El Dorado – Sheet Metal Workers Local 29 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), a local union apprenticeship, is partnered with Butler Community College to give students an opportunity to receive a college degree while completing an apprenticeship with a Journeyman’s card.

Sheet Metal students go through a four-year program, working in the industry (within a 60-mile radius of the Wichita area) 40 hours per week while getting their training. The apprenticeship has collective bargaining agreements with industry leaders including The Kruse Corp, P1, Mechanical Systems Inc., The Waldinger Corp. and Central Consolidated.

These students work with professionals in the field, specializing mainly in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and architectural building components. Safety is a significant component of “on-the-job” training with the contractors. All apprentices earn OSHA certificates as part of the apprenticeship program.

Recently, 13 Butler students graduated and received their Journeyman’s card from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 29, including Robert Flood of Newton. A graduation ceremony was held at Scotch and Sirloin in Wichita.