Local 263 is affiliated with the Sheet Metal Workers International
Association. Local 263 serves 200 trained journeypersons in eastern and
central Iowa. The Apprenticeship program has been in existence since
NATURE OF TRADE
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Sheet Metal Workers fabricate and install ducts that are used in
heating, ventilation and air conditioning. They also fabricate and
install a wide variety of other products made from light or thin
galvanized metals such as siding, metal decks, paint ovens, and spray
booths, gutters, flashing, and dust collecting systems. The trade also
includes products made from heavy or thick metals which are welded
(stainless steel, aluminum, black iron) column guards, conveyors, blow
pipe systems, spouts, and many more items.
Most items are fabricated in the shop, then taken to the job site to be
installed. Heating and air conditioning components are purchased, then
fitted together with the air duct fabricated by members.
Sheet Metal Workers participate in a four-year (8,000 hours)
apprenticeship program. In addition to the training received on the
job, apprentices attend supplemental classroom training in subjects
related to the trade. A minimum of 196 hours of such training is
required during each year of apprenticeship.
Training received through the apprenticeship includes ventilation, air
conditioners and controls, general sheet metal work. Hotel, restaurant
kitchen equipment, architectural sheet metal work, industrial sheet
metal work, warm-air furnace and heating equipment, electric sign
construction, operation of hand tools and power machinery. Handling of
special materials, specialty installation and specialty work. Computer
& C.A.D., welding, drafting and textbooks are included in training.
Local 263 also has a residential three year training program consisting
of on-the-job training and a minimum of 94 hours of supplemental
classroom training similar to commercial applications but limited to a
maximum of four story dwellings or single family dwellings.
All apprentices and journeypersons are licensed to install when required.
Apprentices receive a graduated wage scale during their term of
training, beginning at 45% of a journeyperson's wages to 70% during
their final year of training. They also receive such benefits as health
and welfare insurance and a local and national pension plans
Residential Apprentices start at 50% of journeyperson’s wages; the second year 60%; and third year 90%.
Minimum requirements for an apprenticeship applicant include:
* Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
* Must have good school attendance
* Must have background in reading and math
* Must be a U.S. citizen or in the process of becoming one.
* Construction work background helpful
A Sheet Metal Worker should have above average mechanical and
mathematical ability. They also need hand-eye coordination, spatial and
form perception, good eyesight and manual dexterity. An applicant to
the apprenticeship program should like and have the ability for shop
courses, mechanical drawing, and basic algebra. Assets in sheet metal
work include patience, dependability, accuracy and an ability to get
along well with others.
APPLICATION, SELECTION AND HIRING PROCESS
Approximately eight apprentices are enrolled each year.
Applications are accepted through the Local 263 Joint Apprenticeship
After submitting an application, the candidate will go through an
interviewing process with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee. The
Committee rates all qualified applicants and places potential
candidates on a list according to rank order of scores. The Joint
Apprenticeship Committee begins placement of apprenticeships based on
need and demand in the area.