Sheet metal workers cut and mold metal sheets into products for installing and repairing ventilation and air ducts. They use their skills to construct and install aluminum siding, metal roofing, and gutters. They also assist in the development of restaurant equipment, automobiles, customized precision equipment, outdoor signs, handrails, column wraps, and many other products that are made from metal. They work with plastic and fiberglass materials. They read plans and determine the type and amount of materials and then measure, bend, cut, shape, and attach pieces of sheet metal to make the products. They check the products for accuracy and perform any necessary adjustments.Clic para leer en espanol
Sheet Metal Workers are also known as Tinsmiths
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Women have played major roles in construction for decades. During WWII and the Korean conflict, women had to take the jobs that the men couldn’t take since they were on the front lines. Not only did women build the war machines, they ferried the men to Europe and the Pacific theaters. Many women lost their lives during the wars while doing so. Their model was “Rosie the Riveter” who symbolized the women who played major roles as riveters, sheet metal workers, and steelworkers. They built tanks for the front, built locomotives for the home front and flew major missions around the world.
The building trades, for instance, are actively seeking to replace a retiring generation of skilled laborers. Aided by groups like Helmets to Hardhats – which has placed more than 22,000 ex-service members in jobs over the past decade – Pennsylvania’s powerful unions are recruiting veterans to fill plum spots in carpentry, electrical, and sheet metal work, as well as in related hands-on fields like transportation.