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Occupational Report for Sheet Metal Workers (47-2211) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

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 who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.

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Employment Outlook for Sheet Metal Workers
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Sheet Metal Workers There are 12 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 12 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Gutter Installer 8/29/14 Rogue Valley $9.10/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
Sheet Metal Laborer - Immediate Need 8/22/14 Prineville $14.72/hr
Construction - Sheet Metal 8/19/14 Springfield $15.00/hr DOE
Apprentice HVAC / Sheet Metal 8/19/14 Portland $14.00/hr to $18.00/hr DOE
Aircraft Sheet Metal Structures Mechanic (FSHA) 8/11/14 Central Point DOE, Neg.
Seamless Gutter Installer - Immediate Need 7/31/14 Gresham $15.00/hr to $18.00/hr DOE, Neg.
Journeyman Sheetmetal Worker 7/9/14 Eugene $20.00/hr to $40.00/hr DOE
Quality Control Assistant (Sheet Metal Fabrication) 7/3/14 Eugene $13.00/hr to $14.00/hr
Sheet Metal Worker - Apprenticeship Opportunity 6/19/14 Jackson/Josephine/Klamath/Lake $9.11/hr
Probationary Journeyman 6/18/14 Tualatin $24.14/hr to $26.18/hr
Gutter Installer (OJT) 6/17/14 Tigard $12.00/hr to $15.00/hr
Sheet Metal Roofer Apprentice 6/17/14 Tualatin $12.00/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
Job Openings from the Web for Sheet Metal Workers The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 5 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 5 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Sheet Metal Laborer - Immediate Need 8/22/14 Prineville
Construction - Sheet Metal 8/20/14 Springfield
Apprentice HVAC / Sheet Metal 8/19/14 Portland
Seamless Gutter Installer - Immediate Need 7/31/14 Gresham
Journeyman Sheetmetal Worker 7/9/14 Eugene
State of Oregon License Information for Sheet Metal Workers No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Sheet Metal Workers
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $13.31 $16.89 $23.99 $30.22 $38.26 $24.42 $50,780
Multnomah / Washington 14.08 18.75 25.97 33.37 40.05 26.18 54,456
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 13.90 17.14 21.01 25.43 28.76 21.51 44,751
Lane 12.71 14.20 17.41 24.13 30.27 19.70 40,986
Jackson / Josephine 13.96 16.39 19.79 22.84 26.44 19.73 41,039
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 16.93 22.01 25.52 28.09 29.64 24.57 51,105
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Sheet Metal Workers
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 2,631 3,181 550 20.9% 55 50 105
Multnomah / Washington 1,708 2,045 337 19.7% 34 32 66
Clackamas 284 329 45 15.8% 4 5 9
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 212 233 21 9.9% 2 4 6
Lane 187 219 32 17.1% 3 4 7
Morrow / Umatilla 90 100 10 11.1% 1 2 3
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 83 97 14 16.9% 1 2 3
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 61 74 13 21.3% 1 1 2
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 61 73 12 19.7% 1 1 2
Jackson / Josephine 45 49 4 8.9% 0 1 1
Klamath / Lake 43 48 5 11.6% 0 1 1
Douglas 30 33 3 10.0% 0 1 1
Coos / Curry 18 19 1 5.6% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 16 17 1 6.2% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 14 16 2 14.3% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 3 3 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Sheet Metal Workers
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 2,631
Total All Industries Private 2,614
Construction Private 1,991
Construction of Buildings Private 23
Nonresidential Building Construction Private 23
Specialty Trade Contractors Private 1,968
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors Private 231
Building Equipment Contractors Private 1,610
Building Finishing Contractors Private 127
Manufacturing Private 600
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 387
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing Private 316
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 46
Machinery Manufacturing Private 62
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing Private 31
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 118
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Private 115
Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 28
Educational Requirements for Sheet Metal Workers The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a postsecondary non-degree award have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, an apprenticeship is typically needed to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Sheet Metal Workers
  • Apply Building Codes And Specifications
  • Apply Drafting And Mechanical Drawing Knowledge And Techniques
  • Apply Metal Forming And Shaping Techniques And Processes
  • Apply Protective Coatings
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Assemble Metal Components
  • Cut, Fit And Join Construction Materials
  • Fabricate Ducting
  • Fabricate Parts And Items Using Sheet Metal
  • Fabricate, Install Or Repair Sheet Metal Products Such As Duct, Boxes, And Casings
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Identify Base Metals For Welding
  • Install And Repair Dampers In Chimneys
  • Install And Repair Manual Dampers In Ducts
  • Install Downspouts On Rain Gutters
  • Install Metal Flashing On Roofs
  • Install Metal Flashing On Siding
  • Install Prefabricated Cabinets
  • Install Rain Gutters
  • Lay Out Patterns On Sheet Metal
  • Maintain Welding Machines And Equipment
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Cranes, Hoists, Or Mechanical Booms
  • Operate Machine Tools
  • Operate Precision Measuring Devices, Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Sheet Metal Fabrication Machines
  • Operate Specialized Metal Shaping Machines
  • Perform Combination Welding
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Blueprints And Technical Drawings
  • Read Production Layouts
  • Read Repair Work Orders
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Metals Or Alloys
  • Repair Sheet Metal
  • Set Up And Operate Drilling Machines
  • Set Up Machine Tools
  • Smooth, Sharpen, Polish Or Grind Metal Objects
  • Use Acetylene Torch
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Laser Cutter
  • Use Mastic To Seal Air Ducts
  • Use Measuring Devices Such As Measuring Tape
  • Weld Metal Parts
Schools and Training Providers for Sheet Metal Workers The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Apprenticeship Division
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite1045
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0761
Programs of Training:
Northwest College of Construction
8111 NE Holman St.
Portland, OR 97218-4021
Phone: (503) 256-7300
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Sheet Metal Workers These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Chemeketa Community College
Clatsop Community College
Lane Community College
Rogue Community College
Umpqua Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Sheet Metal Workers matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Structural Iron And Steel Workers 43%
Welding, Soldering, And Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders 37%
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, And Brazers 36%
Metal Workers And Plastic Workers, All Other 34%
Layout Workers, Metal And Plastic 33%
Structural Metal Fabricators And Fitters 32%
Model Makers, Metal And Plastic 31%
Patternmakers, Metal And Plastic 31%
Tool And Die Makers 31%