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Sheet Metal Workers
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 303

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $23.16 - $27.87

Typical Annual Salary: $48,200 - $58,000

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Apprenticeship

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typical job duties

  • Determine project requirements, including scope, assembly sequences, and required methods and materials, according to blueprints, drawings, and written or verbal instructions.
  • Lay out, measure, and mark dimensions and reference lines on material, such as roofing panels, according to drawings or templates, using calculators, scribes, dividers, squares, and rulers.
  • 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.
  • Install assemblies, such as flashing, pipes, tubes, heating and air conditioning ducts, furnace casings, rain gutters, or downspouts in supportive frameworks.
  • Convert blueprints into shop drawings to be followed in the construction or assembly of sheet metal products.
  • Fabricate or alter parts at construction sites, using shears, hammers, punches, or drills.
  • Select gauges or types of sheet metal or nonmetallic material, according to product specifications.
  • Develop and lay out patterns that use materials most efficiently, using computerized metalworking equipment to experiment with different layouts.
  • Maneuver completed units into position for installation, and anchor the units.
  • Inspect individual parts, assemblies, and installations for conformance to specifications and building codes, using measuring instruments such as calipers, scales, and micrometers.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Hammers
  • Metal cutters
  • Metal folding machine
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Shears

Technology:
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Spreadsheet software

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