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Apprenticeship

Sheet Metal Worker

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School

The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Periods

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a sheet metal worker. You want to fabricate, assemble, install and service various products and equipment using materials such as galvanized iron, black iron, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass PVC and fibreglass.

But you want to learn more, like how to use laser or plasma cutting equipment, numerically-controlled or computerized equipment, and hand or power shears and snips to cut, drill, punch, bend and shape sheet metal. Maybe you want to specialize in the installation and repair of sheet metal products, such as HVAC systems, neon and metal sign equipment, or dairy, brewery and laboratory equipment.

At NAIT, where we’ve been training Sheet Metal Worker apprentices since 1962, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

  • laying out, measuring and marking dimensions and reference lines on sheet metal according to drawings or templates
  • fastening with bolts, screws, cement, rivets, adhesives, solder or by welding
  • installing and repairing sheet metal products to conform to specifications and building codes

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

If you like working with your hands and developing special skills that can be used in a variety of ways, then you will enjoy being a sheet metal worker.

Sheet metal workers, by nature of the profession, do a lot of custom fabrication to match the job requirements. You will make some products at a shop and install them at the construction site, whereas other products – such as roofing and siding – have to be measured and cut on site.

Training at NAIT

The Sheet Metal Worker apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1425 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 10 weeks of technical training each year

Enter the workforce with confidence 

As a sheet metal worker, you will be employed by sheet metal, air conditioning and heating contractors in residential, commercial and industrial construction. You might be hired by roofing contractors to install flashing and coping. You could also become self-employed or work in shops with other tradespeople.

Experienced sheet metal workers can become specialists in design and layout work, or in estimating the cost of installations. Some advance to supervisory positions.

Resources

Have questions? We've got answers

For more information about the Sheet Metal Worker program at NAIT

Brenda Lusk, Program Assistant
Email: brendal@nait.ca
Phone: 780.378.7204

Robert Elliott, Program Chair
Email: relliott@nait.ca
Phone: 780.378.7232

 



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Scholarships & Awards

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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 10 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided introductory training in sheet metal theory, pattern development, fabrication and welding, blueprint reading and HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning).

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 10 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided basic training in sheet metal theory, pattern development, fabrication, blueprint reading and system controls.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 10 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided intermediate training in sheet metal theory, pattern development, fabrication and welding, blueprint reading and system controls.

Period 4

The fourth period of technical training is 10 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided advanced training in sheet metal theory, pattern development, fabrication and welding, blueprint reading and estimating and system controls.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $980.00
  • Books & Supplies: $530.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $151.88
  • Athletic Fee: $47.00

Period 2

  • Tuition: $980.00
  • Books & Supplies: $575.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $151.88
  • Athletic Fee: $47.00

Period 3

  • Tuition: $980.00
  • Books & Supplies: $350.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $151.88
  • Athletic Fee: $47.00

Period 4

  • Tuition: $980.00
  • Books & Supplies: $195.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $151.88
  • Athletic Fee: $47.00

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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