Sheet metal workers

Sheet metal workers build a variety of products from sheets of steel, aluminum, copper and other metals, and they install the finished products. They are responsible for heating, air conditioning and ventilation of commercial buildings and homes. They also design and fabricate outdoor items such as fascia, flashing, awnings, gutters and metal roofs, as well as indoor kitchen equipment and related exhaust systems.

What a sheet metal worker does

The sheet metal worker is a vital part of the construction industry. Sheet metal workers build products from flat sheets of metal and then install the finished product. They are responsible for the heating, air conditioning, ventilation and exhaust-system ducts in a modern building.

Working conditions

Sheet metal workers do a great deal of shop work, compared to in other construction trades. They fabricate sheet metal in the shop. It is then delivered to the job site for installation. On a new structure, a craftsman works both inside and out at the construction site.

General qualifications

  • Age - Minimum age is 18.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Good physical condition - Must be able to perform work of the trade.

Admission requirements

  • Government-issued photo ID.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Transcript of high school records and diploma.
  • Personal interview.
  • Aptitude test.
  • Drug test.

Terms of apprenticeship training

  • Five-year commitment.
  • Related training - Minimum of 320 hours per year of classroom instruction.
  • Degree program - Associate's degree from Ivy Tech.

Recommended high school courses

  • Advanced mathematics.
  • Algebra 1.
  • Mechanical drawing.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Geometry.