Sheet Metal Foreman

Average Salary Range: $76,000 - $122,000*

Sheet metal foremen supervise and coordinate activities of the craft personnel engaged in the fabrication, installation, and repair of sheet metal products, systems, and structures. They must have knowledge of the physical properties and working characteristics of sheet metal, tools and equipment required in the sheet metal trade, and shop mathematics and principles.

In a typical day, sheet metal foremen may:

  • Select the gauge and type of sheet metal based on products being fabricated or installed
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of craft workers and subcontractors
  • Interpret specifications, blueprints, and work orders
  • Interpret company policies to workers and enforce safety regulations
  • Establish and adjust work schedules based on equipment, materials, and capabilities of personnel
  • Analyze and resolve work problems
  • Coordinate project activities with other trades

Key Skills

The sheet metal foreman job is ideal for someone who is:

  • Organized and analytical
  • A problem solver
  • Able to interpret specifications, blueprints, CAD drawings, BIM renderings, and the associated work orders
  • Able to estimate worker-hour requirements for job completion
  • Experienced in planning, layout, fabricating, assembling, installing, and repairing sheet metal parts/materials, equipment, and products
  • Experienced in leading craft workers and coordinating activities


  • Prior experience working on construction sites and/or managing teams in the field
  • Relevant work experience
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office, including Outlook

Typical Benefits (may vary)

  • Paid time off
  • Opportunity to learn additional skills as well as upward mobility
  • Two weeks of vacation after one year of service
  • Medical, dental, life, vision, disability and 401(k) available after one month
  • Flexible spending account to help you and your family pay for medical expenses

Wages/Average Annual Base Compensation*

  • $76,000 to $122,000 base wages depending on geography
  • $79,400 to $224,000 base wages including benefits depending on geography

*SMACNA Wages Database

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