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You’ve come to the right spot to learn about different opportunities and next steps to pursue a career in the sheet metal industry – whether on the craft or non-craft side of the business.

Management & Office Opportunities

Learn more about managerial careers


These opportunities refer to managerial and professional positions in the industry ranging from accounting and systems design engineer to project manager or account executive focused on new business development opportunities. Non-craft professionals often work in fast-paced settings – both in traditional offices, visiting clients and on worksites – and have leadership and managerial skills.

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If you’re interested in non-craft careers in this in-demand industry, reach out to your local SMACNA chapter to explore career paths and current opportunities.


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Craft Opportunities

Learn more about skilled labor careers


Many applicants have found it valuable to start work right away in the industry as a pre-apprentice. This enables you to get a good feel for the industry prior to making the five-year commitment as an apprentice.

To pursue a rewarding career in the sheet metal trade, you will need to first pass an aptitude test measuring developed abilities in math, reading comprehension, and practical applications that help predict future occupational success. After passing the aptitude test, you can then seek employment as a sheet metal apprentice.

This highly desirable journey as an apprentice can last up to five years, during which time your wages increase every six months.

Upon graduation, you will enter the sheet metal craft as a journeyperson with extensive training, comprehensive knowledge, and will have earned as much as $250,000 over the course of five years as an apprentice. And, as a journeyperson, your wages and benefits package will quickly take you toward a six-figure income.

If you enjoy building things, working with your hands and have a strong work ethic, a career in the sheet metal field may be right for you.

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Check out more information on apprenticeship programs and the training resources available in your local area. 

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