Apprentices

ABOUT BEING A SHEET METAL WORKER

The Phoenix Sheet Metal JATC is a joint apprenticeship comprised of a Labor/Management Committee. Our committee consists of six (6) members, three (3) members representing the union and three (3) members representing Union contractors.

Our program is designed to educate and train the most qualified Sheet Metal Workers in the industry. There are various job opportunities in the Sheet Metal industry; they include fabrication and installation of architectural sheet metal, kitchen equipment and ducts for heating and air conditioning systems in residential and commercial building. You will receive college-accredited training in AutoCad, TAB (Air Balancing) Refrigeration/Service, Welding and HVAC fabrication and installation.

Frequently Asked Questions:

HOW DO I BECOME A SHEET METAL WORKER?

WHEN & WHERE TO APPLY

The JATC accepts application for this apprenticeship program on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays each week from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the months of April, May and June.  You must apply in person at our office located at 2534 E. Adams, Phoenix, AZ 85034.

 

 

WHAT IS A SHEET METAL APPRENTICE?

A Sheet Metal Apprentice is a person who spends 4 to 5 years working in the Sheet Metal industry and at the same time attending training to become a Journeyman Sheet Metal worker. During this time the Apprentice receives excellent wages and benefits while at the same time learning a career that will support them and their families for the rest of their lives.

 

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS THE RIGHT TRADE FOR ME?

If you are the type of person who enjoys a challenge, likes to work with their hands, likes to see a project completed, and wants a life long career than you should take a serious look at this industry.

 

 

HOW MUCH MONEY DOES A SHEET METAL WORKER MAKE?

BASE WAGE FOR TRAINED SHEET METAL WORKERS

Phoenix Area Commercial Journeyman:  $30.42, plus a $15.65 benefit package

Commercial Apprentices:  $16.73-26.16

Tradesman: $13.69 (*Limited Benefits)

Benefit Package includes; Medical, Dental, Optical Insurance (for you and your family) Local & National Pensions, 401K, Apprentice/Journeyman Training, iTi, SASMI, SMOHIT & NEMI

 

Below is a chart of the expected wages of an Apprentice. These calculations do not include overtime or double time wages. An apprentice is required 800-1000 on the job work hours and to complete their related training with a 70% or better to advance through each term.

 

 

PAY SCALES AND EARNINGS / 5 YEAR PROGRAM

1ST YEAR

TERM 1: 55% OF JOURNEYMAN SCALE $16.73/hr. | X 6 MONTHS & 800 HOURS = $13,384

TERM 2: 57% OF JOURNEYMAN SCALE $17.34/hr. | X 6 MONTHS & 800 HOURS = $13,872

 

2ND YEAR

TERM 3: 60% OF JOURNEYMAN SCALE $18.25/hr. | X 6 MONTHS & 800 HOURS = $14,600 

TERM 4: 62% OF JOURNEYMAN SCALE $18.86/hr. | X 6 MONTHS & 800 HOURS = $15,088

 

3RD YEAR

TERM 5: 65% OF JOURNEYMAN SCALE $19.77/hr. | X 6 MONTHS & 800 HOURS = $15,816

TERM 6: 70% OF JOURNEYMAN SCALE $21.29/hr. | X 6 MONTHS & 800 HOURS = $17,032

 

4TH YEAR

TERM 7: 75% OF JOURNEYMAN SCALE $22.82/hr. | X 6 MONTHS & 800 HOURS = $18,256

TERM 8: 80% OF JOURNEYMAN SCALE $24.34/hr. | X 6 MONTHS & 800 HOURS = $19,472

 

5TH YEAR

TERM 9: 83% OF JOURNEYMAN SCALE $25.25/hr. | X 6 MONTHS & 800 HOURS = $20,200

TERM 10: 86% OF JOURNEYMAN SCALE $26.16hr. | X 6 MONTHS & 800 HOURS = $20,928

 

JOURNEYMAN RATE $30.42/ HOUR

ESTIMATED TOTAL WAGES = $168,648

 

FRINGE BENEFITS

Health & Welfare

Local Pension

National Pension

 

401K Pension

TOTAL BENEFITS

 

$6.05 X 8000 = $48,400

 

$2.59 X 8000 = $20,720

 

% X 8000 = $12,128

 

$0.35 X 8000 = $2,800

 

 

$84,048

 

 

ESTIMATED TOTAL WAGES & BENEFITS = $252,696

 

WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS DO I GET AS A SHEET METAL WORKER?

  • Medical Insurance for you and your family at no cost to you

  • Vision insurance for your and your family at no cost to you

  • Dental insurance for your and your family at no cost to you

  • Life Insurance at no cost to you

  • Total Package is worth well over $30.00 per hour

  • 2 Pension plans & a 401K Plan

 

WHAT ARE THE PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKING CONDITIONS OF A SHEET METAL WORKER?

An individual should be able to lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds; frequent lifting or carrying up to 25 pounds and should be able to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, handle, feel, see and unafraid of heights. Working conditions vary for a sheet metal worker. There will be exposure to extreme temperatures if working outside in Arizona during the summertime; you will be exposed to excessive noise and vibrations.

 

 

WHAT IS THE TRAINING PROGRAM DURATION AND COSTS?

The Phoenix Sheet Metal Program is a five (5) year program that consists of on-the-job training and college accredited classes through Gateway Community College.

There are three (3) semesters per year; each semester contains 2 weeks of classes taught here at our facility. Our program is a day school, 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You will come to school one (1) week at a time, every seven (7) to eight (8) weeks on a rotating basis. 

If you qualify for unemployment through the AZ Department of Economic Security you may be able to collect unemployment while in school. To complete our program an apprentice must have a minimum of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 720 hours of college accredit related training in a classroom setting. Each student will be provided books and materials while attending class. Registration and tuition at Gateway Community College is currently $395.00 per semester, for a yearly cost of $1,185.00. Each apprentice will register and pay their tuition at Gateway Community College before coming to class at our facility located at: 2534 E. Adams, Phoenix, Arizona. When not in class we try to keep our apprentices employed by Union Contractors.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS?

Each applicant must be at least 18 years old, provide a social security card and a birth certificate. 

Once your have submitted this information to the Apprentice Office you will need to complete the following:

TAKE AN ASSET TEST, WHICH CONSISTS OF BASIC MATH, AND READING TEST AT GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND SCORE A MINIMUM OF 30 ON EACH TEST.

 

For more information on the Asset Tests check out the following links:

Numerical, Algebra, Reading and Writing Skills Exams from Maricopa.edu

Asset Student Guide from ACT.com

Preparation and Sample Questions from CollegeBoard.com

Asset Test Study Guide Zone from StudyGuide.com

 

TAKE A DRUG SCREENING TEST AT SOUTHWEST LABORATORIES AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE.

Then after all of the above information has been received in the Apprenticeship Office you will be notified (at your last known address) of an interview with our Apprentice Committee Members. This interview is MANDATORY.

APPRENTICES WILL BE CHOSEN FOR OUR PROGRAM BASED UPON HIGHEST COMBINED SCORES FROM THE MATH, READING AND INTERVIEWS.

 

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

Call us at 602-275-6511 

Come by and visit us at:

Arizona Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee

2534 E. Adam Street

Phoenix, AZ 85034