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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: 330

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $23.40 - $28.19

Typical Annual Salary: $48,700 - $58,600

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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

  • Convert blueprints into shop drawings to be followed in the construction or assembly of sheet metal products.
  • Determine project requirements, such as scope, assembly sequences, or required methods or materials, using blueprints, drawings, or written or verbal instructions.
  • Lay out, measure, and mark dimensions and reference lines on material such as roofing panels, using calculators, scribes, dividers, squares, or 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.
  • Develop or lay out patterns, using computerized metalworking equipment.
  • Trim, file, grind, deburr, buff, or smooth surfaces, seams, or joints of assembled parts, using hand tools or portable power tools.
  • Fabricate ducts for high efficiency heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to maximize efficiency of systems.
  • Select gauges or types of sheet metal or nonmetallic material, according to product specifications.
  • Maneuver completed roofing units into position for installation.
  • Finish parts, using hacksaws or hand, rotary, or squaring shears.

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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