Welding a viable option for women seeking life-long career

Three women talk about career, need for more females in sheet metal industry ALEXANDRIA, Va. – When it comes to sheet metal welders, the adage “anything you can do, I can do better” isn’t a phrase of competition or ego. Women welders in the industry are the minority – by far – but a few…
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Students earn top awards at annual Skills USA Conference

Partnership with sheet metal union raised awareness of industry education KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Skills USA’s 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference came to Kansas City, Mo. June 19-24 to shine the light on the nation’s best and brightest in trades from beauty technician to sheet metal work. The International Training Institute (ITI), the…
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Sheet metal workers get educated to keep working

Testing, adjusting and balancing certification fills niche for Michigan workers ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Matt O’Rourke and Mike Stolber of Michigan took their sheet metal careers into their own hands when they made the decision to specialize in testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB). With the jobless rate in Michigan the sixth-highest in the nation, finding work…
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International Training Institute, Skills USA partner to promote labor

National competition brings talent to Kansas City, awareness of sheet metal union KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Skills USA’s 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) returns to Kansas City, Mo. June 19-24 with a new partner in hand – the International Training Institute (ITI), the education arm of the unionized sheet metal industry. The…
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Sheet metal detailer wins top honors at national competition

International Training Institute invests in industry future with ongoing curriculum MADISON, Wis. – Randy Girard lives in a small town in Wisconsin, and on a cool spring day, he drove two hours to retrieve his winnings from the Annual Sheet Metal Competition – a new Dodge truck. Although the truck arrived at a perfect time…
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Puerto Rico training program emerges to plan for future

Contracts, partnerships and persistence keep Local #41 on the educational track SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – During this recession, planning for the future of the sheet metal and air conditioning industry has been a heavy focus for the industry’s International Training Institute (ITI). When times are tough, it’s easy to just tread water and wait…
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Sheet metal welders urged to prepare for certification despite status

Experience doesn’t equal skills when it comes to certification exams ALEXANDRIA, Va. – To operate a vehicle legally on a U.S. roadway, a driver’s license is required, and it has to be earned with time logged on the road, a written test and a live skills test. In the sheet metal industry, welding is under…
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Energy efficient answer to traditional ductwork provides opportunity

Training dedicated to phenolic board set for March 21-23, 24-26 in Cleveland ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – To stay relevant, industries and businesses alike must constantly reinvent themselves. For the sheet metal industry, this reinvention comes in the form of expanding its services to include phenolic board. Used to make duct work more energy-efficient, phenolic board is…
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