Careers In Construction

Sheet Metal Worker (Updated June 2009)

Sheet Metal Workers fabricate and install heating, air-conditioning and ventilation. They also work in industrial plants, install architectural sheet metal and perform specialty fabrication.

Length of Apprenticeship:

Five (5) years—Minimum of 1,000 hours of classroom instruction.

  • Apprentices attend school every ten weeks and then receive on-the-job training for nine weeks.

  • Wage Information:

    Pre-Apprentice: 30% of journeyman wage
    Pre-Apprentice (after 90 days): 35% of journeyman wage
    Year 1—1st 6 months: 40% of journeyman wage
    2nd 6 months: 45% of journeyman wage
    Year 2—1st 6 months: 50% of journeyman wage
    2nd 6 months: 55% of journeyman wage
    Year 3—1st 6 months: 60% of journeyman wage
    2nd 6 months: 65% of journeyman wage
    Year 4—1st 6 months: 70% of journeyman wage
    2nd 6 months: 75% of journeyman wage
    Year 5—1st 6 months: 80% of journeyman wage
    2nd 6 months: 85% of journeyman wage
    Journeyman Level: 100% of journeyman wage


    Health & Welfare, Annuity, Savings Plan, Pension.

    Basic Requirements:

  • Must be at least 17 years old.

  • Must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. Certificate.

  • Must present a birth certificate.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

  • Must have military discharge papers, if applicable.

  • Must pass an aptitude test.

  • Must pass a drug test.

  • Working Conditions:

    Sheet Metal Workers work in all types of conditions, both indoors and out.

    Recommended Preparatory Classes:

    Mathematics, trigonometry, blueprint reading, computer, drafting and shop classes.


    Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade.

    Work Experience:

    (Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Previous employment in construction or experience with computers and drafting would be beneficial.

    Entry Process:

  • Complete application and pay a $20 fee. (Applications are available once a year usually, in February.)

  • Submit all necessary documents.

  • Take and pass an aptitude exam.

  • Take and pass a drug screening.

  • Applicants, after completing the above, will be ranked by their results in three areas. These are: education, work experience and math/language skills.

  • The top 100 applicants will be placed on an eligibility list from which apprentices will be selected.

  • Contact:

    Sheet Metal Workers Local 265 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
    205 Alexandria Way
    Carol Stream, Illinois 60188
    Phone: (630) 668-0110


    John Boske

    Director of Training:

    Joe Remes

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