Do you love building and fixing things? Are you reliable? Hardworking? Good at math? Then forget student loans and choose a bigger future with a career in the trades — a bigger salary, bigger opportunities and bigger ways to help your community. The best part? No college debt. That’s BIG!
Better Than College? You Decide.
“I completed my apprenticeship in just four years — and got paid the whole time. Now that I’m a journeyman, I make more money than most college graduates and receive excellent benefits.”
Complete your union apprenticeship to become a sheet metal worker in just four years — and get paid while you learn.
Once you earn journeyman status, you’ll have the opportunity to make more money than many college grads, receive excellent benefits and be able to find a rewarding job anywhere.
Average College Student
- Student loan debt: $37K+
- Paid to learn: $0
- Starting salary: $50K
Average Union Apprentice
- Student loan debt: $0
- Paid to learn: $21.50/hr*
- Starting salary after completing an apprenticeship: $32.69/hr - $36.06/hr+
*Not all locations offer classroom compensation.
“I make more money than a lot of my friends who went to college!”
SMART Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 9
- Competitive wages
- Excellent benefits
- The opportunity to earn while you learn
Most apprentices interested in going on to obtain their Associate’s Degree can do so with just a few extra classes.