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About Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 2 JATC


The mission of the Journeyman and Apprentice Training Center is to provide the best possible training of apprentices and journeypersons to produce quality craftsmen for the future workforce. Apprentices train for five years to become journeypersons, during which time they attend the JATC and work on the job as an apprentice. The full curriculum is available on this site, in addition to an overview of the skills taught during each year as an apprentice. If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, please read our Application Information page, which contains the requirements for becoming an apprentice and the times we accept applications. Directions and maps to the Training Center are also available.


First Year Curriculum:
First year apprentices attend school at least 240 hours a year. Classes meet five days a week, six sessions per year.

Apprentice subjects for the first year include:

  • Basics of pattern layout and development
  • Drafting
  • Use of sheet metal hand tools
  • Application of mathematics to the sheet metal trade
  • Safety as related to the fabrication and installation procedures
  • Welding

Second Year Curriculum:
Building on the skills learned in the first year, second year apprentices increase their hands-on experience by:

  • Understanding materials--both metals and their substitutes
  • Strengthen knowledge of triangulation, radial line, and parallel line development--the three concepts used in making sheet metal patterns
  • Welding
  • Job Estimates

Third Year Curriculum:
During their third year, apprentices are given increasingly responsible work assignments. They work with much less supervision on more complex projects.

Education during this year includes:

  • Installing Central HVAC equipment
  • Hoisting and Rigging
  • Welding
  • Indoor Air Quality/Energy Management
  • Retrofitting Environmental Systems
  • Detailing - CAD Drafting
  • Reading Plans and Specifications 

Fourth Year Curriculum:
By the end of the fourth year, complex jobs are now easily handled because of the apprentice's knowledge.

Much of the fourth year curriculum is devoted to fine tuning existing skills, such as:

  • Layout
  • Fine tuning all the HVAC systems
  • Techniques of welding
  • Functions of compressors and condensers in the refrigeration cycle

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Architectural Metal ExpertiseHVAC ExpertiseIndustrial ExpertiseInterested in getting started in the field of Sheet Metal Work?  Learn more about our Apprenticeship Program.


Local No. 2 JATC Officers


Jason Ferguson, Apprentice Coordinator

Administrative Staff


Full Time Instructors:     

  • Patrick Hughey
  • Jerry Latta
  • Paul VanBecelaere
  • Craig Verstraete

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Directions & Map

From I-70: I-70 to Blue Ridge Cut-off Exit (sports complex exit). Go south to Raytown Road, turn left to 53rd Street, turn left - go 2 blocks we are located on south side of the street.

From I-435: I-435 to East 63rd Street, east on 63rd Street to light at Raytown Trafficway, turn left to 53rd Street, turn right 2 blocks to school on south side of the street.


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