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Sheet Metal Workers

Career Overview

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

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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$27,780 /yr
$48,460 /yr
$86,290 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Welding
  • Trade-related courses
Work Environment

Sheet metal workers often lift heavy materials and stand for long periods of time. Those who install sheet metal must often bend, climb, and squat. Most work full time.

Future Outlook

Employment of sheet metal workers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth reflects an expected increase in the number of industrial, commercial, and residential structures that will be built over the coming decade.

References
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada