Local 292 Apprenticeship
The Training Program for Apprentices in Local 292 instructs
apprentices in the skills they need to work in today's industrial sheet
metal construction industry. Our apprentices learn about many types
of "sheet metal" projects that many other local union apprentices
never get a chance to see. We train our apprentices to meet the
demands of our local contractors and therefore very seldom work on
HVAC systems. We handle the heavy jobs that are related to the
manufacturing and installation of automotive and industrial paint
finishing systems.
Shown here is a phosphate stage tank being
assembled in one of our employer's shops.
Major points of study include:
  • Welding
  • Blueprint reading
  • Drafting
  • Detailing
  • Pattern development
  • Layout
  • Design of systems
  • Trade related math
  • Safety
  • Rigging
  • AutoCad
  • Architectural sheet metal
  • Metallurgy
Systems  instructed on:
  • Phosphate/E-coat systems
  • Oven and heating technology
  • Paint booth systems
  • Incineration and VOC systems
  • Air supply houses
  • Robotic basics
  • Small parts systems

Safety and health training are major
components of this program with all current
apprentices acquiring OSHA 30 hour and
MUST training cards.

Active demonstrations of fire safety, fall
protection, rigging safety, and welding safety
are extremely important to our contractors. At
the Local 292 Training Center we try our best
educate our apprentices in all aspects of
What are we training?

Included in the program are
  • Extensive training in metallurgy, Rigging,
AutoCad, Blueprint reading, and
  • Local 292 Apprentices learn to
weld in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW.
Each year
of the four year program we focus on a
process and train
our apprentices to reach
certification levels.

Welding is conducted on all types of materials
including stainless
steel, aluminum, mild steel, and coated
products (such as alumininized and
galvanized) steel and gages ranging from 20 gage
to 1/2" plate
When are Apprentices Trained ?

Qualified apprentice sheet metal
workers take part in a four
year program that ultimately
requires 768 hours of classroom
, and 8000 on the job
training hours before graduation.

A registered apprentice with
Local 292 receives on-the-job
training with cooperating
employers in the area, and most of
the apprentice training is done at
our training facility for eight
hours once every two weeks.
Our apprentice program is
comprehensive and requires time,
commitment, and attention to study.
The courses apprentices take are
demanding and require repetition,
practice, and professional attitude.
It is not just a JOB!! It's a career.
Here are some other important details about the program:
Are you ready for a career in Sheet Metal ?

Aside from the entrance requirements, sheet metal apprentices should also
a number of other important attributes. They need to demonstrate ability
in math, including basic geometry and trigonometry. They also need good
eye-hand coordination, spatial and form perception, and manual dexterity.
Apprentices should also exhibit patience,
dependability, attention to detail, and
the ability to work and get along with others.
This is a picture of a dry booth system
Fall protection class
The Training Center is staffed by a
full-time Coordinator/Instructor and a full
Welding Instructor with several
part-time instructors in the welding
The Facility
Classes are held in the Sheet Metal
Workers' Training Center.  The building
is a
two-story structure enclosing
12,000 square feet including a
classroom, shop, welding lab,
If accepted into the Apprenticeship Program, the mandatory requirements for completion of
the Program are:
•  A minimum of four years from the date of indenture into the Apprenticeship Program.
•  A minimum of 96 school days attended plus completion of three separate evening class
•  A minimum of 8000 hours of On the Job Training.
•  Satisfactory completion of all homework assignments, required projects and upgrades
•  A current “American Red Cross Standard First Aid” card.
•  4 Welding certifications
•   Each apprentice will be required to sign an International Training Institute (ITI) Education
Loan Agreement (ELA) and Textbook Agreement prior to the start of each year of
apprenticeship training.
•   Each apprentice will be required to sign an Apprentice Indenture Agreement before
entering the Apprenticeship Program.

A physical examination and Drug Screening may be required prior to being employed.
Fire extinguisher safety classes are
given to Apprentices before a real fire
on a job site happens !!
Exhaust stack with several breechings and
Field fitting elbow together
Roof crew setting a stack by helicopter
Sky Crane Helicopter
9 Stacks with platforms built and installed by Sheet Metal Workers