January 3, 2011
More than 325 sheet metal apprentices and their families will go to Las Vegas March 6-10 to take part in the Annual International Sheet Metal Competition, which allows apprentices from the U.S. and Canada to demonstrate their skills. The competition is hosted by the International Training Institute (ITI), Alexandria, Va.
This year the competition adds a detailing category in which certified apprentices and journeymen can compete for a new pickup truck. This is the first year journeymen are allowed to compete, and only in the detailer category.
Contestants also will compete in five sheet metal disciplines: HVAC, industrial/welding, service, architectural, and test adjust balance in heating and air conditioning. Each competition consists of a written test, sketching projects, a shop project, and a blueprint-reading test.