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Career Area: Architecture and Construction
Program Number: 50-432-0
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Sheet Metal Construction Apprentice Careers

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Most sheet metal workers fabricate, install and maintain heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Other sheet metal workers are employed in specialty areas such as kitchen equipment, sign work, metal decking and siding, heavy metal work and blowpipe. Still others are involved in ornamental and decorative sheet metal and architectural work such as copper work, rain protection systems and skylights. Many career options are available within the trade, from field installation, shop layout, welding and service work, to drafting, estimating and energy management. Trained sheet metal journeymen may go on to become foremen or supervisors or run their own shop.

Details and Requirements

  • 5-year training program
  • 8,600 hours on-the-job training
  • 400 hours paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required
  • Classes include drafting, plan and specification reading, trigonometry and geometry applicable to layout work, the use of computerized equipment, welding, and the principles of heating, air-conditioning and ventilating systems

Apprenticeship Information

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

Wisconsin Technical College Sheet Metal Construction Apprentice Programs

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