Messages from the Co-Chairmen
To meet the needs of our industry, we have developed one of the most thorough and comprehensive training programs in the entire nation.
Our Training Center utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to meet the changes in our industry, yet never forgetting that quality must prevail.
Our program develops skilled sheet metal apprentices and journeypersons who are competent in all aspects of our trade and are able to work safely without close supervision.
Training highly skilled sheet metal workers is part of our heritage, something that was started in the early years of this century when we first included apprentices in our membership. We formalized that responsibility in 1937, when our first off-site training program began and set the standards for instruction and achievement.
Today, the program is governed by the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, a group of union and employer professionals who realize the need to create a steady source of skilled sheet metal workers. The cooperation between the group stresses that training will provide the skills the marketplace requires. It also indicates that hard work will be rewarded with good employment.
We also participate in the International Training Institute. This is a national organization that includes every Sheet Metal Fund in the country. They provide us with a wealth of training information and materials that comply with the highest standards of the industry.
Please let us know if more information is required about Local 19 or our programs. We welcome visitors to our Training Center and are always willing to sit and talk with prospective members and contractors.
President / Business Manager Sheet Metal Workers' Local 19
Welcome to the joint apprenticeship program for the Unionized Sheet Metal Industry of the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. We are very proud of this program operated by the Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Philadelphia and Vicinity (SMCA) and Sheet Metal Workers Local 19.
Our Leadership team of Employers and Union Leaders work together to administer a 4 1/2 year training program that guides and develops a new employee from an entry level (1st period) apprentice to a journeyperson mechanic. From there the sky is the limit for each individual.
Ongoing education and training is the number one thing that sets the union construction industry above the competition. Without an adequate supply of well trained workers available to perform high quality work on time and on budget, our industry would be an empty promise.
Education does not stop once you are a journeyperson mechanic. There are many, many "upgraded" programs available to journeypersons. These programs include Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), building information modeling (BIM), testing adjusting, and balancing (TAB), a wide variety of specialized welding programs, and countless other programs that are offered as technology emerges.
Local #19 and SMCA agree on the fundamental value of a well trained workforce. The joint apprenticeship and training center is truly the common ground upon which labor and management meet. SMCA contractors will continue to develop and deliver high quality products and services for our customers because they can count on the skilled workforce trained through the joint apprenticeship program and supplied through Local #19
Gary G. Luthe
President, Luthe Sheet Metal, Inc.