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Sheet Metal-HVAC Ducts and Fittings Associate of Applied Science Degree

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: 368A

Program Start Dates: Fall

The sheet metal worker reads blueprints, prepares layouts and operates fabricating devices such as special hand tools, power shears, nibbler, brake, bar folder, turning machines, spot and arc welders, soldering equipment and plasma cutting systems. The skilled sheet metal worker gathers general information and specifications from blueprints for the fabrication and installation of ducts for heating, cooling, filtering and humidifying air. Also, sheet metal workers fabricate and install metal roofing and siding, stainless steel equipment for homes and industry, chutes for material transfer, signs and rain dispersal equipment. Satisfactory preparation for the sheet metal program may include high school courses in algebra and geometry. Other helpful courses are mechanical drafting and metal shop. Much of the sheet metal work starts with two-dimensional objects and ends with a three-dimensional product. Sheet metal work requires good spatial perception.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of sheet metal workers in construction is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations Graduates may go to work for firms that fabricate sheet metal products and become skilled production, precision, or construction sheet metal workers.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to layout, fabricate, and assemble all types of sheet metal products.
  2. Graduates will have the ability to safely operate all types of sheet metal fabricating equipment.
  3. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to complete sheet metal welding and soldering processes.
  4. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to use computer-aided drafting for the design and fabrication of sheet metal products.
  5. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to use drafting and blueprint reading to design HVAC duct systems.

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to

Program Faculty

Viangsavanh Paborriboon 651.846.1367

Full-time enrollment is required

Students must be enrolled full-time with a cohort of students. Technical courses only offered during days.

Program Requirements

Special supplies, tools, and estimated costs

The cost of tools for the program is approximately $300-$500. Program faculty will discuss the required tools on the first day of class. Contact the program faculty for more information.

Subtotal: 37 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

  • Goal 1: Communication 7 Credits

ENGL 1711 - Composition 1  4 Credits
COMM 17XX - 3 Credits

  • Goal 3 or Goal 4 6 Credits

Goal 3: Natural Sciences
Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning

  • Goal 5: History, Social Science and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits
  • Goal 6: Humanities and Fine Arts 3 Credits
    Select a minimum of 3 additional credits
  • Goals 1 - 10 of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 4 Credits
    Select a minimum of 4 additional credits

General Education Requirements: 23 Credits

General Education requirement courses may be taken before, after or concurrently with Sheet Metal courses.

Course Sequence

The following sequence is recommended.

Total Semester Credits: 22

Total Semester Credits: 18

General Education Requirements (20 additional credits)

Total Program Credits: 60

Information is subject to change.This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 240+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0721  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0860  

Writing: Score of 240+ or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0921  or EAPP 0870  

Arithmetic: Score of 237+

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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