Sheet Metal Construction


Program number: 504321

Area of Study: Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance


Work DescriptionSheet Metal Apprenticeship

Sheet metal workers make, install and maintain air-conditioning, heating, ventilation and pollution control duct systems, as well as roofs, siding, rain gutters, downspouts, skylights, restaurant equipment, outdoor signs, and many other products made with metal sheets. They also may work with fiberglass and plastic materials. Although some workers specialize in fabrication, installation or maintenance, most do all three jobs.

Working Conditions

Sheet metal workers who fabricate sheet metal products work in shops that are well-lit and well-ventilated. However, they stand for long periods and lift heavy materials and finished pieces. Those performing installation work do considerable bending, lifting, standing, climbing and squatting, sometimes in close quarters or in awkward positions. Although duct systems and kitchen equipment are installed indoors, the installation of siding, roof, and gutters involves much outdoor work, requiring sheet metal workers to work in various kinds of weather.


  • 5-year training program
  • 9,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • 450 hours of paid related instruction (hours of paid and unpaid related instruction may be less than 730 hours)
  • Apprentices must complete Red Cross First Aid Safety Course
  • In their final year, apprentices must complete the Transition-To-Trainer Course

Classes include drafting, plan and specification reading, trigonometry and geometry applicable to layout work, the use of computerized equipment, welding, and the principles of heating, air-conditioning and ventilating systems.

Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Program Details

Sheet Metal Construction Apprenticeship classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Commercial Avenue 

Explore financial aid eligibility for Sheet Metal Construction Apprenticeship. 

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


How to Apply

You must apply directly to the Madison Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship Committee and/or Associated Builders and Contractors (the application does not go through Madison College).

Follow the application procedure for the union sheet metal apprenticeship from the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin. You may also contact:

Madison Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship Committee
1602 South Park Street, Suite 216
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 220-4546

All apprenticeships require an employer sponsor. After passing the application process, you will be responsible for finding an employer to sponsor you as an apprentice before you may begin the program.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Valid driver’s license or reliable transportation

All apprenticeships require an employer sponsor. After passing the application process, you will be responsible for finding an employer to sponsor you as an apprentice before you may begin the program.

Sheet Metal Apprenticeship


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2018-2019 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


Madison College Sheet Metal Apprenticeship graduates are prepared to:  

Tech Sheet Metal

  • Fabricate and install duct systems
  • Install and service air-conditioning equipment and electromechanical devices
  • Do shop fabrication, including laying out of patterns, and the production of elbows, offsets, gutters, louvers and architectural sheet metal
  • Properly use power and hand tools
  • Weld for oxyacetylene, shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc and flame cutting
  • Perform technical math, including fractures, decimals, algebraic formulas and geometry
  • Print read for architectural plans, electrical plans, structural drawings, mechanical drawings, sheet metal drawings, and plans and elevations
  • Install, service and repair air-handling equipment
  • Install and repair sheet-metal products and ensure installation conforms to specifications and building codes
  • Use laser or plasma cutting equipment, numerically controlled or computerized equipment to cut, drill or punch bend and shape sheet metal parts
  • Layout, measure and fabricate sheet-metal parts according to drawings and templates
  • Test, adjust, balance, fine-tune and maintain HVAC systems
  • Troubleshoot and repair HVAC systems
  • Design, fabricate and install HVAC systems

ABC Sheet Metal

Upon successful completion of the ABC Sheet Metal Apprenticeship program, the apprentice will be able to perform the following competencies:

  • Introduction to the Sheet Metal Trade
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Fasteners, Hangers, and Supports
  • Installation of Air Distribution Accessories
  • Insulation
  • Introduction to Sheet Metal Layout and Processes
  • Trade Math One
  • Fabrication One – Parallel Line Development
  • Trade Math Two
  • Basic Piping Practices
  • Fabrication Two: Radial Line Development (55 Hours)
  • Bend Allowances
  • Blueprints and Specifications
  • Air Properties and Distribution
  • Sheet Metal Duct Fabrication Standards
  • Soldering
  • Fiberglass Duct (Elective)
  • Trade Math Three: Field Measuring and Fitting
  • Air Systems
  • Introduction to Welding, Brazing and Cutting
  • Principles of Refrigeration
  • Principles of Airflow
  • Comprehensive Blueprint and Specification Reading
  • Fabrication Three: Triangulation
  • Architectural Sheet Metal (Elective)
  • Shop Production and Organization
  • Air Balance
  • Louvers, Dampers and Access Doors
  • Fume and Exhaust System Design
  • Fabrication Four: Comprehensive Review
  • Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

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    Number of Program Graduates 21 10 23
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