Sheet Metal Technology

Enroll in the Sheet Metal Technology program and look forward to union salary and benefits.

Degree-earning student wages start at $30.18 per hour plus great benefits. Bates Technical Colleges’ Sheet Metal Program has been training students for 80 years.  This program was one of the first ten programs started at Bates when the college opened the doors to meet the community’s need for skilled workers back in 1941. This program is the only one in the region that prepares students for direct entry into the Local 66 apprenticeship. Upon completion, graduates are credited one full year towards their apprenticeship. Get started today.

General Information

Career Advisor: Leesa Ostrander
253-680-7410 |

Location: South Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Length: Six Quarters

  • National Median Salary$50,400
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings12,700

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Note: Information is accurate as of its original posting date. The college reserves the right to edit, change, or update information as needed throughout the year. Up-to-date information is available in Student Services.

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Associate of Applied Science
CIP: 48.0506 EPC: 811  

Bates offers the only program in the region that prepares students for apprenticeship employment in the sheet metal industry. Customer projects completed in the classroom, shop, and the field, provide students with the necessary foundational skills to succeed in this high demand and rewarding occupation. Instruction includes equipment operation, fabrication and installation of various ventilation systems, blueprint reading, computer-aided drafting, air distribution, and material handling. This is a pre-apprenticeship program for the Western Washington Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.  

Students who complete all required elements of the selected Sheet Metal Technology course offerings will be awarded direct entry into the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC Local 66 building trades or residential apprenticeship program. Students will be placed at the end of the out of work list. Prior educational credits are recognized upon entrance into the apprenticeship.


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Steve MacKay

    253.680.7394 | Email

Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.