WHO WE ARE
The Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship Program was established in 1946 to serve San Antonio Sheet Metal Contractors Association and Sheet Metal Workers San Antonio Area members. The program is administered by the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) made up of 3 labor representatives and 3 contractor representatives. This Apprenticeship Program and the Training Center located at 11 Burwood Ln. in San Antonio, Texas is primarily funded by San Antonio Sheet Metal Contractors Association and Sheet Metal Workers San Antonio Area members. It also receives federal funding allocated by the Texas Workforce Commission to assist in providing tuition-free classroom education to apprentices. The program is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, as being a registered established facility for the training of Sheet Metal Workers in this geographical area.
Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship program exists for the purpose of training skilled Sheet Metal Workers for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). This is accomplished through the age-old system of apprenticeship for those with little or no trade experience. The Sheet Metal Workers apprentice program will train an individual to journeyperson skill status.
The apprenticeship program requires four years and includes two distinct parts:
- 7,200 hours of paid on-the-job training:The on-the-job phase of training means an average 40 hours of employment by a qualified signatory contractor and enables an apprentice to earn their way while learning the trade working and learning alongside journeyperson performing SHEETMETAL related tasks.
- 800 hours of classroom instruction in subjects related to the Sheet Metal trade:Related classroom instruction is from September through May, consists of five, 4 1/4-hour evening classes per month, Monday-Thursday from 5:00 PM -9:15 PM. The apprentice attends these classes on their own time and may also study outside of class to maintain satisfactory progress.
Apprentices gain trade skills, knowledge, through both “On the Job Training” and structured classroom training and pay nothing for books or other educational materials, all while earning outstanding wages and excellent benefits. A true “earn while you learn” program.
- Driver’s license or Government-issued photo ID.
- Social Security card.
- Birth certificate or a US passport.
- High school diploma or GED.
- High school Transcript.
- Selective Service registration is also required. (If applicable)
- College or any Trade School Transcripts. (If applicable)
- Copy of DD-214 if applying for GI Bill Benefits. (If applicable)
- Reliable transportation is a must throughout the apprenticeship program.
- Must be able to lift 25+pounds and safely perform sheet metal fabrication, installation, and other construction-related work.
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY STATEMENT AS TO STUDENTS – The Sheet Metal Workers Trust admits students of any race, color, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate based on race, color, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.
Sheet Metal Workers Apprentice wage rates are based on standard set percentages of the journeyperson rate. They start at 55% of the journeyperson rate (1st six months) and receive a 5% pay increase every 6 months period, provided the apprentice maintains satisfactory progress in his/her development with passing grades, an acceptable attendance record, and good employer evaluations.
The following is a table showing the wage rates. An average work week amounts to forty hours employment.
Journeyperson Sheet Metal Workers – $27.89 per hour (As of March 31, 2022)
|Level of Apprentice||% of Pay||Rate per Hour|
|1st year Apprentice (1st six months)||55%||$15.34|
|1st year Apprentice (2nd six months)||60%||$16.73|
|2nd year Apprentice (1st six months)||65%||$18.13|
|2nd year Apprentice (2nd six months)||70%||$19.52|
|3rd year Apprentice (1st six months)||75%||$20.92|
|3rd year Apprentice (2nd six months)||80%||$22.31|
|4th year Apprentice (1st six months)||85%||$23.71|
|4th year Apprentice (2nd six months)||90%||$25.10|
Fringes/Benefit per hour, paid by Employer on the Apprentice behalf: (As of March 31, 2022)
$9.54 Pension Plan.
$4.24 Health & Welfare Fund
$.78 Local 67 Training Fund
$.27 Industry Fund
SASMI 3% Paid on Basic Wage.
The Sheet Metal Worker’s Local Union 67 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) of the San Antonio Area currently employs a Training Director, an Office Manager, and adequate instructional staff as needed for each school year.
San Antonio Training Center Staff:
Director of Training
The Sheet Metal Worker’s Local Union 67 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) of the San Antonio Area maintains vested authority over the San Antonio Training Center and the registered apprenticeship program in conformity with the national guideline standards set forth by the Department of Labor and recommended by the International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal Industry.
The apprenticeship program is four years in length. Apprentices related classroom instruction is from September through May, consists of five, 4 1/4-hour evening classes per month, Monday-Thursday from 5:00 PM -9:15 PM. After four years, apprentices graduate to become highly paid journeypersons.
1st YEAR APPRENTICE CURRICULUM
Consists of, but is not limited to: Trade History, Hand Tools, Shop Equipment, Construction/Trade Math, HVAC calculators, Drafting, Basic Pattern Development, Introduction to Sheet Metals Materials , Construction/Job Site Safety, OSHA 30, the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Union’s Constitution, the Program’s Code of Excellence, Time and Money Management, Good Study Habits, Communication Skills, Anti-Harassment, Diversity, Workplace Housekeeping, Work Planning, Introduction to Sheet Metal Career Pathways, and Best Practices for Sheet Metal Workers.
2nd YEAR APPRENTICE CURRICULUM
Consists of, but is not limited to: Reading Plans and Specifications, Basic Field Layout, Basic Duct Design, Duct Air Leakage Testing, Intermediate Pattern Development and Layout of HVAC fittings, Intermediate Sheet Metal Math, Importance of Quality, Safety, and Cost Effectiveness, Infectious Control Awareness, and Fire and Smoke Dampers, Introduction to AutoCAD, CPR & First Aid Certification
3rd YEAR APPRENTICE CURRICULUM
Consists of, but is not limited to: Introduction to HVAC Fabricator/Installer Systems, Intermediate Computer Assisted Design (CAD), Introduction to Metals, Introduction to Welding, Base Metals and Filler Metals, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick), Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG), Cutting Processes-OFC-PAC, Welding Basic Electricity. Weld Types, Positions and Symbols, AWS D9.1 Sheet Metal Welding Code GMAW Certification
4th YEAR APPRENTICE CURRICULUM
Consists of, but is not limited to: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG), Introduction to Aluminum, Grinding & Polishing, AWS D9.1 Sheet Metal Welding Code, Introduction to AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code -Steel, Introduction to Air Balance (TABB), Supervisory /Foreman Training.
Mailing Address: PO Box 5485 San Antonio, Texas 78201
Training Center Phone: (210) 349-3350
Complete applications include the following documents, send to: email@example.com
- Copy of Driver’s License
- Copy of Social Security Card
- Copy of HS Diploma
- Copy of Birth Certificate or US Passport
- Copy of College or any Trade School Transcripts
- Copy of DD-214 if applying for GI Bill Benefits