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Fabricators/Sheet Metal Workers

950 new positions on the Virginia Peninsula from 2012 to 2016

Start: $ 11.31/hr. $ 23,500/yr.
Ave: $ 11.74/hr. $ 36,900/yr.


Employer website, Peninsula Worklink, Virginia Employment Commission

Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School

Virginia Wizard


Job Description: Fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products and equipment.

Education Needed: Vocational training, OJT, or an AAS.

Career Pathway: Sheet metal workers learn their trade through both formal apprenticeships and informal on-the-job training programs. For some, this training begins in a high school where classes in English, algebra, geometry, physics, mechanical drawing and blueprint reading and general shop are recommended. After high school there are a number of different ways to train. Most sheet metal workers in large-scale manufacturing receive on-the-job training with additional class work or in-house training as necessary. The training needed to become proficient in manufacturing takes less time than the training for proficiency in onstruction. It is important for experienced sheet metal workers to keep abreast of new technological developments, such as the use of computerized layout and laser-cutting machines. Certifications in one of the specialties can be beneficial to workers and are offered by a wide variety of associations, several of which are listed in the sources of additional information at the end of this statement. Sheet metal workers in manufacturing may advance to positions as supervisors or quality inspectors. Some of these workers may move into other management positions.

WorkKeys Scores Needed:: Applied Math (4), Reading for Information (3), Locating Information (4) and Observation (4)

October 31, 2020


1) Review Essential Skills Below.  Take our skills check up to see how you qualify against employer standards.

2) Visit Employer website, Peninsula Worklink, Virginia Employment Commission to learn about education and training programs.

3) Current employers of record for Fabricators/Sheet Metal Workers:
Ball Corporation, Pepsi Bottling, Newport News Shipbuilding, Aerotek, Ameri-Force, MK Industries, ADVEX Corp.

Essential Skills for Fabricators/Sheet Metal Workers

Technical Skills
Equipment Selection: determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installation: installing equipment, machines, wiring or programs to meet specifications.
Quality Control Analysis: conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Follows directions correctly: communicates effectively with customers and fellow employees.
Listens well and applies what is learned. Reads and applies safety warnings and simpler equipment instructions.
Writes sentences with minor grammar and punctuation errors.

Workplace Skills
Creativity, innovation, adaptation: contributes new ideas and adapts to changes in the workplace.
Diversity awareness and application: communicates and works well with customers and coworkers of different ages, genders, races, socioeconomics, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.
Professional ethics: Abides by workplace policies and laws and demonstrates personal integrity.
Personal hygiene and safety: Follows safety guidelines and manages personal health.

Professional Skills
Time and resource management: punctual, timely with work deadlines, manages time and other resources well.
Team player: demonstrates commitment to the success of the team, assists others, requests help when needed, and resolves conflicts effectively.
Positive work ethic: arrives ready to work, is supportive of accomplishing tasks at hand, completes work assignments
in effective and efficient way and is willing to take on additional tasks.
Systems thinking: understands his or her role in fulfilling the mission of this workplace.