Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship

Sheet metal workersApprenticeship Program - Sheet Metal Workers

Trade Coordinator: Lou Long
Phone: 541-279-1543

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Job Description
Sheet metal workers fabricate and install fittings and duct work used in construction or industry for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in residential, commercial and industrial applications. They set up and operate shears, press brakes, hand brakes, bending rolls, welding machines and other equipment to cut, form and attach metal together for applications such as metal roofing and stainless steel work for restaurants, kitchens and hospitals. They prepare shop and field drawings manually and with computer programs. Computer skills are becoming increasingly important for controlling industrial equipment.


  • H.S. Diploma (2.0 GPA) or GED (score of 230/2300)
  • Minimum of one year of high school algebra with a grade of 'C' or better (or equivalent).
    Equivalent may be one term of College Algebra Math 60 and 65 or Math 70 with a grade of 'C' or better.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

*Local apprenticeship committee may require additional qualifications.

Working Conditions
The work is performed both indoors and out, using scaffolding, ladders, and high lifts, and in awkward positions and cramped spaces. Sheet metal workers may work in shops performing fabrication work or on construction sites, doing installation.

Average Journey-level Wage in Oregon
$32.83 per hour

Recommended High School or College Courses

  • Trade Skills Fundamentals
  • Electrical Wiring for the Trades
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Drafting/CAD
  • Construction classes
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Welding
  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Electrical Theory
  • Electronics

Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship agreement combines both the on-the-job experience and classroom related training instruction over a period of four years. A minimum of 144 hours of related training per year is recommended and 8,000 on-the-job training hours.

Associate of Applied Science Degree - ** Catalog Listing
Lane's AAS degree in Construction Trades General Apprenticeship can be earned once a student meets the requirements for both related training and general education.