Work Description

Sheet Metal Workers’ trade is one of the most varied of all the skilled trades. The majority of Sheet Metal Workers’ are employed in the heating, ventilating, air-conditioning & refrigeration industry (HVACR), where they fabricate, install, and maintain HVACR systems in Residential, Light Commercial and Industrial. Sheet Metal Workers’ layout, shear, forms, roll & fabricate from flat sheets of mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, etc.  Many other Sheet Metal Workers’ are employed in specialty areas; such as, kitchen equipment, food service equipment, sign work, sheet metal decking, siding, metal roofing, heavy metal work, welding (MIG, TIG & STICK) industrial ventilation systems, Blowpipe systems, ornamental and decorative sheet metal, and architectural work; such as, copper work, rain protection systems, and skylights.


Working Conditions
Combination of shop work and construction site work. Use shop fabrication machinery. Outdoor work may require working from ladders and scaffolding.


  • High school diploma, GED or equivalency
  • Physically capable of performing the trade
  • Recommended high school courses: General Math, Shop Math, Algebra, Geometry, Mechanical and Architectural Drawing, General Sciences, Shop Courses, and Computer Courses
  • Pass Accuplacer testing

 Terms of Apprenticeship

  • Five year program
  • 9,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • 500 hours of paid related classroom instruction
  • 300 hours of non-paid related instruction to include First Aid, Welding, OSHA 10+, etc.



For information please contact:

Ben Stahlecker
Apprenticeship Training Representative
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards


Craig Wagner
Local 18
Business Representative
International Association of, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers'


  • Programs & Courses