Sheet Metal Workers #49

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entry-img4Local #49 spends $300,000 every year providing training for its members. In 2006, 130 apprentices began training to become a Journeyman, and eight completed the program and committed to the sheet metal industry as a lifelong career. Instructors are chosen by the JATC committee and are committed to giving back to the future of the local and the craft. Local #49 believes in its instructors and provides an intensive six-day training program for them before they begin teaching. The training facilities include a welding lab, sheet metal shop, computer labs and an HVAC service lab as well as classroom space. Recently Local #49 also partnered with CNM and apprentices receive college credit for their classes to encourage them to pursue a degree after the completion of the program. A test and balance lab is on the list of facilities to add to the center when possible.Local #49 follows strict standards for their training so that each trainee receives the best-possible career education. They finish the program with a sense of discipline and an excellent work ethic. As a result, their program has received the industry’s highest level of accreditation.