Iain McDonnell 21


Sheet Metal Worker


I got a job at the car wash after I finished high school. My dad was a pipefitter and he wanted me to get into a trade. I don’t know what I thought I was going to do with a high school education but taking up a trade wasn’t something I considered too seriously. My father set me up with a job interview with one of his friends who owns the company I’m with now. The idea of being a sheet metal installer didn’t set of any fireworks that’s for sure and no way was my father picking my future anyway but if I hadn’t gone to the interview to make him happy I’d probably still be vacuuming cars. I have to admit I love this job and I’m getting pretty good at it. I have about 600 hours left in my apprenticeship and then I can go wherever I want and know I can get a good job. I never liked school because I couldn’t see why we were learning most of that junk but I really enjoy the classroom part of my apprenticeship. It’s interesting and you’re learning it for a reason. We work mostly in new high-rise buildings and some of the heating and air-conditioning systems are pretty complicated, which I like because making it all fit together is really satisfying. We do most of our fabrication onsite and right now I spend most my time cutting metal and putting together the duct work for the other guys to hang. I get my new truck cleaned at the old car wash every couple of weeks because it makes me feel good to know I made the right decisions – even if it was my dad’s idea.
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Iain McDonnell

Sheet Metal Worker

I got a job at the car wash after I finished high school. My dad was a pipefitter and he wanted me to get into a trade. I don’t know what I thought I was going to do with a high school education but taking up a trade wasn’t something…
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Sheet Metal Worker
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  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Measurements & Calculations
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
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Sheet Metal Worker

Education Roadmap

Sheet Metal Worker

Career ETA: 5 years

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Why is working in sheet metal right for me?

2018-04-07
Working in sheet metal Sheet metal workers design, fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products. In fabrication work, sheet metal workers lay out and measure pieces to specifications. They use tools such as power shears, press brakes, drill presses and computerized cutting equipment to cut and shape material. They assemble and join the pieces using various techniques such as welding and using mechanical fasteners. Sheet metal

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Sheet Metal

2018-04-07
Sheet metal is metal formed into thin and flat pieces. It is one of the fundamental forms used in metalworking and can be cut and bent into different shapes. Thicknesses vary. Extremely thin pieces of sheet metal are foil or leaf, and pieces thicker than a quarter inch or centimetre are considered plate. Sheet metal is used in car bodies, airplane wings, medical tables, roofs and many everyday things. Sheet metal is generally produced in sheet

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