The Job of Sheet Metal Worker
Have you considered a career as sheet metal worker? Or even what the average sheet metal worker does on the job?
Sheet metal workers have more effect on your daily life than you probably realize. The most obvious way is by keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They specialize in hearing, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, as well as architectural, industrial and service sheet metal work. Of all the sheet metal specialties, service sheet metal workers are the least construction-related and more technical.
There are also hundred of hours of safety training, including 30 hours of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA), along with continuing education hours that must be completed. Education and training is ongoing in this industry to ensure safety and that sheet metal workers are always up to date with the newest products and technology. But it doesn’t stop there. Sheet metal workers also have a strong understanding of how things work, including air ducts, siding and panels and how to install them. Successful sheet metal workers must also have solid critical –thinking skills, math skills and of course a strong work ethic.
Not only that but the industry is growing too! The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 7-percent employment growth by 2024, meaning 9,400 new jobs for sheet metal workers. And a few other quick stats: The median income for sheet metal workers is $45,750, and the unemployment rate for sheet metal workers is 7.9%
It’s a great time to be a part of our industry!