Our goal at Sheet Metal Workers Local 45 is to create an environment that encourages respect and rewards excellence. Our experienced, highly trained membership provide a wealth of knowledge, that ensures our contractors maintain their flawless reputations of delivering the highest quality end product.
All it takes is one phone call and Local 45 will provide the qualified work force needed for your project. Our trained membership will help keep your project on time, and on budget. If your project requires a qualified sheet metal contractor, you can search view our contractor listing by clicking here.
If you’re looking for quality minded, experienced workers give us a call today and we will provided a reliable, highly educated, licensed, OSHA trained workforce. Local 45 members focus on HVAC, architectural sheet metal, air balancing, service and custom fabrication that will meet your specifications no matter how small or large the job maybe.
Andy began the sheet metal trade in 1998 as a pre-apprentice for The Waldinger Corporation. He was accepted into the four year apprenticeship program in 1999, and successfully completed the program in 2003, obtaining his journeyman's card. Since 2003 he has worked in a variety of roles and projects for The Waldinger Corporation, The Baker Group and Corn States. Currently, he is proudly serving a second term as Local 45 Business Representative.
TRAINING FACILITY ADMINISTRATION
Mike Cox - Training Coordinator
Mike has been the Training Coordinator for 3 years. Before becoming the Training Coordinator, Mike served one term (3 years) as Business Representative, and before that, served as the welding instructor for 12 years, training apprentices and journeymen in all processes related to welding. Mike is a Certified Weld Inspector by the American Welding Society.
Chad Donahue, Journeyman at Corn State Fabricators - Instructor
Chad instructs first year apprentices, which includes, basic pattern development, tools and equipment, trade history and drafting. Chad has been an instructor for five years, and has completed 4 years of Instructor training, through the “International Training Institute”. Chad is Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker, employed at Corn State Metal Fabricators in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Nick Willey, Journeyman at Central Iowa Mechanical - Instructor
Nick currently instructs second year apprentices, which includes, advanced pattern development, drafting, duct design and basic plans and specifications. Nick has been an instructor for two years, and has completed 2 years of instructor training through the “International Training Institute”.
Steve Heathcote, Journeyman at Corn State Fabricators - Instructor
Steve instructs third year apprentices, which includes the HVAC module, detailing, plan and specifications and basic CAD. Steve has been an instructor for three years, and has completed 2 years of instructor training through the “International Training Institute”.
Brian Claire, Journeyman at SME Mechanical - Instructor
Brian is our HVAC Service instructor, and instructs fourth year apprentices and journeyman upgrade classes. Brian has been an instructor for two years, and has completed two years of instructor training, and two years of Service Instructor training through the “International Training Institute”.
Mike Olesen, Journeyman at The Waldinger Corporation - Instructor
Mike teaches the welding and industrial curriculum within our apprenticeship program, he will also teach welding and industrial related topics to journeymen. Mike has been a welding instructor for 6 years, and is also certified to teach O.S.H.A classes. Mike has completed 4 years of instructor training, and also attended classes to become certified to instruct O.S.H.A. Mike is a Certified Weld Inspector by the American Welding Society.
Mark Bower, Journeyman at Air-Con Mechanical - Instructor
Mark teaches Math to first year apprentices, and will also substitute in any of the other classes within the apprenticeship program. Mark has been an instructor for 8 years.
Henry Burkard, Journeyman at Central Iowa Mechanical - Instructor
In the past 18 years, Henry has taught every class within our apprenticeship program, for the most part, he is probably thought of as a 4th year service instructor, until he decided he would like to take a little time and spend with grandkids, and to hunt and fish. These days, Henry will come in and substitute for other instructors as needed, or teach specialty classes that show case his almost 40 years of experience as a Local 45 Sheet Metal Worker.
Our apprenticeship program's jurisdiction covers 43 counties in Central Iowa.
WHO OUR APPRENTICES WORK WITH
DES MOINES METRO AREA
Air-Con Mechanical Corporation
Berglund Sheet Metal Contractors
Central Iowa Mechanical
Corn States Metal Fabricators
Exterior Sheet Metal
Hussmann Services Corporation
Systems Management & Balancing
The Waldinger Corporation
Wood Roofing & Sheet Metal