Sheet Metal Workers

Sheet metal workers fabricate, assemble, install, repair, and maintain ducts used for ventilating, air-conditioning, and heating systems. They also work with other articles of sheet metal, including roofing, siding, gutters, downspouts, partitions, chutes, and stainless steel kitchen and beverage equipment for restaurants. Not included in this group are employees in factories where sheet metal items are mass-produced on assembly lines. There are approximately 134,110 sheet metal workers in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Fabricate, assemble, install, repair, and maintain ducts used for ventilating, air-conditioning, and heating systems
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Independent Sheet Metal Contractor
  • Job Superintendent
  • Supervisor
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Apprentice or Helper

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