Sheet Metal Workers
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Sheet Metal Workers Job Overview
Sheet metal workers make, install and maintain air conditioning, heating, ventilation and pollution control duct systems, roofs, siding, rain gutters, downspouts, skylights, restaurant equipment, outdoor signs, and many other building parts and products made from metal sheets.
They may also work with fiberglass and plastic materials. Although some workers specialize in fabrication, (remove and plastic) installation or maintenance, most do all three jobs.
Sheet metal workers usually fabricate their products at a shop away from the construction site. They first study plans and specifications to determine the kind and quantity of materials they will need. They then measure, cut, bend, shape and fasten pieces of sheet metal to make duct work, counter tops, and other custom products.
In an increasing number of shops, sheet metal workers use computerized metalworking equipment. This enables them to experiment with different layouts and to select the one that results in the least waste of material. They cut or form the parts with computer-controlled saws, lasers, shears and presses.
Must be at least 18 years old; must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate; must pass a mechanical aptitude test, coordination, (remove coordination) and personal interview; must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation; must pass a drug screening; must reside in local union jurisdiction; and must be sponsored by a signatory contractor.
The apprenticeship program lasts for four years. Apprentices work for a contractor full-time and attend classes two nights per week.
Math – including algebra and trigonometry, science, drawing and welding classes are helpful as well as industrial technology classes.
Sheet metal workers work inside and outside in all types of weather conditions and sometimes in confined spaces.
Must be able to work at high levels from ladders and scaffolds and must be able to lift heavy objects.
Apprentices start at 50 percent of Wage Scale:
- $34.74/hr Base Wage, plus
- $10.22/hr Health and Welfare, Plus
- $18.30/hr Annuity and Pension
(subject to change)
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