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Your Career in Sheet Metal

The 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 rewarding career. As an apprentice, you participate in both on-the-job training and classroom study, allowing you to practical experience while learning the technical aspects of the industry.

Is a career in sheet metal right for you? Keep reading to learn more or contact your local JATC today.

Being an Apprentice

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. As an apprentice, you:

Qualifications to be an Apprentice

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. Other skills needed include:

Once you complete your core curriculum, you can continue to learn and specialize in one or more areas. These specialized areas include:

Why Join The Union?

As an apprentice you will become a member of your local union. 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 like pay, safety, benefits and working conditions. Unions are also democratic organizations and officers are elected by members. These officers negotiate contracts with the owners of a company on behalf of the workers.

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.

Here are some benefits you can expect from your union membership:

* Upon attaining journeyperson status (This card is recognized internationally.)