Once the service member is accepted into the program, sheet metal training will last seven weeks. Six broad categories of instruction are delivered: general sheet metal; welding; HVAC service; system test, adjust, balance; and building information modeling. The class is full time and will provide the equivalent of first-year apprenticeship training (224 hours).
Below is a sample training schedule for the program:
Sheet metal core training including but not limited to the following:
- OSHA 30 safety training
- Mathematics (trade related)
- Basic fabrication and layout skills
- Introduction/identification of basic HVAC systems
Specific sheet metal sector general training and awareness:
- Welding training
- Detailing/Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- HVACR service
- Testing, Adjusting and Balancing (TAB)
- Architectural sheet metal
Continued sheet metal core training.
Continued training in one of the following areas:
- CAD – Computer Aided Drafting
- HVACR – Service
- Testing Adjusting and Balancing
- Architectural Sheet Metal
There are two remaining sessions of the SMART Heroes program that will be held in 2020. The dates are August 25 – October 9, 2020 with graduation on October 12, 2020 and October 20 – December 11, 2020 with graduation on December 14, 2020.