Careers in sheet metal expose you to a wide variety of interesting work. Typically, sheet metal workers make and install systems that move air. But sheet metal work can involve a lot more than just the HVAC industry. Other areas that rely on the skills of sheet metal workers include welding, industrial, and architectural projects.
Sheet metal workers can choose to work in general construction, become certified in a specialty area, work for a company or general contractor, or start their own business. In addition, sheet metal workers can hold union office, work for their trade association, teach classes, or write the standards and manuals that guide this industry. Opportunities in this field for personal growth and achievement truly are limitless.
As with most construction-related jobs, jobs in the sheet metal industry have traditionally been held by men. But that is changing as women move into this field in increasing numbers. They are attracted by the same things that attract men – a good income, better benefits, limitless opportunities for advancement, and the pride that comes with creating something that is long-lasting and benefits the lives of many.
The type of education people get depends on where they want to go in life. Many of the courses offered by Industrial Training International (ITI) are college credited. Our apprentices can use those credits and their earnings to pursue a college degree as well if they wish. The Evansville area Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) also has an agreement to offer a college degree. ITI curricula has been evaluated for college credit by A.C.E.
A Job or a Career?
|A JOB||OR||A CAREER with the Sheet Metal Industry|
|Provides a salary that might increase||OR||Provides a salary that will increase|
|Limits your area of responsibility||OR||Gives you many opportunities to grow|
|Generally limits your business contacts||OR||Offers a wide-ranging network of contacts|
|Provides few challenges||OR||Tests your ability to think and learn|
|Can often be boring||OR||Challenges your skills|
|Limits your opportunities||OR||Opens doors to many opportunities|
|Generally offers only basic training||OR||Offers industry-recognized comprehensive education and training|
|Usually has limited benefits||OR||Offers insurance, pension, paid vacations, and industry-assisted training|
|Keeps you in one place||OR||Offers opportunities for travel|
|Provides few opportunities to contribute||OR||Provides many opportunities to contribute to the industry and to your community|
|Gives you few or no retirement options||OR||Provides many opportunities for a second career in the industry|