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Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship Program

Learn while you earn with Sheet Metal Apprenticeship.

About the Sheet Metal Program

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

How to Apply

Click here to download the June 2021 Sheet Metal application

The Mid-Valley Sheet Metal Committee is open for applications based on industry need. Openings are announced for 30 days before applications are accepted at the Apprenticeship Office at Chemeketa. Successful applicants are ranked and sent out to apply for openings with program employers.

Opening announcements are posted on this website. If you're interested in applying, call 503.399.5255 or email to be added to the waiting list to receive opening notifications. 

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

  • 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

Women, veterans and minorities are encouraged to apply. Classes begin in the fall. First-year classes are open to the public.

Job Description

You design, create, install and repair sheet metal products, including roofing, gutters and siding. You 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.

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

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.

Working Conditions

The work is performed both indoors and out, using scaffolding, ladders, and high lifts, and in awkward positions and cramped spaces. You may work in shops performing fabrication work or on construction sites doing installation.


  • 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

Suggested High School or College 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


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.

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.

Steps to Enroll

  • Get on the list to receive notice of openings
  • Compile your portfolio of documentation required for program entry
  • Submit your completed application during an application period
  • Attend the mandatory orientation to learn more about the program

    Chemeketa Community College
    Apprenticeship Office
    Salem Bldg. 33, Rm. 101

Visit the following websites for more information on apprenticeship programs

Oregon Apprenticeship

Bureau of Labor and Industries

Women in Apprenticeship

MA #1060 Standards of Aprenticeship

Building Futures Magazine