Technology urges members to continue education

Ron McGuire, building information modeling (BIM) specialist for the International Training Institute, the education arm of the unionized sheet metal and air conditioning industry (ITI), taught the fundamentals of Bluebeam software, offered to training centers for free, during a class in Las Vegas in July. It was one of about 10 Bluebeam classes for 2017 and a fraction of the technology-driven courses McGuire has been teaching. The demand for technology classes – including Bluebeam, Total Station and 3D scanning – is going up as the cost of this type of equipment steadily declines.

“As people are becoming more aware we have access to it and can provide training on it, the demand becomes higher,” McGuire said. “It’s a win-win for everybody.”

Those interested in learning more about technology in the industry, or attending a class in their area, can visit the ITI’s website at www.sheetmetal-iti.org and click on “course catalog” or email Ron McGuire at rmcguire@sheetmetal-iti.org.

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