Apprenticeship – Sheet Metal

Sheetmetal workers lay out, fabricate, assemble, weld, install, and service the following: ducting and associated fittings, flashings, supporting devices, metal joiner panels, metal furnishings and integral equipment associated with air and dust extraction, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and food preparation. They Operate metalworking machines such as power shears, hand brakes, power press brakes, hand punches, power punches and drill presses, to cut, bend punch, drill, shape or straighten sheetmetal.

Scroll down or click on the year to see an overview of the technical and skills training you will receive on-the-job as a Sheetmetal Apprentice.

Safety trainings and Additional Resources are listed following Year 4. Remember that before becoming an Apprentice in this trade you will need to have completed your Sheet Metal Foundations Certificate at an accredited learning institution.

Year 1 > Year 2 > Year 3 > Year 4 > Safety and Additional Trainings > Additional Resources

Year 1 Overview

  • Introduction to Trade-Terminology
  • Layout and Pattern Development
  • Shop Work
  • Materials and Equipment
  • Mathematics
  • Safety
  • Welding
  • Field Installation
  • Supervision Skills and Responsibilities

You will also learn about customer/client relations and gas metal arc welding (GMAW) (MIG)

Year 2 Overview

  • Layout and Pattern Development
  • Shop Work
  • Mathematics
  • Field Installation
  • Architectural Sheet Metal
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Welding
  • Supervision Skill and Responsibilities

You will also learn to perform arch and MIG welding.

Year 3 Overview

  • Layout and Pattern Development
  • Shop Work
  • Materials and Equipment
  • Mathematics
  • Service Work
  • Field Installation
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Residential Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Blowpipe
  • Food Service, Stainless Steel Equipment
  • Welding
  • Supervision Skills and Responsibilities

You will also perform TIG welding.

Year 4 Overview

  • Blowpipe
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Duct System Sound Attenuation
  • Field Installation
  • Layout and Pattern Development
  • Materials and Equipment
  • Mathematics
  • Residential Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Service Work
  • Shop Work
  • Supervision Skills and Responsibilities

In this year you will also learn about TIG and MIG welding and CNC Machinery.

Safety and Additional Training Years 1-4

Recertification as required

  • Confined Space Procedures
  • Fall Arrest
  • Fire watch
  • Forklift
  • Hot Work Permit
  • Lock out
  • Manlift
  • OFA #1
  • Respirator fit test
  • Spill response awareness and procedures
  • WHIMIS
  • Liquid Tracking
  • QA Forms, apprenticeship final year (not all shipyards)
  • Shop Forms, apprenticeship final year (not all shipyards)
  • SMC Environment Policy
  • Tagging, completing correctly for repair

Additional Resources

  • Individual Learning Modules (ILM’s)from your technical training.
  • Modern Welding by Althouse, Turnquist, Bowditch, Goodheart – Wilcox Publishers. ISBN 1-5663-7987-3.
  • IPT’s Metal Trades & Welding Handbook by Ronald Garby and Bruce J. Ashton – IPT Publishing and Training Ltd.
  • Measurements and Calculations for the Trades, Skillplan