Careers in Sheet Metal


Benefits of Apprenticeship

  •  Learn While you Earn – While you are an apprentice the primary goal is education. The education you receive at the Sheet Metal Institute will provide you with the foundation of success and give you lifelong opportunities. And the best part of working as an apprentice is that you can earn a living while you are earning your credentials to be a sheet metal worker.
  •  Zero Student Loan Debt
  •  On-the-job training – We know sitting in the classroom is not the only way to gain skills, so we encourage the growth of our apprentices by balancing studies both in the classroom and on-the-job.
  • SMART Benefits
  • Job Security
  • Support from professionals in the trade

What does a Sheet Metal Worker do?

  • HVAC (installation and theory)
  • HVAC Service
  • Brazing
  • Welding (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, OAW, PAC, CAC, OAC) and Welding Symbols
  • Architectural Sheet Metal
  • Industrial Sheet Metal
  • Testing and Balancing
  • Detailing (3D CAD)
  • Blueprints and Construction Specifications

Is Being a Sheet Metal Worker for you?


How To Apply: 

Understanding the Apprenticeship Application Process

Interested applicants need to have a good understanding of the application process. Successful entry into one of our programs depends greatly on your overall score. Please check out the links on the right side of this page, including our FAQs. And, feel free to call us with any other questions.
AGE: All applicants must submit photo identification verifying they meet the minimum age of 18.

EDUCATION: All applicants must submit a transcript showing their graduation from high school or GED.

TESTING: All applicants must submit a WorkKeys NCRC certificate (Silver Level minimum) and test scores, or ACCUPLACER scores and placement results (Math 60 and Writing 101 minimums). WorkKeys tests are available at WorkSource Career Centers (Employment Offices), colleges and high schools. ACCUPLACER tests are available through Mt. Hood Community College and other colleges. Tests results more than 2 years old are not admissible.

Failure to submit the above required documents will stop you from proceeding to the next step in the application process.

PHYSICAL: All applicants must read the Essential Functions Job Analysis’ form.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS (NOT REQUIRED): You can also submit additional documents that may improve your score. Click on the link to see a list of these optional documents and their point values.

ONLINE APPLICATION: After submitting your documents, you will be directed to fill out the online application. Before you begin, you will want to gather your work history information (including contact information).

INTERVIEW: After your application has been processed to verify you have met the minimum qualifications, you will be scheduled for an interview. Your interview score will be based on the following: Attitude, Interest, Potential, Applicable Work Experience, Work Stability and Education.

POOL(S) OF ELIGIBLES: After the interview, you will be placed on a ranked pool of eligibles. Ranking is based on your combined Interview and Documentation scores. Applicants are accepted into the apprenticeship program on a continual basis, according to their current ranking.

DRUG SCREENING: All applicants accepted into the program are required to pass a pre-employment drug test with negative test results. Applicants that fail to produce a negative drug test result will be removed from the ranked pool of eligibles upon proper notification and must wait a minimum of 6 months before submitting another application.

WOMEN AND MINORITIES: Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. Ask us about the many success stories in our trade.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: We will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. Portland Sheet Metal Worker JATC will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.

Campus Locations: 

Portland Campus

2379 NE 178th Ave Portland OR 97230
Phone: (503) 257-1022

Springfield Campus
1887 Laura Street Springfield, OR 97477
Phone: (503) 257-1022

For More Information and Job Opportunities Click the Link Below: 
Ignite Your Career
Sheet Metal Institue 
For more information please contact: