Student assembles ventilating system out of galvanized steel.

Pre-Employment Sheet Metal

Closed for Winter 2020

Open for Winter 2021

Length: 15 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn to design, fabricate, assemble and install sheet metal products, including heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems and metal cabinets, through courses that cover sheet metal theory and fabrication. Grads can write the first year apprenticeship exam.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,800
Year 1 (International): $12,187

Year 1: $5,986

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.  

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2020 open May 1, 2019.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020.
Term Program start
Winter 2020 March 16, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021

Program Details

Program Description

This 15-week pre-employment program comprises the first period of the corresponding apprentice program that SAIT currently offers in this trade. The program will train individuals to design, fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metals products in a wide variety of industries and settings. They will use many types of metals, such as black and galvanized steel, copper, brass, nickel and stainless steel, aluminum and tin plate. Some of the products include dust collecting and control systems, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, metal cabinets, flashing, coping, troughing and roof drainage systems. They work from verbal instructions or blueprints, or design small jobs themselves. They make some products in a shop and install them at construction sites, but other products such as roofing and siding have to be measured and cut at the construction site. Sheet metal workers work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Considerable bending, reaching, working at heights or in cramped spaces may be required.

Credentials and Accreditation

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.

Note: This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
  • Rocky Mountain College

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Admission Requirements

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10,
  • English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 2) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Sheet Metal and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Program Outline

View additional Pre-Employment Sheet Metal program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Course Code Course Name Credits
HVAC-207 Indoor Air Quality 1.5
HVAC-208 Residential Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Drawings 3.0
HVAC-209 Residential Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Fabrication 3.0
HVAC-211 Residential Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Installations 3.0
PMKG-203 Simple Layout Development 1.5
SHMT-209 Sheet Metal Workplace Skills 3.0
Total Credits 15.0


Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Tuition and fees per year*

2019/20 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Tuition Fees SAIT Fees Student Association Fees Estimated 2019/20 Total
$5,800 - - $5,800

2019/20 International Tuition and Fees*

Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 Total
$12,187 - - $12,187

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $5,800 $186 - - $5,986

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

As of January 2020 this program is no longer accepting International Students.


Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
Student Association: N/A

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $86
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $50
Student technology fee: $50

Books and supplies*

  • Books are approximately $500 in addition to tuition fees.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Contact Information

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