Sheet Metal Apprenticeship

About the Career
Sheet metal workers plan and lay out work from blueprints and sketches, fabricate parts using hand and power equipment, assemble HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) and architectural units, and install the assembled units in the final structure. The Sheet Metal Apprenticeship program is an employer sponsored, hands-on training program. If you like to work on projects from start to finish, using a variety of skills, check out a career as a journey level sheet metal worker. According to U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for sheet metal workers are expected to be plentiful well into the next decade.

About this apprenticeship

View and print Functional Ability Statement of Understanding for this apprenticeship

2014-2015 Program Courses

Hours
The Sheet Metal Apprenticeship requires 9,000 work hours- 8,488 on the job and 512 in paid related instruction. In addition, 250 hours of unpaid related night school is required.

Wages
To get an idea of current wages in the construction trades, visit www.newbt.org. You can get an idea of what other LTC program graduates are paid by reviewing the LTC graduate follow up survey.

Costs
Approximate costs include tuition ($2,500) and books ($700).

Employers
Companies in the Manitowoc/Sheboygan area that have employed sheet metal trades in the past include:

  • Aldag Honold Mechanical Inc.
  • Crafts Inc.
  • Groeschel Company
  • JF Ahern Company
  • Neumann Plumbing and Heating
  • Rohde Brothers Inc.
  • Schaus Roofing & Mechanical Contractors Inc.

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will receive:

  1. A Certificate of Completion of Paid Related Instruction from LTC
  2. A Certificate of Completion of the Apprenticeship from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  3. A Journey-Worker card from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  4. Eligibility to transfer 39 credits into a Journey-Worker Technical Studies Associate Degree.

What are the steps to apply?

Step 1:
Ensure that each of the following documents are completed and submitted to:

Apprenticeship Office
Lakeshore Technical College
1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, WI 53015-1414
Office Number: 920.693.1279
Fax Number: 920.693.8019

Email: nancy.bruckschen@gotoltc.edu

  1. The Apprentice Application.
  2. Birth Certificate, or a certified copy. LTC will complete the Birth Verification form and your birth certificate, or copy, will be returned to you.
  3. Copy of your driver's license.
  4. The Transcript Request form showing a high school diploma or equivalent.
  5. Accuplacer scores of 66 for math, 66 for reading, and 34 for algebra.

Step 2:
Once these items are verified and in the apprenticeship office, you will be scheduled for an advisory committee interview at their next meeting.

Step 3:
If everything is in order, you will be issued a Letter of Introduction from the committee. You'll use this letter to apply for work in the trade. You must have a sponsoring employer before receiving an apprentice contract and being invited to school.

Step 4:
You and the employer work with the local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards- Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) to complete an apprenticeship contract/indenture. At that time, you and the employer then appear before the committee where the contract is approved.

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