Students must be working in a registered apprenticeship program in conjunction with the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. Sheet Metal Workers make, install, and maintain heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning duct systems; roofs; siding; rain gutters; downspouts; skylights; restaurant equipment; outdoor signs; railroad cars; tailgates; customized precision equipment; and many other products made from metal sheets. They also may work with fiberglass and plastic materials. The apprenticeship certificate recognizes student attaining journey-level status at the completion of the technical studies. Apprentices may apply technical studies together with general education coursework toward the Associate of Applied Science degree with a concentration in Sheet Metal Working.

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Participant must be currently working in a registered apprenticeship program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
  • High School Diploma/GED

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate verbally, nonverbally and in writing using appropriate technology with co-workers, other trades, design professionals, suppliers and end users in order to complete projects in a timely fashion in accordance with local codes and job specifications.
  2. Working independently or as part of a team in a respectful and professional manner, resolving conflicts when needed, in order to complete a project in a timely fashion.
  3. Exhibit pride of craftsmanship and reliability; actively engage in all aspects of the project and take opportunities to upgrade skills.
  4. Recognize hazardous materials and conditions, wear appropriate personal protective equipment and take preventative measures following federal, state, local laws, policies and procedures.
  5. Layout and fabricate sheet metal items safely using shop equipment, hand and power tools, computerized equipment and apply basic math to meet job specifications in accordance with Sheet Metal Air Condition Contractors National Association (SMACNA).
  6. Install sheet metal items safely using hand and power tools, ladders, scaffolds and lifting devices, and apply basic math to meet job specifications in accordance with SMACNA standards.
  7. Read and interpret blueprints, specifications and shop drawing in order to fabricate and install various sheet metal components.
  8. Startup HVAC equipment and service accordingly to meet project specification.
  9. Safely test and balance an installed system to ensure that it is operating to design specifications.
  10. Be certified in OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 Construction Safety and Health. Be prepared for the following certifications:
    1. EPA Section 608 Certification
    2. AWSD1.1 and AWSD1.9 Welding Certifications
    3. HVAC Firelife Safety Level 1 Technician Certification

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ATSM-1010 Benefits Management 1
ATSM-1020 Trade History 1
ATSM-1030 Layout and Fabrication I 2
ATSM-1040 OSHA 16 Hour Safety Training 1
ATGL-1630 Basic Welding 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-xxxx
CNST Elective 
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ATSM-1220 Layout and Fabrication II 2
ATSM-1230 Field Installation 3
ATSM-2310 Refrigeration I 1
ATGL-2340 Advanced Welding 2
ATPL-2350 Electricity for Plumbers 2
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher3
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-xxxx
CNST Elective 
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
ATSM-2330 Layout and Fabrication III 3
ATSM-2340 Advanced Field Installation 3
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-xxxx
CNST Elective 
Arts & Humanities requirement 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
AIT-2990 Contracting in a Diverse World 3
ATCM-1340 OSHA Standards for Construction 3
ATSM-2420 Refrigeration II 2
ATSM-2510 Commercial Roof Top Units 2
Communication requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-xxxx
CNST Elective 
 Credit Hours16-17
 Total Credit Hours63-64

Construction Management Electives

CNST-1731Construction Print Reading3
CNST-2130Construction Methods, Materials, and Equipment3
CNST-2631Construction Management Systems3
CNST-2990Construction Estimating & Cost Analysis3

Business & Supervision Electives

BADM-1020Introduction to Business3
BADM-1121Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior4
BADM-1210Labor-Management Relations3
BADM-2150Business Law4
BADM-2240Negotiations3

Entrepreneur Electives

BADM-1300Small Business Management4
BADM-2450New Business Development5
BADM-2470Marketing Techniques for Small Business Management3