Sheet Metal Workers


Sheet metal workers perform all types of tasks using metal. They design, fabricate and install heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. When an air conditioning system breaks or has problems, it is the sheet metal workers who use computers to troubleshoot the problem and then perform the service work to correct it. Sheet metal workers are responsible for the stainless steel cabinets and countertops you see in restaurants and cafeterias.


The apprenticeship program for sheet metal workers combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction, which takers place at state-of-the art JATC owned facilities or in the vocational training departments of local school and/or community colleges. Each JATC program has its own computers, which allows the JATC to deliver training, monitor progress, and communicate with other apprenticeship programs through the ITI home page.

The apprenticeship program lasts five years, during which you receive wages and benefits as well as top-of-the-line instruction at no cost! In your first and second year, you will learn about drafting, sheet metal tools, safety procedures, pattern layout and development as well as how mathematics apply to the trade. In your third year, you will work more on your own, and will learn how to about installing HVAC equipment, welding, hoisting and rigging, and retrofitting environmental systems. Finally, in your fourth years, you will be taught about fine tuning HVAC systems and welding techniques. By the end of your fourth year you attain journeyperson status!


At the International Training Institute (ITI), which is jointly sponsored by labor and management, you have the opportunity to take advanced courses of training in a variety of areas, such as HAZMAT, confined spaces, and advanced welding. There is also the opportunity to work towards an associate’s degree. ITI has an online university, which allows for distant learning. Sheet Metal Workers have the opportunity to become an apprentice instructor or training administrator. They can train to be Service Work Technicians and/or Certified Welding Inspectors.