Sheet Metal Workers

24 Liberty Avenue | Buffalo, NY 14215
Telephone: (716) 835-8836 Fax: (716) 835-8496


Business Manager: John Helak Year Chartered: 1903
Business Agent: Paul Crist Local Membership:375 (Construction)
145 (Production)
Business Organizer: Joe DeCarlo

Working Conditions

Involves a full day of strenuous physical labor in the construction environment.

Apprenticeship Training Period

Five years of on the job training.

Related Instruction and Method

Two nights per week, usually September through June. Four hours per night (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) Average of 156 hours per school year.


Must be 17 years old and have a high school diploma or GED, passing grade in Algebra, math or H.S. Regents Math. A transcript is required. Must have a valid New York State driver’s license and be a resident of jurisdiction for at least one year prior to the application date in Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans or Wyoming counties.

Probationary Period



Cost varies. Apprentices must purchase their own hand tools.

Current Journeyman Rate

$33.20 per hour.

Apprentice Wage Progression Schedule

*Wages are based on a percentage of the Journeyman envelope hourly pay rate of $33.00
1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year 5th year
45%* 50%* 55%* 70%* 80%
Envelope Rate $14.94 $16.60 $18.26 $23.24 $26.56
Plus % of Sheet Metal Local Pension* N/A $2.75 (50%) $2.48 (45%) $1.65 (30%) $1.10 (20%)
Total Envelope Rate $14.94 #19.35 $20.74 $24.89 $27.66
Sheet Metal Local Pension Fund (%) $0.00 $2.75 (50%) $3.02 (55%) $3.85 (70%) $4.40 (80%)
Sheet Metal National Pension Fund $6.92 $6.92 $6.92 $6.92 $6.92
Annuity Fund N/A N/A $3.60 $3.60 $3.60
Industry Welfare Trust Fund (hosp.) $5.25 $5.25 $5.25 $5.25 $5.25

Estimated Annual Earning

Estimate of $48,750 based upon 1,500 work hours per year.
* Estimates are based upon average hours worked, which may vary from year to year.

Fringe Benefits

Health care, pension fund, annuity fund, and vacation benefits. Benefit eligibility is based on the rules and requirements of each specific fund.

Union Dues

Initiation fee $500 based on Journeyman rate.
Membership dues – $30.
Working dues – $1.86 per hour.

Recruitment for Next Class

Continuous recruitment.