The National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMIC) has hired Ohio native Cassandra Kline as director of building construction technology. In that role, she serves as a field representative to 150 local unions in the United States and Canada. She is responsible for creating and implementing strategies for the use of new and existing technologies in order to expand skills and opportunities for members of the International Association of Sheet Metal Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) workers and signatory employers.
“I’m building relationships with local unions and contractors, promoting new business ideas and technology, as well as representing NEMIC on committees and developing documents for [ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)] accreditation,” Kline said.
As a second-generation sheet metal worker, Kline entered the apprenticeship on advice from her father, who served as the training coordinator at Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 in Toledo, Ohio. Kline’s brother is also a sheet metal worker, and she has an uncle in the electrical trade, so union life runs in her family.
After a stint working in the food and beverage industry, she took a position as a shop maintenance manager’s assistant, which sparked her interest in the sheet metal industry. Upon graduating the sheet metal apprenticeship in 2020, she worked to gain experience in testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB), architectural, commercial and heavy industrial applications of sheet metal work. In 2021, Kline took classes through the International Training Institute (ITI), the educational arm of the unionized sheet metal industry, and became a part-time instructor at Local 33 for HVAC Fire Life Safety, indoor air quality and TAB. She then joined Gem Inc. as a field supervisor for the TAB division and was soon promoted to service manager.
She said her rise in the field is a testament to the fact the sheet metal industry provides opportunities to anyone willing to put in the time and effort.
“Be prepared for the opportunities. Show up, work hard and learn everything you can,” she said. “I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a great team. I’m learning every single day and have great mentors looking out for me and helping guide me along the way.”
Kline has been settling into her new role and is enthusiastic about working with the rest of the NEMIC staff. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing and taking walks with her dog, Huckleberry.
To find out more about NEMIC, visit the website at www.nemiconline.org.