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Sheet Metal Workers

Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Convert blueprints into shop drawings to be followed in the construction or assembly of sheet metal products.
    • Determine project requirements, such as scope, assembly sequences, or required methods or materials, using blueprints, drawings, or written or verbal instructions.
    • Lay out, measure, and mark dimensions and reference lines on material, such as roofing panels, using calculators, scribes, dividers, squares, or rulers.
    • Fasten seams or joints together with welds, bolts, cement, rivets, solder, caulks, metal drive clips, or bonds to assemble components into products or to repair sheet metal items.
    • Develop or lay out patterns, using computerized metalworking equipment.
    • Trim, file, grind, deburr, buff, or smooth surfaces, seams, or joints of assembled parts, using hand tools or portable power tools.
    • Fabricate ducts for high efficiency heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to maximize efficiency of systems.
    • Select gauges or types of sheet metal or nonmetallic material, according to product specifications.
    • Maneuver completed roofing units into position for installation.
    • Finish parts, using hacksaws or hand, rotary, or squaring shears.
    • Shape metal material over anvils, blocks, or other forms, using hand tools.
    • Fabricate or alter parts at construction sites, using shears, hammers, punches, or drills.
    • Inspect individual parts, assemblies, or installations, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, scales, or micrometers.
    • Transport prefabricated parts to construction sites for assembly and installation.
    • Verify that heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed, installed, and calibrated in accordance with green certification standards, such as those of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
    • Install assemblies, such as flashing, pipes, tubes, heating and air conditioning ducts, furnace casings, rain gutters, or downspouts in supportive frameworks.
    • Hire, train, or supervise new employees or apprentices.
    • Maintain equipment, making repairs or modifications when necessary.
    • Secure metal roof panels in place by interlocking and fastening grooved panel edges.
    • Perform building commissioning activities by completing mechanical inspections of a building's water, lighting, or heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
    • Fasten roof panel edges or machine-made moldings to structures by nailing or welding.
    • Perform sheet metal work necessary for solar panel installations.
    • Install green architectural sheet metal components, such as cool roofs or hot or cold walls.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    • Visualization

      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 54610/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 26.26/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 4,450
    • Yearly Projected Openings 530

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Integrity
    • Innovation

    Tools

    • Shears
    • Rivet tools
    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Metal folding machine
    • Metal cutters

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

    Tags

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