Page has more than 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry
FAIRFAX, Va. – James Page will take the helm as the administrator of the International Training Institute, the education arm of the unionized sheet metal and air conditioning industry, beginning in October.
“As we move forward, the challenge in front of us is to recapture work that has not been fulfilled in years due to budgetary cutbacks,” Page said. “The ITI is up to the task of leading and/or assisting our union members, journey people and apprentices through the JATCs with the required training materials and programs to best position our membership to capture any and all covered work as it becomes available.”
Page was previously employed by the ITI from 2007 until he was hired as the administrator for the National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMIC), a position he took over in 2012.
Page has more than 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry. He completed his apprenticeship training in 1984 at Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 108 in Los Angeles. He earned his associate’s degree in sheet metal apprenticeship technology from Ivy Tech College and his associate’s degree in liberal studies from Long Beach City College.
His professional career includes training and certification in basic and advanced testing, adjusting and balancing for TAB certification; air conditioning and service levels I, II and III; indoor air quality, service and TAB instructors training; basics in advanced professional development; and advanced professional development in teaching. He also was a past trainer in OSHA 10 and 30 and holds numerous industry certifications.
Page’s experience ranges from the installation of HVAC systems to life safety testing of environmental systems for the city of Los Angeles Fire Department. For the first 10 years, he worked as an apprentice, advancing to journeyman and installation foreman, and then changed departments from sheet metal to working as an air balance technician for Air Conditioning Company, Inc. in Glendale, California. From there, for the next 17 years, he served as a TAB technician, supervisor, HVAC system consultant, estimator and field operations manager for Winaire, Inc. in Huntington Beach, California.
While maintaining a successful career in the field, Page earned a credential in occupational teaching with the state of California and worked for more than 10 years locally and nationally to educate the sheet metal workers of tomorrow as an instructor for apprentice and journeymen courses.
Page grew up in Southern California with his wife Tina of 33 years. Together, they have raised three grown children. Their son has continued the tradition of working in the sheet metal industry by becoming a journeyman, signatory to Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 105 in Glendora, California.
More than 15,000 apprentices are registered at 153 training facilities in the United States and Canada. The ITI is jointly sponsored by SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (formerly the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA).
ITI supports apprenticeship and advanced career training for union workers in the sheet metal industry throughout the United States and Canada. Located in Fairfax, Va., ITI produces a standardized sheet metal curriculum supported by a wide variety of training materials free of charge to sheet metal apprentices and journeymen.
For more information about ITI, visit sheetmetal-iti.org or call 703-739-7200.