Sheet Metal Workers

Sheet metal construction offers a diverse selection of rewarding opportunities both locally and nationally.

While heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) makes up the base of the trade work, Sheet Metal Workers also do industrial and architectural sheet metal for metal roofs, siding, lagging, and food service items such as stainless steel sinks, counter tops and more.

Skills Needed

Strong math skills, reading, spatial ability, problem solving skills, manual dexterity

Relevant Classes

Algebra, geometry, science, tech education, industrial arts, drafting, computers

Education & Training

A 5-year apprenticeship program with paid and unpaid related training

Work Environment

Expect to work indoors and outdoors in all types of buildings

Job Wages


Average Hourly Wage*

Entry Level






*Compare to Wisconsin minimum wage $7.25/hr

Job Outlook


Through 2020 in Wisconsin

Jobs Expected


Through 2020 in Wisconsin

Data source - Wisconsin Worknet 2013

Train for the Trade As An Apprentice

Sheet Metal Workers train through a 5-year apprenticeship program, consisting of at least 10,000 hours in the trade. Over 90% of the training occurs on the job with an employer, with the remainder of the training occurring in the classroom with paid and unpaid related instruction.

Next Steps