Residential (Low Rise) Sheet Metal Installer (Apprenticeship)

About the Program

This 360-hour program, consisting of two 180-hour levels, is designed to provide the apprentice with a theoretical knowledge of residential, low rise, low velocity installations of air handling or ventilation systems, together with the practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training.

Program Information

Length: 360-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in two components
Location: Waterloo
Start: Varies

Admission Requirements


Tuition & Fees

Fees are set by MLTSD as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional.
Refer to the apprentice orientation page for further details on these additional fees (First Day Checklist).
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Graduate Opportunities

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Pathways & Credit Transfer

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Exemption Testing

Exemption tests may be available to challenge for individual Levels. Please contact the Test Centre

Program Courses

Course Details (1335)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
DRWG1305 Drawings I

Description: The student will learn how to read and interpret drawings and specifications to determine work to be performed. The student will learn how to produce free hand sketches and drawings, read and interpret related codes, manuals and specifications, and identify symbols used in residential drawings.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

MECH1620 Trade Skills and Practices

Description: The student will learn how to identify materials used in the trade, the types and applications of seams, notches, connector allowances and notching techniques. The student will study safe work practices and environmental protection practices.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1

MECH1630 Installation I

Description: The student will learn how to select and use hand tools, power tools, material handling equipment, ladders and scaffolding effectively and safely. The student will learn about the requirements of duct distribution systems and the planning requirements for the installation. The student will learn about the methods for connecting, hanging and fastening and the assembly and installation of duct work and fittings required in low-rise residential installations.
Hours: 102
Credits: 7

Level 2
DRWG2260 Drawings II

Description: The student will learn about the principles of home construction, load bearing and non-load bearing walls and supports, specifications, codes and manuals. The student will learn how to produce drawings and sketches for modifications.
Hours: 54
Credits: 4

MECH2280 Worksite Practices

Description: The student will learn how to complete work assignments, communicate with tradespersons, customers and others, complete job site reports and describe injury reporting procedures. The student will follow generally accepted trade practices that replicate the on the job learning.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1

MECH2290 Installation II

Description: In this course, students will use the theory that they have learned to perform the installation of various residential sheet metal systems including supply and return air ducts, heating equipment and ventilation systems. They will also study the principles and properties of air as it relates to residential duct systems.
Hours: 108
Credits: 7

Program Outcomes

Program Handbook



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