Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship

Description

Sheet Metal Workers assemble, install and service an extensive range of heating, air conditioning, roofing, restaurant, and hospital equipment. This includes such things as: ducts, pipes, gutters, cabinets, flashings and supporting devices. Sheet Metal Worker is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program.

Sheet Metal Workers also test, balance, and troubleshoot duct systems; and weld, grind and polish metals. They use welding equipment to join sheets of metal and must have knowledge of the specialized welding techniques used for the many different metal alloys they will encounter. 

In this 4-year apprenticeship, the apprentice works in industry and attends school for 6 weeks each year. These four 6 week blocks of technical training and 4 years of on the job training will allow the apprentice to progress through the full spectrum of learning required to become a Qualified Sheet Metal Journeyperson.

Admission Requirements 

  • You must be a registered apprentice within BC
  •  Persons wishing to become apprentices must be employed with a business that employs a qualified journeyperson Sheet Metal Worker. The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sets up a registration for apprenticeship between the apprentice, the employer and the ITA.

Program Outline

Level 1 (6 weeks)

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

 Level 2 (6 weeks)

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

 Level 3 (6 weeks)

  • 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

Level 4 (6 weeks)

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

Program Fees

  • For tuition information visit Apprenticeship Tuition Fees.
  • Students must supply approved safety boots and coveralls.
  • Income support for apprentices attending technician-training courses is provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) through regular employment insurance eligibility.
  • For financial and other useful documents visit Important Documents

Employment Opportunities

The Sheet Metal Worker apprentice will write the Red Seal Examination on the last day of the level 4 technical training.  Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Sheet Metal Worker. The Red Seal Endorsement is recognized across Canada.

Red Seal certified workers can work anywhere in Canada where their trade is designated. Labour mobility is essential for the Canadian workforce. For skilled tradespeople, the Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in trades across Canada. 

How to Apply

Applications can be completed online here or over the phone. There is no application fee.

Click here to view the apprenticeship schedule

Program Contact

Apprenticeship Office

(250) 762-5445 (Local 4733)
Toll Free: 1-800-621-3038
e-mail: hhobart@okanagan.bc.ca