Head shot of Mike Harris

Harris assumes helm at International Training Institute

Michael Harris, a longtime staffer at the International Training Institute (ITI), has taken the reins as its administrator. A second-generation sheet metal worker, Harris got his first taste of the industry at age 16 when he spent the summer working in a sheet metal shop. Initially opting for college, Harris later changed course and worked in a…
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Feb 2022 Smart Heroes Local 9 graduates

Fort Carson soldiers graduate from first SMART Heroes class of 2022

SMART Heroes graduated six active-duty members of the United States Army and one veteran from its program Friday, Feb. 18, at the training center of Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. In order to graduate, service members completed a seven-week course at the center to earn the equivalent of…
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Feb 202 WWSM graduates.

Army, Air Force members graduate from first SMART Heroes program of 2022

Six active-duty members of the United States military graduated as the 26th class of the SMART Heroes program’s Western Washington location Monday, Feb. 14, at 2725 Williamson Place, in DuPont. Graduates represented members of the U.S. Army and Air Force and included Spc. Tyler Foster, Army; Senior Airman Wylie Jaggli, Air Force; Staff Sgt. Dan Mobilio, Army;…
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Ariel shot of Local 71

Local 71 expands training center, state-of-the-art equipment

This summer, months after the planned ribbon cutting was derailed by COVID-19, Local 71 of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) workers in Buffalo, New York, formally unveiled its newly expanded 19,000-square-foot training center. “Sheet Metal Workers Local 71 committed to making the city of Buffalo our home in 2000,” said Paul…
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Picture of a soldering class with students and a teacher having a conversation.

ITI, CDA host soldering training for sheet metal workers in New York

The International Training Institute (ITI), working in collaboration with the Copper Development Association (CDA), facilitated a soldering certification class at the training center for the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) workers’ Local 28 in Jamaica, New York, Sept. 7-9. As a result of that class, 16 Local 28 members earned a total of 22 American Welding Society (AWS) soldering…
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SMART Heroes graduates standing together for a picture.

SMART Heroes prepares Colorado soldiers for civilian careers

SMART Heroes graduated seven active-duty members of the United States Army and one veteran from its program Dec. 3 at the training center of Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. In order to graduate, service members completed a seven-week course at the center to earn the equivalent of their first-year…
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SMART Heroes graduates standing together around a table of parts.

SMART Heroes graduates members, veterans of four branches

Six active-duty members of the United States military and three veterans graduated as the 25th class of the SMART Heroes program’s Western Washington location Monday, Dec. 6, at 2725 Williamson Place, in DuPont. The graduates represented the ranks of the United States Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps and include Sgt. Titus Howard, Army; Corp. Juan…
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Ted Kuczynski posing for a headshot.

Five Questions: Ted Kuczynski, former ITI administrator

Ted Kuczynski’s life set out on its course from the moment he joined Sheet Metal Workers Local 18’s apprenticeship program in 1971. He began teaching part time soon after his apprenticeship graduation in 1976. On the job, he took an interest in industrial ventilation and enjoyed his time at Butters-Fetting, a mechanical contractor in Milwaukee, working “on…
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‘Think ahead’: The ITI turns 50 (part 3)

As the millennium appeared on the horizon, International Training Institute (ITI) leadership knew a change in training was needed for instructors and apprentices. For apprentices, the curriculum in place wasn’t matching the zeitgeist of the sheet metal industry in the mid- to late 1990s. The core curriculum was created to train sheet metal workers in overall industry…
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The first two Veterans in the SMART Heroes class graduate apprenticeship

Veterans in first SMART Heroes class graduate apprenticeship

  Two members of the first class of SMART Heroes, the unionized sheet metal industry’s bridge from military life to a civilian career in sheet metal, welding and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), are set to graduate in the next few months. Army veterans Joshua Buckley, 40, and Richard Quintana, 55, were members of the…
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