Sheet Metal Work
Salary Ranges
(entry level –> experienced)

  • $13.31 – $34.33 (hourly)
  • $27,690 – $71,400 (annual)

 

The sheet metal program requires 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8000 hours of on-the-job training.

Sheet-metal workers 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; inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces.

Sheet metal workers need to be in good physical condition and have mechanical and mathematical aptitude and good reading skills. Good eye-hand coordination, spatial and form perception, and manual dexterity also are important. Primary skills needed for this occupation include: install sheet metal assemblies in supportive framework; operate metal or plastic fabricating equipment/machinery; use hand, power and precision measuring tools; braze, solder and weld metal parts or components together.

 

1st Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Introduction to the Sheet Metal Trade
  • Basic Safety
  • Introduction to Hand Tools
  • Introduction to Power Tools
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Construction Math
  • Basic Communication Skills
  • Basic Employability Skills
  • Introduction to Construction Drawings
  • Introduction to Employability Skills
  • Introduction to Material Handling
  • Introduction to Sheet Metal Layout and Processes
  • Installation of Ductwork
  • Installation of Air Distributions Accessories
  • Insulation
  • Basic Rigging
  • Trade Math One
  • Fabrication One: Parallel Line Development
  • Commercial Airside Systems

2nd Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Trade Math Two
  • Basic Piping Practices
  • Prints and Specifications
  • Air Properties and Distribution
  • Air Quality
  • Sheet Metal Duct Fabrication Standards
  • Basic Electricity
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Soldering
  • Fiberglass Duct
  • Fabrication II: Radial Line Development
  • Bend Allowances
  • Money Management
  • Basic Electricity

3rd Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Introduction to Welding, Brazing and Cutting
  • Communications
  • Trade Math III: Field Measurement and Fitting
  • Comprehensive Prints and Specs
  • Principles of Air Flow
  • Air Systems
  • Principles of Refrigeration
  • Louvers, Dampers, Access Doors
  • Energy Conversation Equipment
  • Architectural Sheet Metal
  • Fabrication III: Triangulation
  • Planned Maintenance
  • 10-Hour OSHA
  • Energy Conservation

4th Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Shop Production
  • Fume and Exhaust System Design
  • Fabrication IV: Review
  • Air Balance
  • Introduction to Crew Leader Skills
  • Sheet Metal Code Review
  • Troubleshooting Gas Heating
  • Your Role in the Green Environment