About Sheet Metal JATC San Diego

Our
Mission

To empower the dedicated individuals in the Sheet Metal Industry by equipping them with the skills and knowledge required to excel in our field at the highest level of productivity. As a Labor/Management/Training cooperative, our JATC is committed to offering students cutting-edge courses that encompass the latest technologies, materials, and essential skills, aligning with our shared goals.

The Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) San Diego stands as a premier non-profit union training center. Nestled in the heart of San Diego, CA, our state-of-the-art campus provides unparalleled training for the Sheet Metal Industry. Apprentices reside and work in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Our state-certified, 5-year training program includes 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and 960 hours of classroom and lab instruction. Our dedicated team comprises two full-time administrators, two full-time and two part-time apprentice instructors, and five part-time upgrade class instructors. Collectively, our team boasts nearly 235 years of industry experience.

Our union sheet metal apprenticeship has been in existence for more than 100 years. The modern apprenticeship training familiar to us today has been in effect since 1973. At any given time, we have roughly 155 apprentices enrolled in our robust program.  Each year, we “turn out” or graduate an average of 35 highly trained apprentices who earn their official journey card and become journey-level workers.

Sheet Metal JATC San Diego collaborates with two organizations, SMART Local 206 and SMACNA San Diego.  SMART consists of union members. All apprentices join Local 206. SMACNA San Diego represents contractors who employ our apprentices and journey workers.

SMJATCSD
TRAINING
Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee San Diego represents our apprenticeship training program.
SMART
LABOR

Sheet Metal Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 206 is our trade union that represents our sheet metal workers. All apprentices are members of Local 206.

SMACNA
MANAGEMENT

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association (SMACNA) San Diego represents contractors who employ our apprentices and journey workers. 

This is an extraordinary time to become a skilled sheet metal worker, and we are always accepting applications for our highly valued training program.

Industry and Community Partners

About San Diego

San Diego, beautifully situated on the stunning southern California coast, is a fantastic place to live and work. With its perfect blend of year-round sunshine, diverse cultural attractions, and a thriving economy, it’s no wonder why many people are drawn to this vibrant city. San Diego is exploding in the technology, healthcare, and biotech sectors.  As a result, the need for building projects has also increased.  Some of the current projects that employ thousands of tradesmen and women include IQHQ Research and Development District (RaDD), Gaylord Pacific Hotel and Convention Center, Seaport Village and the East Village Quarter just to name a few.  The city consistently ranks high in various quality of life indices, with its renowned beaches, outdoor recreational options, and a bustling culinary scene. The family-friendly environment, excellent schools, and numerous parks make it an ideal place for those who prioritize a well-rounded lifestyle. San Diego’s commitment to sustainability and innovation further contributes to its appeal. Whether you’re strolling along the historic Gaslamp Quarter, enjoying water activities at the beaches, or exploring the rich cultural scene, San Diego offers a lifestyle that seamlessly blends work and play.

"It feels good to be halfway through the apprenticeship. I have learned so much. Every day is something new. It gives me hope for the future."
Vanessa
Third Year, Period 6
"It feels good to be halfway through the apprenticeship. I have learned so much. Every day is something new. It gives me hope for the future."
Vanessa
Third Year, Period 6
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