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Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship Program

Mid-Valley Sheet Metal Committee, MA #1060, contracts with Chemeketa to administer the registered Sheet Metal apprenticeship program and provide program and courses under the guidance of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).

Steps to Chemeketa Apprenticeship

  • Request to be added to the wait list to receive notices of openings
  • Compile your documentation required for your acceptance to the program
  • Submit your completed application during an application opening, which are a few times per year
  • After your application is accepted as complete, attend the mandatory orientation as indicated on the application
  • Application Openings

    Application openings

    Classes begin in the fall. First-year clsases are open to the public. 

    Women, Veterans and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

    HVAC/R committee opens for applications

    • Openings are based on industry need.
    • Openings are announced for 30 days before applications are accepted
    • Opening announcements are posted on this website.

    Opening notifications - Waitlist

    If you're interested in applying, call 503.399.5255 or email to be added to the waiting list to receive opening notifications. 

    Successful applicants

    Successful applicants are ranked based on points received during the application process and sent out to apply for openings with program employers.

  • Placement Testing for Apprenticeship

    Chemeketa Placement Testing Steps for Apprenticeship

    1. Submit this online form to determine the test you need:  placement assessment 
    2. Answer all questions, and Chemeketa Placement staff will direct you to the correct placement test. Under the Intent section, select “I am applying for an Apprenticeship program...”
    3. You will be notified by Placement staff with further instructions on how to take the placement test. Allow five business days to hear back.
    4. You will take the placement test at home, online and at your convenience.
    5. Once completed, email placement@chemeketa.edu to request a PDF copy of your results. Allow two business days to receive the results.
    6. Questions or concerns? Contact apprenticeship@chemeketa.edu
  • Job Description

    Job Description

    Design, create, install and repair sheet metal products, including roofing, gutters and siding. Fabricate and install fittings and ductwork used in the construction industry for heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems in residential, commercial and industrial applications. 

    Working Conditions

    Work is both indoors and outdoors, using scaffolding, ladders, and high lifts--and may be in awkward positions and cramped spaces. You may work in shops performing fabrication or installation on constructions sites. 

  • How much can you earn?

    How much can you earn?

    The average journey-level wage for sheet metal workers working for program training agents for 2021 is $28.19 per hour. There is an opportunity for two pay raises per year during the program.

  • Qualifications

    Qualifications

    • Proof of age: 17 years or older
    • High school diploma or GED Certificate
    • High School transcript with one year of algebra or equivalent with grade “C” or higher, OR one post high school algebra course with a grade “C” or higher OR place into Math 070 or higher on the Chemeketa math placement test
  • Training & Degrees

    Training

    Classroom instruction is combined with on-the-job training to provide the most comprehensive course of study for an apprentice in the sheet metal trade. This four-year program combines 7,200 hours of on-the-job training with concurrent related-training credit courses. Apprentices earn 15 academic credits a year and attend classes in the fall, winter and spring.

    As a successful sheet metal apprentice, you may earn your journey-level card. 

    Additional Training and Degrees

    Additional Training and Degrees Credits can be applied to a Certificate or AAS degree and can transfer to OIT for a BS degree.

  • Prepare While Waiting

    While waiting for an opening, you may compile a portfolio of documentation required for program entry.

    • Diploma or GED certificate
    • Transcripts from high school and college
    • Placement test scores
    • Work experience documented on letterhead with the tasks listed and years of service (construction related)
    • Trades and safety certificates
    • For Veterans, a copy of the DD214 long form
  • Suggested High School & College Classes

    Suggested Classes to Prepare for Your Career

    •  Trade
      • Blueprint Reading
      • Construction Classes
      • Drafting/CAD
      • Electrical Theory
      • Electronics
      • Residential Wiring
      • Trade Skills Fundamentals
      • Welding
    • Math
      • Algebra I & II
      • Calculus
      • Geometry
      • Trigonometry
    • Other
      • CPR/First Aid
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