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Working As A Sheet Metal Technician

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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

  • $43,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Sheet Metal Technician 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 Sheet Metal Technician

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 Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

88.0%

Female

6.8%

Unknown

5.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.2%

German

9.5%

Swahili

4.8%

Carrier

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%
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Sheet Metal Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

10.1%

University of Phoenix

8.9%

Pima Community College

6.3%

Redstone College

6.3%

Ranken Technical College

5.1%

Savannah Technical College

5.1%

Wichita State University

5.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.1%

Guilford Technical Community College

5.1%

Universal Technical Institute

5.1%

Albany Technical College

3.8%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.8%

Trident Technical College

3.8%

Emporia State University

3.8%

Indian River State College

3.8%

Greenville Technical College

3.8%

Columbus Technical College

3.8%

Wichita Area Technical College

3.8%

University of Alaska Anchorage

3.8%

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

3.8%
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Majors

Aviation

18.4%

Business

12.9%

Automotive Technology

9.4%

General Studies

6.3%

Precision Metal Working

5.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.9%

Civil Engineering

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Drafting And Design

3.1%

Management

3.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.1%

Aerospace Engineering

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Computer Science

2.4%

Education

2.4%

Fine Arts

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

42.7%

Associate

19.6%

Bachelors

15.4%

Certificate

10.7%

Diploma

6.0%

Masters

3.2%

License

2.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Highest Sheet Metal Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Sheet Metal Technician The Metal Surgeon Englewood, CO Apr 01, 2015 $63,107
Sheet Metal Technician The Metal Surgeon Englewood, CO May 12, 2015 $63,107
Sheet Metal Technician The Metal Surgeon Englewood, CO Jul 01, 2014 $63,107
Sheet Metal Technician The Metal Surgeon Englewood, CO Dec 01, 2014 $63,107

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Top Skills for A Sheet Metal Technician

  1. Structural Repairs
  2. Engineering Department
  3. Service Aircraft
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed complex structural repairs along fuselage and engines structure.
  • Coordinated construction and engineering projects with other trades and the engineering department.
  • Developed and lay out patterns that use materials most efficiently, using computerized metalworking equipment to experiment with different layouts.
  • Read work orders, blueprints, technical manuals, and engineering drawings for job specifications and sequence of operations.
  • Used various hand tools for metal working such as snips, hammer, soldering irons, and measuring tapes.

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I like sheet metal work because it is what I do best since 1998 till present. I like competing on how well save and of course fast and easy or simple way to accomplish the done job. I love leading my crew through satisfaction. I do read and understand blue print and I could also omitt or revise when there is abstraction.i do estimate sheet metal needed for the certain job. I do layout for fabrication,layout for installation of ducts and insulation I do everything regarding sheet metal duct.. Show More

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