Sheet Metal Workers

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Will "Sheet Metal Workers" be replaced by AI & Robots?

It's highly likely this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. However, workers may be able to take some comfort in the results from our poll, which shows a 38% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Robots are watching

or 82% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

Median Annual Wage


or $22.57 hourly

People Employed


as of 2016

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How this compares with other jobs: 458 out of 706

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Job description

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.

SOC Code: 47-2211

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Trailerparknick (Small chance) says
There is no ductwork hanging robot, there is no ai capable of creating project specific solutions and real time implementing,
Jan 02, 2020 at 02:46 AM
Kwise (Small chance) says
Installing sheet metal duct work in commercial buildings seems more difficult of a task than other jobs. Loading, unloading, navigating and bringing it into an unfinished building with obstacles. Let alone finding a place to store the duct work that does not need to be moved a bunch of times. Maybe delivering sheet metal duct work to the job.
Jun 18, 2019 at 02:03 AM

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