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Sheet metal apprenticeship and craft training program

A brief message from our chairman

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Sheet Metal setting up one of many air handling units which are used for lab and class projects.

Sheet Metal students learning ductwork fabrication techniques.

Sheet Metal students must learn to use a variety of complex equipment.

The ABC sheet metal/HVAC apprenticeship and craft training program has experienced an amazing year of growth and transformation. Last year we modified and expanded our curriculum to reflect important changes in our industry. We are now focusing less on duct fabrication and concentrating more on other aspects of HVAC including equipment installation, equipment troubleshooting, equipment repair and system test and balance. The acquisition of our beautiful new training facility in Poway has allowed us to offer a better environment for our apprentices - with the biggest advantage being the size and the usability of our new labs. The change in sheet metal curriculum made it necessary to vastly expand the lab area. Space for sheet metal fabrication equipment was still required, but more importantly, considerable space for actual heating and air conditioning units for hands-on training had become critical. We've also established an area where we can simulate actual field conditions and install equipment, ductwork and associated electrical and piping. It's really an exciting time to be a committee member participating in such a dynamic program. The responsibilities of a committee member are to look out for the best interests of the apprentice and to offer the highest quality training -- benefiting both the apprentice and the employer. As contractors and committee members, we are all excited to see this program expand and develop into what we believe is the best sheet metal/HVAC training program in the nation. I don't make this statement lightly -- all ABC committee members are contractors who employ apprentices and see a direct correlation between the quality of our training program and the quality of or future journeyman. I'd like to thank the members who participate in the various training programs and especially the members who participate on the committee level. As a smaller company it would be impossible for certified to offer in-house the kind of training we get from the ABC sheet metal/HVAC apprenticeship and craft training program. ABC trains our future journeyman and keeps us competitive. Thank you ABC!

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