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Become A Sheet Metal Mechanic

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Working As A Sheet Metal Mechanic

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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

  • $21,747

    Average Salary

What Does A Sheet Metal Mechanic Do

A Sheet Metal Mechanic fabricates and installs products that are made from metal sheets. They prepare sketches and diagrams, as well as test duct systems for air leaks.

How To Become A Sheet Metal Mechanic

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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Sheet Metal Mechanic Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    90.5%
  • Female

    8.6%
  • Unknown

    0.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.0%
  • Asian

    5.8%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    68.5%
  • Polish

    4.3%
  • French

    3.7%
  • Russian

    3.7%
  • Arabic

    3.1%
  • Korean

    2.5%
  • Carrier

    2.5%
  • German

    1.9%
  • Mandarin

    1.2%
  • Italian

    1.2%
  • Portuguese

    1.2%
  • Chinese

    1.2%
  • Hmong

    0.6%
  • Hindi

    0.6%
  • Dutch

    0.6%
  • Ukrainian

    0.6%
  • Croatian

    0.6%
  • Finnish

    0.6%
  • Albanian

    0.6%
  • Navajo

    0.6%
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Real Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Sheet Metal Worker Toros Seamless Gutters Paterson, NJ Dec 18, 2009 $78,388
Sheet Metal Worker Toros Seamless Gutters Paterson, NJ Jan 13, 2010 $78,388
Sheet Metal Workers Kelly Roofing & Siding Co Inc. DBA F&F Roofing Comp Floral Park, NY Nov 18, 2009 $78,137
Sheet Metal Workers Bay Contracting Inc. MA Aug 24, 2012 $78,000
Sheet Metal Workers Northshore Sheet Metal Everett, WA Mar 24, 2010 $73,442
Sheet Metal Worker JB Aluminum Supply Inc. Paterson, NJ Jun 05, 2008 $72,607
Sheet Metal Worker Toros Seamless Gutters Paterson, NJ May 30, 2008 $72,607
Sheet Metal Worker Toros Seamless Gutters Paterson, NJ Jun 03, 2008 $72,607
Sheet Metal Workers Best Roofing of N. J. Inc. Clifton, NJ Mar 29, 2013 $72,607
Sheet Metal Worker Designed Heating & Cooling Corp. East Hanover, NJ Sep 11, 2008 $71,438
Sheet Metal Worker Designed Heating & Cooling Corp. East Hanover, NJ Oct 17, 2007 $71,438
Sheet Metal Worker Aeroduct, Inc. Mineola, NY Aug 24, 2012 $68,744
Sheet Metal Worker Toros Seamless Gutters Paterson, NJ Dec 19, 2008 $68,641
Sheet Metal Worker Empire Seamless Gutters Systems, Inc. Cedar Grove, NJ Jun 17, 2008 $66,742
Sheet Metal Worker Upton Sheet Metal Anaheim, CA Mar 25, 2010 $48,084
Sheet Metal Worker Upton Sheet Metal Anaheim, CA Oct 26, 2009 $48,084
Sheet Metal Workers Reeder Architectural Sheet Metal Works, LLC Hampton, NJ Jun 15, 2010 $48,022
Sheet Metal Mechanic Chillum Sheet Metal Inc. Bladensburg, MD Jan 11, 2010 $47,590
Sheet Metal Workers General Windows, LLC Lawrenceville, NJ Oct 15, 2010 $46,185
Sheet Metal Worker Pacific Sheet Metal, Inc. Carbondale, CO Apr 10, 2009 $44,516
Sheet Metal Worker Metalmaster Roofmaster McHenry, IL Apr 19, 2011 $42,950
Sheet Metal Worker Reeder Architectural Sheet Metal East Orange, NJ Jan 11, 2008 $42,387
Sheet Metal Worker Lem COR Newark, NJ Mar 19, 2008 $32,098
Sheet Metal Worker Rackley Company, Inc. Chico, CA Nov 05, 2010 $31,305
Sheet Metal Craftsman Cesar Enterprises, Inc. TX Mar 17, 2014 $30,846
Sheet Metal Worker Gallo Group, Inc. TX Mar 01, 2011 $30,554
Sheet Metal Craftsman Gallo Group, Inc. TX Mar 01, 2013 $30,366
Sheet Metal Colorado Metal Source Aurora, CO Sep 19, 2008 $29,218
Sheet Metal Mechanic Kogok Corporation Washington, DC Mar 07, 2011 $29,162
Sheet Metal Worker Falcon Consrtuction TX Mar 20, 2011 $28,696

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Top Skills for A Sheet Metal Mechanic

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Top Sheet Metal Mechanic Skills

  1. Product Specifications
  2. Hvac
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Test and adjust machine speeds or actions, according to product specifications, using gauges and hand tools.
  • Perform new installation, repair and service of HVAC systems.
  • Follow proper safety procedures to ensure the safety of myself as well as the crew and apprentices.
  • Performed all levels of sheet metal work from layout and design, through fabrication and installation.
  • Worked with a variety of hand tools, power tools, and shop equipment in the production and installation of products.

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