Sheet Metal Worker

Skilled Trade: 
Sheet Metal Worker
Essential Skills: 
Sheet Metal Worker

Job Description

Sheet metal workers fabricate and install fittings and duct work used in construction or industry for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. They set up and operate shears, press brakes, hand brakes, bending rolls, welding machines, and other equipment to cut, form, and attach metal together for applications such as metal roofing and stainless steel work for restaurants, kitchens, and hospitals. They prepare shop and field drawings manually and with computer programs. Computer skills are becoming increasingly important for controlling industrial equipment.

*Wages (Average, State of Oregon, 2018)

  • Hourly: $24.57
  • Annual: $51,108

Working Conditions

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.

Length of Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship lasts three to five years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 related classroom hours per year and between 7,200 and 10,000 on-the-job training hours.

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Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent. Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.









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