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Today's sheet metal industry needs highly skilled and motivated workers. Through courses offered by ITI's training centers, you can get the high quality education and training designed to give you a satisfying career that rewards you with a good salary and limitless chances to advance in this exciting field. You will participate as an apprentice in both on-the-job training and classroom study. You'll gain both practical experience as well as the knowledge you need as you progress through the program. Is a career in sheet metal right for you? Check out sheet metal careers to learn more.
When you enter an apprenticeship, you agree to work in an on-the-job training program and attend specialized classes for between four and five years. It's a bit like going to college with these important exceptions. You
As with any other field, there are some basic requirements for a career in the sheet metal industry. You'll need a high school or GED diploma, and in some parts of the U.S. and Canada, you might have to take a written exam or complete a personal interview. In addition, you should
As an apprentice you will become a member of your local union. Once you complete your apprenticeship, you can continue to learn and specialize in one or more areas. Learn more about opportunities in sheet metal.
Working people join unions so that they can voice their concerns about the work they do. Unions work to improve conditions for workers in these areas:
Union workers earn better wages and benefits than nonunion workers. Compared with nonunion workers, a greater percentage of union members have guaranteed pensions and health insurance benefits.
A union is a democratic organization. Officers are elected from among union members. These officers negotiate contracts with the owners of a company on behalf of the workers. Members of the union pay dues to cover the costs of representing the rights of workers and see dues as an important investment in their future. Dues vary by union and area of the country. Generally union members vote to set dues based on a variety of factors. You can become active in your union in many ways such as voting, serving on a committee, or holding an office.
Here are the benefits you can expect from your union membership:
* Upon attaining journeyperson status (This card is recognized nationwide.)
Members of SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association) have direct access to:
and much more...
On the Careers pages at left under the Contractor tab, you can review detailed information about the curriculum developed by the International Training Institute for training your workforce.