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Sheet Metal Workers

Also called: Sheet Metal Mechanic; Sheet Metal Worker; Journeyman Sheetmetal Worker; HVAC Sheet Metal Installer (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Installer)

What they do:
Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.
On the job, you would:
  • Determine project requirements, including scope, assembly sequences, and required methods and materials, according to blueprints, drawings, and written or verbal instructions.
  • Lay out, measure, and mark dimensions and reference lines on material, such as roofing panels, according to drawings or templates, using calculators, scribes, dividers, squares, and rulers.
  • Fasten seams or joints together with welds, bolts, cement, rivets, solder, caulks, metal drive clips, or bonds to assemble components into products or to repair sheet metal items.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Business
  • management
  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • using math to solve problems
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • notice when problems happen
Spatial
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Parametric Technology Pro/ENGINEER software
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Applied Production ProFab
  • JETCAM Expert
Spreadsheet software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$43,290
per year, on average
Green
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