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Working As A Gutter Installer

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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Gutter Installer Do

Sheet metal workers fabricate or install products that are made from thin metal sheets, such as ducts used in heating and air conditioning systems.

Duties

Sheet metal workers typically do the following:

  • Select types of sheet metal according to plans
  • Measure and mark dimensions and reference lines on metal sheets
  • Drill holes in metal for screws, bolts, and rivets
  • Install metal sheets with supportive frameworks
  • Fabricate or alter parts at construction sites
  • Maneuver and anchor large sheet metal parts
  • Fasten seams or joints by welding, bolting, riveting, or soldering

Sheet metal is thin steel, aluminum, or other alloyed metal that is used in both manufacturing and construction. Sheet metal is commonly used to make ducts for heating and air conditioning systems, but it is also used to make products such as rain gutters, outdoor signs, and siding.

In addition to installing sheet metal, some workers install nonmetallic materials such as fiberglass and plastic board. 

The following are examples of types of sheet metal workers:

Fabrication sheet metal workers, sometimes called precision sheet metal workers, make precision sheet metal parts for a variety of industries, from power generation to medical device manufacturing. Most work in shops and factories, operating tools and equipment. In large-scale manufacturing, the work may be highly automated and repetitive. Many fabrication shops have automated machinery, such as computer-controlled saws, lasers, shears, and presses, which measure, cut, bend, and fasten pieces of sheet metal. Workers often use computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) and building information modeling (BIM) systems to make products. Some of these workers may be responsible for limited programming of the computers controlling their equipment. Workers who primarily program computerized equipment are called metal and plastic machine workers.

Installation sheet metal workers install heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts. They also install other sheet metal products, such as metal roofs, siding, and gutters. They typically work on new construction and on renovation projects. Information about workers who install or repair roofing systems can be found in the profile on roofers.

Maintenance sheet metal workers repair and clean ventilation systems so the systems use less energy. Workers remove dust and moisture and fix leaks or breaks in the sheet metal that makes up the ductwork.

Testing and balancing sheet metal specialists ensure that HVAC systems heat and cool rooms properly by adjusting sheet metal ducts to achieve proper airflow. Information on workers who install or repair HVAC systems can be found in the profile on heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers.

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How To Become A Gutter Installer

Sheet metal workers who work in construction typically learn their trade through an apprenticeship, while those who work in manufacturing often learn on the job or at a technical school.

Education

Most sheet metal workers have a high school diploma or equivalent. Those interested in becoming a sheet metal worker should take high school classes in algebra, geometry, and general vocational education courses including blueprint reading, mechanical drawing, and welding.

Many technical schools have programs that teach welding and metalworking. These programs help provide the basic welding and sheet metal fabrication knowledge that many workers need to perform their job. 

Some manufacturers have partnerships with local technical schools to develop training programs specific to their factories.

Training

Most construction sheet metal workers learn their trade through 4- or 5-year apprenticeships. Each year, apprentices must have 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and 144 to 320 hours of related technical instruction, depending on the program. Apprentices learn construction basics such as blueprint reading, math, building code requirements, and safety and first aid practices. Welding may be included as part of the training.

Although most construction workers enter apprenticeships directly after finishing high school, some start out as helpers before entering apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship programs are offered by unions and businesses. The basic qualifications for entering an apprenticeship program are being 18 years old and having a high school diploma or the equivalent. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.

After completing an apprenticeship program, sheet metal workers are considered to be journey workers who are qualified to perform tasks on their own.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, sheet metal workers can earn certifications for several of the tasks that they perform. For example, some sheet metal workers can become certified in welding from the American Welding Society. In addition, the International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry offers certification in building information modeling (BIM), welding, testing and balancing, and other related activities. The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, offers a certification in precision sheet metal work.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Sheet metal workers use computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) programs and building information modeling (BIM) systems as they design products and cut sheet metal.

Dexterity. Sheet metal workers need good hand-eye coordination and motor control to make precise cuts and bends in metal pieces. 

Math skills. Sheet metal workers must calculate the proper sizes and angles of fabricated sheet metal, as it is important to ensure the alignment and fit of ductwork.

Mechanical skills. Sheet metal workers use saws, lasers, shears, and presses to do their job. As a result, they should have good mechanical skills in order to operate and maintain equipment.

Physical stamina. Sheet metal workers in factories may spend many hours standing at their workstation.

Physical strength. Sheet metal workers must be able to lift and move ductwork that is often heavy and cumbersome. Some jobs require workers to be able to lift 50 pounds.

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Average Length of Employment
Siding Installer 2.9 years
Gutter 2.4 years
Installer 2.4 years
Granite Installer 2.4 years
Gutter Installer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Gutter Installer
Cashier 10.4%
Carpenter 6.1%
Installer 5.5%
Roofer 5.5%
Cook 4.7%
Painter 4.3%
Landscaper 3.1%
Assembler 2.9%
Top Careers After Gutter Installer
Installer 6.3%
Driver 5.8%
Cashier 5.8%
Roofer 5.6%
Carpenter 5.3%
Technician 4.9%
Painter 4.1%
Cook 3.4%
Landscaper 3.4%
Owner 3.2%
Welder 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$53,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Installed Building Products
Highest Paying City
Cedar Rapids, IA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Gutter Installer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Gutter Installer in the United States is $53,373 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

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Top Skills for A Gutter Installer

  1. Seamless Gutters
  2. Gutter Installation
  3. New Gutters
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed seamless gutters; including downspouts, elbows and other gutter related products on both new and existing homes and buildings.
  • Gutter installation/Roofer for Residential, commercial, and government buildings.
  • Climbed on ladder and installed new gutters to house, then installed new downspouts after new gutters were installed.
  • Followed all safety procedures required.
  • Installed rain gutters on residential/commercial dwellings while ensuring complete customer satisfaction.

Gutter Installer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.3%

Unknown

9.9%

Female

4.8%
Ethnicity

White

67.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

10.0%

Asian

5.4%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.7%

German

9.1%

Polish

9.1%

Carrier

9.1%
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Gutter Installer Education

Schools

Trident Technical College

8.2%

Hawkeye Community College

8.2%

Ashworth College

6.6%

Liberty University

6.6%

University of Phoenix

6.6%

Lincoln College of Technology - Denver

6.6%

Chattahoochee Technical College

6.6%

The Academy

6.6%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

4.9%

Atlanta Technical College

4.9%

Atlantic Cape Community College

4.9%

Martin University

3.3%

Des Moines Area Community College

3.3%

Ohio University -

3.3%

Jefferson College

3.3%

Bates Technical College

3.3%

Alexandria Technical College

3.3%

Florida Department of Education

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.3%
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Majors

Business

15.8%

Automotive Technology

11.3%

General Studies

9.5%

Criminal Justice

7.7%

Precision Metal Working

7.2%

Computer Science

5.4%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.5%

Information Technology

3.6%

Construction Management

3.6%

Communication

3.2%

Engineering

3.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.2%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Psychology

2.7%

Medical Assisting Services

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Fine Arts

2.3%

Fire Science And Protection

2.3%

Finance

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

52.0%

Associate

19.1%

Bachelors

15.1%

Certificate

8.6%

Diploma

2.3%

Masters

2.1%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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