CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Sheet Metal Workers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Sheet Metal Workers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers w ho install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes. Determine project requirements, including scope, assembly sequences, and required methods and materials, according to blueprints, drawings, and written or verbal instructions.
Lay out, measure, and mark dimensions and reference lines on material, such as roofing panels, according to drawings or templates, using calculators, scribes, dividers, squares, and rulers.
Maneuver completed units into position for installation, and anchor the units.
Convert blueprints into shop drawings to be followed in the construction and assembly of sheet metal products.
Install assemblies, such as flashing, pipes, tubes, heating and air conditioning ducts, furnace casings, rain gutters, and down spouts, in supportive frameworks.
Select gauges and types of sheet metal or non-metallic material, according to product specifications.
Drill and punch holes in metal, for screws, bolts, and rivets.
Fasten seams and joints together with welds, bolts, cement, rivets, solder, caulks, metal drive clips, and bonds to assemble components into products or to repair sheet metal items.
Fabricate or alter parts at construction sites, using shears, hammers, punches, and drills.
Trim, file, grind, deburr, buff, and smooth surfaces, seams, and joints of assembled parts, using hand tools and portable power tools.
Finish parts, using hacksaws, and hand, rotary, or squaring shears.
Maintain equipment, making repairs and modifications when necessary.
Shape metal material over anvils, blocks, or other forms, using hand tools.
Transport prefabricated parts to construction sites for assembly and installation.
Develop and lay out patterns that use materials most efficiently, using computerized metalworking equipment to experiment with different layouts.
Inspect individual parts, assemblies, and installations for conformance to specifications and building codes, using measuring instruments such as calipers, scales, and micrometers.
Secure metal roof panels in place, and interlock and fasten grooved panel edges.
Fasten roof panel edges and machine-made molding to structures, nailing or welding pieces into place.
Hire, train, and supervise new employees and apprentices.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Sheet Metal Workers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Sheet Metal Workers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Sheet Metal Workers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Sheet Metal Workers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Applied Production ProFab Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Applied Production ProFold Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Corte Certo software Computer aided design CAD software
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
FCC Software AutoPOL Series Computer aided design CAD software
JETCAM Expert Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Merry Mechanization SMP/IS Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Parametric Technology Pro/ENGINEER software Computer aided design CAD software
QuickPen DuctDesigner 3D Computer aided design CAD software
Revcad Software Sheet Lightning Computer aided design CAD software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Striker Systems SS-Profile Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
UGS NX Computer aided design CAD software
WiCAM PN4000 Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
XY Soft Sheet Cutting Suite Computer aided design CAD software
AC welding power units Welding generators
AC/DC welding power units Welding generators
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Allen wrenches Hex keys
Ammeters Ammeters
Angle grinders Power grinders
Aviation snips Metal cutters
Ball peen hammers Hammers
Bandsaws Bandsaw wheel
Bar folders Sequential forming machines
Beading machines Sequential forming machines
Beam compasses Compasses
Bolt cutters Bolt cutters
Box and pan brakes Sequential forming machines
Bumping hammers Hammers
Burring machines Deburring equipment
C clamps C clamps
Calibrated flow hoods Flowmeters
Calipers Calipers
Carbon dioxide CO2 monitors Single gas monitors
Caulking guns Caulking guns
Center punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Chain hoists Hoists
Chalk lines Chalk lines
Circular saws Power saws
Clamp-on ammeters Ammeters
Cleat folders Workshop presses
Cleat formers Workshop presses
Cold chisels Cold chisels
Cold-cut saws Power saws
Combination snips Tinners snips
Combustion analyzers Explosimeters
Computer controlled presses Workshop presses
Computer controlled saws Milling cutters
Cordless drills Power drills
Cutoff saws Power saws
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dial indicators Gauges or inspection fixtures
Digital multimeters Multimeters
Dimplers Rivet tools
Dividers Compasses
Double seaming equipment Tube end finishers
Draft gauges Air velocity and temperature monitors
Drifts Punches or nail sets or drifts
Drill presses Workshop presses
Ear muffs Ear muffs
Easy edgers Sequential forming machines
Electric drills Power drills
Electric impact wrenches Impact wrenches
Files Files
Foot shears Shears
Framing squares Squares
Groovers Sheet metal pliers
Hacksaws Saws
Hammer drills Power drills
Hammers Hammers
Hand brakes Workshop presses
Hand crimpers Lug crimping tool dies
Hand dollies Dollies
Hand notchers Metal cutters
Hard hats Hard hats
Hoists Hoists
Hole punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Humidity sensors Hygrometers
Hydraulic hoists Hoists
Hydraulic presses Hydraulic press frames
Inclined manometers Manometers
Jigs Positioning jig
Ladders Ladders
Laser cutters Laser cutting tools
Laser levels Levels
Laser printers Laser printers
Magnehelic pressure gauges Pressure indicators
Mechanical tachometers Tachometers
Metal inert gas MIG welders Metal inert gas MIG welding machinery
Microamp meters Ammeters
Micrometers Micrometers
Millivolt meters Voltage or current meters
Multimeters Multimeters
Nibblers Nibblers
Nut drivers Nut drivers
Ohmmeters Ohmmeters
Oxyacetylene welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Oxygen testers Oxygen gas analyzers
Personal computers Personal computers
Pipe cutters Pipe or tube cutters
Pipe reamers Reamers
Pipe threaders Threading dies
Pitot tubes Flowmeters
Plasma cutters Plasma welding machinery
Plumb bobs Plumb bobs
Pneumatic hammers Pneumatic hammer
Pneumatic impact wrenches Pneumatic impact wrenches
Pneumatic riveters Rivet tools
Polishers Power buffers
Pop rivet guns Rivet tools
Portable plasma cutters Plasma welding machinery
Portable spot welders Welders
Power brakes Workshop presses
Power buffers Power buffers
Power notchers Metal cutters
Power presses Workshop presses
Power punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Power routers Power routers
Power sanders Power sanders
Power shears Shears
Pressure gauges Pressure indicators
Prick punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Protective clothing Protective coveralls
Protractors Protractors
Psychrometers Psychrometers
Punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Ring and circular shears Shears
Rivet presses Workshop presses
Riveting hammers Pneumatic hammer
Riveting tools Rivet tools
Rotary punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Safety gloves Protective gloves
Safety goggles Goggles
Scaffolding Scaffolding
Scale rulers Scales
Scratch awls Awls
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Scribers Scribers
Seamers Sheet metal pliers
Set squares Squares
Setting hammers Hammers
Side cutting pliers End cut pliers
Slings Slings
Slip roll formers Sequential forming machines
Smoke testers Leak testing equipment
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
Soldering furnaces Soldering or desoldering or combined stations
Spiral duct machines Sequential forming machines
Spirit levels Levels
Spot welders Welders
Squares Squares
Squaring shears Shears
Stack thermometers Remote reading thermometers
Stencils Stencils or lettering aids
Straightedges Straight edges
Strobe tachometers Tachometers
T squares T squares
Tape measures Tape measures
Taps and dies Taps or dies
Templates Templates
Tempscribes Thermographs
Tongs Tongs
Trammel points Compasses
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment Tungsten inert gas TIG welding machinery
Turning machines Turning machines
U-tube manometers Manometers
Unishears Shears
V-notchers Metal cutters
Velometers Air velocity and temperature monitors
Vernier calipers Calipers
Vise grip pliers Locking pliers
Welding facial shields Welding masks
Welding helmets Welding masks
Welding tips Welding or cutting tips
Wire cutters Wire cutters
Wiring machines Sequential forming machines
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Sheet Metal Workers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Sheet Metal Workers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Air Conditioning Installer
Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Installer
Air Conditioning or Heating Duct Installer
Air Duct Mechanic
Aircraft Metalsmith
Angle Bender
Aviation Metalsmith
Beam Worker
Ceiling Installer
Chute Builder
Coppersmith Apprentice
Cornice Maker
Duct Board Fabricator
Duct Board Installer
Dural Mechanic
Duralumin Mechanic
Duralumin Metalworker
Extrusion Former
Fairing Man
Fairing Worker
Field Installer
Geothermal Sheet Metal Worker
Gutter Hanger
Gutter Installer
HVAC Sheet Metal Installer (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Installer)
HVAC Sheet Metal Specialist (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Specialist)
HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician)
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning - Refrigeration Technician (HVAC-R Technician)
Hood Maker
Journeyman Sheetmetal Worker
Layer Out
Layout Worker
Metal Ceiling Builder
Metal Ceiling Hanger
Metal Work Duct Installer
Metal Worker
Metalsmith Apprentice
Service Technician
Sheet Metal Apprentice
Sheet Metal Assembler
Sheet Metal Duct Installer
Sheet Metal Erector
Sheet Metal Fabricator
Sheet Metal Foreman
Sheet Metal Former
Sheet Metal Installer
Sheet Metal Journeyman
Sheet Metal Lay Out Worker
Sheet Metal Layout Mechanic
Sheet Metal Layout Worker
Sheet Metal Mechanic
Sheet Metal Operator
Sheet Metal Shop Foreman
Sheet Metal Smith
Sheet Metal Superintendant
Sheet Metal Technician
Sheet Metal Work Furnace Installer
Sheet Metal Worker
Sheet Metal Worker Apprentice
Sheetmetal Duct Installer Apprentice
Sheetmetal Fabricator
Sheetmetal Worker
Shop Assistant
Spouting Installer
Template Fitter
Template Layout Worker
Tin Worker
Tinsmith Apprentice
Wind Turbine Sheet Metal Worker
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Sheet Metal Workers
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