Job Profile:      Aircraft Metalsmith

Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.

Job Information
37,540 64,180 127,800

Select Tasks
Install assemblies, such as flashing, pipes, tubes, heating and air conditioning ducts, furnace casings, rain gutters, or downspouts in supportive frameworks. Select gauges or types of sheet metal or nonmetallic material, according to product specifications. Fasten seams or joints together with welds, bolts, cement, rivets, solder, caulks, metal drive clips, or bonds to assemble components into products or to repair sheet metal items.
Fabricate or alter parts at construction sites, using shears, hammers, punches, or drills. Trim, file, grind, deburr, buff, or smooth surfaces, seams, or joints of assembled parts, using hand tools or portable power tools. Finish parts, using hacksaws or hand, rotary, or squaring shears.
Maintain equipment, making repairs or modifications when necessary. Shape metal material over anvils, blocks, or other forms, using hand tools. Transport prefabricated parts to construction sites for assembly and installation.
Hire, train, or supervise new employees or apprentices. Construct components for high-performance wind turbine systems. Fabricate ducts for high efficiency heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to maximize efficiency of systems.
Install green architectural sheet metal components, such as cool roofs or hot or cold walls. Perform building commissioning activities by completing mechanical inspections of a building's water, lighting, or heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Perform sheet metal work necessary for solar panel installations.
Verify that heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed, installed, and calibrated in accordance with green certification standards, such as those of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Determine project requirements, such as scope, assembly sequences, or required methods or materials, using blueprints, drawings, or written or verbal instructions. Lay out, measure, and mark dimensions and reference lines on material, such as roofing panels, using calculators, scribes, dividers, squares, or rulers.
Develop or lay out patterns, using computerized metalworking equipment. Maneuver completed roofing units into position for installation. Inspect individual parts, assemblies, or installations, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, scales, or micrometers.
Secure metal roof panels in place by interlocking and fastening grooved panel edges. Fasten roof panel edges or machine-made moldings to structures by nailing or welding.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
AC/DC welding power units Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable wrenches
Allen wrenches Ammeters Angle grinders
Aviation snips Ball peen hammers Bandsaws
Bar folders Beading machines Beam compasses
Bolt cutters Box and pan brakes Bumping hammers
Burring machines C clamps Calibrated flow hoods
Calipers Carbon dioxide CO2 monitors Caulking guns
Center punches Chain hoists Chalk lines
Circular saws Clamp-on ammeters Cleat folders
Cleat formers Cold chisels Cold-cut saws
Combination snips Combustion analyzers Computer controlled presses
Computer controlled saws Cordless drills Cutoff saws
Desktop computers Dial indicators Digital multimeters
Dimplers Dividers Double seaming equipment
Draft gauges Drifts Drill presses
Ear muffs Easy edgers Electric drills
Electric impact wrenches Foot shears Framing squares
Groovers Hacksaws Hammer drills
Hammers Hand brakes Hand crimpers
Hand dollies Hand notchers Hard hats
Hoists Hole punches Humidity sensors
Hydraulic hoists Hydraulic presses Inclined manometers
Jigs Ladders Laser cutters
Laser levels Laser printers Magnehelic pressure gauges
Mechanical tachometers Metal inert gas MIG welders Microamp meters
Micrometers Millivolt meters Multimeters
Nibblers Nut drivers Ohmmeters
Oxyacetylene welding equipment Oxygen testers Personal computers
Pipe cutters Pipe reamers Pipe threaders
Pitot tubes Plasma cutters Plumb bobs
Pneumatic hammers Pneumatic impact wrenches Pneumatic riveters
Polishers Pop rivet guns Portable plasma cutters
Portable spot welders Power brakes Power buffers
Power notchers Power presses Power punches
Power routers Power sanders Power shears
Pressure gauges Prick punches Protective clothing
Protractors Psychrometers Punches
Ring and circular shears Rivet presses Riveting hammers
Riveting tools Rotary punches Safety glasses
Safety gloves Safety goggles Scaffolding
Scale rulers Scratch awls Screwdrivers
Scribers Seamers Set squares
Setting hammers Side cutting pliers Single-cut mill saw files
Slings Slip roll formers Smoke testers
Socket wrench sets Soldering furnaces Spiral duct machines
Spirit levels Spot welders Squares
Squaring shears Stack thermometers Stencils
Straightedges Strobe tachometers T squares
Tap sets Tape measures Templates
Tempscribes Tongs Trammel points
Transit levels Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment Turning machines
U-tube manometers Unishears V-notchers
Velometers Vernier calipers Vise grip pliers
Welding facial shields Welding helmets Welding tips
Wire cutters Wiring machines

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