High School Diploma or GED
PA Drivers License and reliable vehicle
Must pass a Physical and Drug Screening
To begin the process, you must fill out an application to take the
Sheet Metal Apprenticeship test. You must apply, either on-line or in
person, at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Center. Applications are
taken Monday thru Thursday, 9:00am to 1:00pm or by appointment. We are
located at 1200 Gulf Lab Rd., Harmarville, PA 15238. Take Rt. 28N to
Harmar Exit 11. Stay in the left lane and at the traffic light, cross
Rt. 910 to Gulf Lab Rd. At crest of the hill, turn left at the sign
and drive around back and look for the Coordinators office.
The test is given twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, by Industrial Research Associates.
Once you make application, we will notify you of the test date and location.
The test covers things like vocabulary, math, reading comprehension,
computer terminology, and work logic. You will have to pay a non-refundable
test fee of $25.00 at the time you make application.
Once you have passed the test and scored high enough to make the cut-off,
you will qualify for further screening with our Joint Apprenticeship
Committee (JAC). At that time, you will be required to supply high school
and post-high school transcripts, birth certificate, and two letters
of reference. If you then qualify for an interview, it will take place
sometime in May/June. If accepted into the program, you will then be
required to pass a physical and drug screening. Pending those results,
you will begin working for a signatory contractor around July 1st.
The Apprenticeship Program consists of four years OJT (On-The-Job Training)
and 800 hours of classroom training. Your classroom
work consists of five weeks of training per year,
forty hours per week for a total of 200 hours per
year. You will attend school from September thru June (approximately
every seven weeks) and you can collect unemployment (if eligible) while
While in class, you will learn all facets of the sheet metal trade:
- Basic fitting layout (Radial line, Parallel line, and Triangulation)
- Drafting skills- mechanical drawing and AutoCAD
- System design- Air flow, Ventilation, Heating, and Air Conditioning
- Welding and Flame Cutting- Carbon Arc: GMAW, SMAW; MIG, TIG, Oxy-Acetylene, Oxy-Hydrogen, Orbital Welding, and Plasma Cutting.
Visit us to obtain the applications and forms needed to
take the Sheet Metal Apprenticeship test, the first step in beginning a career as a Union Sheet Metal Worker!