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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 382392 2.613 2741
United States 138,900150,900 8.75,000 9,90016,100

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 25.0513.1416.86 23.0730.7841.88
Alaska 36.9719.7628.08 41.0546.7550.19
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 37.6218.9829.52 41.7847.3150.65
Fairbanks North Star Borough 35.1320.1426.64 35.3645.5149.22
Southeast Region 39.1320.8535.32 42.3646.7049.36

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
44146 10.434.8 24.4
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation68
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation37
UI claimants previously working in occupation124
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 184
Number of job position postings 0
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 0.0

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