Summary Report for:
47-2211.00 - Sheet Metal Workers
Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.
Sample of reported job titles: Field Installer; HVAC Sheet Metal Installer (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Installer); Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker; Sheet Metal Apprentice; Sheet Metal Fabricator; Sheet Metal Foreman; Sheet Metal Installer; Sheet Metal Layout Mechanic; Sheet Metal Mechanic; Sheet Metal Worker
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Convert blueprints into shop drawings to be followed in the construction or assembly of sheet metal products.
- Determine project requirements, such as scope, assembly sequences, or required methods or materials, using blueprints, drawings, or written or verbal instructions.
- Lay out, measure, and mark dimensions and reference lines on material such as roofing panels, using calculators, scribes, dividers, squares, or rulers.
- Fasten seams or joints together with welds, bolts, cement, rivets, solder, caulks, metal drive clips, or bonds to assemble components into products or to repair sheet metal items.
- Trim, file, grind, deburr, buff, or smooth surfaces, seams, or joints of assembled parts, using hand tools or portable power tools.
- Fabricate ducts for high efficiency heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to maximize efficiency of systems.
- Select gauges or types of sheet metal or nonmetallic material, according to product specifications.
- Finish parts, using hacksaws or hand, rotary, or squaring shears.
- Shape metal material over anvils, blocks, or other forms, using hand tools.
- Fabricate or alter parts at construction sites, using shears, hammers, punches, or drills.
- Transport prefabricated parts to construction sites for assembly and installation.
- Install assemblies, such as flashing, pipes, tubes, heating and air conditioning ducts, furnace casings, rain gutters, or downspouts in supportive frameworks.
- Hire, train, or supervise new employees or apprentices.
- Maintain equipment, making repairs or modifications when necessary.
- Develop or lay out patterns, using computerized metalworking equipment.
- Maneuver completed roofing units into position for installation.
- Inspect individual parts, assemblies, or installations, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, scales, or micrometers.
- Verify that heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed, installed, and calibrated in accordance with green certification standards, such as those of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
- Secure metal roof panels in place by interlocking and fastening grooved panel edges.
- Perform building commissioning activities by completing mechanical inspections of a building's water, lighting, or heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
- Fasten roof panel edges or machine-made moldings to structures by nailing or welding.
- Perform sheet metal work necessary for solar panel installations.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable widemouth pliers
- Adjustable wrenches
- Air velocity and temperature monitors — Draft gauges; Velometers
- Ammeters — Clamp-on ammeters; Microamp meters
- Angle grinder — Angle grinders
- Awls — Scratch awls
- Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers
- Bolt cutters
- C clamps
- Calipers — Vernier calipers
- Caulking guns
- Chalk lines
- Cold chisels
- Compasses — Beam compasses; Dividers; Trammel points
- Deburring tool — Burring machines
- Desktop computers
- Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators
- Dollies — Hand dollies
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Power presses
- Ear muffs
- End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers
- Explosimeters — Combustion analyzers
- Flowmeters — Calibrated flow hoods; Pitot tubes
- Furnace soldering machine — Soldering furnaces
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Oxyacetylene welding equipment
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hammers — Bumping hammers; Setting hammers
- Hard hats
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches
- Hoists — Chain hoists; Hydraulic hoists
- Hydraulic hand crimp tool — Hand crimpers
- Hydraulic press brake — Computer controlled presses; Power brakes
- Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses
- Hygrometers — Humidity sensors
- Impact wrenches — Electric impact wrenches
- Laser cutting machine — Laser cutters
- Laser printers
- Leak testing equipment — Smoke testers
- Level sensors or transmitters — Transit levels
- Levels — Laser levels; Spirit levels
- Locking pliers — Vise grip pliers
- Manometers — Inclined manometers; U-tube manometers
- Manual press brake — Hand brakes
- Metal band sawing machine — Bandsaws
- Metal cutters — Aviation snips; Hand notchers; Power notchers; V-notchers
- Metal folding machine — Bar folders; Box and pan brakes; Slip roll formers; Spiral duct machines (see all 6 examples)
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
- Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Nut drivers
- Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen testers
- Personal computers
- Pipe or tube cutter — Pipe cutters
- Pipe reamer — Pipe reamers
- Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma cutters; Portable plasma cutters
- Plumb bobs
- Pneumatic hammer — Pneumatic hammers; Riveting hammers
- Pneumatic impact wrenches
- Pneumatic riveter — Rivet presses
- Positioning jig — Jigs
- Power buffers — Polishers
- Power drills — Cordless drills; Electric drills; Hammer drills
- Power routers
- Power sanders
- Power saws — Circular saws; Cold-cut saws; Cutoff saws
- Pressure indicators — Magnehelic pressure gauges; Pressure gauges
- Protective coveralls — Protective clothing
- Protective gloves — Safety gloves
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Center punches; Drifts; Hole punches; Rotary punches (see all 7 examples)
- Remote reading thermometers — Stack thermometers
- Rivet tools — Dimplers; Pneumatic riveters; Pop rivet guns; Riveting tools
- Rolling press — Beading machines
- Safety glasses
- Sawing machines — Computer controlled saws
- Scales — Scale rulers
- Shears — Power shears; Ring and circular shears; Squaring shears; Unishears (see all 5 examples)
- Sheet metal forming machine — Double seaming equipment
- Sheet metal grooving machine — Wiring machines
- Sheet metal pliers — Groovers; Seamers
- Single gas monitors — Carbon dioxide CO2 monitors
- Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
- Spot welding machine — Portable spot welders; Spot welders
- Squares — Framing squares; Set squares
- Stencils or lettering aids — Stencils
- Straight edges — Straightedges
- T squares
- Tachometers — Mechanical tachometers; Strobe tachometers
- Tape measures
- Thermographs — Tempscribes
- Threading dies — Pipe threaders
- Threading taps — Tap sets
- Tinners snips — Combination snips
- Trim press — Easy edgers
- Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
- Turning machines
- Voltage or current meters — Millivolt meters
- Welding generator — AC welding power units; AC/DC welding power units
- Welding masks — Welding facial shields; Welding helmets
- Welding or cutting tip — Welding tips
- Wire cutters
Technology used in this occupation:
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Parametric Technology Pro/ENGINEER software; UGS NX; XY Soft Sheet Cutting Suite (see all 9 examples)
- Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Applied Production ProFab; JETCAM Expert; Striker Systems SS-Profile; WiCAM PN4000 (see all 5 examples)
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
- Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Detailed Work Activities
- Direct construction or extraction personnel.
- Fabricate parts or components.
- Assemble products or production equipment.
- Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
- Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
- Mark reference points on construction materials.
- Plan layout of construction, installation, or repairs.
- Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
- Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools.
- Train construction or extraction personnel.
- Inspect industrial or commercial equipment to ensure proper operation.
- Create construction or installation diagrams.
- Weld metal components.
- Position structural components.
- Install plumbing or piping.
- Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed.
- Select construction materials.
- Install building fixtures.
- Maintain construction tools or equipment.
- Evaluate construction projects to determine compliance with external standards or regulations.
- Install roofing materials.
- Install green structural components, equipment or systems.
- Spend Time Standing — 89% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 84% responded “Every day.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 82% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 81% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 78% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 64% responded “Extremely important.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 50% responded “Extremely important.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 57% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 73% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 67% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Time Pressure — 23% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 58% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 37% responded “More than half the time.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 42% responded “Some freedom.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 45% responded “Very important results.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 40% responded “Extremely important.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 32% responded “Every day.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 35% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — 51% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Physical Proximity — 45% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 48% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 25% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 60% responded “Some freedom.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 49% responded “Every day.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 51% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 36% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 21% responded “Important.”
- Telephone — 40% responded “Every day.”
- Consequence of Error — 34% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Deal With External Customers — 41% responded “Extremely important.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 39% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 25% responded “Limited responsibility.”
- Level of Competition — 44% responded “Moderately competitive.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 24% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Exposed to High Places — 40% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 45% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|60||High school diploma or equivalent|
|18||Less than high school diploma|
Interest code: R
- Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$21.99 hourly, $45,750 annual|
|Employment (2014)||141,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Average (5% to 8%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||39,800|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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Sources of Additional Information
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- Sheet metal workers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.