Simons joins national sheet metal organization as BIM specialist

Madison native takes leadership role with International Training Institute FAIRFAX, Va. ­– The International Training Institute (ITI), the education arm of the unionized sheet metal industry, has named Madison, Wisconsin, native Carl Simons as its building information modeling (BIM) specialist and field representative. Simons hails from Sheet Metal Workers Local 18, where he began integrating software…
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Tale of two cities: reopening sheet metal training centers in 2020

There are more than 140 union sheet metal training centers in the United States and Canada, and they vary in size — from city to rural, a few dozen apprentices to 1,000, and small geographic areas to entire states and beyond. Every training center, funded by the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and…
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Local 7 apprentices, leadership help Michigan residents after May flood

While cooped-up residents were getting ready for the first signs of summer, residents of Sanford, Michigan, were picking up the pieces and sweeping away mud and water to see what the Tittabawassee River had left behind. In May, an abundance of rain left dams to fail and the river to flood, taking the town of…
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Fifth class of Colorado Springs SMART Heroes graduate

US military members tap apprenticeship program to train for careers Four members of the United States military graduated as the sixth class of the SMART Heroes program’s Colorado location Monday, Oct. 12, at Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. The graduates represent the ranks of the Army and include Sgt. William Hughes…
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Training center celebrates 19th class of SMART Heroes

US military members tap apprenticeship program to train for careers  Eight members of the United States military graduated as the 19th class of the SMART Heroes program’s Western Washington location Monday, Oct. 12, at 2725 Williamson Place, in DuPont. The graduates represented the ranks of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, and include Senior Airman…
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McGuire named director of research, development and technology for ITI

Minnesota native Ronald McGuire has been named director of research, development and technology for the International Training Institute (ITI). McGuire, a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 for 29 years, has been on staff at the ITI since 2009, most recently as the building information modeling (BIM) specialist and regional field representative. A second-generation sheet metal worker,…
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Soldering certifications open opportunities in architectural sheet metal

Beginning in 2015, the Michigan Capitol and its iconic dome underwent a massive renovation. The historic building, constructed in the 1870s, demonstrates the beauty and reliability that can be achieved with architectural sheet metal and soldering. In a presentation at the recent biannual Partners in Progress conference, ITI staff discussed the architectural industry, calling it one of the fastest…
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What does the shift to online learning look like for ITI?

In March, colleges and universities nationwide were forced to shift from in-person classes to online learning amid the coronavirus outbreak. But, what does that shift mean for a conventional training center built on a model of 80-90% field work? How can the International Training Institute (ITI), the training arm of the unionized sheet metal industry, continue…
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ITI expands online course offerings

The International Training Institute (ITI) has expanded its online courses offerings in response to the global pandemic that has made travel restrictive and risky. Online courses allow members and apprentices to learn new skills and stay abreast of the latest information and technologies from the safety of their homes and work environments. Distance learning The…
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ITI program helps apprentices access online content throughout pandemic

When the pandemic hit, training centers had to find ways to continue education online for apprentices. While first-year apprentices are assigned an iPad at the beginning of the school year — a program that started in 2019 — the subsequent years were not. In response, the trustees for the ITI developed an iPad reimbursement program…
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