What Does a Residential (Low Rise) Sheet Metal Installer Do?
A Residential (Low Rise) Sheet Metal Installer (Branch 2 - 308R) is a new branch of an existing Sheet Metal Worker trade designed specifically for individuals who install residential (low rise) sheet metal air handling or ventilation systems. People who work in this trade perform the duties of Sheet Metal Workers within specific conditions laid out for this new branch of the trade. Duties do not include manufacturing, fabrication and metal cladding.

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Construction sector can be found on the Ontario College of Trades(OCOT)  website at: www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/construction.

The work performed is subject to the following conditions:
  • Work must be performed in a self-contained single family dwelling or within a low rise residential building consisting of wood frame construction, for example – a single-detached house, a semi-detached house, town house or linked house
  • The building must have no common conditioned areas and be four stories or fewer
  • The air handling or ventilation system may not penetrate any fire-rated separations, and must be either:
  • A low velocity system with static pressure of no more than one inch water column and maximum air flow of 2000 cubic feet per minute or:
  • A high velocity system with static pressure of no more than three inches water column and maximum air flow of 2500 cubic feet per minute.
What Preparation and Training Do You Need?
Apprentices who are currently registered to the trade of Sheet Metal Worker (308A) have the option of registering to the new branch of Residential (Low Rise) Sheet Metal Installer (308R), if the apprentice is working solely in the residential sector.Similar to Sheet Metal Worker,you should preferably have a secondary school diploma this is usually required by employers and unions today, but grade 10 is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. Completion of apx 5,000 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification. Individuals who complete the new trade may have an opportunity to receive credit for their hours if they subsequently choose to register as Sheet Metal worker apprentices. The number of hours of credit granted in this type of situation is determined on a case-by-case basis.

What’s Your Future as A Residential (Low Rise) Sheet Metal Installer?
You may be involved in new construction installation, or retrofit installations, sometimes involving the removal of old equipment that could contain hazardous material. Learning about and keeping up with new advances in energy and heat recovery processes and technology will also be necessary. Working safely and in compliance with manufacturers’ specifications, related Acts, Regulations and Codes is very important in this trade.
Employers who hire Residential (Low Rise) Sheet Metal Installers include:
  • Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning firms
  • Building Construction Firms
Wage Rate
  • Apprentices generally earn less than Journeypeople, however as your skill and expertise increase, so does your wage 
  • Wage rates for this new trade have been legislated and are a percentage of journeyperson’s wage rate as follows: 40% for the first period of 1,500 hours; 60% for the second period of 1,500 hours and; 80% for the third period of 1,500 hours
Ask Yourself: Is Working as A Residential (Low Rise) Sheet Metal Installer For You?

Do you have good manual dexterity, an eye for dimension and detail, and enjoy working with your hands/power tools?
Yes      No
Are you safety conscious?
Yes      No
Do you have good analytical and problem solving skills?
Yes      No
Are you good at visualizing, reading drawings, or creating a freehand sketch?
Yes      No
Are you of good physical fitness, able to lift, carry and manipulate heavy objects?
Yes      No
Would you enjoy interacting with site supervisors, customers, suppliers, co-workers and other tradespeople to get the job done?
Yes      No
Do you enjoy working as a member of a team or on your own to plan and complete a task?
Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Residential (Low Rise) Sheet Metal Installer may be for You!
You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as: 
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Draftsperson
  • Construction Millwright

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