The minimum requirement for most sheet metal working jobs is a high school diploma or equivalent. High school students often begin relevant training in the metal shop, blueprint reading, and mechanical drafting or drawing classes. After high school, prospective metal workers can learn the trade through on-the-job experience or through an apprenticeship.

Learning on-the-job often takes longer than an apprenticeship, and at first involves many jobs unrelated to sheet metal working. Workers may clean up debris and perform general shop or construction maintenance for many months before moving up to basic metal-working tasks. Trainees in these positions often take technical school courses after work to improve their opportunity for progress.

Apprenticeship programs typically last five years, though students who display heightened competency often complete the program in four years or less. During the apprenticeship, students engage in both on-the-job training with a skilled metal worker as well as classroom instruction. They learn all technical aspects of the trade, including how to operate complicated computer equipment and what types of metal are best for a particular application. Apprenticeship programs are offered by local chapters of the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors National Association or the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association.

What are Sheet Metal Workers like?


Based on our pool of users, sheet metal workers tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Sheet Metal Workers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 163 Sokanu users

Are Sheet Metal Workers happy?


Sheet metal workers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 21st percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Sheet Metal Worker Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Sheet Metal Workers

The most common degree held by sheet metal workers is Business Management And Administration. 2% of sheet metal workers had a degree in business management and administration before becoming sheet metal workers. That is over 0 times the average across all careers. Mechanical Engineering graduates are the second most common among sheet metal workers, representing 1% of sheet metal workers in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.7 times the average.

Sheet Metal Worker Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Sheet Metal Worker, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of sheet metal workers % of population Multiple
Business Management And Administration 2.4% 6.5% 0.4×
Mechanical Engineering 1.2% 1.6% 0.7×
Welding 1.2% 0.1% 12.1×

Sheet Metal Worker Education Levels

60% of sheet metal workers have a high school diploma. 22% of sheet metal workers have an associate's degree.

No education 18%
High school diploma 60%
Associate's degree 22%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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