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Sheet Metal / HVAC Ducts and Fittings

Sheet Metal / HVAC Ducts and Fittings Associate of Applied Science Degree
Sheet Metal / HVAC Ducts and Fittings Diploma

Program Overview

​The sheet metal worker reads blueprints, prepares layouts, and operates fabricating devices such as special hand tools, power shears, nibbler, brake, bar folder, turning machines, spot and arc welders, soldering equipment, and plasma cutting systems. 

The skilled sheet metal worker gathers general information and specifications from blueprints for the fabrication and installation of ducts for heating, cooling, filtering, and humidifying air. Also, sheet metal workers fabricate and install metal roofing and siding, stainless steel equipment for homes and industry, chutes for material transfer, signs, and rain dispersal equipment. 

​According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of sheet metal workers in construction is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations. Graduates of the Sheet Metal / HVAC programs may go to work for firms that fabricate sheet metal products and become skilled production, precision, or construction sheet metal workers.

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • Fabricate and install ducts for heating, cooling, filtering and humidifying the air we breathe
  • Read blueprints and prepare layout specifications
  • Safe usage of the latest tools and machines, such as computer controlled plasma cutting machines
  • Computer-aided drafting for design and fabrication of sheet metal products
  • Sheet metal welding and soldering process 

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    ​Full-time enrollment is required

    Students must be enrolled full time with a cohort of students. Technical courses ​​only offered during days. ​​​

    Special supplies, tools, and estimated costs
    The list for required tools is supplied by the program advisor. The cost of tools for the program is approximately $300. Contact program faculty for more information. ​

    Additional Requirements/Recommendations
    Satisfactory preparation for the sheet metal program may include high school courses in algebra and geometry. Other helpful courses are mechanical drafting and metal shop. Much of the sheet metal work starts with two-dimensional objects and ends with a three-dimensional product. Sheet metal work requires good spatial perception.

  • Career Settings

    • Sheet metal fabrication companies
    • Construction sheet metal worker
    • Sheet metal production
    • Advance on the job to foreman or job superintendent
    • Own your own business 
    Potential Employers
    • Sheet Metal Connectors
    • Albers Sheet Metal
    • New Mech Mechanical Contractors
    • Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors
    • Northwest Sheet Metal
  • Transfer Pathways

    ​​Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following programs and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. 

    For more information please go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​​​​

    Sheet Metal/HVAC Ducts and Fittings AAS

    • BA Individualized Studies, Metropolitan State University 
    • BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead ​

    ​Sheet Metal/HVAC Ducts and Fittings Diploma

    • ​​​​BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead​
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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​Learn from experienced instructors who teach in a "hands on" environment.
    • Most program graduates serve an apprenticeship with the Local #10 Sheet Metal Workers.
    • Your training will prepare you for sheet metal work on schools, homes, shopping centers, factories, hotels and other public and private buildings.
    • Further advance your career through an apprentice or journeyperson training program.​
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