Camosun is Vancouver Island's largest provider of trades training, and is known for training excellence in more than 20 trades and apprenticeship programs.
Design, build and power your career.
As a Sheet Metal and Metal Fabrication Foundation student, you are part of our School of Trades & Technology.
The School of Trades & Technology plays a vital role in training tradespeople, technicians, technologists and artisans on Southern Vancouver Island. We offer a variety of programs and courses to meet your needs, be they to establish or further your career in the trades or technologies, bridge into a third year Engineering program or just for your own personal interest through Continuing Education. Learn more.
You'll have the opportunity to fabricate and install sheet metal items in our shop. The modern fully equipped shop has a full size construction mock-up providing you the opportunity to learn as if on the job. You'll learn to layout, cut, assemble and install sheet metal projects using all the standard sheet metal shop tools and equipment.
From Foundation to Apprenticeship
Foundation and Pre-employment programs
Foundation and pre-employment certificate programs run six to ten months each and provide a comprehensive introduction to the trade. These programs combine in-class learning with hands-on practical skills, making you well-positioned for entry-level employment or to beginning an apprenticeship. Foundation programs also provide a head-start on apprenticeship training by covering the technical learning outcomes required in your first apprenticeship year. Foundation grads receive credit for Level 1 technical training as well as some of the required training hours.
Technical training for registered Apprentices
If you've already been hired as an apprentice, you can get all your required technical training at Camosun without starting in the longer Foundation program. Learn more.
Member of the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
The Industry Training Authority (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia's skilled trades system. The ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards, and increase opportunities in the trades.
Established in 2004, the ITA is a provincial crown agency and governed by a nine-person Board of Directors. Learn more.
Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 280
The BC Union of Sheet Metal Workers is comprised of highly skilled men and women employed in the metal trade industry in British Columbia including roofers. We strive to obtain the best wages and benefits for those we represent. To do this, we need to be the best skilled and most productive workers in the industry and we accomplish this through our sheet metal and metal fabrication apprenticeship and journeyperson training programs. Learn more.
Whether it's fabricating and installing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, custom stainless steel kitchens, architectural sheet metal and sheet metal products, there is a need for trained people in this changing and competitive market place.
Sheet metal is divided into three basic trade groups:
- Sheet metal worker
- Architectural sheet metal worker
- Metal fabricator
Graduates have found employment with employers in all sectors of the residential, commercial, and industrial construction industries, ship building, and manufacturing industries.
Our business associates and supporters include the following:
- Viking Air
- British Columbia Sheet Metal Association (Smacna)
- Sheet Metal Workers International, local 276
- International Training Institute
- Shop Data Systems
Potential employers include: