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6550 Poe Ave.
Dayton, OH 45414

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Architectural Sheet Metal
Architectural sheet metal is a combination of technical skills and artistry. The shaping of metal into useful and beautiful forms is a centuries-old craft. By the 19th century, architects began using sheet metal to construct large buildings.  You are probably most familiar with 19th and 20th century structures that are built of, clad with, or roofed using sheet metals of various types and thickness. Some famous examples include:

  • Fordham Spire, Chicago

  • Experience Music, Seattle

  • CN Tower, Toronto

  • Empire State Building, New York 

  • Statue of Liberty, New York

In this field you will learn the basic principals of architecture. You'll see the role that sheet metal plays in modern structures. You will do most of your work outside on a construction site. You'll work in a challenging environment with architects, engineers, and dozens of other trade workers. You will help create buildings or bridges that are both functional and beautiful. You may also work on building decoration, shaping metal to create attractive and long-lasting designs.

Opportunities in this field include

  • Installer

  • Fabricator

  • Solderer

  • Crew leader

  • Designer

  • Project manager

  • Customer sales and service

Architectural Sheet Metal: Curriculum

  • Historic overview 

  • Roof systems 

  • Wall systems 

  • Roof drainage systems 

  • Louvers and ventilators 

  • Supports and substrates 

  • Restoration and finishing 

  • Shop layout and fabrication techniques 

  • Field installation techniques 

  • Architectural sheet metal tools and materials 

  • Safety 

  • Materials 

  • Moisture Control 

  • Measurement 

  • Special ASM 

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Commercial HVAC
HVAC is short for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. In this field you will work on high-volume mechanical systems. These systems deliver heated and cooled air to commercial buildings. Here are just a few of the locations in which you might work:

  • Schools 

  • Hospitals 

  • Airports 

  • Train or subway stations 

  • Factories 

  • Museums 

  • Office buildings 

  • Restaurants 

  • Shopping centers 

You'll work in an exciting environment with dozens of other trade workers and you'll be part of creating something that is long lasting and enhances the quality of life for many people.

Opportunities in this field include

  • Installer 

  • Service Technician 

  • Supervisor 

  • Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing (TAB) Technician 

  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) technician 

  • Energy Management Technician 

  • Commissioning Agent 

  • Project Manager 

  • Detailer 

Commercial HVAC: Curriculum

  • Introduction to HVAC 

  • Systems and components 

  • Heating 

  • Refrigeration 

  • Field Installation 

  • Understanding electricity 

  • Understanding automatic controls 

  • Basic testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB) 

  • Commissioning 

  • Load calculation and duct design 

  • Plans and specifications 

  • Project management 

  • Safety

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Sheet metal detailing is often thought of as CAD (computer-aided drafting). In this field, you'll use CAD to produce detailed two- and three-dimensional drawings of the major systems that make buildings comfortable and safe. Your drawings will help ensure that workers install all systems efficiently and on time. These systems include:

  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) 

  • Electrical conduits and wiring 

  • Plumbing/Piping 

Although jobsite work is required, you'll do most of your work inside an office at a computer and you will learn a lot about complex building systems and how they operate.  You'll work with blueprints and you'll communicate regularly with project managers, trade workers, and many other people involved in the construction of buildings.

 Opportunities in this field include:

  • Detailer 

  • Customer service representative 

  • Project manager 

  • Contractor 

Detailing: Curriculum

  • Specialized CAD drawing systems 

  • Advanced measuring tools and techniques 

  • Reading building plans and specifications 

  • HVAC system design and installation 

  • Building codes 

  • Job site correspondence 

  • Project management skills 

  • Communication skills 

  • Safety

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Industrial Sheet Metal Welding
ndustrial sheet metal workers work on large-scale projects; custom, one-of-a kind projects; or large shop-built modules. The metals used in this industry are often up to one-inch thick. Industrial sheet metal parts must be moved or hoisted into place using large, heavy-gauge machinery or even helicopters. In this field you may make the machines used in automotive assembly or food processing plants. You may design, assemble, and install the air handling systems needed in businesses that must have very clean air, such as computer assembly plants or the pharmaceutical industry. You might find yourself working on a specialized one-of-a kind installation almost anywhere in the world. You may work on construction sites installing large machine components or in a specialized fabrication shop. The work is highly challenging and the results are very satisfying. You will work on projects that will last for years and enhance the quality of life for many people.

Opportunities in this field include:

  • AWS-ASME certified industrial welder 

  • Custom fabricator 

  • Pipe welder 

  • Grinder and finisher 

  • Press brake operator 

  • Power slip roll operator 

  • Shearing machine operator 

  • Plasma cutter operator 

  • Mobile crane operator 

  • Boom truck operator 

  • Rigging 

  • Field Foreman 

  • Shop Foreman 

  • Estimator 

  • Project Manager 

  • Shop Owner 

Industrial Welding: Curriculum

  • Safety 

  • Materials 

  • Welding 

  • Shop skills 

  • Field skills 

  • System design basics 

  • Hoisting and rigging 

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Residential HVAC
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. As a residential HVAC technician, you will work on installing duct systems for builders in the housing industry. You may work in new construction for a specialized custom home builder or for high-volume builders who develop large subdivisions containing many homes. You'll install ductwork for a wide variety of residences including single family homes, town homes, and apartment buildings. You may also work on duct systems for existing buildings to remodel, upgrade, or troubleshoot these systems. Most of your work will be done in the field.

Opportunities in this field include:

  • New construction installer

  • Residential finish installer

  • Retrofit technician

  • Residential services technician

Residential HVAC: Curriculum

  • Installation of HVAC systems and air distribution systems 

  • Wiring and connecting HVAC equipment 

  • Retrofitting and adding HVAC components to existing systems 

  • Troubleshooting and repair 

  • Safety 

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Service and Refrigeration
Can you imagine working in a building without heated or cooled air? What would life be like without refrigerators or freezers? Almost everything we do every day depends on heating and cooling systems being up and running. These systems make buildings comfortable and safe. They prolong the life of foods and keep medicines and blood supplies at safe temperatures. Demand for skilled technicians in this field is high. As a service and refrigeration technician you'll:

  • Lay out and connect piping systems 

  • Leak test piping and equipment 

  • Clear and charge systems with refrigerant 

  • Service and test electrical components 

  • Connect pressure testing equipment 

  • Measure system performance 

  • Diagnose system malfunctions 

You will work on a variety of job sites. You may install and test systems to ensure that they are operating safely and efficiently. You may sometimes have to work in dangerous conditions, for example, during a storm. The work is always exciting and challenging and your services will always be in demand.

Opportunities in this field include: 

  • Installer

  • Service technician

  • System evaluator

  • Energy consumption manager 

  • Electrical troubleshooting 

Service and Refrigeration: Curriculum

  • Electrical fundamentals 

  • Electrical troubleshooting 

  • Refrigeration principles 

  • Refrigeration system components. Operation and troubleshooting 

  • Air conditioning and air conditioning systems 

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For information regarding the Dayton area apprenticeships, please contact:

Eugene Frazier
6550 Poe Ave.
Dayton, OH 45414


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