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Sheetmetal Shop Foreman Duties

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This is skilled supervisory work in the repair, maintenance, fabrication, and installation of various types of sheetmetal (including stainless steel) ducts, equipment, fixtures, apparatus, and tools.

An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for supervising sheetmetal workers and helpers engaged in the construction and installation of sheetmetal fixtures such as gutters, down spouts, vents, flashings, and ducts. An important part of the work includes the design and manufacture of specialized equipment, fixtures, and apparatus used in kitchens and scientific laboratories, and the preparation of cost estimates of labor and material. Work also includes ordering supplies, preparing reports, and maintaining standard records. An employee in this class receives general supervision from a superior. Work assignments are received through oral or written instructions. Work is reviewed while in progress and on completion for compliance with specifications and acceptable standards of workmanship.


Supervises skilled and semi-skilled workers in the repair and construction of sheetmetal roofs, ducts and fixtures, equipment and apparatus; supervises and participates in laying out patterns on metal, forms, shapes.

Fabricates equipment such as ventilating and air conditioning ducts, gutters, down spouts, roof structures, flashings, and specialized equipment used in kitchens and scientific laboratories.

Prepares cost estimates of labor and materials; orders supplies, materials, and equipment.

Recruits and trains skilled and trades helper personnel.

Establishes safety and work performance standards.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school, and considerable experience as a journeyman sheetmetal worker, including some supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials, and practices employed in the sheetmetal trades.

Thorough knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Ability to estimate labor and materials costs.

Ability to supervise the work of sheetmetal workers and helpers.

Ability to understand and effectively carry out complex oral and written instructions, including the interpretation of drawings, sketches, and blue prints.

Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with personnel of other departments.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and orally.

Skill in the use and care of equipment and tools of the sheetmetal trade.



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