Sheet Metal Workers (47-2211)

Occupation 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 and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 387407 5.22 911
United States 141,000150,500 6.7940 3,0403,980

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 24.5612.8116.50 22.5730.2041.03
Alaska 37.6823.5330.44 40.6245.8749.03
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 39.6225.1033.87 42.2646.8549.64
Fairbanks North Star Borough 34.0121.3626.86 33.5742.7547.37

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
48360 12.431.7 22.3
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation64
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation34
UI claimants previously working in occupation103
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 172
Number of job position postings 10
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 17.2

Alaska Licensing Information


Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Sheet Metal Worker

 Degree
Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #23   (Anchorage)
Service Technician Apprenticeship Certificate
Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship Certificate