The job of a sheet metal worker is a skilled trade position. This type of job requires an individual who can demonstrate the ability to construct various sheet metal objects to be used in residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Sheet metal is typically required in the construction of air conditioning and heating duct systems, siding, rain gutters, ventilation, metal roofing, automobiles, airplanes, locomotives, generators and numerous other projects. Sheet metal workers use a variety of hand and power tools to perform their jobs including lathes, torches, crimping machines, shears, punches, forming presses, hammers, grinders, breaks, edging machines, and drills in order to cut, smooth, and manipulate the metal into required shapes and pieces. Fastening sheet metal requires the use of solder, screws, bolts, and rivets. In addition, workers are often expected to be able to weld various types of metals.
Sheet Metal Worker Tasks
Manufacture small parts and components for use in final pieces.
Inspect, troubleshoot, and repair metal systems like locomotives, airplanes, and generators.
Use torches, drills, lathes, or other equipment to cut, shape, smooth, and bend metal to meet specifications.
Read and interpret blueprints, templates, schematics, and other drawings to correctly create products.