Sheet Metal Apprenticeships


A Sheet Metal Apprentice will learn planning, laying out, fabricating, assembling, installing, and repairing sheet metal parts, equipment and products. Through the apprenticeship program, they are taught the knowledge of metal characteristics, layout techniques, use of hand and power tools of the industry as well as the machines and equipment needed to fabricate sheet metal. As a journeyworker, they will read and interpret blueprints, sketches, or product specifications to help fabricate sheet metal products.

Training Opportunities:

  • Sheet Metal Apprentices learn to fabricate and install heating and air conditioning systems for comfort in offices, stores, homes and industrial buildings. They also learn to fabricate and install exterior building ornamentation such as gutters, flashing and metal roof; industrial fume removal systems, waste material and collection systems and boiler breaching systems; and kitchen equipment, counters, hoods, tables, cabinets and specialty items.
  • Environmental Service Technician Apprentices learn to maintain and repair Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning in offices, stores, homes and industrial buildings; install and troubleshoot low voltage controls; install refrigerant piping, gas piping and condensate drains; and install and adjust start-up/air balancing and adjustments on new equipment.

Apprenticeship Qualifications:

  • It is recommended that all applicants shall not be less than 17 years of age.
  • Must be a high school graduate, or establish the equivalency of such.
  • Be able to perform all tasks of the trade.
  • Be able to meet required norms of testing.

Apprenticeship Advantages:

  • Earn while you learn
  • Become self-reliant
  • College-level earning power upon graduation, without the costs of a college education
  • Obtain instruction by journeyworkers of considerable stature and experience
  • Gain respect and recognition from co-workers as one progresses and becomes productive
  • Satisfaction of working with your hands and your mind in an increasingly technical and sophisticated industry
  • Receive training for a career – not just a job
  • Varied career opportunities: Owner, inspector, estimator, teacher, etc.
  • Freedom to take your skill and knowledge from one employer to another, to all parts of the country.


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Important Links:

Big Step Tutoring

Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards

Madison Area Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Office

Madison College