About Apprenticeships

While college is an option for some high school students, it is not an option for everyone. High school students should consider a career with the Sheet Metal Workers Union. Our first-year Journeymen make more money than many first-year college graduates.

The Sheet Metal Industry Offers:

  • Paid for Training
  • Paid for Education
  • Livable Hourly Wages
  • Excellent Health Insurance
  • Great Retirement Benefits

Apprentices in the sheet metal industry

  • Earn a good salary while learning the sheet metal trade – a salary that increases as skills and knowledge increase
  • Avoid massive student debt from burdensome college loans
  • Books or other educational materials are paid for by the program
  • Learn from instructors who have hands-on experience in the sheet metal industry
  • Put education and skills to work right away – careers begin with apprenticeships

Today’s sheet metal industry needs highly-skilled, highly-trained and motivated workers to lead us through the next half century. By entering the Local 24 apprenticeship program, you will receive the industry’s best training, designed to give you the lifelong skills to be a successful Sheet Metal Worker.

Local 24 apprentices “earn while they learn,” meaning they receive on-the-job training, where they work side-by-side with skilled Journeymen, helping them to gain both practical experience and the knowledge needed to progress through the program and become a Journeyman and classroom instruction.

There are three apprentice training facilities in the Local 24 region: Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus (including South Point). Contact the facility in your area for more specific information regarding their programs or click the links below to learn more about each training center.

Dayton JATC
6550 Poe Ave.
Dayton, OH 45414
Training Directors: A. Eugene Frazier II and Tony Stephens

Columbus / South Point JATC
3031 Lamb Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
Administrator/Coordinator: Steve Allen

Cincinnati JATC
1579 Summit Rd., Rm. 114
Cincinnati, OH 45237
Administrator/Coordinator: Cort Wayman

When you enter an apprenticeship, you agree to work in an on-the-job training program and attend specialized classes for a period of four to five years. By doing this, apprentices “earn while they learn.” Some of the benefits of this process include:

  • Earning a good salary while learning your trade
  • Structured raises in salary corresponding with increases in skills and knowledge
  • Receiving healthcare and retirement benefits
  • Tuition costs paid for by program
  • Books or other educational materials paid for by program
  • Learning from instructors who have hands-on experience in the sheet metal industry
  • Putting what you learn to work right away
  • Starting your career debt free, with no student loans
Once apprentices complete their training, they can continue to learn and specialize in any of the following areas:

  • Commercial Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Residential Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Architectural Sheet Metal
  • Industrial Welding
  • Testing Adjusting and Balancing (TAB)
  • Detailing
  • Service/Refrigeration
The qualifications to become a Local 24 apprentice vary by training location, but our programs require a high school or GED diploma. Those interested must fill out an application and complete an in-person interview. Other requirements include:

  • Being in good physical condition
  • Having above average mechanical and math skills
  • Good eye-to-hand coordination
  • Understanding how patterns are used to create metal forms
  • Having excellent work and study habits
  • Attendance
  • Attitude
  • Aptitude
  • Drivers license