Sheet Metal Worker (Pre-Employment) *

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Duration: 32 weeks plus 2 week work term. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Construction, Trades and Mining
Certification: Diploma of Vocational Education
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

The Sheet Metal Worker (SMW) program is a 34 week pre-employment apprenticeship program that was developed by government and approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board. Sheet Metal Workers fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products.

Source: National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016


“As the largest local employer of the unionized sheet metal workforce, we regularly experience insufficient worker availability to meet ongoing project demands. There is also a serious near term concern of an aging workforce in this trade that will only elevate the problem of insufficient worker availability. Now is the time to ensure that younger sheet metal workers receive the required training.”

John Hiscock, Vice President Construction East, The Cahill Group.

Program Courses

  • TS1510 Occupational Health and Safety
  • TS1530 Standard First Aid
  • SL1111 Tools and Equipment
  • SL1121 Hoisting, Lifting and Rigging
  • SL1445 Metallurgy
  • SL1303 Air Handling Systems I
  • SL1241 Layout and Fabrication-Parallel Lines
  • SL1261 Layout and Fabrication-Triangulation I
  • SL1350 Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting
  • SL1430 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • SL1450 Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • SL1770 Soldering
  • AM1100 Math Essentials
  • CM2160 Communication Essentials
  • MC1060 Computer Essentials
  • TS1520 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • SL1101 Safety
  • SL1180 Sheet Metal Fundamentals
  • SL1131 Fabrication Fundamentals
  • SL1151 Drafting Pattern Development and Layout
  • SL1161 Blueprint Reading
  • SL1251 Layout and Fabrication-Radial Lines I (Basic)
  • SL1630 Layout and Fabrication-Triangulation II
  • SL1280 Plasma Arc Cutting
  • SL1440 Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • SL1741 Air Quality Management
  • AP1101 Introduction to Apprenticeship
  • AM1300 Sheet Metal Math Fundamentals
  • SD1760 Workplace Essentials
  • OT1191 Work Term

Apprenticeship Training

The Sheet Metal Worker (Pre-Employment) program is an apprenticeship trades program. Courses completed at Academy Canada meet the requirements to become a first-year apprentice. Once this training is completed and the graduate obtains their first position in the trade, s/he must register as an Apprentice with the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. Government will then cover the costs associated with regular advanced training as the apprentice gains experience and works towards completing their Journeyperson exam. Passing this examination will result in receiving Red Seal Certification.

Employment Opportunities

Build Force Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador state that non-residential job market rankings for Sheet Metal Workers in Newfoundland and Labrador for 2019-2027 – Ranked as 3. Ranked as 3 states – The availability of workers meeting employer qualifications in the local market may be limited by large projects, plant shutdowns or other short-term increases in demand. Employers may need to compete to attract needed workers.


Sheet Metal Workers are employed by sheet metal fabrication shops, sheet metal products manufacturing companies, sheet metal work contractors and various industrial sectors.

Source: Government of Canada.

Entrance Requirements

High School Graduates or Equivalent

High School Graduates or equivalent are eligible for admission to the SMW program. Students must complete an application form and provide a copy of High School, Adult Basic Education, or G.E.D. results. Under certain circumstances, students who do not meet the formal High School requirements may be accepted upon the recommendation of a High School Principal or Guidance Counsellor. Please contact an Admissions Officer for further details.

Mature Students

Mature students are eligible for admission to the Sheet Metal Worker program. These students must be 19 years of age or older, complete an application form, provide a copy of most recent marks, and write a Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) as arranged by Academy Canada.

For further information, please contact an Admissions Officer at 1-800-561-8000.
Program start dates are subject to sufficient enrollment.
Academy Canada reserves the right to modify any programs, courses, topics, objectives, etc.

*Pending Government Approval

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