Occ. Code 7359200





New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard





            A Sheet Metal Worker, as a member of a maintenance force, performs skilled journey level sheet metal work at a State facility. Incumbents repair and manufacture articles such as steel tables, laboratory equipment, metal cabinets and air ducts using various types of sheet metal.


            The largest number of positions in this class exists in the units of the State University and the Health Department.




            Sheet Metal Workers design, lay out and fabricate various articles from sheet metal, working with metals such as steel, iron, aluminum and copper and using tools such as shears, brakes, riveters, welders, solderers, grinders and anvils. Sheet Metal Workers manufacture and repair cabinets, tables, laboratory equipment, air ducts, etc. Typically, incumbents are the sole Sheet Metal Worker within a facility and they supervise a staff of two or three semiskilled or relatively unskilled maintenance employees.


            Positions of Roofer and Tinsmith perform similar activities and tasks described in this standard as well as performing activities and tasks in connection with repair and construction of roofs. Positions of General Mechanic as skilled workers in a number of trades may perform some of the activities and tasks described in this standard.


            Positions of Maintenance Assistant and Maintenance Helper under the guidance of a skilled tradesperson perform the routine and repetitive tasks of the sheet metal trade and learn practical techniques of the trade. Their tasks include cutting and soldering metal, bending material to specifications and moving materials to work sites.




Repairs, manufactures and installs a variety of sheet metal ware such as air ducts, cabinets, laboratory equipment, etc.


·    According to specifications, plans or users' descriptions and instructions, determines the gauge and type metal necessary and dimensions of article to be made.


·    May requisition material from storehouse.


·    Marks dimensions and reference lines on metal.


·    Uses shears, brakes and bending rolls to cut, bend and straighten sheet metal.


·    Shapes metals over anvils, blocks or forms using hammer.


·    Solders, welds or rivets metal together to form desired articles.


·    Smoothes seams, joints and burred surfaces using files, portable grinders or buffers.


·    Inspects completed articles for conformance with instructions, plans or diagrams.




            The nature of a Sheet Metal Worker's activities generally restricts relationships to other employees within the maintenance force of a facility. On occasion, incumbents may be expected to orally communicate with the administrators or others on the facility staff to obtain specifications and descriptions of articles to be manufactured and to provide reasons why work is being accomplished in the manner selected.


            Where a Sheet Metal Worker directs and supervises a maintenance staff in the performance of sheet metal work, incumbents have frequent oral and written communications assigning work and providing instructions.   Communications with the general public are not typical of this class.


            The activities of this class are basically thing oriented and communication with others is not a classification factor.




            Sheet Metal Workers are supervised by higher level building trades positions such as Supervising Machinists, Supervising Plumbers and Steamfitters or Maintenance Supervisors. Generally work priorities are prescribed, material is furnished, the nature or extent of work to be performed is given and detailed plans, diagrams and specifications provided. However, in the absence of such direction incumbents set priorities, requisition material, determine work to be performed and lay out work as required. The work of Sheet Metal Workers is periodically inspected by the supervisor but the incumbents are expected to work with considerable independence that is typical of the craftsworker.


            Sheet Metal Workers supervise a staff of subordinate maintenance employees making assignments, giving instructions and observing and inspecting work performed to insure that instructions have been followed and that the quality of work is satisfactory.




            A Sheet Metal Worker may use any of the tools of the sheet metal trade. Some of these include shears, brakes, anvils, hammers, punches and drills and welding and soldering equipment.




·    Good knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the sheet metal trade.


·    Working knowledge of the physical properties and characteristics of the various metals and alloys used.


·    Basic knowledge of the safety processes for the use of the various tools and equipment.


·    Ability to plan and lay out sheet metal work.


·    Ability to read, interpret and work from plans, specifications, blueprints, and schematic drawings.


·    Ability to use tools, machines, equipment and materials of the sheet metal trade.


·    Ability to stand for long periods of time and do moderately heavy lifting.


As required:


·    Ability to estimate labor and material requirements and cost of sheet metal work as required.


·    Ability to supervise and train others as required.




            Four years of full time experience under a skilled journey level sheet metal worker which would provide training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program. Apprentice training in the sheet metal worker trade or training gained by the completion of technical courses in sheet metal work at a school or institute may be substituted for the above experience on a year-for-year basis.




Reviewed:  4/04




NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.