Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 J.A.T.C.
1181 Adams St., Dorchester, MA 02124


Local #17 was formed in 1896 so that men and women working in the Sheet Metal Industry could bargain collectively for a good day's pay with benefits for a good day's work. Through the years our union has taken the lead in the Industry, negotiating contracts that have made our members the highest paid with the best benefit package of any Sheet Metal Worker organization in all of New England. Please feel free to look through our web site and you will see that we are committed to keeping our members and our contractors educated and informed about what is happening in the always-changing Industry of the Sheet Metal Workers.

Construction manuals, products and services, help finding expertise contractors.

The Sheet Metal arm of SMART, formerly the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, represents 136,000 members in the sheet metal and related trades. Our union has a reputation for providing its signatory partners and customers a professionally trained work force that strives to always deliver excellence in workmanship, training, skill and integrity. SMART strives, through its industry’s code of excellence to be honest, trustworthy, productive and reliable for a long-lasting relationship. SMART construction apprentices and journeymen use the newest equipment and training in their day-to-day work. The training SMART members receive is done through a 4-year apprentice program, on the job and extensive classroom training. SMART journeymen continue to advance their skills and certifications utilizing our world class training centers to stay abreast of changes in technology and work practices.


The International Training Institute is now offering technician training courses to members. To review the courses available, click on the link below and you will be directed to the iTi website`s list of courses. Scroll down to the technician training section to view locations, and dates. Attendees are responsible for all travel accommodations and expenses.
International Training Institute Website

Courses in Benchmark BIM drafting and fabrication training software, TAB technician certification, and HVAC energy audit technician certification are now open to all members in good standing, no matter where the member is located.

Travel accommodations and costs are the responsibility of the member signing up.

The Sheet Metal Industry International Certification Board is a committee of National Energy management Institute Committee for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry. NEMIC is a trust, under agreement between the SMWIA and SMACNA. The ICB is, at all times responsible to and supervised by the Trustees of NEMIC. The ICB is an activity of NEMIC. The mission of the ICB is to direct and implement a comprehensive set of certification programs to assure customers of the sheet metal industry of the quality advantages of utilizing persons or entities certified by ICB. The certification programs over which the ICB has juridiction are established by NEMIC's Trustees.

From tinsmiths to high tech specialists, Sheet Metal Workers have applied their skills long before our founding members organized our union on January 25, 1888 in Toledo, Ohio. We have established a reputation as a highly skilled workforce whose abilities benefit everyone where they work, live, play and pray. We reach for new avenues in our constant pursuit for a better quality of life for all workers.

The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation.

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is an organization created by workers to promote the interests of workers in the Commonwealth. We are the most powerful, authoritative voice for all working people in the state, both for those in unions and those not yet organized.

Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. The program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry.

https://www.massfallenheroes.org/get-involved/veterans-edge/veteran-employment/   Massachusetts Veteran’s Edge is proud to partner with employers that see the benefits of hiring Veterans. On this employment page you will find businesses with specific positions listed that they would like to fill with Veterans.                                                                         This page is updated weekly with new positions and employers seeking to hire veterans. We have provided direct links to each companies Human Resources contact in the hopes of providing direct access to these jobs.

Building Pathways is a 6-week program designed to prepare qualified applicants for an apprenticeship in the building trades- the pathway to a rewarding career in construction. Building Pathways is sponsored by the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District in partnership with Action for Boston Community Development and the Boston Housing Authority.