Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Sheet Metal

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Sheet Metal program is designed to provide knowledge in the Sheet Metal trade which will enable the student to apply master skills as a sheet metal worker. Course work will include: safety, basic sheet metal principles, trade calculations, piping practices, blueprint reading, refrigeration fundamentals, mechanical systems and heat pumps. Students will be competent in fabrication, triangulation, gutters, downspouts, chimneys, insulation and moisture prevention. The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association`s (SMACNA) manuals and standards will be supplemental materials used in the classroom. Additionally, students will examine factors involved in estimating labor and materials, equipment and delivery.


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Field of Interest: 
Applied Technology
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2016 Spring
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Admission criteria

Formal application and admission to the program is required by the following apprenticeship program:

Interstate Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
1841 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona

Academic Plan: 
Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Sheet Metal (DEG)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Certificate of Completion in Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Sheet Metal (5545)24-48
BPC/CIS+++++Any BPC/CIS Business-Personal Computers OR Computer Information Systems course(s)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should choose zero (0) to twelve (12) credits from the following list of courses to complete a minimum of 60 credits for the AAS degree based on their apprenticeship standing upon program enrollment and in consultation with Apprenticeship-Program Coordinator. Any 100-200 level prefixed courses may be selected, except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area.
BLT+++++Any BLT Building Safety and Construction technology course(s)
BPC+++++Any BPC Business Personal Computers course(s)
CAD+++++Any CAD Computer Aided Drafting course(s)
CNS+++++Any CNS Construction course(s)
ELC+++++Any ELC Electronics course(s)
EPS+++++Any EPS Entrepreneurial Studies course(s)
GBS+++++Any GBS General Business course(s)
MGT+++++Any MGT Management course(s)
OSH+++++Any OSH Occupational Safety and Health course(s)
SPA+++++Any SPA Spanish course(s)
WLD+++++Any WLD Welding Technology course(s)
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent by Assessment on District Placement Exam
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Equivalent course or satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
  • Apply knowledge of business-personal computers to the business setting. (BPC/CIS+++++)
  • Discuss application and maintenance of hand and power tools, machinery, and trade workplace safety including hazardous chemicals, obligations of supervisors, office and field personnel. (IMC112, IMC114)
  • Review the history, work performed, responsibilities, career opportunities and safety principles associated with pipefitting, plumbing, and sheet metal trades. (IMC114)
  • Determine and identify causes and results of accidents, hazards and impact of accident costs. (IMC112)
  • Explain use and function of materials, load ratings and equipment used in basic rigging to move materials and equipment including review of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hand signals. (IMC112, IMC114)
  • Identify effective verbal, written communication techniques including effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills, industry computer systems, and work place issues including sexual harassment, stress and substance abuse. (IMC112, IMC114)
  • Perform basic and advanced calculations necessary to the Sheet Metal trade and incorporate the principles of triangulation. (IMC112, IMC124, IMC233)
  • Demonstrate and explain proper materials handling techniques and procedures. (IMC112)
  • Apply hazard and safety procedures associated with the use and assembly of ladders, scaffolds and lighting. (IMC114, IMC122, IMC124)
  • Assemble and install ductwork using different types of sealants and lifts, pipe materials and applications. (IMC114, IMC237)
  • Discuss insulation, types of fasteners and supports used in air distribution systems including balancing, radial line development and triangulation, layout and fabrication of selected sheet metal fittings, and architectural sheet metal components of a roof drainage system and ductrun fittings. (IMC114, IMC233, IMC237, IMC247, IMC243)
  • Read and interpret basic and advanced blueprints, sketches, and drawings designed for the sheet metal trade. (IMC112, IMC114, IMC124)
  • Read and interpret building plans and specifications to layout, fabricate and install Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. (IMC243)
  • Discuss specifications, standards, codes, and ordinances including coding of copper tubing and carbon steel pipe, code and specifications pertaining to fume and exhaust system design. (IMC122, IMC247)
  • Explain safety factors, operator maintenance, and operating procedures associated with motorized and pneumatic equipment used on job sites. (IMC114, IMC122, IMC124)
  • Explain sizing, labeling and applications of tubing, valves and fittings used on copper tube and carbon steel pipe systems. (IMC122)
  • Explain how Drain, Waste and Vent (DWV) systems remove waste including the function of pipes, drains, traps, vents, sewers, corrosive waste piping, and sewer drains and the application of hub-and-spigot and no-hub cast iron pipe fittings including drain and vent sizing, grade, and waste treatment. (IMC122, IMC124)
  • Demonstrate proper selection, inspection, use, and maintenance of power and pneumatic tools including pipe threading machines, including various soldering tools, materials, and techniques. (IMC122, IMC124)
  • Explain attaching and running methods for DWV and water supply piping including pipe hangers and supports, modifications, and fire-stopping. (IMC124)
  • Examine mechanical refrigeration fundamentals, mechanical systems, heat pumps, fume or exhaust system including types of hoods and application of various components. (IMC247)
  • Perform field measuring using proper application of gas laws, psychometric charts, fitting, welding, arc welding, brazing, joining, installing, insulating, handling, storage of copper tubing and carbon steel pipe and flame cutting procedures. (IMC122, IMC124, IMC233, IMC237)
  • Explain how to identify piping systems according to color codes including use and function of compressed air, fuel oil, steam, and water systems. (IMC122)
  • Demonstrate safe and proper set up, lighting and use of equipment and required techniques. (IMC124)
  • Describe important production, organization, planning, and control functions of a sheet metal shop. (IMC237)
  • Discuss air flow in relation to the sheet metal trade, proper bend allowances and layout of ductruns and fittings. (IMC233)
  • Discuss the leadership, management, supervisory skills, roles and relationships of shop personnel including effective verbal/written communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. (IMC112, IMC114, IMC237)
  • Demonstrate safe and proper application of operating pressures, metal gauges, connectors, reinforcements, tie rods, and seams for a duct system applying corresponding standard, code and ordinance. (IMC233)
  • Review the tools and techniques used in the adjustment of fans, volume dampers, registers, and grilles. (IMC247)
  • Demonstrate proper techniques for duct leakage testing. (IMC247)

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