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Architectural Cladder

Architectural cladders apply materials to the outside of buildings or structures to insulate them or make them more durable.

Also Known As

Architectural Sheet Metal Worker, Decker, Industrial Cladder, Industrial Insulator, Industrial Sider, Metal Roofer, Residential Cladder, Sheeter

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Sheet Metal Workers (7261);  Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers (7441) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Sheet Metal Workers (H321);  Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers (H531) 
  • 2011 NOC: Sheet metal workers (7233);  Residential and commercial installers and servicers (7441) 
  • 2016 NOC: Sheet metal workers (7233);  Residential and commercial installers and servicers (7441) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Sheet Metal Workers

2006 NOC: 7261

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to measure and mark sheet metal, and to operate computerized laser and plasma cutting equipment to cut sheet metal; and in developing patterns for sheet metal using computer assisted design and drafting (CAD) software

METHODICAL

Interest in grinding and buffing seams, joints and rough surfaces

INNOVATIVE

Interest in compiling information to inspect product quality and installation to ensure products conform to specifications and building codes

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers

2006 NOC: 7441

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating equipment and tools to install and service interior and exterior prefabricated products

METHODICAL

Interest in comparing information to measure and mark guidelines for installations

innovative

Interest in repairing and servicing interior and exterior prefabricated products

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Duties
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Architectural cladders apply materials such as steel, copper, brass, aluminum, fiberglass, plastic and composite materials to buildings and structures.

In general, architectural cladders:

  • Interpret blueprints and building drawings
  • Figure out what materials to use
  • Plan tasks
  • Operate and work from mobile elevated platforms
  • Install insulation, cladding and seam roofing
  • Measure, cut and prepare materials for assembly
  • Fit and join cladding materials with riveting, welding, soldering and other tools
  • Cut, drill, punch, bend and shape sheet metal and other materials using tools such as hand and power sheers and snips, laser cutters and light metal-working equipment
  • Inspect finished products to make sure standards and quality are met
  • Keep a clean and orderly work area
  • Follow safety standards and procedures

Architectural cladders may work from verbal instructions or blueprints. They may also design projects themselves.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 31, 2018
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg

Architectural cladders work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. They make some products in a shop and install them at construction sites. Some products, such as roofing and siding, must be cut onsite.

A 40-hour workweek is normal. Overtime is sometimes needed to meet deadlines.

Architectural cladders may need to do a lot of bending, reaching and working at heights or in cramped spaces.

Traits & Skills
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Architectural cladders need:

  • Patience, dependability and accuracy
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Spatial awareness
  • See objects in 3D
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Manual dexterity
  • The ability to stand for long periods
  • The ability to work in high, awkward and noisy places

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Sheet metal workers

2011 NOC: 7233

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 41 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Nov 01, 2021 and Sep 25, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Measure and mark sheet metal according to template
Read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and specifications
Cut materials using power tools or by hand
Fit and join sheet metal parts
Operate metalworking machines to cut, punch, drill, shape or straighten sheet metal
Personal Suitability: Dependability
Specialization or Experience: Custom sheet metal items
Health benefits: Health care plan
Health benefits: Dental plan
Install sheet metal products according to specifications and building codes

Residential and commercial installers and servicers

2011 NOC: 7441

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Nov 01, 2021 and Sep 25, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Tasks: Install, repair and service interior or exterior prefabricated products
Tasks: Measure and mark guidelines to be used for installations
Tasks: Utilize hand and power tools
Tasks: Determine layout and installation procedures
Tasks: Read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and specifications
Attention to detail
Tasks: Load and unload trucks with supplies and equipment
Construction Specialization: Team player
Construction Specialization: Reliability
Work Setting: Installation
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 31, 2018
  • Minimum Education Varies

Employers prefer to hire people who have previous experience in cladding. They also look for those who have:

  • The ability to learn
  • The willingness to obey safety policies
  • English skills
  • A valid Class 5 driver’s licence

Construction Safety Training System (CSTS), Fall Protection, and other safety certifications are an asset.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 31, 2018
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Most architectural cladders work for:

  • Construction companies
  • Sheet metal, roofing or insulation contractors
  • Fabrication workshops

Since most architectural cladders in Alberta work in construction, their job prospects change along with economic conditions.

Experienced architectural cladders may specialize in design and layout. Or they may focus on estimating. They may advance to supervisory positions or start their own businesses.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 7233: Sheet metal workers occupational group, 87.6% of people work in:

In the 7441: Residential and commercial installers and servicers occupational group, 80.3% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 7233: Sheet metal workers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.3% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 39 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

In Alberta, the 7441: Residential and commercial installers and servicers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.6% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 117 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 31, 2018

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Sheet metal workers

2016 NOC: 7233
Average Wage
$35.13
Per Hour
Average Salary
$71,558.00
Per Year
Average Hours
39.7
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 7233 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.40 $46.11 $31.17 $32.00
Overall $22.00 $49.28 $35.13 $35.00
Top $28.00 $51.36 $41.23 $41.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Construction
ALL INDUSTRIES
Public Administration
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
70%
70%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
23%
23%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
1%
1%
Vacancy Rate
N/A

Residential and commercial installers and servicers

2016 NOC: 7441
Average Wage
$25.49
Per Hour
Average Salary
$51,335.00
Per Year
Average Hours
38.9
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.8
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 7441 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $31.38 $19.91 $19.00
Overall $18.94 $38.46 $25.49 $25.00
Top $24.00 $38.00 $30.05 $30.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Construction
Wholesale Trade
ALL INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing
Retail Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
68%
68%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
49%
49%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
6%
6%
Vacancy Rate
2%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Alberta Construction Association website: albertaconstruction.net

Alberta Cladding and Decking Association website: www.ac-da.com

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit alis.alberta.ca, or visit an or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Dec 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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