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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 34 week Sheet Metal Worker (Pre-Employment) Diploma is an apprenticeship program that was developed by the government and approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board. The program provides students with a wide range of skills that are needed to work as a first-year apprentice. Sheet Metal Workers fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products (Source: National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016).

Please note that due to the nature of this career, employees are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. If you have any medical concerns, please contact your admissions officer to ensure you are aware of the requirements of the occupation and to determine if you are eligible for accommodations in this program.

Pre-Employment Courses

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Safety
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Sheet Metal Fundamentals
  • Hoisting, Lifting and Rigging
  • Fabrication Fundamentals
  • Metallurgy
  • Drafting, Pattern Development and Layout
  • Air Handling Systems I
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Layout and Fabrication – Parallel Lines
  • Layout and Fabrication – Radial Lines I (Basic)
  • Layout and Fabrication – Triangulation I
  • Layout and Fabrication – Triangulation II
  • Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting
  • Plasma Arc Cutting
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Air Quality Management
  • Soldering
  • Introduction to Apprenticeship
  • Math Essentials
  • Sheet Metal Math Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Essential Skills
  • Communication Essentials
  • Workplace Essentials
  • Computer Essentials
  • Work Term


“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.

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 Education. 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

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

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.


Source: Government of Canada.

Entrance Requirements

High School Graduates or Equivalent

High School Graduates or equivalent are eligible for admission to the Sheet Metal Worker 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.

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