SMACNA’s newest chapter, SMACNA Hawaii is supporting their local students and sheet metal programs in creative ways.
Twelve students in the sheet metal program at Honolulu Community College (HCC) crafted elegant metal lanterns with a tropical leaf motif, which served as table centerpieces for the chapter’s recent installation dinner. “Our local community college sheet metal instructor is always finding creative ways to engage students,” said the chapter’s Executive Director Blake Parsons. “When Danny showed us these lanterns on a recent visit, we thought it was an excellent way to add a personal touch to our banquet and provide additional funding to the program.”
HCC’s sheet metal program (SMP) is the only full-scale training facility for sheet metal in the entire state of Hawaii,” said instructor Danny Aiu. “The industry and HCC work together in partnership to provide entry-level training for students interested in working with sheet metal.”
“This partnership has resulted in a full-year union entry agreement,” he said. “All the students who complete the program within one year are offered entry to the apprenticeship program.”
In the SMP program, students work within the challenges of "real job" demands, while turning flat sheets of steel into the industry's required three-dimensional components.
Students fabricated each part of the lanterns in the shop, cutting each section with a CNC plasma cutter, then assembled the lanterns.
“Students are much more engaged when we do these projects,” Aiu noted. “We also focus on layout and industry basic sheet metal fabrication. The last project the students will do is a stainless-steel barbeque that they get to take home.”
This industry partnership is helping students along their way to apprenticeships and rewarding sheet metal careers.