Contact: Tim Myers / Phone 800-835-4531
Applications are taken year round for the five-year apprenticeship program which requires 204 hours of classroom training and more than 1,860 hours of hands on experience each year.
Full-time instructors teach blueprint reading, layout, design, computer-aided drafting, welding, air testing and balancing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning service technology, energy management, and safety.
Apprentices work in both the field and in the shop utilizing mathematics and pattern layout development methods. They learn to cut, bend, and shape sheets of metal. They use specialized fastening devices such as bolts, rivets, screws and solder, and use hand and power tools and equipment including shears, breaks, punches
and forming presses, edging and crimping machines, hammers, and grinders. Apprentices also learn to perform all types of welding on all types of materials.
Upgrade classes are offered to all journeymen. Local 20 also participates in the Indiana Union Construction Substance Abuse Trust, promoting safety in the workplace.
Sheet Metal Workers
The Sheet Metal trade is one of the most varied and diversified of all the skilled trades. Sheet Metal workers read plans and determine the type and amount of materials and then measure, bend, cut, shape, and attach pieces of sheet metal to make the products. They check the products for accuracy and perform any necessary adjustments.
Members use sheet metal for roofs, rain gutters, siding, ventilation, heating and air-conditioning duct systems. They also assist in the development of restaurant equipment, automobiles, customized precision equipment, outdoor signs, handrails, column wraps, and many other products that are made from metal. They also work with plastic and fiberglass materials.
Members have been on the job at the Eli Lilly Clinton Laboratories, the Army National Guard #8 Maintenance Building, the Terre Haute Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the Vigo County Aquatic Center. Work on university campuses includes the Indiana State University residence halls and the DePauw Hoover Dining Hall. Commercial work includes Academy Sports and Fresh Thyme Foods.
Helping with community needs, members work with Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts, Catholic Charities, Senior Citizens Center, Boy Scouts, and many others.
Local 20 has 3,770 members statewide, with 175 in the Terre Haute Local who serve 12 Indiana counties.
Membership benefits include pensions and annuities, incentive plans and health and welfare insurance programs that continue through retirement.
Local 20 members also operate a credit union and contribute to a national scholarship program. An independent trust fund helps stabilize earnings and employment. The national association is the Sheet Metal Workers International Association.