Apprenticeship Programs

Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

The Joint Apprenticeship Training Program serving Local 263  of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, was established in 1950 and has been involved in the education of the local’s journeymen since that time.  The committee governing the program is comprised of members from the Union and the signatory contractors.  Apprentices work for the signatory contractors during the day and attend classes at the school built for apprenticeship training, on two nights a week from September to April.  The Apprentice program is governed by the regulations of the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

Apprenticeship Training

Sheet Metal Workers participate in a five-year (10,000 hours) apprenticeship program. In addition to the training received on the job, apprentices attend supplemental classroom training in subjects related to the trade. A minimum of 196 hours of such training is required during each year of apprenticeship.

Training received through the apprenticeship includes ventilation, air conditioners and controls, general sheet metal work. Hotel, restaurant kitchen equipment, architectural sheet metal work, industrial sheet metal work, warm-air furnace and heating equipment, electric sign construction, operation of hand tools and power machinery. Handling of special materials, specialty installation and specialty work. Computer & C.A.D., welding, drafting and textbooks are included in training.

Local 263 also has a residential three year training program consisting of on-the-job training and a minimum of 94 hours of supplemental classroom training similar to commercial applications but limited to a maximum of four story dwellings or single family dwellings.

All apprentices and journeypersons are licensed to install when required.

Qualifications

Minimum requirements for an apprenticeship applicant include:

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must have good school attendance
  • Must have background in reading and math
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or in the process of becoming one
  • Construction work background helpful

A Sheet Metal Worker should have above average mechanical and mathematical ability. They also need hand-eye coordination, spatial and form perception, good eyesight and manual dexterity. An applicant to the apprenticeship program should like and have the ability for shop courses, mechanical drawing, and basic algebra. Assets in sheet metal work include patience, dependability, accuracy and an ability to get along well with others.

Application, Selection & Hiring Process

Approximately eight apprentices are enrolled each year.  Applications are accepted through the Local 263 Joint Apprenticeship Committee.

After submitting an application, the candidate will go through an interviewing process with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee. The Committee rates all qualified applicants and places potential candidates on a list according to rank order of scores. The Joint Apprenticeship Committee begins placement of apprenticeships based on need and demand in the area. 

Mike McCullough

Training Coordinator

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