Many people still think of the SHEET METAL WORKER as an old-time “tin knocker”, working primarily with tin snips and hammer, installing gutters and downspouts. However this image has long been outdated.
In spite of our Nations enormous growth and technological changes that have taken place, the SHEET METAL WORKER remains clearly the only building tradesman to start with raw materials, custom-make complex systems, and then install them. He can transform flat sheets of metal into any size or shape that is required by working from a blueprint or verbal instructions.
The SHEET METAL WORKER is involved from the original design stage, fabrication, erection, and all the way through final balancing, adjusting and testing of the installed air handling system. Hardly any other tradesman gets involved in so many tasks. The SHEET METAL WORKER has technical and exacting work to do; his varied duties create never-ending challenges.
Most people consider the term “air conditioning” to merely imply cooling of the air. But air conditioning is much more comprehensive when the term “conditioning the air” is used. SHEET METAL WORKERS help provide these type of systems which heat, cool, and ventilate – providing a completely controlled inside environment. Such systems are becoming necessities rather than luxuries largely due to the improved efficiency, moral, and better health of the people occupying the building – including homes and places of work and leisure.
The rapidly expanding use of new materials and processes in manufacturing plants throughout the nation today is presenting new health hazards at an alarming rate. The SHEET METAL WORKER also helps provide systems that will safely remove fumes, dust, smoke, heat, odors, carbon dioxide, and other dangerous contaminates to combat this situation.
Many SHEET METAL WORKERS also have an important role due to the large amount of sheet metal work that goes into sign making, hospital and restaurant equipment, aircraft and shipbuilding. In addition, the knowledge and skill of the SHEET METAL WORKER is needed by other industries in products requiring sheet metal work.
SHEET METAL WORKERS, like most tradesmen, acquire their knowledge and skill through years of training and practical experience.