Students must be working in a registered apprenticeship program in conjunction with the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. The 5 year apprenticeship program provides training toward journey level certification. 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.

Financial Assistance funds cannot be applied towards this program.

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Participant must be working in an apprenticeship 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
ATGL-1630 Basic Welding 2
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
ATSM-1230 Field Installation 3
ATSM-2310 Refrigeration I 1
ATSM-xxxx Sheetmetal Working Elective2
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
ATCM-1340 OSHA Standards for Construction 3
ATGL-2340 Advanced Welding 2
ATPL-2350 Electricity for Plumbers 2
ATSM-1220 Layout and Fabrication II 1 2
ATSM-2330 Layout and Fabrication III 1 3
ATSM-2340 Advanced Field Installation 3
ATSM-2420 Refrigeration II 2
 Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours30