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Sheet Metal Worker
Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Sheet metal workers fabricate and install fittings and duct work used in construction or industry for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in residential, commercial and industrial applications. They set up and operate shears, press brakes, hand brakes, bending rolls, welding machines and other equipment to cut, form and attach metal together for applications such as metal roofing and stainless steel work for restaurants, kitchens and hospitals. They prepare shop and field drawings manually and with computer programs. Computer skills are becoming increasingly important for controlling industrial equipment.
Working Conditions
The work is performed both indoors and out, using scaffolding, ladders and high lifts, and in awkward positions and cramped spaces. Sheet metal workers may work in shops performing fabrication work or on construction sites, doing installation.
Beginning apprentices start at approximately 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved.
Length of Apprenticeship
This apprenticeship lasts three to five years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 related classroom hours per year and between 7,200 and 10,000 on-the-job training hours.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent.
Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
Apprenticeship Committees 
MA# 1028 
Portland Sheet Metal Worker JATC
Area 1, 2, 3, 6, 7
MA# 1060 
Mid-Valley Sheet Metal Workers JAC
503-557-1203 or 800-284-5434 
Area 1, 2
MA# 1277 

Sheet Metal JATC
Area 1
MA# 3025 
Area III Sheet Metal/HVAC JATC
Area 3
MA# 5006 
South Central Oregon Sheet Metal JATC
Area 5
MA# 6022 
NE OR Sheetmetal Workers JATC
Area 6
MA# 7013 
Central Oregon Sheet Metal JATC
Area 7
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