What Sheet Metal Workers Do Sheet metal workers fabricate or install products that are made from thin metal sheets, such as ducts used for heating and air conditioning.
Work Environment Sheet metal workers often lift heavy materials and stand for long periods. Those who install sheet metal often must bend, climb, and squat, sometimes in awkward positions. Most work full time.
How to Become a Sheet Metal Worker Although most sheet metal workers, particularly those in construction, learn their trade through an apprenticeship, those who work in manufacturing often learn on the job or at a technical college.
Pay The median annual wage for sheet metal workers was $43,290 in May 2012.
Job Outlook Employment of sheet metal workers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be particularly good for sheet metal workers who complete apprenticeship training or those who are certified welders.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Sheet Metal Workers,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/sheet-metal-workers.htm (visited May 12, 2014).
A worker marks metal before drilling holes
Sheet metal workers typically do the following: