Build Your Career in the Sheet Metal Industry

Life isn’t meant to be spent behind a desk. Find your ideal career in the sheet metal industry. Sure, you may get your hands dirty, but at the end of the day, you’ll enjoy a comfortable lifestyle and the satisfaction of a job well done.

As a sheet metal worker, you’ll benefit from a flexible schedule, great pay and the freedom to work on a variety of exciting projects throughout the region. How many professions can offer all that?

Before you can go to work, you need the right training. The best training available from the two organizations that know sheet metal best - Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36 and the St. Louis chapter of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, SMACNA. Together, we created the Sheet Metal Workers’ Training School, St. Louis’ premier apprenticeship and educational programs.

The Training Ground for a Growing Field

Knowledge passed from journeyman to apprentice. It has been the foundation of Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36 for more than 120 years.

Local 36 takes tradition one step further by offering apprentices a place where they can get the best training from the best instructors using the best technologies in the field. At this same place, experienced journeymen are offered the ongoing training they need to stay on top of the latest sheet metal technologies and stand out in the field.

The Sheet Metal Workers’ Training School is a coordinated effort overseen by the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (J.A.T.C), comprised of Local 36 and the Sheet Metal Contractors’ National Association - SMACNA. Each year, we invest more than $3 million in training the sheet metal workers of today and tomorrow to become the best in the industry.

Sheet Metal Apprenticeships Start Here

Local 36 averages 300 to 400 apprentices indentured to the program every year. Each of these apprentices receives five years of instruction combined with jobsite experiences to equal 10,000 training hours in the following areas:

  • Testing and air balancing (T.A.B.)
  • Service
  • Layout
  • Computer-aided drafting (CAD)
  • Foreman training
  • AWS-certified welding
  • Blueprint reading
  • Drafting
  • Architectural sheet metal
  • Safety
  • Codes
  • Professional Educational Units (PEUs) for St. Louis County Mechanical License

With the right mix of training, you’ll receive a comprehensive education in sheet metal you can’t find at trade schools or community colleges.

Continuing Education

Journeymen must undergo a minimum 24 hours of continuous education classes every three years to keep their mechanical licenses current. The Training School’s flexible night classes allow members to put in a full day’s work and take classes in the evening on a schedule that meets their professional and personal obligations.

An Inside Look at Our School

Local 36 has Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship registered schools located in Fulton, Springfield, Little Rock and our newly remodeled state-of-the-art facility in St. Louis. The 20,000-square-foot St. Louis facility is equipped with a service lab, welding lab, extensive architectural mockups, computer/CAD lab and T.A.B. training, giving apprentices and journeymen alike a first-class education.

Through the Training School, both apprentices and journeymen are equipped with the education and skills they need to serve the people and industry of the region.