SMW Local 45


Who We Are

Sheet Metal Workers Local 45 is an affiliate of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Works (SMART), comprised of the highest skilled craftsmen in the industry. Its members are Central Iowa’s premier source for trained, safe and a highly productive sheet metal workforce. Workers of Local 45 take great pride in their craft, creating custom-designed metal applications from raw materials.

The Sheet Metal Contractors of Iowa are masters of metal and air - and as the local affiliate of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) - adhere to the highest industry standards, technical specifications while delivering a superior product at a competitive cost. Metal systems designed, constructed and installed to SMACNA standards are tested and proven - over and over again.



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Why Hire Union Contractors


The Benefits of Working With Union Contractors

We know you have a choice of whom to hire for your construction projects. Below, you’ll find a few reasons why a union contractor is the best choice.

Skilled Labor Supply
Hiring a union contractor guarantees you professional, safety conscious, craft-trained workers.

State-of-The-Art Training
Our JATC (Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee) offers a 4-year training program. The curriculum includes classroom instruction, OJT, and upgrade training. Training includes:

  • Layout and Pattern Development
  • 30 Hour OSHA
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Welding (Mig, Tig and Stick)

Cost Savings
Sheet Metal Workers are flexible, committed and willing to go the extra mile to help you complete your projects -- cost-effectively.

Quality union workmanship means faster completion of projects and the ability to implement creative concepts in construction and building techniques.

Labor-Management Cooperation
Positive relations between the local SMACNA Chapter and our contractors promote workplace harmony.

Health & Safety
SMACNA and Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 45 work together to eliminate jobsite hazards, cut health care costs and reduce injury and disease. We are committed to making our contractors the safest in the Industry.

Knowledgeable Staff
Local Union Leadership and field staff are talented problem-solvers; committed to laborer-contractor cooperation.

Quality Benefit Packages
Our existing health insurance, retirement plans, and other programs offer an easy, cost-effective way for you to provide these important benefits.

Business Development
By pooling resources with us, you can build important alliances that result in projects and jobs.



A Successful Career


Apprenticeship Program

The sheet metal industry needs highly skilled and motivated workers. Through the SMART Apprenticeship Program you can get the high quality education and training designed to give you a rewarding career. As an apprentice, you participate in both on-the-job training and classroom study, allowing you to practical experience while learning the technical aspects of the industry.

When you enter an apprenticeship, you agree to work in an on-the-job training program and attend specialized classes for between four and five years. As an apprentice, you:

  • Graduate with no student loan debt (tuition is paid by us).
  • Get paid-to-learn during the apprenticeship (you'll earn a salary during the program).
  • Guaranteed job placement (your career begins with your apprenticeship).
  • Learn from instructors who have hands-on experience in the sheet metal industry.

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