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Apprentices serve up community service, gain on-the-job skills

California apprentices raise money, repair air conditioning units for charities

FAIRFAX, Va. – More than 10,000 apprentices attend training at more than 150 schools across the country, so upon graduation they can become journeymen. Part of the training at the Tri Counties Sheet Metal Workers JATC, which serves San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Santa Barbara in California, includes community service, which pushes apprentices not only to become journeymen, but leaders in the sheet metal industry and their communities.

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Architectural work a source of pride for sheet metal workers

Architectural sheet metalNo matter their location, what projects they’ve worked on or how long they’ve been in the trade, architectural sheet metal workers have one thing in common – pride. This is a trait held by all sheet metal workers; however, in the architectural specialty, it takes on a different meaning. Continue reading “Architectural work a source of pride for sheet metal workers”

Sheet Metal Workers to host program for displaced workers

Program funded by grant to build infrastructure, California High-Speed Rail

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 105 in Bakersfield will host pre-apprentices participating in Employers’ Training Resource’s Pre-Apprenticeship Boot Camp from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, and Thursday, Feb. 12. Continue reading “Sheet Metal Workers to host program for displaced workers”

Autodesk, sheet metal workers reach agreement for software discount

Necessary software titles no longer cost prohibitive for more than 150 schools

FAIRFAX, Va. – For years, directors at training centers across the country have all dealt with the same problem – how to keep up with technology and software in the workplace if purchasing the software to train students is cost prohibitive? As technology in the industry progressed, training centers paid $4,500 per seat/license for each software title, spending tens of thousands annually just to stay current and with no discount in sight. Continue reading “Autodesk, sheet metal workers reach agreement for software discount”

Northern California company forges path with emerging market

Airco Automation writes own future with success of fire life safety inspections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It’s not often that an irritation on a job turns into a new branch of business for a company, but it happened for Airco Automation, Inc. in Sacramento, Calif. While testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) technicians were on the job, they noticed the smoke and fire dampers in many buildings were faulty, broken or used incorrectly. Seeing a piece of wood holding a damper into place was a common occurrence. Continue reading “Northern California company forges path with emerging market”

New lab gives sheet metal apprentices on-site training indoors

Controlled environment allows for additional safety training, conditioning

ALEXANDRIA, Va.One of the secrets to success in any new career is on-the-job training. At Sheet Metal Workers Local #105 nearLos Angeles, students in the apprenticeship program, along with seasoned journeymen, cultivate their skills in a state-of-the-art lab. From creating a spiral staircase from scratch and installing handrails to working on a domed or angled roof, most real-life work situations are duplicated in the comfort of the indoor lab. The controlled environment also is perfect for teaching safety skills and maneuvers. Continue reading “New lab gives sheet metal apprentices on-site training indoors”

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