Careers in Sheet Metal

A Worthy Career

A career in sheet metal exposes you to a wide variety of interesting work. Typically, sheet metal workers make and install systems that move air.  But sheet metal work can involve a lot more than just the HVAC industry.  Other areas that rely on the skills of sheet metal workers include welding, industrial, and  architechtural projects.

Sheet metal workers can choose to work in general construction, become certified in a specialty area, work for a company or general contractor, or start their own business. In addition, sheet metal workers can hold union office, work for their trade association, teach classes, or write the standards and manuals that guide this industry. Opportunities in this field for personal growth and achievement truly are limitless.

As with most construction-related jobs, jobs in the sheet metal industry have traditionally been held by men. But that’s changing as women move into this field in increasing numbers. They are attracted by the same things that attract men – a good income, better benefits, limitless opportunities for advancement, and the pride that comes with creating something that is long-lasting and benefits the lives of many.

The type of education people get depends on where they want to go in life. Many of the courses offered by ITI are college credited. Our apprentices can use those credits and their earnings to pursue a college degree as well if they wish. The Evansville area JATC has an articulation agreement that offer a college degree. ITI curricula has been evaluated for college credit by A.C.E.

A Job or a Career?



A CAREER with the Sheet Metal Industry

Provides a salary that might increase


Provides a salary that will increase

Limits your area of responsibility       


Gives you many opportunities to grow

Generally limits your business contacts


Offers a wide-ranging network of contacts

Provides few challenges                     


Tests your ability to think and learn

Can often be boring    


Challenges your skills

Limits your opportunities                    


Opens doors to many opportunities

Generally offers only basic training    


Offers industry-recognized comprehensive education and training

Usually has limited benefits


Offers insurance, pension, paid vacations, and industry-assisted training

Keeps you in one place


Offers opportunities for travel

Provides few opportunities to contribute


Provides many opportunities to contribute to the industry and to your community

Gives you few or no retirement options


Provides many opportunities for a second career in the industry    


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