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.
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Sheet Metal Workers by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 126 Sokanu users
Are Sheet Metal Workers happy?
Sheet metal workers rank
among the least happy
careers. Overall they rank in the 22nd 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.
3% of sheet metal workers had a degree in business management and administration before becoming sheet metal workers. That is over 1 times the average across all careers.
Mechanical Engineering graduates are the second most common among sheet metal workers, representing 2% of sheet metal workers in the Sokanu user base, which is 1.0 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.