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Apprenticeship - Sheet Metal 2020-2021

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The Sheet Metal trade is unique as it is one of the few crafts that starts with raw material, creates a component and installs and maintains the product. Using a combination of mathematics, layout tools, hammers, drills, plasma and laser beam cutting systems, computers, cutting, forming, seaming or welding machines, workers manipulate the material into the product desired. The maintenance sector includes preventive maintenance, repair, testing, balancing and sometimes certification of the installed systems. Items commonly fabricated and installed include HVAC systems, metal roofs, kitchen hoods, various flashings, gutters, decorative architectural features and many other items made of a variety of metals. It is an interesting and evolving field with exciting growth potential. The apprenticeship is an earn-while-you-learn program involving paid "full time" work and related classes.

Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician is a registered apprenticeship program offered in partnership with Sheet Metal Local 104 and Bay Area Training Fund. This 5-year apprenticeship program provides students with 216 hours per year of day or evening class instruction and paid on-the-job training with a sheet metal contractor. This is a "green" construction field that is growing due to the need for indoor air quality and energy efficiency compliance. The type of work performed can range from pressure testing, adjusting and balancing of duct systems for energy efficiency to commissioning and completing documentation of HVAC systems in residential and commercial buildings. The work condition ranges from light physical activity to maneuvering into limited access areas with tools and equipment. Good communication skills are needed to interact with clients. Technicians are held to a code of conduct to assure quality measurements. The program offers a solid career opportunity with livable wages along with retirement and health benefits and provides highly trained and skilled workforce for students/apprentices in the HVAC industry. Per California Code of Regulations, this program is limited to students admitted to the Sheet Metal Local 104 & Bay Area Industry Training Fund's Test, Adjust, and Balancing (TAB) Technician Program.

The Air Conditioning Mechanic program is offered in partnership with Sheet Metal Local 104 and Bay Area Training Fund. This 5-year apprenticeship program provides students with in-class instruction and paid on-the-job training with a sheet metal contractor, in the service sector of the sheet metal and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. The students will perform scheduled maintenance and troubleshoot system problems while dealing directly with a variety of customers. The students utilize understanding of refrigerant, electronic and pneumatic controls, filtration and duct systems to maintain safe and efficient system performance. Mechanics use test equipment to verify conditions, research manufacturer's data, and then adjust, repair and replace components as needed. Sheet Metal Air Conditioning Service Mechanics work on residential, light commercial and more often, complex commercial systems. Upgrade training is common in this occupation as more advanced and "greener" equipment is produced. Per California Code of Regulations, this program is limited to students admitted to the Sheet Metal Local 104 & Bay Area Industry Training Fund's Air Conditioning Mechanic Program.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students are prepared with the skills and expertise to detail, fabricate and install a variety of sheet metal products in compliance with applicable standards and codes, aiming for optimum environmental and energy efficiency. These highly demanded skills are acquired through on-the-job training and lead to employment in the construction industry. After five years of classroom and work experience students are recognized as journeypersons within the sheet metal industry.

Career Opportunities:

Upon completion of all course requirements and 6500 hours of related work experience, graduates will be recognized as specialist in the Sheet Metal Building Trades field. Depending upon the student's career interest and courses taken, graduates may find employment as a: sheet metal worker, site foreman, superintendent, sheet metal shop fabricator, residential sheet metal journeyperson, sheet metal building inspector, welding inspector, sheet metal apprenticeship instructor, sheet metal detailer, sheet metal contractor, HVAC service technician, sheet metal ship yard worker, air conditioning specialist, or decking and siding. Upon completion of the Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician program, students will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician from Foothill College, an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS), and a Test and Balance Certification from International Certification Board (ICB). Career opportunities include, but are not limited to: Test, Adjust and Air Balancing technician; TABB certified supervisor; service technician; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) inspector; sheet metal fabricator; compliance tester; entrepreneur; HVAC educator; business agent; and training coordinator. Upon completion of the Air Conditioning Mechanic program, students will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Air Conditioning Mechanic from Foothill College and an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). The graduates will be employable as HVAC Service Technician/Mechanic; HVAC Service Manager; HVAC Contractor; NATE Certified Air Conditioning Mechanic; Test, Adjust & Balancing Technician; Building Inspector; foreman; estimator/detailer; contractor; instructor; project manager and other related occupations.

Units Required

  • Major: 61-63
  • Certificate(s): 6-70

Degree Requirements:

-English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
-Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 180, or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
-Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
-Core courses (58 units)
-Support courses (3-5 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree or certificates.

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
CCC = Career Certificate [Non-Transcriptable].

Core Courses (58 units)

APSM 101 SMQ-1 Trade Introduction (3 units)
APSM 102 SMQ-2 Certified Safety & Beginning Trade Math (3 units)
APSM 103 SMQ-3 Sheet Metal Tools & Shop (1.5 units)
APSM 104 SMQ-4 Soldering & Common Seams (2 units)
APSM 105 SMQ-5 Drafting Introduction & Views (2.5 units)
APSM 106 SMQ-6 Beginning Duct Fittings (1.5 units)
APSM 107 SMQ-7 Parallel Line Fittings (1.5 units)
APSM 108 SMQ-8 Triangulation Fittings (1.5 units)
APSM 109 SMQ-9 Radial Line Lay Out & Ogee Offsets (1.5 units)
APSM 110 SMQ-10 Basics of Architectural Sheet Metal (2 units)
APSM 111 SMQ-11 Architectural Sheet Metal (1.5 units)
APSM 112 SMQ-12 Field Installation (2 units)
APSM 113 SMQ-13 Welding 1: Process & Safety Overview (1.5 units)
APSM 114 SMQ-14 Welding 2: GMAW (1.5 units)
APSM 116 SMQ-16 Plans & Specifications (3 units)
APSM 117 SMQ-17 Submittals & Shop Drawings (2.5 units)
APSM 118 SMQ-18 Industrial & Stainless Steel Introduction (1.5 units)
APSM 119 SMQ-19 HVAC Air Systems & Duct Design (3 units)
APSM 122 SMQ-22 Codes & Standards (3 units)
APSM 124 SMQ-24 Metal Roofing (2 units)
APSM 125 SMQ-25 Detailing (3 units)
APSM 126 SMQ-26 Foreman Training (2.5 units)
APSM 127 SMQ-27 Basic AutoCAD (1.5 units)
APSM 128 SMQ-28 HVAC Energy Conservation & Environmental Technology (2.5 units)
APSM 159A Introduction to Testing Adjusting & Balancing HVAC Systems (2.5 units)
APSM 175A TABB Technician Certification (2 units)
APSM 177A Title 24 Mechanical Acceptance Testing (2.5 units)

Support Courses (3-5 units)


Select THREE courses from the following:
APSM 120 SMQ-20 Measuring & Sketching (1.5 units)
APSM 121 SMQ-21 Fabrication & Shortcuts (1 unit)
APSM 130 SMQ-30 Advanced Welding (1.5 units)
APSM 131 SMQ-31 CAD Detailing (Beginning CAD Duct) (1 unit)
APSM 132 SMQ-32 Intermediate CAD Detailing Third Party (1 unit)
APSM 133 SMQ-33 Advanced Architectural (1.5 units)
APSM 134 SMQ-34 Advanced Layout Fabrication (1 unit)
APSM 136 SMQ-36 Service Basics (2 units)

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Sheet Metal Building Trades

Units: 58

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.

Certificate of Achievement in Test, Adjust and Balancing (TAB) Technician (70 Units)

APSM 155B Air Distribution & Efficient Duct Design (2.5 units)
APSM 157B HVAC Energy Codes & Standards (2.5 units)
APSM 158A Introduction to Direct Digital HVAC Controls (2 units)
APSM 171A HVAC Trade History & Introduction to Testing, Adjusting & Balancing (3 units)
APSM 171B Basics of Airflow, Heat Energy & Heat Transfer (2.5 units)
APSM 171C Safety Training for TAB Apprenticeship (2.5 units)
APSM 172A Basic HVAC Systems, Psychrometrics, Air Pressures & Measurements of Air (2.5 units)
APSM 172B Proportional Balancing (2 units)
APSM 172C Duct Leakage Testing (2 units)
APSM 173A Electrical Fundamentals, Electric Motors & Rotational Measurements (2.5 units)
APSM 173B Temperature Measurements, Duct Systems & Basic Controls (2.5 units)
APSM 173C HVAC Fans, Fan Laws & V-Belt Drives (2.5 units)
APSM 174A Hydronic Systems, Pumps & Hydronic Balancing (2.5 units)
APSM 174B Balancing Documentation, Cooling Towers & TAB Related Skills (2 units)
APSM 174C Fire Life Safety Level 1 (2.5 units)
APSM 175A TABB Technician Certification (2 units)
APSM 175B DDC Controls & Programs (2 units)
APSM 175C Fire Life Safety Level 2 (2.5 units)
APSM 176A Plans & Specifications, Codes & Standards (2.5 units)
APSM 176B Basic Refrigeration & Brazing/Soldering (2.5 units)
APSM 176C Clean Rooms & HEPA Filter Testing (2 units)
APSM 177A Title 24 Mechanical Acceptance Testing (2.5 units)
APSM 177B Advanced DDC Controls/Commissioning of HVAC Systems (2 units)
APSM 177C Energy Auditing (2.5 units)
APSM 178A Indoor Air Quality (2 units)
APSM 178B Green Construction & LEED Certification for HVAC (2.5 units)
APSM 178C Foreman Training/Project Management for HVAC (2.5 units)
APSM 179A Building & Cascading Pressures/Air Change Testing (2 units)
APSM 179B Sound & Vibration in HVAC Systems (2.5 units)
APSM 179C Biological Safety Cabinets/Laboratory Fume Hoods (2 units)

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.

Certificate of Achievement in Air Conditioning Mechanic (69 Units)

APSM 122 SMQ-22 Codes & Standards (3 units)
APSM 151A Service Introduction & Safety (2.5 units)
APSM 151B Essential HVAC Service Skills (2.5 units)
APSM 151C Heat, Matter & Energy in HVAC Systems (2.5 units)
APSM 152A Piping, Refrigerant Evacuation & Recovery (1.5 units)
APSM 152B Charging Refrigerant Systems (2 units)
APSM 152C Introduction to Electricity (2.5 units)
APSM 153B Electric Motors & Motor Controls in HVAC Systems (2.5 units)
APSM 154A Refrigeration in Air Conditioning (2 units)
APSM 154B Gas & Electric Heating (2 units)
APSM 154C Hydronic Heating (2 units)
APSM 155A Sheet Metal Fabrication (1.5 units)
APSM 156A Heat Pump Efficient Operation & Service (2.5 units)
APSM 156B Cooling Towers, Pumps & Piping (2.5 units)
APSM 156C Chilled Water HVAC Systems & Components (2.5 units)
APSM 157A Plans & Specifications for the Service Technician (2.5 units)
APSM 157B HVAC Energy Codes & Standards (2.5 units)
APSM 158A Introduction to Direct Digital HVAC Controls (2 units)
APSM 158C Inverter, VRF & Heat Recovery Technology (2.5 units)
APSM 159B Airflow & Psychrometrics for TAB (2.5 units)
APSM 172B Proportional Balancing (2 units)
APSM 173B Temperature Measurements, Duct Systems & Basic Controls (2.5 units)
APSM 173C HVAC Fans, Fan Laws & V-Belt Drives (2.5 units)
APSM 174A Hydronic Systems, Pumps & Hydronic Balancing (2.5 units)
APSM 175B DDC Controls & Programs (2 units)
APSM 177A Title 24 Mechanical Acceptance Testing (2.5 units)
APSM 177B Advanced DDC Controls/Commissioning of HVAC Systems (2 units)
APSM 177C Energy Auditing (2.5 units)
APSM 178A Indoor Air Quality (2 units)
APSM 178C Foreman Training/Project Management for HVAC (2.5 units)

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.

Sheet Metal Air Conditioning Specialist Career Certificate (6 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

APPR 188A Orientation; Safety & Beginning Residential Sheet Metal Installation (Specialist 1A) (1.5 units)
APPR 188B Residential Components Identification & Installation (Specialist 1B) (1.5 units)
APPR 189A Residential Systems; Duct & HVAC Systems (Specialist 2A) (1.5 units)
APPR 189B Plans & Architectural Applications for Residential Sheet Metal (Specialist 2B) (1.5 units)

Currently offered at: Bay Area Sheet Metal JAC.


Control Information:
2020-2021 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2021-03-30 09:12:04 | Dept Code: APSM

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