HVAC: Sheet Metal Fabrication

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Sheet Metal workers are vital to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) industry. Workers in this field will learn to fabricate ductwork and install air distribution systems. You will learn how to use portable power tools, metal fabrication equipment, and welding and cutting equipment. The importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and its implications for health, energy efficiency, and comfort ensures that skilled sheet metals workers will continue to be in demand.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    Sheet Metal workers may design, fabricate, and install heating or cooling and ventilation systems for residential, commercial, and industrial jobsites. Graduates will be prepared for an entry level position in the sheet metal heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) industry. This is a compulsory occupation in New Brunswick. New entrants into this occupation must register as an apprentice with the Apprenticeship and Certification Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labor.

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    Specific Considerations

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Workplace Safety
    • Trade Theory
    • Mathematics
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Lifting, Rigging and Hoisting
    • Pattern Development
    • Layout and Fabrication
    • Welding
    • Electrical
    • HVAC Installation
    • Communication
    • Work Practicum

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course introduces students to the basics of electricity as it applies to HVAC systems. Using a combination of classroom and practical learning methodologies, students learn to apply basic principles of electricity to safely and effectively troubleshoot, replace, or repair devices in electrical circuits. Topics include: electricity, alternating currents, basic electrical devices and circuit protection devices, and electrical drawing and schematics.

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    In this course, the students are presented with a balance of theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Instructional emphasis is focussed on the information, principles and formulas required to perform trade related mathematical calculations.


    • MATH1208D

    This course provides students with instruction in the safe set-up, adjustment and use of tools and shop equipment used in sheet metal fabrication.


    • SECU1221G

    An important part of the Sheet Metal Fabrication program is the applied work experience component. This structured and supervised work placement provides students with an opportunity to combine theory with practice in a real life workplace environment. Each day students are exposed to the conditions and expectations of a trade work environment. As students deepen their knowledge and develop their professional and trade skills, they are encouraged to document, reflect upon and evaluate their experiential learning. The connection between classroom theory and an authentic work environment is explored at the end of the work term in the form of a presentation where students share their expectations, assumptions, challenges, new ideas and learning outcomes during their placement.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    This course is designed to provide students with the skills to sketch and read blueprints to extract information. Students learn to interpret information from blueprints and use proper instruments and techniques to produce drawings.

    This course identifies practices used for production of working drawings, sketches and layouts commonly used with the fabrication of HVAC components.


    • SECU1221G

    This course builds on the skills students have learned in the first level of blueprint reading. Students learn more in depth practices related to the reading of isometric and orthographic blueprints and complex drawings of structures to be built, repaired or modified. Emphasis is placed on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), mechanical and electrical drawings, symbols, and abbreviations as they relate to the sheet metal trade


    • PRLP1058F

    Pattern development is the starting point of fabrication and of the most important steps. Sheet metal workers develop a pattern by hand or computer using one or more of the four methods of layout to build a finished product. Sheet metal workers need to be able to identify which methods to use. This course introduces the student to the practices used for the production of fittings by using various methods of pattern development. Students learn to develop patterns using parallel line, triangulation and radial techniques.

    This course introduces students to the safe use of rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment.


    • SECU1221G

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    Fabrication of air and material handling systems is the process of producing finished ductwork or fitting from a flat pattern or sheet using various tools. This course introduces students to the properties, uses, and classifications of metals. Students learn standard industry practices in the sheet metal. It also trains students in the proper skills of metal manipulation and finishing using various methods.


    • META1063F
    • SECU1221G

    This course provides students with an understanding of how heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems (HVAC) control temperature, moisture content, air quality and air circulation in a conditioned space. Students examine various types of HVAC systems with respect to installation, components, and characteristics of systems. Students then learn how to safely install residential HVAC appliances, equipment and duct systems. Students also learn to perform routine servicing to promote efficient and long term operation.

    This course is designed to introduce the student to gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process and procedure. Through a combination of lectures and practical application, students learn the necessary techniques to produce quality welds on mild steel, stainless steel, according to industry standards. Emphasis is placed on proper safety practices when working in a welding environment.

    NOC Codes

    7233 - Sheet metal workers
    9416 - Metalworking and forging machine operators
    9417 - Machining tool operators

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