Sheet Metal Worker Pre-Apprenticeship

Develop skills in layout, fabrication, and installation of ductwork and knowledge of construction documentation.


Start Date:
20 Weeks
Certificate of Accomplishment
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2015 Akerley Campus • Dartmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Today's sheet metal industry requires a variety of skills – knowledge of construction documentation, communication skills, layout, fabrication, and installation of sheet metal products, such as ductwork and roofing products. You train in many aspects of sheet metal work and course material is delivered through classroom, lab work and an industry work term.

This program meets one of the growing labour demands in the construction sector. The skills you learn are relevant to the needs of industry now and in the future.

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. "It’s a fun, fast-paced work environment."
  2. "It’s creative. You see the finished product in the end."
  3. "As an apprentice you earn, while you learn."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards Journeyperson Certification in the Sheet Metal Worker trade. Graduates of this program are eligible for transfer credit upon registration in the Provincial Apprenticeship Program.
  • Faculty have years of experience in the metal fabrication industry and many students look to them as mentors.

Employment Opportunities

  • Demand for qualified sheet metal workers is growing and graduates have opportunities to work in variety of sectors including: residential and commercial construction, shipbuilding, and offshore energy.

Student Success

  • Additional skills and abilities, including your math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades & Technology programs. Details are provided with your acceptance notification – Trades & Technology Preparation Checklist (23KB)

Other Info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition. 2015-2016 Fees are not finalized. Sign-up for Fees Notification and we'll let you know by email as soon as the fees are finalized (including approved tuition and additional program costs). To help with your planning, use the 2014-2015 Program Fees as a reference to provide an estimate of program costs.
  • Start dates and locations for this program are determined according to industry demand.
  • Red Seal – Sheet Metal Worker is a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada where the trade is designated without having to write further examinations.
  • Registered apprentices can apply for the NSCC Journeyperson Diploma. This diploma recognizes your apprentice training, and the completion of NSCC's employability skills and portfolio requirements.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You will participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards require that you have adequate vision and colour perception to operate safely in the shop and in the field while performing tasks of the trade.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SHEET 1001   Safety and Rigging
SHEET 1002   Blueprint Reading and Sketching
SHEET 1003   Tools and Equipment
SHEET 1004   Power Tools and Equipment
SHEET 1005   Communication
SHEET 1006   Basic Mathematics
SHEET 1008   Fabrication Fundamentals
SHEET 1009   Welding and Cutting Processes
SHEET 1010   Materials and Metallurgy
SHEET 1012   Pattern Development and Layout
SHEET 1014   Work Experience

Additional Graduation Requirements

Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
Introduction to Confined Space
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Introduction to Respiratory Protection
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

  1. Application Process

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