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Working As A Metal Finisher

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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $45,750

    Average Salary

What Does A Metal Finisher Do At JLG Industries

* Disassemble truck parts (essential if assigned to this task).
* Grind and sand surfaces of parts, cabs and bodies.
* Mix, apply, and remove body filler to uneven surfaces and defects in metal (scratches, gouges).
* Apply masking tape to cabs/bodies and parts prior to finishing.
* Perform quality checks of work performed

What Does A Metal Finisher Do At Prestige Staffing Services

* De-burring, grinding, sanding, and polishing parts
* Must be able to use basic inspection tools
* Must be able to read and interpret blue prints
* Good work history is a mustHours: Monday
* Friday: 7:00 am
* amPermanent, Direct HireExcellent benefits that begin on the 1st day of the month following start dateClean, Temperature controlled

What Does A Metal Finisher Do At Eaton Corporation

* Effectively manage the daily activities of all department employees.
* This includes performance management, coaching, development, support, and follow-up to all assigned team members to ensure effective leadership.
* Proactively implement, promote and maintain a safe working environment.
* Partner with support groups including EHS, Engineering, and Maintenance to ensure that adequate equipment is available and operated safely so as to adequately and efficiently conduct business.
* Implement and enforce all guidelines and practices employing effective leadership techniques and employee relation’s activities to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all people working at the facility.
* Identify and implement continuous improvement philosophies to achieve steady improvement in all metrics resulting improved delivery of the department high five scorecard and facility results.
* Conduct process checks within areas of responsibility and monitor performance Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost.
* Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with all stakeholder including customers, suppliers, contractors and key intra-company individuals to effectively manage the operation.
* Responsible for ensuring team members are effectively trained and provided the tools and resources to execute their job responsibilities adequately.
* Develops, motivates and coaches team members; acts as an employee advocate and interviews potential new hires.
* Fully engage workforce and drive change by empowering business partners with decision making and involvement.
* Effectively administer the shift start up meetings in area(s) of responsibility.
* This includes training, communication, and engagement of assigned team members and effectively delivering the required content.
* Counsel and coach employee behavior as necessary utilizing the employee guidebook, peers, and the Human Resources team to ensure firm, fair, and consistent application of Eaton Guidelines, Ethics, Values, and Philosophies

What Does A Metal Finisher Do At O'Neal Industries, Inc.

* Positions parts according to knowledge of unit being assembled or following prints.
* Fastens parts together with bolts, screws, speed clips, rivets, or other fasteners.
* Reads work order, follows oral instructions, checks print specifications to perform necessary processes.
* Loads and unloads materials onto or from pallets, trays, racks, and shelves by hand, fork truck, hoist, etc.
* Remove burrs from parts as required using various deburring tools.
* Conveys materials from storage or work sites to designated area for processing.
* Counts, weighs, and records number of units of materials moved or handled on work router.
* Attaches identifying tag or labels to materials or marks information on boxes, pallets, or other containers.
* Inspects workpiece for conformity to specifications.
* Stacks or assembles materials into bundles and bands bundles together.
* Cleans work area, machines, and equipment.
* Examines and feels surface of workpiece for defects.
* Records process used to run special set/ups in online GUI system
* Operates forktruck to move raw material and finished product.
* Cleans and organizes work area.
* Requirements

What Does A Metal Finisher Do At JLG Industries

* Inspect all parts and units to be painted
* Grind welds and fill, sand, and smooth all surfaces to be painted
* Apply Class A paint to fire apparatus and parts
* Repair all minor flaws and paint defects from wet sanding, blends, non-skid and pattern painting
* Clean and maintain paint booth
* Maintain related equipment such as paint guns, pumps, paint lines, etc
* Complete rework as needed

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How To Become A Metal Finisher

Sheet metal workers who work in construction typically learn their trade through an apprenticeship, while those who work in manufacturing often learn on the job or at a technical school.


Most sheet metal workers have a high school diploma or equivalent. Those interested in becoming a sheet metal worker should take high school classes in algebra, geometry, and general vocational education courses including blueprint reading, mechanical drawing, and welding.

Many technical schools have programs that teach welding and metalworking. These programs help provide the basic welding and sheet metal fabrication knowledge that many workers need to perform their job. 

Some manufacturers have partnerships with local technical schools to develop training programs specific to their factories.


Most construction sheet metal workers learn their trade through 4- or 5-year apprenticeships. Each year, apprentices must have 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and 144 to 320 hours of related technical instruction, depending on the program. Apprentices learn construction basics such as blueprint reading, math, building code requirements, and safety and first aid practices. Welding may be included as part of the training.

Although most construction workers enter apprenticeships directly after finishing high school, some start out as helpers before entering apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship programs are offered by unions and businesses. The basic qualifications for entering an apprenticeship program are being 18 years old and having a high school diploma or the equivalent. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.

After completing an apprenticeship program, sheet metal workers are considered to be journey workers who are qualified to perform tasks on their own.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, sheet metal workers can earn certifications for several of the tasks that they perform. For example, some sheet metal workers can become certified in welding from the American Welding Society. In addition, the International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry offers certification in building information modeling (BIM), welding, testing and balancing, and other related activities. The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, offers a certification in precision sheet metal work.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Sheet metal workers use computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) programs and building information modeling (BIM) systems as they design products and cut sheet metal.

Dexterity. Sheet metal workers need good hand-eye coordination and motor control to make precise cuts and bends in metal pieces. 

Math skills. Sheet metal workers must calculate the proper sizes and angles of fabricated sheet metal, as it is important to ensure the alignment and fit of ductwork.

Mechanical skills. Sheet metal workers use saws, lasers, shears, and presses to do their job. As a result, they should have good mechanical skills in order to operate and maintain equipment.

Physical stamina. Sheet metal workers in factories may spend many hours standing at their workstation.

Physical strength. Sheet metal workers must be able to lift and move ductwork that is often heavy and cumbersome. Some jobs require workers to be able to lift 50 pounds.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Polish

  • Dakota

  • Portuguese

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Top Metal Finisher Skills

  1. Different Departments
  2. Aluminum Oxide
  3. Sand Surfaces
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked full time for various anodizers to help organize different departments for increased production and improved efficiency.
  • Grind, file, or sand surfaces of automobile parts.
  • Metal grinding/finishing of stainless steel food and pharmaceutical equipment.
  • Performed mig and spot welding tasks subject to motor vehicle safety standard tests Operated complex robotic equipment
  • Repair imperfections in welds using TIG welding.

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