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Apprenticeship - Sheet Metal Website | Apprenticeship Division

Apprenticeship - Sheet Metal 2019-2020


The Sheet Metal trade is unique as it is one of the few crafts that starts with raw material, creates a component and installs and maintains the product. Using a combination of mathematics, layout tools, hammers, drills, hacksaws, plasma and laser beam cutting systems, computers, cutting, forming, seaming or welding machines, workers manipulate the material into the product desired. The maintenance sector includes preventive maintenance, repair, testing, balancing and sometimes certification of the installed systems. Items commonly fabricated and installed include HVAC systems, metal roofs, kitchen hoods, various flashings, gutters, decorative architectural features and many other items made of a variety of metals. It is an interesting and evolving field with exciting growth potential. The apprenticeship is an earn-while-you-learn program involving paid "full time" work and related classes.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students are prepared with the skills and expertise to detail, fabricate and install a variety of sheet metal products in compliance with applicable standards and codes, aiming for optimum environmental and energy efficiency. These highly demanded skills are acquired through on-the-job training and lead to employment in the construction industry. After five years of classroom and work experience students are recognized as journeypersons within the sheet metal industry.

Career Opportunities:

Upon completion of all course requirements and 6500 hours of related work experience, graduates will be recognized as specialist in the Sheet Metal Building Trades field. Depending upon the student's career interest and courses taken, graduates may find employment as a: sheet metal worker, site foreman, superintendent, sheet metal shop fabricator, residential sheet metal journeyperson, sheet metal building inspector, welding inspector, sheet metal apprenticeship instructor, sheet metal detailer, sheet metal contractor, HVAC service technician, sheet metal ship yard worker, air conditioning specialist, or decking & siding.

Units Required

  • Major: 56.5-59
  • Certificate(s): 6-53.5

Degree Requirements:

-English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
-Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 180, or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
-Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
-Core courses (53.5 units)
-Support courses (3-5.5 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree or certificate.

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
CCC = Career Certificate [Non-Transcriptable].

Core Courses (53.5 units)

APSM 101 SMQ-1 Trade Introduction (3 units)
APSM 102 SMQ-2 Certified Safety & Beginning Trade Math (3 units)
APSM 103 SMQ-3 Sheet Metal Tools & Shop (1.5 units)
APSM 104 SMQ-4 Soldering & Common Seams (2 units)
APSM 105 SMQ-5 Drafting Introduction & Views (2.5 units)
APSM 106 SMQ-6 Beginning Duct Fittings (1.5 units)
APSM 107 SMQ-7 Parallel Line Fittings (1.5 units)
APSM 108 SMQ-8 Triangulation Fittings (1.5 units)
APSM 109 SMQ-9 Radial Line Lay Out & Ogee Offsets (1.5 units)
APSM 110 SMQ-10 Basics of Architectural Sheet Metal (2 units)
APSM 111 SMQ-11 Architectural Sheet Metal (1.5 units)
APSM 112 SMQ-12 Field Installation (2 units)
APSM 113 SMQ-13 Welding 1: Process & Safety Overview (1.5 units)
APSM 114 SMQ-14 Welding 2: GMAW (1.5 units)
APSM 116 SMQ-16 Plans & Specifications (3 units)
APSM 117 SMQ-17 Submittals & Shop Drawings (2.5 units)
APSM 118 SMQ-18 Industrial & Stainless Steel Introduction (1.5 units)
APSM 119 SMQ-19 HVAC Air Systems & Duct Design (3 units)
APSM 120 SMQ-20 Measuring & Sketching (1.5 units)
APSM 121 SMQ-21 Fabrication & Shortcuts (1 unit)
APSM 122 SMQ-22 Codes & Standards (3 units)
APSM 124 SMQ-24 Metal Roofing (2 units)
APSM 125 SMQ-25 Detailing (3 units)
APSM 126 SMQ-26 Foreman Training (2.5 units)
APSM 127 SMQ-27 Basic AutoCAD (1.5 units)
APSM 128 SMQ-28 HVAC Energy Conservation & Environmental Technology (2.5 units)

Support Courses (3-5.5 units)

Select THREE courses from the following:
APSM 123 SMQ-23 Residential Sheet Metal (2 units)
APSM 130 SMQ-30 Advanced Welding (1.5 units)
APSM 131 SMQ-31 CAD Detailing (Beginning CAD Duct) (1 unit)
APSM 132 SMQ-32 Intermediate CAD Detailing Third Party (1 unit)
APSM 133 SMQ-33 Advanced Architectural (1.5 units)
APSM 134 SMQ-34 Advanced Layout Fabrication (1 unit)
APSM 136 SMQ-36 Service Basics (2 units)

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Sheet Metal Building Trades

Units: 53.5

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.

Sheet Metal Air Conditioning Service Technician Career Certificate (10 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

APRT 140A Electrical Basics for Residential HVAC Service I (2.5 units)
APRT 140B Refrigeration Basics for Residential HVAC Service (2.5 units)
APRT 141A Components of Residential HVAC Service (2.5 units)
APRT 141B Troubleshooting Diagnosis & Repair for Residential HVAC Service (2.5 units)

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.

Sheet Metal Air Conditioning Specialist Career Certificate (6 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

APPR 188A Orientation; Safety & Beginning Residential Sheet Metal Installation (Specialist 1A) (1.5 units)
APPR 188B Residential Components Identification & Installation (Specialist 1B) (1.5 units)
APPR 189A Residential Systems; Duct & HVAC Systems (Specialist 2A) (1.5 units)
APPR 189B Plans & Architectural Applications for Residential Sheet Metal (Specialist 2B) (1.5 units)

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.

Control Information:
2019-2020 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2019-05-30 10:51:55 | Dept Code: APSM

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