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What Is a Sheet Metal Installer and How to Become One

What Does a Sheet Metal Installer Do?

The responsibilities of a sheet metal installer include the installation, repair, and replacement of sheet metal products and equipment like control boxes, drain pipes, furnace castings, ductwork, and hangers. In this career, you design and fabricate products using special machines that cut and bend metal, hand cut and shape some parts, solder, and weld as needed to assemble pieces, creating smooth seams and joints using various tools. Other duties include finishing parts using hacksaws or shears, altering parts at construction sites if necessary, and maintaining and repairing equipment. You inspect products to ensure they meet specifications and building codes and transport completed assemblies to construction sites to install.

How to Become a Sheet Metal Installer

The qualifications needed to become a sheet metal installer include a high school diploma and the completion of a formal apprenticeship or an in-company training program. You must understand all safety requirements when operating a variety of equipment, such as laser beam cutters, welders, soldering guns, and power tools. Knowledge of building codes is required. You also need the ability to follow client specifications, be precise, and read blueprints. You should be familiar with computerized metalworking equipment to experiment with different layouts and develop the most efficient way to use materials. Communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to analyze and solve problems are all crucial for this career.