Heavy into metal?
Sheet metal mechanics fabricate and install the metal sheeting that forms heating and cooling ducts, construction essentials, gutters, and indoor environmental control. Fabrication sheet metal workers or precision sheet metal workers use a combination of hands and hand tools, as well as sophisticated automated machinery like computer-aided drafting and building information modeling systems. The work can require strength and care, but the specialized skill set is valuable to any worker.
Sheet metal mechanics can expect average and steady job growth with a median income of around $42,000. Technical and vocational schools offer comprehensive training programs, but aspiring sheet metal mechanics may instead take on an apprenticeship, which are widely available in the construction industry.
Specialty areas include installation, construction and renovation, maintenance, testing and balancing, and fabrication. Most sheet metal mechanics will enjoy a variety of tasks and may pursue the path that best fits their own talents and goals. Certified welders and sheet metal mechanics with formal training may have the potential to earn more and advance quickly, though skilled hands can take any sheet metal worker far.