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Careers

Looking for a career in sheet metal fabrication? We’re actively recruiting for both experienced and trainee Sheet Metal Workers to join our pack. Take a look at our open vacancies below.

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Sheet metal fabrication careers

Life at Universal Wolf

At Universal Wolf, we welcome new members of the pack. We will nurture your talent, reward your dedication and teach you to do exceptional things. As a business, we’re committed to developing our people.

At Universal Wolf, collaboration is key. We support, encourage and back each other as we work to create the very best experience for our customers. We are always looking for ways to work better and smarter and welcome suggestions from colleagues on how we can make improvements to our processes.

Our work is varied – we create many different products and supply a range of sectors, so there’s always something interesting to get stuck into.

Read on to learn about life at Universal Wolf, our company benefits, and to hear from some of our fantastic colleagues.

Completely new to metalwork? Don’t worry, we’ll train you up!

Universal Wolf colleagues come from all walks of life. While we have welcomed many experienced Sheet Metal Workers to the pack over the years, we’re also keen to hear from those who come from a completely different background.

For some, that might look like an apprenticeship instead of continuing classroom-based learning after school years. For others, it could mean a total switch of sector and career.

Ryan Healy joined us as an apprentice having completed his City & Guilds Level Three training in college, and is now a fully qualified Sheet Metal Worker. Ryan has always been intrigued by welding, and by watching something come together from a pile of metal on a pallet, to structures several metres tall and wide.

“I was obsessed with Lego as a child and building things from it. Really, at its base, that’s what metal fabrication is – you have your metalwork pieces, your Standard Operating Procedures, and your technical drawings to show what it will look like once it’s been built. Granted, it’s a bit more complicated than that – but as long as you’ve got the patience to learn how to fabricate properly and how to read technical drawings, there’s no reason at all why you can’t excel at a career in sheet metal working.”

Ryan Healy, Sheet Metal Worker at Universal Wolf
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What does a Sheet Metal Worker / Trainee Sheet Metal Worker do?

Our Sheet Metal Workers are the people who take customer products from a 2D to a 3D structure. Once it has passed through the early stages – Profiling, CNC Machining, and Bending to name a few – the metal is then welded together to create the finished, fabricated item.

As a Sheet Metal Worker, you’ll be working on product for many different customers across a range of sectors. Variety is the spice of life, as they say; and we certainly have plenty of that here!

Our Trainee Sheet Metal Workers complete an intensive 6-week training course with our Welding and Fabrication Lead, Melanie Stewart. Over the course of the six weeks, our trainees learn the fundamentals of sheet metal fabrication, before then transitioning to work on real, live customer projects.

Take a look at this short video from our colleague Steven McClenaghan, who recently moved into a Trainee Sheet Metal Worker role from our sister company Tharsus.

Find a career that stands out from the pack

Melanie Stewart, Welding & Fabrication Lead

Melanie Stewart is our Welding and Fabrication Lead. She is responsible for maintaining industrial and quality welding standards; driving improvements in our welding processes and the training that goes with them. She is also heavily involved in Continuous Improvement across the business, with a focus on welding and fabrication.

Mel also leads our Trainee Program, teaching our new recruits the key skills they need to get their careers as Sheet Metal Workers off to a flying start.

Mel has travelled the world as a Quality Engineer, working offshore and in locations including Mexico, Qatar, and Russia. She brings a passion for welding and a keen eye for detail, which she uses to drive continuous improvement and ensure we are always delivering the very best for our customers.

Mel says:

“When I first started my career, a woman working in welding was a rarity and it was very difficult to progress. I’m pleased to say that things have changed dramatically since then! Universal Wolf has given me the opportunity to truly be a leader and contribute to the business.”

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Universal Wolf's Metal Profiling Production Supervisor Craig McFall

Craig McFall, Supervisor

Craig has been with Universal Wolf for more than seven years, joining as a time-served Welder Fabricator. Craig joined our Grow our Own programme, which is designed to provide colleagues with further training in their current role, or the opportunity to learn something different in a new department. He has since been promoted to Team Leader and then Production Supervisor.

“For me, Universal Wolf has allowed me to push myself further and realise my ambitions. We work as a pack and will always back each other to master that new skill, solve that problem or take the next step forward in your career.”

Varied Work for a Company that Cares

We’re proud to have a number of colleagues who have been with the business for a significant amount of time.

Scott Westaway joined Universal Wolf back in 2014 as a Sheet Metal Worker. He is a great example of how our colleagues can develop and progress in their careers. As part of Universal Wolf’s Grow Our Own programme, Scott is now Team Leader in General Fabrication, looking after a team of Sheet Metal Workers.

Scott says:

“I love the variety of work that Universal Wolf offers. Each day is different, and its not always easy – but we’re always up for the challenge!”

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Two engineers working in Universal Wolf's metal profiling service

Perks and Benefits

As you might expect from a top employer, we have plenty of good stuff to offer, and we’re always working on our Colleague Benefits package:

  • 25 days of annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Annual leave purchasing scheme
  • Long service annual leave recognition
  • Your birthday off
  • Flexible working including a 4-day week and flexi start & finish
  • Matched pension contributions up to 6% and Pension Exchange
  • Employee Assistance Programme for colleague wellbeing
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity & shared parental leave
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted Gym
  • Savings Scheme

We also offer our colleagues:

  • The chance to earn £1,000 if they introduce a new colleague to the business
  • Internal development opportunities
  • Fully supported learning and training

How to Apply

At Universal Wolf, we bring passionate people together to do incredible things. We are proudly ambitious and unafraid to challenge. We support, encourage and back each other, creating exceptional experiences for our customers.

We work together as a Better, Smarter, Pack.

Think you could be the next member of the wolf pack? Take a look at our open vacancies above.

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