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Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Apprentices attending Apprentice Day 2015 at the PA State Capital Building in Harrisburg on June 9, 2015.
The Training Program for Local 19 instructs apprentices in the skills they need to work in today's construction industry. The types of jobs they are training for include heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); sheet metal fabrication; and architectural metal installation, including stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc. Safety and Health Training are major components of these programs.
The programs take place in some of the most modern facilities for training, including the nationally recognized Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Lab; a Service Room that provides hands-on instruction on almost every type of HVAC equipment available; state-of-the-art Cleanrooms for the most advanced ventilation training possible; and a testing facility accredited by the International Training Institute (iTi) and the American Welding Society.
The program is comprehensive and requires time, commitment and attention. The courses apprentices take are demanding and require repetition, practice and professional instruction.
For more details about the full program, including time required, tuition, wages, etc., visit our "About the Program" page.
The first year acts as the introduction to sheet metal work. It requires 144 hours of instruction in daytime classes. The course provides the basics of the trade, including the skills needed to use sheet metal tools, to layout, fabricate and install metal pieces on the job. Apprentices also receive the 10-hour OSHA Health and Safety Course along with life safety courses in First Aid, CPR and AED Training.
The second year of apprenticeship is the most demanding on the students, with 144 hours of daytime instruction and 144 hours of evening welding class required. The daytime instruction places a lot of emphasis on job cost awareness, sheet metal products, shop fabrication and field installation. Apprentices also continue to improve their math and drafting skills. The evening classes in welding are very intensive, because these skills are in demand in the industry. Each apprentice continues their safety education with 30 hours of OSHA-required safety training. Sheet metal welding certification (D9.1) is stressed during this course.
Apprentices gain a sense of confidence in applying the skills and abilities to do more demanding work, including jobs they would have thought impossible only a few years before. The third year takes 144 hours of daytime instruction, which covers fabrication techniques for creating architectural water-proofing systems for modern residential and commercial buildings. Apprentices learn how to read blueprints and job specifications to better understand how all the components create the finished building. The students also receive introductory training in duct system design and application.
There are also 144 hours of evening classes dedicated to the complete installation of HVAC equipment, including basic electric, start-up, and heating. This class provides the first year of credit for the two-year journeyperson HVAC service course.
By the end of this year, after 144 hours of daytime classes, apprentices achieve journeyperson status. The course provides them with a fine-tuning of the more intricate skills covered in the past, as well as introducing them to the most advanced and useful skills used today. Apprentices' drawing and sketching skills expand, they master the intricacies of HVAC theory, and they are introduced to TAB (Testing, Adjusting and Balancing), basic computer skills, and CAD (computer-aided design). In addition, a fourth year apprentice can begin taking journeyperson courses, if the enrollment in the classes and the apprentice's grades permit.