New testing, adjusting and balancing labs pave way for progress

Industry proves faith in economy by training workers for jobs today, tomorrow ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The changing economy has led many workers across the country to re-educate themselves to allow for additional career opportunities. Members of the unionized sheet metal and air conditioning industry are no different and continue to look ahead to emerging markets…
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Change provides good challenge for Blue Diamond Sheet Metal

Company using Benchmark to help design ductwork in NYPD Training Academy ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Change may be good, but it isn’t always easy, especially when technology is involved. In any industry, there are the tried and true methods of completing tasks, and when technology updates those processes, it can leave some seasoned workers behind. At…
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Apprentices use skills to build homes for Habitat for Humanity

Albuquerque sheet metal workers get hands-on training while helping charity ALEXANDRIA, Va. – At the sheet metal workers training center in Albuquerque, NM, apprentices learning their craft once designed and constructed projects in the lab only to tear them down once their grade was filed. Materials were thrown away and talents were kept in house.…
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40th Annual Sheet Metal Competition awards brightest in industry

Missouri, Wisconsin, Washington turn out multiple winners in five categories; Oklahoma detailer earns first prize, drives away with new Harley-Davidson More than 250 sheet metal apprentices traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the 40th Annual International Sheet Metal Competition hosted by the International Training Institute (ITI) for the sheet metal and air conditioning industry.…
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CBS Evening News features sheet metal apprentices, training

FROM THE DESK OF: JAMES SHOULDERS On Sunday, CBS Evening News ran an extremely positive story on JATC Local 17 in Boston entitled, “Apprenticeships Better Than College for Some.” It touches on all the major points about the value of our industry’s training in producing highly skilled and employable workers. The bottom line is that…
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Sheet metal industry introduces online course, software

Free Fitting Input Tool allows designers to create fittings efficiently the first time ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On today’s jobsites, time is money. Every second lost can mean money lost, and in the current economic environment, it can easily make or break a company. To help contractors make the best of their time, the International Training…
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Skilled labor apprenticeships also a form of ‘higher education’

Five-year programs can be just as challenging as any college, university program ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The term “higher education” can take on many connotations. Where some believe it means attending a two- or four-year college or university, there is another side to higher education – the skilled labor trades. Apprentices at more than 160 unionized…
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40th Annual International Sheet Metal Competition comes to Las Vegas

March contest to include participants from U.S., Canada LAS VEGAS – More than 275 sheet metal contestants and their families will come to Las Vegas March 5-9 to take part in the 40th Annual International Sheet Metal Competition, which allows apprentices and journeymen from throughout the United States and Canada to demonstrate their skills. The…
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Top 12 detailers from around the country compete for grand prize

Sheet metal detailers vie for new motorcycle during international competition LAS VEGAS – The International Training Institute (ITI) recently announced 12 of the nation’s top detailers have tested and qualified as finalists to participate in the detailing category at the Annual International Sheet Metal Competition March 5-9 in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace and the…
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Sheet metal training centers embrace technology with TotalTrack

Database system creates efficiency, puts information into staff, student hands ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The International Training Institute (ITI), the education arm of the unionized sheet metal and air conditioning industry, is currently mid-way through a system-wide launch of TotalTrack, a comprehensive database system that puts all apprentice and training journeymen information in one place in…
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