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Architectural sheet metal is a combination of technical skills and artistry. The shaping of metal into useful and beautiful forms is a centuries-old craft. By the 19th century, architects began using sheet metal to construct large buildings. You are probably most familiar with 19th and 20th century structures that are built of, clad with, or roofed using sheet metals of various types and thicknesses. Some famous examples include
In this field you will learn the basic principals of architecture. You'll see the role that sheet metal plays in modern structures. You will do most of your work outside on a construction site. You'll work in a challenging environment with architects, engineers, and dozens of other trade workers. You will help create buildings or bridges that are both functional and beautiful. You may also work on building decoration, shaping metal to create attractive and long-lasting designs.
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Decorative and ornamental sheet metal products provide distinctive touches and functional features to the exteriors of thousands of commercial buildings, churches, schools, public structures and homes throughout the U.S. and Canada. These features are the work product of skilled sheet metal architectural technicians who have mastered their trade through ITI's Architectural Curriculum. The training covers roof, wall and drainage systems, louvers and ventilators, supports and substrates, restoration and finishing. Through a combination of classroom time, on-the-job training and projects, you will become proficient with specialized materials and tools unique to the architectural sheet metal field as well at layout and fabrication techniques, field installation techniques and safety procedures.
Various sheet metal tasks will call for a knowledge of soldering. ITI's Soldering Curriculum covers all sheet metal applications, techniques and tools. Your instruction will include an understanding of metallurgy and how various non-metallic materials react to the soldering process. Your text books and learning materials are all state-of-the-art, prepared by knowledgeable industry professionals who are fully experienced in the field.
Your SMWIA apprenticeship blends hands-on practical work experience with classroom time and projects that challenge your creativity. ITI's Core Curriculum provides a complete overview of all aspects of sheet metal work. Instructors are industry professionals, graduates of the same kind of training.
Your classroom is a state of the art lab—fully equipped with the same tools and instruments that are used every day on the job. Textbooks and teaching aids include the latest technology and practical applications. Advantages of SMWIA "can-do" approach—practical knowledge reinforced by hands-on experience, under the direction of the foremost leaders in the industry.
Our "can-do" system makes it easier to master:
Math is just another tool in your box. That's why ITI's Sheet Metal Math Curriculum is presented in a practical framework that enables students to easily understand its application. You will measure, calculate and figure so often on the job that it will quickly become second nature. You will learn the "tricks" of the trade for using math in your everyday tasks—
with practical, simple math formulas.
What about advancement? At some point, you may want more responsibility—and bigger rewards. In that case, foreman training might be right for you. ITI's Foreman Training Curriculum builds leadership skills, develops management techniques, enables you to motivate others.
You will learn how to:
Through SMWIA's program of continuing professional development, apprentices become journeymen who become foremen who manage projects, supervise shops or become superintendents. Experience in any of these roles is great preparation for individuals who want to one day own their own company. With SMWIA training the sky is the limit.