Local Union 19 - Philadelphia, PA

Copyright 2014. Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 19. All rights reserved.

​​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:

  • Earn a good salary while learning your trade – a salary that increases as your skills and knowledge increase.
  • Pay little to no tuition costs or fees.
  • Receive books and other educational material free of charge.
  • Learn from instructors who have hands-on experience in the sheet metal industry.
  • Put everything you learn to work right away—your career begins with your apprenticeship.
  • Graduate without student loan debt.


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:

  • Good physical condition
  • Above average mechanical and math skills
  • Good eye-to-hand coordination
  • Understanding spatial relationships
  • Understanding how patterns are used to create metal forms
  • Excellent work and study habits

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

  • ​​Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Architectural Sheet Metal
  • Detailing
  • Service and Refrigeration
  • Testing Adjusting and Balancing (TAB)

Call us at (610) 562-5306

After successful completion of the application process, applicants

will be contacted with the time and place of the examination.

Those making the test cutoff will be notified of the time and place of

the interview to determine qualifications, aptitude, ability and character. 

All applicants will be notified of their status after the initial testing. All applicants will be subject to drug testing at any time during the

application process. Applicants will be placed depending on workload. 

Most placements will take place in late June.

The Apprentice and Training Committee of Local #19 Central PA accepts applications year round. Central PA has one applicant screening test conducted in the spring of each year for the selection of the next year's apprentice class.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Sheet Metal Workers’ Joint Apprenticeship Committee of Central Pennsylvania will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older.

Gary Masino
Co-Chairman

Pat Doyle
JATC Secretary

William Dorward

​Walt Friedrich

Applicants for Central Pennsylvania:

Mission Statement

The Sheet Metal Workers’ Training Center of Local Union 19 Central Pennsylvania, brings people together from nineteen (19) counties within Central Pennsylvania with the common goal of becoming the best Sheet Metal Trades people in the area!


We are committed to provide the best training possible to our union brothers and sisters to enable them to provide our signatory contractors with the most highly skilled trades people in the sheet metal industry.


It is our obligation to pass on the knowledge and skills of the trade to ensure enduring growth and prosperity for future generations of brothers and sisters of Local 19.


            Patrick J. Edmonds           Lisa Reuber
               Coordinator                                Office Manager

​                         Phone:  (610) 562-5306

​​​Richard Mertz
Co-Chairman

Lori A. Eshenaur
SMACNA Chapter Executive

William Sponaugle

Joint Apprenticeship and

Training Committee
Local No. 19 / Sheet Metal Contractors Association (SMCA) 

​Sheet Metal Workers

  • Ability to work well in teams
  • Solid reasoning skills
  • Problem solving capability
  • Enjoy working with your hands
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Residential Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Sign Industry
  • Industrial Welding
  • Roofing

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:

  • Life and health insurance programs
  • A pension plan
  • A vacation program
  • A journeyperson card*
  • An exceptional training program
  • ​Industry publications and information

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

 

  • A written guarantee that tells contractors that you will work for a professional wage
  • Representation on job disputes
  • Multitude of career paths
  • Acceptance into a strong, union brother- and sisterhood

QUESTIONS?

Your Career in Sheet Metal
The sheet metal industry needs highly skilled and motivated workers. Through courses offered at the Central Pennsylvania Training Center, 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 practical experience while learning the technical aspects of the industry. Check out the video on the right for more information.