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Sheet Metal Mechanic Apprenticeship

WHAT DOES A SHEET METAL MECHANIC DO?

Fabricates, assembles, installs, and repairs sheet metal products and equipment such as ductwork, fittings, fans, dampers and air distribution devices.

SHEET METAL MECHANIC APPRENTICESHIP

During an apprenticeship, you will receive work experience and job-related education in all phases of the occupation necessary to develop the skill and proficiency of a skilled professional. We rotate you throughout the various work processes to ensure you are a well-rounded professional upon completion of the apprenticeship.

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All apprenticeships include three main parts: job-related-education, on-the-job training, and a scalable wage progression.

The apprenticeship requires you to complete 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. A year consists of 2,000 hours, so you will complete the required hours at the conclusion of the four-year program. During the term of your apprenticeship, you are required to complete approximately 144 hours of job-related education for each year of the apprenticeship. We have partnered with NCCER for the sheet metal curriculum, which will be completed in a workbook. The curriculum is divided into many different modules that build on each other as you progress through the program. Each module includes tests and quizzes to verify your comprehension of the material.

*The apprenticeship wage starts at $12 per hour and includes a progress review every 6 months. Upon successful completion of the program, you should be earning at least $21.60 per hour, and you will receive a journey-level credential from the United States Department of Labor.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Understand shop math
  • Work skillfully with tools, metals, and machines
  • Visualize three-dimensional objects from drawings, sketches, or blueprints
  • Work within precise limits and standards of accuracy
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  • Perform a variety of duties, which may change often
  • Rate information using measurable standards
  • See well (either naturally or with correction)
  • Use hands, fingers, arms, and legs fully
  • Lift up to 50 pounds
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl
  • Climb and balance on ladders and scaffolds
  • Stand for long periods of time

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Selects gauge and type of sheet metal according to product being fabricated and knowledge of metal
  • Locates and marks dimension and reference lines on metal sheet
  • Sets up and operates fabricating machines, such as shears, brakes, bending rolls, and punch and drill presses to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal
  • Shapes metal over anvils, blocks, or forms, using hammer
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  • Sets up and operates soldering and welding equipment to join together sheet metal parts
  • Smooths seams, joints, or burred surfaces, using files and a portable grinder or buffer
  • Installs assemblies in a plant or worksite according to blueprint specifications using hand tools and portable power tools
  • Inspects assemblies and installation for conformance with specifications, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, scales, and micrometer
  • May be required to work with a sheet metal helper or apprentice to provide instruction as to proper methods of tool handling and work product specification
  • Must complete spec work for fittings, fans, dampers and air distribution

SHEET METAL MECHANIC