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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SMART Foundation lays groundwork for veterans training program

The transition from active duty military service to civilian life is by no means simple. Those who take the oath to serve in the military risk their lives daily for the benefit of others. When those servicemen and women return, they face new challenges, including how to navigate and thrive as a civilian. One of…
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Copper Development Association classes ready members for the future

Nineteen members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) participated in a two-day Copper Development Association (CDA) training class and a single-day International Training Institute (ITI) Procedure and Performance training/testing class last fall in St. Louis in a concentrated effort to continue education and stay ahead of trending markets…
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National Apprenticeship Week opens doors

National Apprenticeship Week celebrated its fifth year in 2019, and members of the International Association of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers reached out to their communities to raise awareness of union apprenticeship. Held from Nov. 11-17, the nationwide event gives businesses, communities and education professionals the chance to ask questions, tour…
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