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Sheet Metal Apprenticeship, Worth Considering!

Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.

Looking for a career that is challenging, one that pays well and has employers seeking you out? Consider an apprenticeship in the Sheet Metal trade.

Being employed in the sheet metal trade means you could be working in a shop environment or working on a job site. Some of the responsibilities of sheet metal workers include:

  • Reading blueprints and specifications
  • Layout and fabrication
  • Installation of sheet metal systems
  • Altering existing systems
  • Welding

Sheet metal workers fabricate, assemble, and install a variety of sheet metal products. Typical jobs performed by a sheet metal worker include HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) ductwork, and industrial sheet metal work. They also work on hospital and kitchen equipment (stainless steel), industrial exhaust systems, residential sheet metal work, architectural, roofing and flashing (copper, aluminum, stainless steel and galvanized iron).

Want to learn more about our trade? We suggest any or all of the following: browse through our web site, make an appointment to come in and tour our facilities, go out and visit a sheet metal shop in your neighbourhood, or view this career video.

Program Entry

There are two ways of beginning your new career as a sheet metal apprentice:

  1. Take a look at our Sheet Metal Worker Foundation program. The intake for the program is twice a year with classes beginning in Sept. and Feb. At the end of the 20 weeks of training you will have gained the basic skills to obtain employment in the Sheet Metal industry. At that time interviews with local contractors are scheduled for students seeking employment. The Sheet Metal Worker Foundation program qualifies you for Level One of your apprenticeship with the Industry Training Authority.
  2. Find employment with a sheet metal company who will register you with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). In this option, you are indentured to a company as an apprentice sheet metal worker, learning basic sheet metal skills while you are employed. The advantage here is that you earn while you learn.

For more information on this program, contact Admission & Registration and for additional information about starting an apprenticeship, contact BCIT's Apprenticeship Training services.

Entrance requirements

Note: Entrance Requirements are used as a guideline for success in this Apprenticeship program. They are recommended, not required.

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.

myCommunication

Within 2 weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter details information on how to sign on to myBCIT, your one stop shop for BCIT apprentice communication. myBCIT is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Apprentices are expected to bring their CSA-approved steel-toed boots. Cost of books/supplies to be determined

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.

Courses

As an apprentice, the skills you acquire will come from a combination of technical in-school instruction and working in industry to gain practical on-the-job experiences.

At BCIT, you will be taught by instructors who are qualified in all aspects of the trade. Your time will be split into classroom and shop activities where you will be in groups of up to 16 students per class. The program is designed so that comprehensive instructions are followed by a series of assignments and practical projects to give you the opportunity to hone your skills.

Class hours

0730-1430, Monday through Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

In the Sheet Metal program, you will learn the core skills necessary to succeed in the trade. The program is organized in a logical sequence, starting with topics such as:

  • Safe work practices
  • Solving mathematical problems
  • Learning the different metals and their properties
  • Pattern development
  • Field installations
  • Welding theory and practical
  • Shopwork theory and practical

The program is designed so that comprehensive instructions are followed by a series of assignments and practical projects to give you the opportunity to hone your skills.

Each level of apprenticeship training builds on the skills and knowledge you acquired in your previous year's training.

Program length

The total amount of in-school training for a sheet metal apprenticeship is 720 hours. There are four levels of training, each six weeks in length.

Grading

A minimum grade of 70 per cent is required.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Each level of your apprenticeship will give you a different answer for the question, "what are my job opportunities". As you progress through the four years of the apprenticeship program, your abilities and expertise will increase giving way to more difficult and intricate projects.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Credential

BCIT offers a Diploma for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Roger Hagan, Sheet Metal I.P.
Chief Instructor
T: 604-432-8242
E: Roger_Hagan@bcit.ca

Peter Brunning
Support Staff
T: 604-432-8235
E: Peter_Brunning@bcit.ca

Erich Moeller, Sheet Metal I.P.
Instructor
T: 604-432-8242
E: Erich_Moeller@bcit.ca

Perry Stevens, Sheet Metal I.P.
Instructor
T: 604-432-8242

Contact Us

Roger Hagan, Chief Instructor at 604-432-8242

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

The BCIT Apprentice Service can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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