Training Information


A person can ultimately become a pattern layout person, a certified sheet metal welder, a testing adjusting and balancing technician, an administrator of training, an instructor of apprentices or journeypersons, a union official representing his peers, a draftsperson, supervisor, estimator, or a sheet metal contractor.

Certificates and Credentials

Certificates and credentials that might be obtained while participating in an apprenticeship program include First Aid/CPR cards, completion certificate from the International Training Institute, and Municipality of Anchorage Journeyman's License, and when the apprenticeship is completed a membership card from the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association and a certificate of Completion from the U.S. Department of Labor, Alaska office of Apprenticeship Training will be issued. The JATC also informs each apprentice of the availability of college credit through the International Training Institute's College Credit Program with the American Council on Education (ACE) and Ivy Tech State College, and the George Meany Institute. Once an apprentice reaches Journeyman level their training does not stop. Through the efforts of the Alaska Mechanical Contractors association and the JATC our Journeyman also have a Continuing Education program available to them.

Wages and Benefits

First year apprentices are dispatched at 50% of Journeyman scale, which is $20.40 per hour wages with an additional $19.86 per hour paid in fringe benefits. Apprentices shall be paid a progressively increasing schedule of wages during their apprenticeship based on the acquisition of increased skill and competence on the job and in related instruction. The wage scale is structured to advance an apprentice in 5% increments towards journey workers pay per every thousand hours worked. First year students must attain 240 hours of classroom time to advance to second year status. Once the apprentice becomes a journeyman his/her scale is $40.79 per hour with an additional $22.73 per hour paid in fringe benefits.


The apprenticeship program for Sheet Metal is a four year 8000 hour program and Our service apprenticeship is a 4 year 8000 hour program.

Training will include all facets of Sheet Metal Working both in the shop and field, working with metallic and non-metallic materials ranging from approximately .0157 inch to 1 inch thick.


Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship

• Interpreting plans and specifications
• Using such metals as galvanized iron, copper, stainless steel and aluminum.
• The non-metallics can be thermosetting or thermoforming plastics, or rigid and flexible fiberglass.
• Fabricate and install fittings for both construction or industry heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
• Fabricate and install duct work for both construction or industry heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
• Residential, commercial and industrial applications
• Set up and operate shears, press brakes, hand brakes, bending rolls, welding machines and other equipment
• Cut, form and attach metal together for applications such as metal roofing and stainless steel work for restaurants, kitchens and hospitals.
• Prepare shop and field drawings manually and with computer programs.
• Work is performed both indoors and out
• Use of scaffolding, ladders and high lifts
• Working in shops performing fabrication work
• Working on construction sites doing installation.

Service Technician Apprenticeship

• Conceptual Physic / Electrical Safety
• Basic Electricity
• Basic Heating Systems
• Basic Refrigeration & Recovery
• Basic Sheet Metal
• Advanced Heating
• Advanced Mechanical Cycle
• Commercial & Residential Cooling Systems
• Control Fundamentals
• Compressors
• Applied Psychrometrics
• Heating & Cooling Load Calculations

• Heat Pumps
• Testing, Adjusting & Balancing (TAB)
• Motors & Motor Controls
• Pneumatic Controls
• HVAC Electronics
• DDC Systems
• Hydronics
• Low Temp Systems
• Chillers & Cooling Towers
• Journeyman Review & Test Prep
• Welding

Our Location

Contact Information

1307 East 75th Ave. Suite #4
Anchorage, AK 99518-3528

Phone: 907-277-5367
Fax: 907-274-8219


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