Metal workers to host open house

PARKERSBURG – On Monday, Oct. 14, in recognition of its 125th anniversary, Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 will host an open house at its regional training facility in Parkersburg.

The open house will showcase the skills being taught to local sheet metal apprentices, according to a press release.

The event is free and open to the public.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. apprentices will demonstrate the skills of their trade, including work performed on HVAC, architectural sheet metal, service refrigeration, and metal roofing.

Tours of the training facility, at 4601 Camden Ave. in Parkersburg, will be offered along with the opportunity to speak to instructors, contractors and industry leaders.

“We’re very proud of our apprenticeship training program, and want the public to get a firsthand look at what it takes to become a top-notch, professionally trained, sheet metal worker,” said Scott Newell, training coordinator and instructor at the Parkersburg JATC program.

“When people ask how we can improve education in our state I say take a look at apprenticeship and how we train the most productive construction workers in the world.”

The regional training facility provides for 160 hours a year of hands-on and classroom experience for workers from most areas of the state, including Clarksburg, Charleston and Wheeling. There is no cost to apprentices or taxpayers as it is funded and administered by contractors and labor unions.

Apprentices will earn paychecks while they learn on job sites under the guidance of journeymen sheet metal workers.

Local 33 Sheet Metal Workers are described as highly skilled, drug-free tradesmen who work on a variety of projects across the region, including local power and chemical plants, hospitals, office buildings, manufacturing, residential and retail.

Anyone interested in learning more about sheet metal apprenticeship opportunities can attend and find out more about this local program.