Various Training Opportunities:
Sheet metal work is very complex, challenging, and varied, and requires apprenticeship training for mastery of the trade and for good wages, benefits, and employment prospects. Becoming a skilled sheet metal craftsman usually takes four to five years of classroom and on-the-job training. Apprenticeship programs provide comprehensive instruction in both sheet metal fabrication and installation. Joint committees composed of representatives of SMWIA and local chapters of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association administer these programs. Students can earn wages while in the training program.
There are several different subspecialties of sheet metal work, including fabrication, installation, and maintenance, as well as testing, adjusting, balancing, and servicing manufacturing equipment. While some sheet metal workers choose to focus on mastering one specialty, many enhance their talents and employment opportunities by learning multiple skills.
Sheet metal workers have strong employment prospects with competitive wages and benefits. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Job opportunities are expected to be good for sheet metal workers in the construction industry, reflecting both employment growth and openings arising each year as experienced sheet metal workers leave the occupation. Opportunities should be particularly good for individuals who have apprenticeship training or who are certified welders.”
Sheet metal workers typically work forty-hour weeks with the possibility of earning overtime wages. Good physical condition is required for sheet metal work, in addition to good hand-eye coordination, form perception, dexterity, and remaining up-to-date on new technological developments in the field.
All sheet metal workers who are members of Local 312 are OSHA-10, CPR, and first aid certified, and have certifications in fall safety and in operating material lifting machinery. Contractors are required to supply Local 312 members with personal protection equipment.
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