders, TIG consumables, and grips.
If it's a piece of machinery that requires steam function, the boilermaker is the craft tradesman to cut, shape, assemble and weld steel to construct the metal pieces needed to build the boiler structure.
Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning
Sheet metal workers are the specialists in all heating, ventilation, air-conditioning of commercial buildings, residential homes and even automobiles.
They are not just builders and installers. They are also trained on Testing, Adjusting and Balancing. They understand about air quality control, energy management and service and repairs.
Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) is a word synonymous with the sheet metal profession because they are the professionals we have to thank for keeping Australians cool in summer and warm in winters.
So who are the real ‘men of steel’? The sheet metal workers of course.
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