Sheet Metal WorkerOn October 11, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Right now, in the last 5-6 years of this program,
basically a hundred percent of my students over the first five years are working or could be working. The unions right now know people left on their list, they’re trying
to get students encouraged to finish and join the union and go to work. Whether it’s Chevron coming up or Long Harbor right now. And there’s a lot of companies in St. John’s right now who got a waiting list out on my wall, wanting students as soon as they finish program. Actually the Sheet Metal Worker Program is only one spot in the province that it’s offered, in this campus right here, is the only place set up to even do the blocks. Unique to this area and I guess that’s the reason why a lot of the students are getting work. Opportunities are there because not a lot of numbers coming out right now but a lot of people
waiting for them. The Sheet Metal Program here, it’s a 9 month program, starts in September each year. 9 months and you go out and get a job after you complete the program.
It’s got block training after you get your hours and become an apprentice. You come back, do your block 2 and eventually red seal. Is what everyone is striving for, right? Anybody that’s got a high school diploma can do a Sheet Metal Program. It’s all, if you like hands on, it’s hands on. There’s still book work involved, there’s a combination of both but it’s not something that’s cut out just for females, just for males, certainly
there’s no nothing there that discriminates against anybody. It’s work that any student can do or older person. We’re after a lot of people that are older enter the program even, right? There wasn’t many females in the course and they are starting to get their foot in the door as far as trades. So it’s a great opportunity right now
basically, especially for a female. As soon as you start, it’s a job, it’s just about guaranteed. The nicest point is probably going to be able to work in town. There’s lots of jobs that’s available and I’ll be able to work where I’m from, in my hometown. There is opportunities for me to leave but it’s nice to know that I already have a job if I wanted to stay in my hometown. Burin is the only campus in Newfoundland that hosts the Sheet Metal course. Definitely take a chance and try it out. It’s something I went in, you know, without having a clue about but I come out, learning
fairly quickly and fairly educated in it and you’ll find that there’s something for everybody, in interest to be able to do it.