Sheet Metal Apprentices are in Demand – Shop Tour
A drive down to Denver landed me at one of my favorite Makers at Maker Faire Denver. The Sheet Metal Apprentice School of Colorado is a fan favorite at the faire with their signature making activity — A sheet metal tool box! Corry showed me around that day and I was amazed how much more there is to learn about sheet metal beyond making a tool box.
The Sheet Metal Apprentice School of Colorado is an industry funded technical program where apprentices and journeymen do not pay for school. In fact, they get paid to learn. The Denver location (Colorado Springs and Grand Junction are additional sites) houses full capability to train the trade from start to finish.
This includes, design, drafting, field measurements, fabrication, installation, balancing the systems and maintenance. Also included in this school is learning tracks for utility pipe fitting for water and compressed air, and insulation.
The school facilities include a 14+ stall lab of all types of welding, a dozen HVAC units of varies ages that are still in use in residential and commercial spaces, the HVAC TAB (Testing, Adjusting, Balancing) Lab where students learn to tune systems to their most optimum performance specs, framed rooms of a partial house where students learn duct and utilities routing, classrooms, and an open shop area with work benches.
Students graduate into the trade with standardized industry fundamentals under their belt. This means they have the knowledge to work on industry standard equipment for any employer and are armed with the tools to learn proprietary systems as well.
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