Occupation Profile for Sheet Metal Workers

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; inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces.


$37,360.00 Median Annual Wage 6,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
7.1 Average Unemployment Percentage 63.4 Percentage That Completed High School
189,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 32.4 Percentage That Had Some College
201,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 4.2 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Air Conditioning Installer, Sheet Metal
Aircraft Metalsmith
Angle Bender
Apprentice, Coppersmith
Apprentice, Duct Installer, Sheetmetal
Apprentice, Metalsmith
Apprentice, Sheet Metal Worker
Apprentice, Tinsmith
Assembler, Sheet Metal
Aviation Metalsmith
Beam Worker
Ceiling Installer
Chute Builder
Cornice Maker
Duct Installer, Air Conditioning or Heating
Duct Installer, Metal Work
Duralumin Metalworker
Extrusion Former
Fairing Man
Fairing Worker
Field Installer
Furnace Installer, Sheet Metal Work
Gutter Hanger
Gutter Installer
Hood Maker
HVAC Sheet Metal Installer (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Installer)
HVAC Sheet Metal Specialist (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Specialist)
HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician)
Journeyman Sheetmetal Worker
Layer Out
Layout Worker
Mechanic, Air Duct
Mechanic, Dural
Mechanic, Duralumin
Mechanic, Sheet Metal
Metal Ceiling Builder
Metal Ceiling Hanger
Metal Worker
Sheet Metal Apprentice
Sheet Metal Duct Installer
Sheet Metal Erector
Sheet Metal Fabricator
Sheet Metal Former
Sheet Metal Installer
Sheet Metal Lay Out Worker
Sheet Metal Layout Mechanic
Sheet Metal Mechanic
Sheet Metal Operator
Sheet Metal Smith
Sheet Metal Worker
Sheet Metal Worker Apprentice
Sheetmetal Fabricator
Sheetmetal Worker
Shop Assistant
Spouting Installer
Technician, Sheet Metal
Template Fitter
Template Layout Worker
Tin Worker

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Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Core — Shape metal material over anvils, blocks, or other forms, using hand tools.
  • Core — 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.
  • Core — Transport prefabricated parts to construction sites for assembly and installation.
  • Core — Maneuver completed units into position for installation, and anchor the units.
  • Supplemental — Develop and lay out patterns that use materials most efficiently, using computerized metalworking equipment to experiment with different layouts.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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