Sheet Metal Worker


Are you a visual person? Do you enjoy mechanics and fitting puzzles together? Sheet metal workers cut and mold sheets of metal into products for installing and repairing ventilation and air ducts. They also construct airplanes, automobiles and billboards. Most sheet metal fabrication shops are completely computerized, so sheet metal workers may be responsible for programming control systems on various pieces of equipment.


The work is performed both indoors and out, using scaffolding, ladders, and high lifts, and in awkward positions and cramped spaces. Sheet metal workers may work in shops performing fabrication work, or on construction sites doing installation. Good hand-eye coordination, physical dexterity, mechanical and mathematics aptitude. Computer skills are becoming increasingly important for controlling industrial equipment.

Education Options:

Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program