If you are a visual person who enjoys all things mechanics and is not afraid to get your hands dirty, you may be the ideal candidate for a sheet metal worker. From HVAC systems that make homes comfortable; to safe healthcare, commercial, and industry ventilation systems; to the exceptional exteriors of stadiums and office buildings, the variety of finished products made by sheet metal workers make a significant impact on our daily lives.
Sheet metal workers cut and mold sheets of metal into products for installing and repairing ventilation and air ducts. They also construct airplanes, automobiles, and billboards. It is safe to say that sheet metal workers have become essential across all industries, meeting a number of important needs. Working in sheet metal is considered one of the most desirable trades that plays a major role in the world around us through manufacturing and construction.
Due to the ongoing increase in construction of industrial, commercial and residential structures in Northeast Florida, employment for sheet metal workers is in very high demand. Sheet metal is currently one of the fastest-growing industries in the country, and employment of workers in the field is expected to grow substantially over the coming years.
Companies looking to hire sheet metal workers will seek out applicants who have completed apprenticeships and who are trained in equipment programming and possess welding certifications. The Northeast Florida Builders Association Construction Apprenticeship Program gives aspiring individuals the opportunity to work hands-on beside the best-skilled professionals in the area, on-site and in real-world situations. This fully equips our apprentices to be able to immediately join the workforce after graduation.
Along with receiving quality, on-the-job training, apprentices will also have classroom instruction 2 nights a week from professionally licensed and certified experts in the industry with zero tuition costs. The only out-of-pocket expenses for the apprenticeship are for books, required polo shirt for classes, and testing fees all ranging from $150-$175 each year. Throughout the entire 4-year program, students will have the opportunity to make money through on-the-job training, receive career counseling, and be assisted with free job placement.
For over 48 years, the Northeast Florida Builders Association has been accredited to offer professional training in the construction trades. If you’re interested in learning more about a sheet metal apprenticeship opportunity, please email apprenticeship@NEFBA.com or call us at (904) 421-0296.