ITI, Interplay Learning team up to bring hands-on, VR service training to SMART members

The ITI has partnered with Interplay Learning to bring hands-on training to members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) and apprentices across the country through a virtual reality platform. Interplay Learning takes traditional training and technology and merges them to create 2D and 3D simulations and virtual reality. The idea is to…
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Colorado Springs SMART Heroes celebrates fourth graduation

US military members tap apprenticeship program to train for careers Three members of the United States military graduated as the fourth class of the SMART Heroes program’s Colorado location Monday, Aug. 17 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. The graduates represent the ranks of the Army and include Staff Sgt. Conner…
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SMART Heroes graduates to enter sheet metal career

Eighteenth class prepared seven US Army members for apprenticeship Seven members of the United States military graduated as the 18th class of the SMART Heroes program Monday, Aug. 17 at the Western Washington Sheet Metal training center at 2725 Williamson Place, Suite 100, in DuPont, Washington. The graduates represent the ranks of the Army and include Spc. Darrell Cortez,…
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When COVID-19 hit, training at Local 105 got creative

Across the country, schools of all types are trying to figure out how to operate while keeping employees and students safe from COVID-19. Training centers — each with their own challenges — are doing the same. How do you train the future’s sheet metal workers in classrooms and fabrication shops while maintaining proper safety protocols?…
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SMART Heroes graduate to sheet metal career

Sixteenth class includes members Army, Navy, Air Force Nine members of the United States military and four veterans graduated as the 16th class of the SMART Heroes program. Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, the graduation ceremony originally scheduled for June 15 at Western Washington Sheet Metal training center at 2725 Williamson Place, Suite 100, in…
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ITI doesn’t miss a beat putting courses online amid isolation orders

On a Friday spring afternoon, participants in the International Training Institute’s Fire Smoke Damper Technician and Fire Life Safety Level 2 for Instructors class played a game of Jeopardy before the end-of-the-week presentations. Typically, a computer running PowerPoint would be up at the front of the room, and one-by-one they would give their presentations in a classroom…
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COVID-19 Information

April 13, 2020 – Funds Online Courses Guide (click the image to access) April 9, 2020 – COVID-19 Guidelines for essential workers (click the image to enlarge or download) April 9, 2020 – Sheet Metal Industry Funds Guidance on COVID-19 (click the image to enlarge or download) March 24, 2020 – COVID-19 Updates and Links…
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Local 10 apprentice mixes artist heart with sheet metal experience

Roderic Olson has always been an artist and was a professional muralist until the Great Recession reared its ugly head. But what may have seemed like a setback at the time, helped Olson, now a Sheet Metal Local 10 fifth-year apprentice, find another pathway to artistry. As a muralist, Olson, 50, painted mostly residential homes, including bathrooms,…
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Central Pennsylvania celebrates new training center

In 2016, the administrators at Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 in Central Pennsylvania established a building committee to work together to design a new, energy efficient, state-of-the-art training center to replace the local’s aging building in Shoemakersville. The new training center, which officially opened last summer, incorporates as much sheet metal as possible on the…
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Successful ITI pilot program leads to California MATT Levels I, II courses

In preparation for the California Energy Commission (CEC) launch of the 2019 Title 24 standards on Jan. 1, the International Training Institute (ITI), the education arm of the unionized sheet metal industry, created two new Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) courses, MATT-1 and MATT-2. Prior to launching the new courses last October, the ITI ran…
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