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Metal work involves the creation of building parts for use in air conditioning parts, roofing, siding, stainless steel equipment, gutters, and light metal partitions. Before assembling the pieces the parts are checked for accuracy and potential flaws with fabrication. Measuring devices such as calipers and micrometers are used during this process. After carefully inspecting the pieces workers fasten the different seams and joints together using welds, cement, rivets, bolts, solder, drive clips, and other connecting devices to hold the parts together. Typically working 40 hour work weeks, nights, weekends, as well as working overnight may be required to meet demands.

The minimum educational and training requirements for metal workers jobs are at least an apprenticeship or high school diploma. Classes in algebra, geometry, physics, mechanical drawing, blueprint reading, English, and general shop will all be useful as they will provide a foundation for the basic skills needed with a metal worker job. Becoming skilled usually takes 4 to 5 years of on the job training and classroom instruction. Job candidates should be at least 18 years old to enter into an apprenticeship. Safety training and procedures are also heavily focused on during the beginning stages, as well as more complex skills like metal fabrication.

Sheet metal workers held about 189,000 jobs in 2006 with nearly 66 percent of all sheet metal workers employed within the construction industry. Employment rates are expected to be almost as fast as the national average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job opportunities are expected to be good for those in the construction industry reflecting employment growth rising each year.

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