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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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-1060 Sheet Metal OSHA 30 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications
Honors Computer Applications
Select one of the following: 3
Business Elective
CNST Elective
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ATSM-1220 Layout and Fabrication II 2
ATSM-1230 Field Installation 3
Any Approved Ohio Transfer 36 Mathematics course 1 3
Select one of the following: 2-3
Business Elective
CNST Elective
 Credit Hours11-12
Third Semester
ATSM-2310 Refrigeration I 1
ATSM-xxxxATSM Elective 2 3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Elective
CNST Elective
Arts & Humanities requirement 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Fourth Semester
ATSM-2420 Refrigeration II 2
ATSM-xxxxATSM Elective 2 3
ATSM-xxxxATSM Elective 2 3
ATSM-xxxxATSM Elective 2 3
ATSM-xxxxATSM Elective 2
Communication requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Summer Completion
AIT-2990 Contracting in a Diverse World 3
ATSM-1050 Fire Life Safety Tech I 1
ATSM-2790 Sheet Metal Foreman Training 1
 Credit Hours5
 Total Credit Hours60-61

MATH-1100 Mathematical Explorations or MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics taken prior to Fall 2024 will be accepted to meet Mathematics requirement.


The three credits for the ATSM electives can be earned by completing any combination of one, two, and/or three credit hour ATSM courses.

Construction Management Electives

CNST-1290Construction Print Reading2
CNST-2131Construction Methods and Materials3
CNST-2631Construction Management Systems3
CNST-2990Construction Estimating & Cost Analysis3

Business & Supervision Electives

BADM-1020Introduction to Business3
BADM-1210Labor-Management Relations3
BADM-1122Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior3
BADM-2151Business Law3

Entrepreneur Electives

BADM-2450New Business Development5
BADM-1301Small Business Management3

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.