Colorado Apprenticeship Director out of the Denver JATC
Installation, Shop, Service, TAB
I didn’t want to spend four years in college to graduate without a career or a pension, so I became an Apprentice in 1989. I worked as a Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Technician for most of my career before becoming the statewide Colorado Sheet Metal Workers’ Apprenticeship Program Director last year. I also spent the last eight years teaching at the Denver JATC, which I still do. My favorite part of my job is mentoring Apprentices into a career that provides both a living wage and peerless benefits for them and their families. I enjoy increasing the knowledgebase of the Sheet Metal Industry. I expect Apprentices to do every task they are given to the best of their ability and to push themselves to do better than they previously have. The best apprentices listen, think critically, and are able to problem-solve in a creative manner.
Industrial HVAC and Welding
My uncle hired me as a truck driver at Country Club Heating when I got out of the army. When I saw the work they did, I decided to take up the trade. I became an Apprentice in 1969. I worked in the shop, in the field, doing fabrication, welding, installation, you name it. I’ve now been retired for 13 years. I made a good living and enjoyed what I did. I have been teaching Industrial HVAC and Welding at the Denver JATC for 34 years. Teaching makes me feel young and I enjoy working with young people. I expect my Apprentices to learn the trade and have a good attitude.
1st year Curriculum, TAB, Fire Life Safety, Specialty Curriculums
I’m a third generation Local #9 Sheet Metal Worker. I became an Apprentice in 1997; I have now been the Vice President of Operations for more than nine years and I have been teaching Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing, Fire Life Safety, and Indoor Air Quality and Commissioning at the Denver JATC for over 13 years. My favorite part of being an Instructor at the JATC is being able to promote the industry and being able to promote sustainable construction practices through energy efficiency initiatives. I enjoy the critical thinking and problem-solving aspects of our industry the most. I expect Apprentices to maintain open communication, to be on time, and to be responsible for their personal tools and their company tools. The best Apprentices that I have seen are able to adapt to different attitudes and environments, and have the willingness to learn.
Virtual Design and Construction, Project Management, Estimating, General Construction
My grandfather was a Union Sheet Metal Worker out of Boston. I picked up the trade as a teenager just to make money. I became an Apprentice in 1997, and now I am a Virtual Design and Construction Specialist. I like building things and solving problems. I have been teaching VDC at the Denver JATC for the last 12 years. I enjoy pouring my skills and knowledge into other people. I expect Apprentices to gain knowledge by doing the work. The best Apprentices have a mechanical and technical inclination, even if they don’t have the work experience, and they have the desire to work hard and help others.
Colorado Springs Instructors
I found out about the Apprenticeship from a friend and became an Apprentice in 2009. I have been the Shop Foreman at my shop for the last two years, and I have been teaching Welding and Fabrication Techniques at the Colorado Springs JATC for the last two years. I enjoy teaching Apprentices and watching them turn into Journeyworkers. I expect Apprentices to be on time, be present, listen to instructions, learn and evolve. The best Apprentices have a drive to learn.
All Aspects of the Trade
I was the first Helmets 2 Hardhats Applicant in the US following my ETS from the US Army. I became an Apprentice in 2004 with the help of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. I have specialized in Field Install and Welding during my career, working as a Journeyworker and a Foreman. I have been teaching at the Colorado Springs JATC for two years, taking the position of SMART Heroes Instructor, training Service Members the basics of the Sheet Metal Industry so they can enter the workforce with a career following their military service at the beginning of the year. I love being able to give back to an industry that has given my family so much. I expect Apprentices to work hard, have a great attitude, and be on time. If you have a good work ethic, a great attitude, and you are willing to learn, you will have a great career ahead of you.
Advanced AutoCAD Fabrication
My brother was a Sheet Metal Worker. My father-in-law was a Union member. When I asked about becoming a member, it was like it was meant to be. I became an Apprentice in 2008, and I have been a BIM/CAD Detailer for the last six years. My favorite thing about the Sheet Metal Industry is the ever-changing systems, the necessity for hand layout, and the opportunity to work with all other trades, with engineers, with architects and with general contractors. I love working with plans and specs, and most of all I love being part of awesome engineering projects. I have been teaching Advanced AutoCAD at the Colorado Springs JATC for the last four years. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others, seeing them get it and their excitement when they do. I love being able to bring light to their questions. I expect Apprentices to have the same will to learn as I have and to try their best to become the best they can be. The best Apprentices are hard-working, attentive, eager for knowledge, excepting of change, and willing to grow.
I became an Apprentice in 2013 when I found out about the Apprenticeship from a friend. I have been a Foreman for the last two years, and I love everything about my work. I love the gratification of seeing a job completed, and the beauty of a great, clean install. I have taught AutoCAD, Ductwork, Service Install Work, Lean Construction, and Layout at the Colorado Springs JATC for two years. My favorite thing about teaching is having the opportunity to better the next generation of tinners. I expect Apprentices to listen and retain the info that I teach them, as well as to apply what they learn while they are in the field. If you show up on time and work eight for eight, you’ll be successful in the Sheet Metal Industry.
1st Year Math and Core
I became an Apprentice in 1995 after meeting a friend of a friend who was in the program. I have been a Journeyworker for the last 20 years, and I have been teaching Commercial HVAC Install at the Colorado Springs JATC for the last 10 Years. I love being creative and working with my hands, and I love sharing what I’ve learned and passing it on to my students. I encourage Apprentices to be interested in what we are doing and never stop learning. I expect good work ethics and a general love of the satisfaction of a job well done.
Industrial HVAC and Welding
In 1998 I was looking for a career. I walked into the JATC and applied to become an Apprentice. I have been the Shop Foreman in my shop for the last 20 years. I really enjoy being able to make just about anything you can think of from simple flat sheets of metal. I have been teaching Industrial HVAC and Welding for the last nine years, I enjoy passing on what I know to the next generation of Sheet Metal Workers. The most successful Apprentices are the folks who are looking for a career, not just a job. I expect Apprentices to listen and to learn their job; if you do that you will be successful in our Industry.