Sheet Metal Worker
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 setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet meta, 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. Typical tasks*:
- 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.
- Install assemblies, such as flashing, pipes, tubes, heating and air conditioning ducts, furnace casings, rain gutters, or downspouts in supportive frameworks.
- Convert blueprints into shop drawings to be followed in the construction or assembly of sheet metal products.
- Fabricate or alter parts at construction sites, using shears, hammers, punches, or drills.
- Select gauges or types of sheet metal or nonmetallic material, according to product specifications.
- Maneuver completed units into position for installation and anchor the units.
- Transport prefabricated parts to construction sites for assembly and installation.
- Drill and punch holes in metal for screws, bolts, and rivets.
It is expected that there will be up to 48,900 sheet metal worker job openings through 2022.*
Education and Training
45% of sheet metal workers possess some college education. Learn more about HVAC training at Charter College
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Sheet Metal Workers. Retrieved 5/15/15, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/47-2211.00