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Sheet Metal Workers’ Training School


SMACNA St. Louis is committed to advancing training and continuing education of its skilled union workforce.

The new LEED-certified training center Sheet Metal Workers’ Training Center that opened in 2011 underscores a commitment to construction excellence, energy conservation and the environment. It is a learning laboratory with a constantly updated curriculum on the latest technologies to produce the most knowledgeable, efficient and safe workforce. Each year, more than $3 million is invested in the knowledge development of St. Louis’ union sheet metal laborers at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Training School.

The training school is a partnership between SMACNA St. Louis and the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Local 36 and provides instruction on the design, fabrication, installation and service of complex heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as architectural sheet metal products and commercial applications. It also provides experienced tradesmen the ongoing training needed to stay competitive. The school is managed by the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (J.A.T.C.).

The Sheet Metal Workers’ Training School instructs 300 to 400 apprentices each year in a five-year training program, totaling more than 10,000 hours when combined with jobsite experience. Training includes:

  • Testing and Air Balancing (TAB)
  • Sheet Metal/HVAC Service
  • System Design and Layout
  • Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Foreman Training
  • AWS-Certified Welding
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Drafting
  • Architectural Exterior Sheet Metal
  • Safety
  • Sheet Metal Standards and Manuals
  • Professional Educational Units (PEUs) for St. Louis County Mechanical License

For more information on the Sheet Metal Workers’ Training School, visit its website.