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Sheet Metal Workers - 47-2211.00

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Field Installer
  • HVAC Sheet Metal Installer (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Installer)
  • Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker
  • Sheet Metal Apprentice
  • Sheet Metal Fabricator
  • Sheet Metal Foreman
  • Sheet Metal Installer
  • Sheet Metal Layout Mechanic
  • Sheet Metal Mechanic
  • Sheet Metal Worker

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-2000 Construction Trades Workers
47-2210 Sheet Metal Workers
47-2211.00 Sheet Metal Workers

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

  • Assemble products or production equipment.
  • Create construction or installation diagrams.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
  • Evaluate construction projects to determine compliance with external standards or regulations.
  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
  • Inspect industrial or commercial equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Install building fixtures.
  • Install green structural components, equipment or systems.
  • Install plumbing or piping.
  • Install roofing materials.
  • Maintain construction tools or equipment.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed.
  • Plan layout of construction, installation, or repairs.
  • Position structural components.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Select construction materials.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools.
  • Train construction or extraction personnel.
  • Weld metal components.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aircraft Structural Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Allied Trades Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Structural Mechanic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hull Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • NAMTS Sheetmetal Worker (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Shipfitter - Metalsmith (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Steelworker (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Sheet-Metal Worker
  • Sheetmetal Worker and/or Tinsmith

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Hood Maker
  • Sheet-Metal Worker
  • Sheet-Metal-Worker Apprentice