TRADE SPOTLIGHT

Sheet Metal Workers

Description

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.

Wage Range 2019 

The median wage for this profession is  $48,460,  Oregon $51,720

Employment Outlook 

Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2019 was %18! annual growth across the state. Sheet metal is expected to grow much faster than average. 

Educational Requirements

The typical entry-level education for this occupation is high school. Those with a high school diploma or equivalent have a competitive advantage in the labor market. Apprenticeships are available through union and non-union schools.  

Abilities required

Examples.

  • Control Precision - Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • Near Vision - Seeing details up close.

  • Manual Dexterity - Holding or moving items with your hands.

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - Keeping your arm or hand steady.

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