Sheet Metal Registered Apprenticeship
Training received through the apprenticeship includes ventilation, air conditioners and controls, general sheet metal work. Apprentices learn how to construct 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. Students also receive training on handling of special materials, specialty installation and specialty work.
Sheet Metal Workers participate in a five-year, 10,000-hour 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.
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.
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.
An Apprentice Ironworker will start at 60% of Journeyman wage ($15) with the possibility of a 5% raise each 6 month period until the Apprentice reaches 90% of Journeyman wages.
Apprenticeship training provides individuals with the skills needed to compete economically and work safely. Union members of the building and construction trades typically receive higher wages and better benefits than those employed by non-union contractors.
High school courses important to the position:
Mathematics, drafting and blueprint reading, construction technology, shop, and welding.
Specific skills that your business recognizes as fundamental to employment (life skills):
Qualifications to become an apprentice include a strong foundation of math and literacy skills, a high school or an equivalency diploma, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test. Additionally a qualified candidate must be physically fit, drug-free, have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the United States.