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Apprenticeship - Sheet Metal

Program Description

The Sheet Metal trade is unique as it is one of the few crafts that starts with raw material, creates a component and installs and maintains the product. Using a combination of mathematics, layout tools, hammers, drills, plasma and laser beam cutting systems, computers, cutting, forming, seaming or welding machines, workers manipulate the material into the product desired. The maintenance sector includes preventive maintenance, repair, testing, balancing and sometimes certification of the installed systems. Items commonly fabricated and installed include HVAC systems, metal roofs, kitchen hoods, various flashings, gutters, decorative architectural features and many other items made of a variety of metals. It is an interesting and evolving field with exciting growth potential. The apprenticeship is an earn-while-you-learn program involving paid "full time" work and related classes.

Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician is a registered apprenticeship program offered in partnership with Sheet Metal Local 104 and Bay Area Training Fund. This 5-year apprenticeship program provides students with 216 hours per year of day or evening class instruction and paid on-the-job training with a sheet metal contractor. This is a "green" construction field that is growing due to the need for indoor air quality and energy efficiency compliance. The type of work performed can range from pressure testing, adjusting and balancing of duct systems for energy efficiency to commissioning and completing documentation of HVAC systems in residential and commercial buildings. The work condition ranges from light physical activity to maneuvering into limited access areas with tools and equipment. Good communication skills are needed to interact with clients. Technicians are held to a code of conduct to assure quality measurements. The program offers a solid career opportunity with livable wages along with retirement and health benefits and provides highly trained and skilled workforce for students/apprentices in the HVAC industry. Per California Code of Regulations, this program is limited to students admitted to the Sheet Metal Local 104 & Bay Area Industry Training Fund's Test, Adjust, and Balancing (TAB) Technician Program.

The Air Conditioning Mechanic program is offered in partnership with Sheet Metal Local 104 and Bay Area Training Fund. This 5-year apprenticeship program provides students with in-class instruction and paid on-the-job training with a sheet metal contractor, in the service sector of the sheet metal and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. The students will perform scheduled maintenance and troubleshoot system problems while dealing directly with a variety of customers. The students utilize understanding of refrigerant, electronic and pneumatic controls, filtration and duct systems to maintain safe and efficient system performance. Mechanics use test equipment to verify conditions, research manufacturer's data, and then adjust, repair and replace components as needed. Sheet Metal Air Conditioning Service Mechanics work on residential, light commercial and more often, complex commercial systems. Upgrade training is common in this occupation as more advanced and "greener" equipment is produced. Per California Code of Regulations, this program is limited to students admitted to the Sheet Metal Local 104 & Bay Area Industry Training Fund's Air Conditioning Mechanic Program.

Learn more about the program on the Apprenticeship website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students are prepared with the skills and expertise to detail, fabricate and install a variety of sheet metal products in compliance with applicable standards and codes, aiming for optimum environmental and energy efficiency. These highly demanded skills are acquired through on-the-job training and lead to employment in the construction industry. After five years of classroom and work experience students are recognized as journeypersons within the sheet metal industry.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of all course requirements and 6500 hours of related work experience, graduates will be recognized as specialist in the Sheet Metal Building Trades field. Depending upon the student's career interest and courses taken, graduates may find employment as a: sheet metal worker, site foreman, superintendent, sheet metal shop fabricator, residential sheet metal journeyperson, sheet metal building inspector, welding inspector, sheet metal apprenticeship instructor, sheet metal detailer, sheet metal contractor, HVAC service technician, sheet metal ship yard worker, air conditioning specialist, or decking and siding.

Upon completion of the Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician program, students will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician from Foothill College, an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS), and a Test and Balance Certification from International Certification Board (ICB). Career opportunities include, but are not limited to: Test, Adjust and Air Balancing technician; TABB certified supervisor; service technician; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) inspector; sheet metal fabricator; compliance tester; entrepreneur; HVAC educator; business agent; and training coordinator.

Upon completion of the Air Conditioning Mechanic program, students will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Air Conditioning Mechanic from Foothill College and an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). The graduates will be employable as HVAC Service Technician/Mechanic; HVAC Service Manager; HVAC Contractor; NATE Certified Air Conditioning Mechanic; Test, Adjust & Balancing Technician; Building Inspector; foreman; estimator/detailer; contractor; instructor; project manager and other related occupations.

Award Type(s)

  • AS = Associate in Science Degree
  • CA = Certificate of Achievement
  • CCC = Career Certificate [Non-Transcriptable]

Units Required

  • Major: 61-63
  • Certificate(s): 6-70

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking

A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (58 units)
  • Support courses (3-5 units)

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree or certificates.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
APSM 101SMQ-1 TRADE INTRODUCTION3
APSM 102SMQ-2 CERTIFIED SAFETY & BEGINNING TRADE MATH3
APSM 103SMQ-3 SHEET METAL TOOLS & SHOP1.5
APSM 104SMQ-4 SOLDERING & COMMON SEAMS2
APSM 105SMQ-5 DRAFTING INTRODUCTION & VIEWS2.5
APSM 106SMQ-6 BEGINNING DUCT FITTINGS1.5
APSM 107SMQ-7 PARALLEL LINE FITTINGS1.5
APSM 108SMQ-8 TRIANGULATION FITTINGS1.5
APSM 109SMQ-9 RADIAL LINE LAY OUT & OGEE OFFSETS1.5
APSM 110SMQ-10 BASICS OF ARCHITECTURAL SHEET METAL2
APSM 111SMQ-11 ARCHITECTURAL SHEET METAL1.5
APSM 112SMQ-12 FIELD INSTALLATION2
APSM 113SMQ-13 WELDING 1: PROCESS & SAFETY OVERVIEW1.5
APSM 114SMQ-14 WELDING 2: GMAW1.5
APSM 116SMQ-16 PLANS & SPECIFICATIONS3
APSM 117SMQ-17 SUBMITTALS & SHOP DRAWINGS2.5
APSM 118SMQ-18 INDUSTRIAL & STAINLESS STEEL INTRODUCTION1.5
APSM 119SMQ-19 HVAC AIR SYSTEMS & DUCT DESIGN3
APSM 122SMQ-22 CODES & STANDARDS3
APSM 124SMQ-24 METAL ROOFING2
APSM 125SMQ-25 DETAILING3
APSM 126SMQ-26 FOREMAN TRAINING2.5
APSM 127SMQ-27 BASIC AUTOCAD1.5
APSM 128SMQ-28 HVAC ENERGY CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY2.5
APSM 159AINTRODUCTION TO TESTING ADJUSTING & BALANCING HVAC SYSTEMS2.5
APSM 175ATABB TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION2
APSM 177ATITLE 24 MECHANICAL ACCEPTANCE TESTING2.5
Support Courses:
Select three courses from the following:3-5
SMQ-20 MEASURING & SKETCHING
SMQ-21 FABRICATION & SHORTCUTS
SMQ-30 ADVANCED WELDING
SMQ-31 CAD DETAILING
SMQ-32 INTERMEDIATE CAD DETAILING THIRD PARTY
SMQ-33 ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL
SMQ-34 ADVANCED LAYOUT FABRICATION
SMQ-36 SERVICE BASICS
Total Units61-63

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Sheet Metal Building Trades

  • Units: 58

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.

Certificate of Achievement in Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician

  • Units: 70
APSM 155BAIR DISTRIBUTION & EFFICIENT DUCT DESIGN2.5
APSM 157BHVAC ENERGY CODES & STANDARDS2.5
APSM 158AINTRODUCTION TO DIRECT DIGITAL HVAC CONTROLS2
APSM 171AHVAC TRADE HISTORY & INTRODUCTION TO TESTING, ADJUSTING & BALANCING3
APSM 171BBASICS OF AIRFLOW, HEAT ENERGY & HEAT TRANSFER2.5
APSM 171CSAFETY TRAINING FOR TAB APPRENTICESHIP2.5
APSM 172ABASIC HVAC SYSTEMS, PSYCHROMETRICS, AIR PRESSURES & MEASUREMENTS OF AIR2.5
APSM 172BPROPORTIONAL BALANCING2
APSM 172CDUCT LEAKAGE TESTING2
APSM 173AELECTRICAL FUNDAMENTALS, ELECTRIC MOTORS & ROTATIONAL MEASUREMENTS2.5
APSM 173BTEMPERATURE MEASUREMENTS, DUCT SYSTEMS & BASIC CONTROLS2.5
APSM 173CHVAC FANS, FAN LAWS & V-BELT DRIVES2.5
APSM 174AHYDRONIC SYSTEMS, PUMPS & HYDRONIC BALANCING2.5
APSM 174BBALANCING DOCUMENTATION, COOLING TOWERS & TAB RELATED SKILLS2
APSM 174CFIRE LIFE SAFETY LEVEL 12.5
APSM 175ATABB TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION2
APSM 175BDDC CONTROLS & PROGRAMS2
APSM 175CFIRE LIFE SAFETY LEVEL 22.5
APSM 176APLANS & SPECIFICATIONS, CODES & STANDARDS2.5
APSM 176BBASIC REFRIGERATION & BRAZING/SOLDERING2.5
APSM 176CCLEAN ROOMS & HEPA FILTER TESTING2
APSM 177ATITLE 24 MECHANICAL ACCEPTANCE TESTING2.5
APSM 177BADVANCED DDC CONTROLS/COMMISSIONING OF HVAC SYSTEMS2
APSM 177CENERGY AUDITING2.5
APSM 178AINDOOR AIR QUALITY2
APSM 178BGREEN CONSTRUCTION & LEED CERTIFICATION FOR HVAC2.5
APSM 178CFOREMAN TRAINING/PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR HVAC2.5
APSM 179ABUILDING & CASCADING PRESSURES/AIR CHANGE TESTING2
APSM 179BSOUND & VIBRATION IN HVAC SYSTEMS2.5
APSM 179CBIOLOGICAL SAFETY CABINETS/LABORATORY FUME HOODS2
Total Units70

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.

Certificate of Achievement in Air Conditioning Mechanic

  • Units: 69
APSM 122SMQ-22 CODES & STANDARDS3
APSM 151ASERVICE INTRODUCTION & SAFETY2.5
APSM 151BESSENTIAL HVAC SERVICE SKILLS2.5
APSM 151CHEAT, MATTER & ENERGY IN HVAC SYSTEMS2.5
APSM 152APIPING, REFRIGERANT EVACUATION & RECOVERY1.5
APSM 152BCHARGING REFRIGERANT SYSTEMS2
APSM 152CINTRODUCTION TO ELECTRICITY2.5
APSM 153BELECTRIC MOTORS & MOTOR CONTROLS IN HVAC SYSTEMS2.5
APSM 154AREFRIGERATION IN AIR CONDITIONING2
APSM 154BGAS & ELECTRIC HEATING2
APSM 154CHYDRONIC HEATING2
APSM 155ASHEET METAL FABRICATION1.5
APSM 156AHEAT PUMP EFFICIENT OPERATION & SERVICE2.5
APSM 156BCOOLING TOWERS, PUMPS & PIPING2.5
APSM 156CCHILLED WATER HVAC SYSTEMS & COMPONENTS2.5
APSM 157APLANS & SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE SERVICE TECHNICIAN2.5
APSM 157BHVAC ENERGY CODES & STANDARDS2.5
APSM 158AINTRODUCTION TO DIRECT DIGITAL HVAC CONTROLS2
APSM 158CINVERTER, VRF & HEAT RECOVERY TECHNOLOGY2.5
APSM 159BAIRFLOW & PSYCHROMETRICS FOR TAB2.5
APSM 172BPROPORTIONAL BALANCING2
APSM 173BTEMPERATURE MEASUREMENTS, DUCT SYSTEMS & BASIC CONTROLS2.5
APSM 173CHVAC FANS, FAN LAWS & V-BELT DRIVES2.5
APSM 174AHYDRONIC SYSTEMS, PUMPS & HYDRONIC BALANCING2.5
APSM 175BDDC CONTROLS & PROGRAMS2
APSM 177ATITLE 24 MECHANICAL ACCEPTANCE TESTING2.5
APSM 177BADVANCED DDC CONTROLS/COMMISSIONING OF HVAC SYSTEMS2
APSM 177CENERGY AUDITING2.5
APSM 178AINDOOR AIR QUALITY2
APSM 178CFOREMAN TRAINING/PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR HVAC2.5
Total Units69

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.

Sheet Metal Air Conditioning Specialist Career Certificate

  • Units: 6 [Non-Transcriptable]
APPR 188AORIENTATION; SAFETY & BEGINNING RESIDENTIAL SHEET METAL INSTALLATION (SPECIALIST 1A)1.5
APPR 188BRESIDENTIAL COMPONENTS IDENTIFICATION & INSTALLATION (SPECIALIST 1B)1.5
APPR 189ARESIDENTIAL SYSTEMS; DUCT & HVAC SYSTEMS (SPECIALIST 2A)1.5
APPR 189BPLANS & ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL SHEET METAL (SPECIALIST 2B)1.5
Total Units6

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.