The Program

Your four-year apprenticeship program gives you 1,456 classroom hours and a possibility of 8,000 hours as you train on the job. These are all paid hours.

In addition to health and welfare benefits, you will earn over $18.00 per hour by the end of your first year. You’ll work for the area’s most respected union sheet metal contractors on some of Chicago’s most prestigious construction projects.

Classroom training replicates the work you’ll perform on the job, both fabricating and installing heating and cooling systems, and creating architectural components for buildings.

The JATC 73 Program


You’ll Study:

  • Sheet Metal Mathematics
  • Shop Layout and Fabrication
  • Welding
  • Sketching, Drafting and AutoCAD
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Field Installation / Layout / Measuring
  • Architectural Sheet Metal
  • Soldering / Cutting
  • Trade Information and Theory


Tuition and Fees

Tuition is FREE! All apprentices get a scholarship to cover training costs. There are a few out-of-pocket fees such as application, physical, drafting kit, hand tools, etc. - but you’ll never have to worry about paying back student loans as long as you're working in the union sector!