Career Information Hotline

Toll Free 1-800-661-3753

Edmonton 780-422-4266

Guest Account Sign In Sign Up

Architectural Cladder

Architectural cladders apply fabricated material to the outside of buildings or structures to enhance a building’s durability or for insulation purposes.

  • Avg. Salary $53,233.00
  • Avg. Wage $24.01
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 8,100
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

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

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

67%
67%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Architectural Cladder is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Sheet Metal Workers
NOC code: 7261
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

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 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 More

Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers
NOC code: 7441
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

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 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 More

Duties
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Architectural cladders apply many types of materials to buildings and structures including steel, copper, brass, aluminum, fiberglass and plastic materials.

Architectural cladders generally:

  • read and interpret blueprints and building drawings
  • determine the materials required and plan subsequent tasks
  • operate and work from mobile elevated platforms
  • install building insulation, cladding and seam roof
  • measure, cut and prepare materials for assembly
  • fit and join cladding materials with riveting, welding, soldering and similar equipment
  • cut, drill, punch, bend and shape sheet metal or other materials using tools, such as hand and power sheers and snips, laser cutting equipment and light metal-working equipment
  • inspect finished product to ensure specified standards and quality is maintained
  • maintain a clean and orderly work area
  • comply with safety standards and procedures.

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

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Architectural cladders work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. They make some products in a shop and install them at construction sites. Other products, such as roofing and siding, have to be measured and cut on site.

A 40-hour work week is normal, but overtime may be required to meet construction deadlines.

Considerable bending, reaching, working at heights or in cramped spaces may be required. Lifting and moving items that weigh over 20 kilograms also may be required.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Architectural cladders need the following characteristics:

  • patience, dependability and accuracy
  • mechanical aptitude
  • spatial and form perception
  • hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
  • the ability to visualize a finished product from a drawing
  • the ability to stand for long periods and work in high, awkward and noisy places
  • the ability to work and communicate with others.
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Employers prefer to hire people who have previous experience in cladding and have:

  • the ability to learn and obey company safety policy
  • the ability to work at heights
  • good English-language skills
  • valid Class 5 driver’s license.

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

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Most architectural cladders are employed by:

  • residential, commercial and industrial construction companies
  • sheet metal, roofing, air conditioning or heating contractors
  • fabrication workshops.

Since most architectural cladders employed in Alberta work in the construction industry, employment prospects change with changing economic conditions.

Experienced architectural cladders may become specialists in design and layout work, or in estimating the cost of installations. They may advance to supervisory positions or go into business for themselves.

In Alberta, architectural cladders are part of two larger 2011 National Occupational Classifications, 7261: Sheet metal workers and 7441: Residential and commercial installers and servicers.

85% of people employed as Sheet metal workers occupational group work in the following industries:

85% of people employed in the Residential and commercial installers and servicers work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 3,000 Albertans are employed in the Sheet metal workers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.7% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 21 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As architectural cladders form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for architectural cladders.

Over 7,500 Albertans are employed in the Residential and commercial installers and servicers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.6% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 45 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As architectural cladders form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for architectural cladders.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 2016
Residential and commercial installers and servicers
NOC code: 7441

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $14.00 $26.80 $19.93 $19.00
Overall $16.00 $32.22 $24.01 $24.00
Top $22.00 $40.00 $29.11 $27.00

Swipe left and right to view all data. Scroll left and right to view all data.

* 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.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Construction
Manufacturing
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Retail Trade
Wholesale Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

67%
67%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

69%
69%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

17%
17%

2015 Vacancy Rate

4%
Related High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Construction
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Alberta Construction Association website: albertaconstruction.net

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

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 26, 2015. 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.

Was this page useful?
Top