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the Sheet Metal field of work>>>

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by BROWNer, Mar 6, 2002.

  1. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    hey, anyone here have any insight into a trade
    like sheet metal work????????????????????????
    you know, your feelings on it, the pay, the
    schooling, the employers, the market and availability
    of work etcetry....any info.............
    in general....
  2. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 17, 2002 Messages: 4,725 Likes Received: 0
    metal working is fun... lots of fun. but i don't know about pay and shit like that. i've only done it for fun...
  3. ASER1NE

    ASER1NE Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 15, 2001 Messages: 7,578 Likes Received: 3
    i know about roofing and industrial welding.........
  4. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 17, 2002 Messages: 4,725 Likes Received: 0
    welding is where it's at... i've tried my hand at an english wheel a couple of times too... i love metal...
  5. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 14, 2000 Messages: 17,017 Likes Received: 175
    one of my boys used to take me out to these sheet metal yards and while he stole scrap, I'd fuck with the cranes... still, he started slapping shit together in some pretty amazing ways and this led to numerous jobs designing and building railings for clubs in a really big resort city, and eventually, led him to some gallery shows in Europe... since then he's been kinda hard to be in touch with... still...

    H e pretty much taught himself, but that's not to imply that there isn't ALOT to learn... if I were you, I'd just go to a shett metal contractor and ask what he'd be looking for in a new hire... then make yourself fit that mold... you might need some certification on some different welders, OR, you might be able to jump right in on the bottom rung... I know the pay is 'decent' and the work can be hard... so... that's what I got...
  6. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    yea, i'm not too sure about starting at the bottom..
    the courses around here are for 6 months, then you
    apprentice for 4 years....so, there is much to learn indeed.
    the pay is very nice from what i've gleaned. while apprenticing
    you make fairly decent money that goes up every 6 months
    and your living expenses are paid. after the 4 years you
    can get your certificate thing to be a 'journeyman'(whatever that is)
    and this also entitles you to nationwide employment depending on
    the market. at this point you can expect wages of
    $30-$40/hour.....not too shabby. this is all i know, and its not
    enough. keep the knowledge flowing aye.....^^^
  7. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 14, 2000 Messages: 17,017 Likes Received: 175
    well... a journeyman is essetially a 'master craftsman', it basically entitles you to run any aspect of a job... I also know alot of that work is unionized, so you might get the best info by attending a local meeting and just asking those guys... yeah, when I said 'decent' pay, I meant starting around $18 - $25 an hour... maybe as low as $11.50 in the first 6 months, but still... I don't think I have anything else to add, so I'll pass the mic...