A sheet metal mechanic assembles, repairs, and disassembles sheet metal in various applications, such as structural and transportation. Sheet metal mechanics are also needed for the aviation and shipping industry. Another thing that sheet metal mechanics deal with is applications related to HVAC, such as ducts and ventilation. In these positions, the sheet metal mechanic may also have to have experience and certification in HVAC applications. In other positions, the sheet metal mechanic may also be in charge of inspecting structures, ships, and airplanes for damage, and the mechanic will then make an evaluation as to what needs to be replaced or repaired. Other positions involve building and improving homes, such as installing rain gutters and furnace casing. Some positions may involve manipulating other materials like plastic.
The sheet metal mechanic shear, form, and fit sheet metal so that it can be applied. A sheet metal mechanic should be able to interpret manuals, drawings, and sketches and be able to apply these tools. Some positions involve design. Math skills are important to carry out proper measurements and chemical tests. The use of power tools is necessary in this position.
The position often involves working in a noisy environment and may involve working outdoors.
The position often requires relevant experience or education, and some positions may require both, depending on complexity. There are both part-time and full-time positions that may be permanent or temporary.
Sheet Metal Mechanic Tasks
Correct distortions and flaws in manufacturing by straightening and fitting.
Read and understand blueprints to place sheet metal at correct locations.
Assemble and install sheet metal pieces using power tools.
Test final product to ensure readiness.