Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Local 66 SMART Heroes Graduation

Apr 22, 2021

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SMART Heroes recently held a graduation ceremony for students who completed its seven-week concentrated training program for enlisted military personnel preparing to transition to the civilian workforce. The event was attended by several SMACNA and SMART representatives, as well as Denis McDonough, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Once accepted into the program, a servicemember receives seven weeks of sheet metal training totaling 224 hours and covering six categories of instruction: general sheet metal; welding; HVAC service; system test, adjust, balance; and building information modeling. The class is full time and provides the equivalent of the first-year of apprenticeship training (224 hours).

“The SMART Heroes program is an important part of that effort, helping our veterans make the sometimes challenging transition from the military to civilian life. It is part of building a stronger, more resilient and more productive America,” Secretary McDonough told a group of 10 SMART Heroes program grads during the recent ceremony.

The SMART Heroes program capitalizes on the skills that men and women in the military gain during their services, as well as the professional work ethic, maturity and discipline they learn along the way. The programs helps U.S. military men and women successfully transition into the civilian workforce and land jobs in the sheet metal industry. To learn more, visit

Check out the video of the most recent SMART Heroes graduation, which includes remarks from SMART President Joe Sellers and the Secretary McDonough..