Sheet Metal Workers

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Sheet Metal Workers

Sheet Metal Workers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, sheet metal workers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social interaction.
  • Are responsible for work outcomes and results of coworkers.
  • Are responsible for coworkers' health and safety.
  • Communicate with coworkers daily in person.
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  • Often communicate with coworkers by telephone.
  • Work in a group or as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work indoors and outdoors.
  • Are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable on a daily basis.
  • Are exposed daily to hazardous equipment.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous situations that may produce cuts or minor burns. Workers can reduce the risk by following safety procedures.
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  • Often are exposed to contaminants.
  • Are exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures on a weekly basis.
  • Are often exposed to extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions.
  • Are exposed to high places on a weekly basis.
  • Sometimes are exposed to cramped work places that require getting into awkward positions.
  • Work in indoor environments without heat or air conditioning.
  • Work near other people, but usually have a few feet of space separating them from coworkers.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work. Errors could result in serious injuries.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Often make decisions that affect coworkers. They are able to make most decisions without talking to a supervisor.
  • Are able to set some tasks and goals for the day without talking to a supervisor.
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  • Are moderately competitive with other workers.
  • Must meet strict deadlines on a weekly basis.
  • Sometimes must keep up with the speed of equipment.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • Usually work a 40-hour week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.