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
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.
Harmonized sheet metal apprenticeship
New Sheet Metal Apprentices starting the program after April 1, 2019 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program.
Harmonized apprentice levels will be regularly scheduled as follows:
- Level 1 intakes offered after April 1, 2019
- Level 2 intakes offered after April 1, 2020
- Level 3 intakes offered after April 1, 2021
- Level 4 intakes offered after April 1, 2022
Current Sheet Metal apprentices will have the following options to complete their training:
Option 1: complete the current program
Apprentices that began their training prior to April 2019 are encouraged to complete each level of training in their current stream as follows:
- Level 2 by March 31, 2020
- Level 3 by March 31, 2021
- Level 4 by March 31, 2022
Option 2: transition from the current stream to the harmonized stream
Current apprentices that need to transition to the new program will need to complete GAP training in order to enter the new stream. Additional training is required to address the gaps in program content as follows:
- Transition from current Level 1 to harmonized Level 2 after April 1, 2020 – 25 hours of GAP training will be required
Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.
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.
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.
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.
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