Field of Study: Sheet Metal Technology
Programs in sheet metal technology prepare people to shape extruded metals into products such as heating ducts.
Sheet metal technology programs include topics such as:
- Shaping metals into products
- Using hand tools
- Using machines such as forming rolls and cornice brakes
Many sheet metal technology programs include paid apprenticeships. As an apprentice, students learn the skills of the trade while working with experienced workers.
Many career and technical schools offer certificate programs in sheet metal technology. Several community colleges and 2-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in sheet metal technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.