Sheet Metal Worker Careers

Sheet metal workers can earn up to


After the apprenticeship and based on certifications, a journeyperson sheet metal worker (a qualified and skilled person in a trade), can earn upwards of $40.00 an hour.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employment of sheet metal workers is projected to grow 7% from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be particularly good for sheet metal workers who complete apprenticeship training or are certified welders.

Sheet metal workers fabricate or install products that are made from thin metal sheets, such as ducts used in heating and air conditioning systems.

Sheet metal workers often lift heavy materials and stand for extended periods of time. Those who install sheet metal must often bend, climb and squat. Most work is full time.

Sheet metal workers learn their trade through a registered apprenticeship program that is usually cost free to the student. A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to begin your apprenticeship and career in the trade.

The certified training and apprenticeship program for future sheet metal workers is run through International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation and offers apprentices superior education, at little or no cost to the student, that enables them to reach their full potential within the trade.

Apprentices are able to earn living wages from day one and benefits (health, vision, etc.) are available to all students.

Once apprenticeship is complete, tradespeople continue their education and are able to advance to journeyperson status and beyond through continued education and certification programs.