The term “sheet metal” refers to any metal that can be formed into flat pieces of varying thicknesses. Using specialized tools, sheet metal workers cut, roll, bend, and shape these pieces to make a wide variety of objects, like ductwork, signs, and even decorative art. Sheet metal is one of the last trades that fabricates the materials workers install.
While most associate a career in sheet metal with working mainly with air and ventilation ductwork, a career in sheet metal exposes you to a wide variety of interesting work. There are many different paths available to the union sheet metal worker, including: Architectural Sheet Metal, Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Detailing, Industrial, Welding, Service/Refrigeration, Sign Work, and Testing, Adjusting and Balancing (TAB).