Sheet Metal Workers
International Association
Local 206 San Diego

4594 Mission Gorge Place.
San Diego, CA 92120
Phone: (619) 265-0501
Fax: (619) 265-0084
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SMW Local 206 Apprenticeship Program



OUR MISSION : The San Diego Sheet Metal JATC is dedicated to providing the men and women working in the Sheet Metal Industry with the training necessary to afford them the skills and knowledge to participate in our industry at the highest productivity level. To this end, the Labor / Management cooperative of this JATC will strive to provide students with relevant courses designed to present the latest technologies, materials, skills and instruction necessary in meeting our collective objectives.

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  • REQUIREMENTS —  All applicants will be required to take and pass a drug test. A physical exam and physical abilities test are required as well. Upon returning a negative drug test you will recieve directions and a time for your physical tests. Applicants must be physically able to perform the essential job functions of a sheet metal worker. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age; possess a High School diploma or an equivalent G.E.D. Certificate; and provide a copy of a photo ID and a proof of age document (i.e. birth certificate or passport).


  • APPLICATION PROCESS — An application must be completed online in order for the applicant to be eligible to take the entrance exam
    Copies of High School diploma and/or transcripts or G.E.D., Proof of Age document, and Photo ID must also be submitted or applicant will not be eligible to take the entrance exam. Documents can be submitted via email to or in person at 4596 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA. 92120 between the hours of 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday (copies of documents can also be mailed to this same address). An applicant will not be admitted into the testing area unless he/she presents a valid Photo ID. 
  • WRITTEN EXAMINATION — Applicants will be given written mathematics and skills competency tests, administered and scored by Palomar College. Should an applicant fail any part of the skills competency test, he/she may retest (entrance exam is typically administered twice per year). Should an applicant fail the math portion of the test, he/she may retest after providing proof of completion of Technical Math 40, or its equivalent, with a passing grade of "C" or better OR provide proof of completion of math tutoring. Mathematics Skill Building Availability
  • ORAL INTERVIEW — Interviews will be scheduled for applicants who pass the entrance exam. If applicant has schooling beyond high school, such as adult school, correspondence courses, armed forces school or college, written verification including completion certificate and/or grade transcripts may be provided to the J.A.T.C. at the time of the interview. Letters of recommendation from current or previous employers will also be accepted.
  • GENERAL INFORMATION — After the oral interviews are completed, applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection in writing via email. Highest scoring applicants will be put at the top of the eligibility list with lesser-scoring applicants ranked in descending order. When an applicant has been on the eligibility list for a two:year period without attaining placement, applicant will be removed from the list and so notified. If accepted into the apprenticeship, applicant must provide proof of a current California Driver License before being indentured into the program.

JATC of San Diego Equal Employment Opportunity Pledge: 

The Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee of San Diego will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity or expression), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years' old or older. The Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee of San Diego will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.

      Your Right to Equal Opportunity:

                 It is against the law for a sponsor of an apprenticeship program registered for Federal purposes to discriminate against an apprenticeship applicant or apprentice based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual      orientation, gender identity or expression, age (40 years or older), genetic information, or disability. The sponsor must ensure equal opportunity regarding all terms, conditions, and privileges associated with apprenticeship. If you think you have been subjected to discrimination, you may file a complaint within 300 days from the date of the alleged discrimination or failure to follow the equal opportunity standards with the Administrator of Apprenticeship, CA Division of Apprenticeship Standards, 1515 Clay Street, Suite 301, Oakland, CA 94612. You may also be able to file complaints directly with the EEOC or the California of Fair Employment and Housing. If those offices have jurisdiction over the sponsor/employer, their contact information is listed below. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC) may be reached at 1-800-669-4000 (toll-free) or 1-800-669-6820 (toll-free TTY number for individuals with hearing impairments). EEOC field office information is available at or in most telephone directories in the U.S. Government of Federal Government section. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) may be reached at 1-800-884-1684 (voice or via relay operator 711), TTY 1-800-700-2320, or online at

Each complaint filed must be made in writing and include the following information:

  1. Complaintant’s name, address and telephone number, or other means for contacting the complaintant;
  2. The identity of the respondent (i.e. the name, address, and telephone number of the individual or entity that the complaintant alleges is responsible for the discrimination);
  3. A short description of the events that the complaintant believes were discriminatory, including but not limited to when the events took place, what occurred, and why the complaintant believes the actions were discriminatory (for example, because of his/her race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age (40 or older), genetic information, or disability); and
  4. The complaintant’s signature or signature of the complaintant’s authorized representative.