More than 450 students from 25 schools in southern Wisconsin attended the 16th Annual Building Trades Council’s Careers in Construction Fair. Held at the Steamfitters Local No. 601 Training School, the free event was an opportunity for area high school students and teachers to learn more about the building trades and available career opportunities.
The Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 18 participated in the event, and seven sheet metal apprentices from the Madison Area Joint Apprenticeship Committee helped students build sheet metal tool trays.
Brandon Neumaier, of General Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., was one of the apprentices working at the event. He commented, “the reason I enjoy doing something like the fair is because I want to see the union trades continue and grow, and I enjoy sharing the trades with the kids.”
Neumaier went on to say, “working for a union and in the trades is a great opportunity, and you earn a great wage. There is a lot of stuff for kids to do out there, and I don’t think schools give them all the options. I like that the tech classes give students opportunities to see what else is out there."
Julie Walsh, Executive Director of the Madison Area Mechanical & Sheet Metal Contractors Association noted, “We are proud of our contractors who allow their apprentices to work at the booth. All of the apprentices working at the event share a sense of pride about their craft and encourage others to consider working in the sheet metal industry.”
Other sheet metal apprentices in attendance included: Dan Kaiser and Eric Gorman, Harker Heating & Cooling, Inc.; Zack Butson, General Heating; Justin Spritka, Illingworth-Kilgust Mechanical, Inc.; Aaron Bernie, J.F. Ahern Co.; and Kyle McConville, Air Temperature Services, Inc.