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The best candidates for a career in the sheet metal industry are reliable, hardworking and:
- Good communicators — have verbal and written communication skills
- Willing to work in high places/confined spaces, as well as hot and cold environments
- Good at math — specifically, understanding spatial relationships
- Able to maintain good grades and attendance
Sheet Metal Apprenticeship
The majority of sheet metal workers are employed in the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) industry, where they fabricate, install, repair, and maintain HVAC systems. Many other sheet metal workers are employed in specialty areas, such as: kitchen equipment; sign work; metal decking and siding; heavy metal work; blowpipe, ornamental, and decorative sheet metal; and architectural work, such as copper work, rain protection systems, and skylights.
- At least 18 years old.
- Have a valid driver’s license.
- Produce a high school or GED/HSED transcript from an accredited institution.
- Complete 9,000 hours of training within five years, which consists of a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.