Sheet Metal and Plastics Technology

View Program Information in the College Catalog [PDF]

Program Mission

The Sheet Metal & Plastics Technology program's mission is to serve the community as a learningcentered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the sheet metal and plastics industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.

Program Description

This curriculum is designed to qualify students for entry into the field of sheet metal as apprentices. They will develop skills in fabricating air conditioning ducts; architectural metal work; welding and fabricating plastics; and, pattern development.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the SMP program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and properly use personal safety equipment.
  • Understand the need for safety equipment in the shop & field.
  • Show proper use and care of sheet metal hand tools.
  • Identify the proper use, care and safety concerns of shop equipment.
  • Produce orthographic drawings for items requiring fabrication.
  • State the three forms of metal fabrication.
  • Produce basic fitting layout using any of the three methods.
  • Identify the base rules for order of operation in fabrication.
  • Layout, cut, notch, and bend in proper order, various fittings / components using sheet metal and plastic.
  • Identify the diff erent gauges of sheet metal, forming methods, and connection processes after lay out.
  • Identify and install common fasteners used in sheet metal work.
  • Properly mix and apply acids used in soldering.
  • Produce soldering joints on galvanized iron.
  • Identify Air Conditioners ductwork fittings, their uses, the connection types, and their fabrication methods.
  • Explain the use of Short-cut layout methods and when they apply.

Program Prerequisites

  • ENG 19 and/or ENG 21, OR ESL 13 & 14, OR Placement in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23
  • MATH 9, OR Placement in MATH 24/50/53

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

The cost of tools, instruments, and textbooks is approximately $580.

Gainful Employment Information

Degree: Certificate of Achievement    
Occupations: Sheet Metal Workers
Rolling Machine Operators
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators
Model Makers
SOC Code: 47-2211
Normal Time to Completion: 2 semesters    
On-Time Graduation Rate: 50%    
Avg. Tuition & Fees: 32-33 credits x $97 = $3,201    
Avg. Cost for Books/Supplies: $560    
Job Placement Rate *: 63%    
Median Loan Debt      
- Title IV Loans: $0    
- Private Loans: $0    
- Institutional Debt: $0    

* - Job Placement info currently available only for 2010-2011 completers

Faculty & Staff

  • Danny Aiu, Associate Professor, CC, Email, 845-9237