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Sheet Metal Systems

Develop skills in layout, fabrication and installation of sheet metal products and duct systems.

Arms and gloved hands are pictured over a piece of sheet metal.
Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
1 Year
Credential:
Certificate

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Overview

The sheet metal trade requires an understanding of complex procedures in designing, building and connecting air handling systems and environmental controls.

Explore key skills through courses in fabrication and installation techniques, air systems and their related components for residential, commercial and industrial applications.

You learn:

  • knowledge of construction documentation
  • communication skills
  • layout, fabrication, and installation of sheet metal products, such as ductwork and roofing products

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Choose NSCC

  • You benefit from our expert faculty, who bring years of experience and strong industry connections to the classroom.
  • You get hands-on and practical training. This program teaches a balance of theory and practical application, which means you read and study how to do a job and then you actually get to apply those skills in a work-like setting.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Other info

  • 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 this trade.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

2021-22 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Akerley Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Seats available

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Certified Fall Arrest and Protection.

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2021-22 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,620
Tuition (International):
$11,690

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Demand for qualified sheet metal workers is growing. Growth in the construction business and increasing emphasis on complete environmental control ensure a steady demand for sheet metal workers.
  • Graduates have opportunities to work in a variety of sectors, including residential and commercial construction, shipbuilding and offshore energy.
  • Modern buildings require up-to-date heating, cooling and ventilation systems, many of which depend upon air movement to satisfy design features. Sheet metal duct work, fans and connected controls are the heart of such systems.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options

Future study options

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Sheet Metal Worker trade.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) to legally work in the Sheet Metal Worker trade in Nova Scotia.
  • To become certified in the Sheet Metal Worker trade, you must register as an apprentice with NSAA. Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Sheet Metal Worker are designated trades in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

SAFE 1025 - Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
This course provides participants with an understanding of the hazards associated with working from heights and compliance with Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (2013). Throughout the course, participants will gain experience in the donning of a harness, an overview and presentation of system components involved when working from heights and learn how to complete a fall calculation and emergency procedures.

SHEET 1001 - Safety and Rigging
Students will be introduced to personal safety and basic body mechanics. They will learn and apply shop safety, including fire safety procedures and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS). Students will learn to follow 5S+S practices in the shop. Course material covers rigging safety, equipment and basic lifting procedures. Students will be expected to apply the Occupational Health and Safety Act and accompanying Regulations, 5S+S and all safety procedures throughout the program.

SHEET 1003 - Tools and Equipment
Hand tools are designed to make your job easier and enable you to work more efficiently. You must be able to choose the correct tool for the task at hand and use it correctly in order to do the job quickly, accurately, and safely. Care of tools is important for both quality workmanship and cost control. In this course students will be introduced to the hand tools used for sheet metal - how to select, safely use, organize, store, and care for a wide variety of hand tools and non-powered equipment. Students will have the opportunity to apply safe work habits and good housekeeping in a workshop setting.

SHEET 1016 - Fabrication and Installation Fundamentals I
This course introduces layout procedures in the shop along with special considerations when developing patterns for duct and fittings to be fabricated. The procedures used to assemble the fittings will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to develop hands-on skills for fabrication and basic installation procedures in a shop setting.

SHEET 1017 - Pattern Development and Layout
This course introduces the laying out of sheet metal projects. Types of layout including simple, parallel line, radial line, and triangulation will be discussed as well as the different views required to achieve each method of layout. Students will have the opportunity to develop and lay out sheet metal projects using the straight line method in a shop setting.

SHEET 1018 - Basic Math
Accurate measurement and calculation are essential skills in performing sheet metal work. Students will solve mathematical problems from a trade perspective using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, metric and imperial measurement, ratio and proportion, percent, powers and roots, formulas, perimeters, areas, volumes, triangles, angles, and geometric construction.

SHEET 1019 - Introduction to Air Handling
Students will become familiar with a wide range of HVAC equipment and understand its role in air handling systems. Basic installation techniques will be introduced with a hands-on approach to learning.

SHEET 1020 - Print Reading and Sketching
Instructions and drawings are a necessary part of planning and performing work in the trade. Students develop basic skills in reading and interpreting working drawings such as orthographic, isometric, and perspective along with the “alphabet of lines” used in mechanical drawings. Students will be exposed to elements in drawings that apply to other aspects of the construction project to see the pieces relevant to the Sheet Metal Worker trade in an authentic context.

SHEET 1021 - Metallurgy, Welding and Cutting
Students will be introduced to the terminology and properties of metals, types of sheet metals, structural shapes and sheet metal applications. Topics will include standard sizes and weights of sheet metal along with storage and handling procedures. Course material addresses the theory, equipment, and techniques required for successful gas metal arc welding. Topics will include: GMAW safety practices, equipment set-up, transfer modes, wire selection, shielded gas selection, as well as joints in all positions. Plasma Arc cutting will also be introduced. Equipment set-up, cutting modes, fitting imaging for layout, computer operation, and equipment maintenance will be addressed. Safety will be stressed throughout the course.

SHEET 1022 - Power Tools and Equipment
Students will learn how to select, safely use, organize, store, and care for a wide variety of power tools and equipment used in the Sheet Metal Worker trade. Students will have the opportunity to apply safe work habits and good housekeeping through projects carried out in a workshop setting.

SHEET 1023 - Applied Mathematics
Planning, layout and fabricating sheet metal products and systems requires calculations ranging from measurement to dealing with dimensions and angles of complex shapes. Students will extend and apply math skills to problems encountered in the sheet metal industry. Course material includes trigonometry, ratios, formulas, triangles, angles, conversions and geometric problems.

SHEET 1024 - Fabrication and Installation Fundamentals II
In this project-based course students will be engaged in planning, fabrication and installation of a basic heating duct system.

SHEET 1225 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

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