The Joint Apprenticeship Training Program serving Local 263 of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, was established in 1950 and has been involved in the education of the local's journeymen since that time. The committee governing the program is comprised of members from the Union and the signatory contractors. Apprentices work for the signatory contractors during the day and attend classes at the school built for apprenticeship training, on two nights a week from September to April. The Apprentice program is governed by the regulations of the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
Mailing address: 500 66th Avenue SW STE #3, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-4764
Randy Sconyers (Business Manager)
Josh Jensen (alternate)
Contractor Members of the JATC
Scot Geisler (alternate)
The apprenticeship program for sheet metal workers combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction, which takes place at state-of-the art JATC owned facilities at 500 66th Ave SWin Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404. The JATC program has its own computers, which allows the JATC to deliver training, monitor progress, and communicate with other apprenticeship programs through the International Training Institute (ITI) home page.
The apprenticeship program lasts four years, during which apprentices receive wages and benefits as well as top-of-the-line instruction at no cost! In the first and second year, apprentices learn about drafting, sheet metal tools, safety procedures, pattern layout and development as well as how mathematics applies to the trade. In the third year, apprentices work more on their own, and will learn how to install HVAC equipment, welding, hoisting and rigging, and retrofitting environmental systems. Finally, in the fourth year, apprentices learn about fine tuning HVAC systems and welding techniques. Of course, by the end of the fourth year apprentices attain journeyperson status!