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Sheet Metal Worker Pre-Apprenticeship

Sheet Metal Worker Pre-Apprenticeship

This program is not being offered in 2018 and the session originally scheduled to start in September 2018 at Akerley Campus has been cancelled.

Start Date:
24 Weeks
Certificate of Accomplishment
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2018 Akerley Campus • Dartmouth • Cancelled 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.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share 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. 1
    Why Take It"It’s a fun, fast-paced work environment."
  2. 2
    Highlight"It’s creative. You see the finished product in the end."
  3. 3
    Good To Know"It's a designated Red Seal trade."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Sheet Metal Worker trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • 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

Other Info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • Start dates and locations for this program are determined according to industry demand.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Sheet Metal Worker is a designated trade 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.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Sheet Metal Worker trade in Nova Scotia.
  • Safety Training – 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
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
SHEET 1015   Applied Mathematics
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Next Steps

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