Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship

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*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Does a Sheet Metal Worker Do?

The Sheet Metal trade is one of the most varied of all the skilled trades. The majority of sheet metal workers are employed in the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning industry (HVAC), where they fabricate, install, and maintain HVAC systems.  Many other sheet metal workers are employed in specialty areas; such as, kitchen equipment, sign work, sheet metal decking and siding, metal roofing and siding, heavy metal work, welding, industrial ventilation systems, ornamental and decorative sheet metal, and architectural work; such as, copper work, rain protection systems, and skylights.

Tasks:

 

In the Shop

In the Field

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What Are the Working Conditions?

Sheet metal workers usually work a 40-hour week. Those who fabricate sheet metal products work in shops that are well-lighted and well-ventilated. However, they stand for long periods and lift heavy materials and finished pieces. Sheet metal workers must follow safety practices because working around high-speed machines can be dangerous. They are also subject to cuts from sharp metal, burns from soldering and welding, and are required to work at heights with the potential of falls from ladders and scaffolds. They may also work around general dust and fumes. They usually wear safety glass, hard hats, safety shoes, and hearing protection, but must not wear jewelry or loose-fitting clothing that could easily be caught in a machine. Those performing installation work do considerable bending, lifting, standing, climbing, and squatting, sometimes in confined spaces or awkward positions. Although duct systems and kitchen equipment are usually installed indoors, the installation of siding, roofs, and gutters involves much outdoor work, requiring sheet metal workers to work in various kinds of weather.

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How is the Training Structured?

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What are the Application Requirements?

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What Skills Should I Possess?

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Who Should I Contact In My Area?

Northeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Burt Harding
Ben Stahlecker
Central WI Area Sheet Metal JAC 1000 Campus Dr
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: (715) 675-3331
Fax: (715) 675-4276
Ben Stahlecker
Fox Valley Area Sheet Metal JAC N1372 W Haven Dr
Greenville, WI 54942
Phone: (920) 713-6474
Fax: (920) 757-5568
Sandy Destree

Northwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan
Central WI Area Sheet Metal JAC 1000 Campus Dr
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: (715) 675-3331
Fax: (715) 675-4276
Ben Stahlecker
Eau Claire-Superior Sheet Metal JAC 1421 Omaha St.
Eau Claire, WI 54603
Phone: (715) 833-6444
Fax: (715) 833-6505
Travis Ludvigson

Southeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Sandy Brietzman
Sandy Destree 
East Central WI Area Sheet Metal JAC mailing address:
1290 North Ave
Cleveland, WI 53015
Phone: (920) 639-1279
Fax: (920) 693-8019
Sandy Destree
Milwaukee Area Sheet Metal JAC 2201 Springdale Road
Waukesha, WI  53186
Phone: (262) 798-1812
Fax: ((262) 798-1823
Southeastern WI Area Sheet Metal JAC 1840 Sycamore Av
Racine, WI 53406
Phone: (262) 632-7005
Fax: (262) 632-3712
Sandy Brietzman

Southwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan
La Crosse Area Sheet Metal JAC 402 N 8th St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Kathy O'Sullivan
Madison Area Sheet Metal JAC 1602 S Park St Ste 104
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 220-4546
Mary Harrington

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Additional Resources

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains information on all occupations. For more information on the Sheet Metal trade in the United States, visit:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/sheet-metal-workers.htm

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Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions,
Apprenticeship in Wisconsin Handbook