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The Ontario Sheet Metal Workers training centre is responsible for training, upgrading, and improving the occupational and safety skills of sheet metal workers in a response to industry needs. The goal of the Ontario Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre is to make workers more employable through training that is updated with any changes in technology. They are recognized as an official apprenticeship training provider for the sheet metal trade, and authorized to deliver the in-school component of apprenticeship training to registers sheet metal apprentices in Ontario. The Ontario Sheet Metal Training Centre is home to a state of the art 30,000 Square foot facility located in Oakville, Ontario, and is comprised of three fabricating shops, several classrooms and offices.
The main fabricating shop is an 8,000 sq ft facility that is home to state of the art CNC technology including the MultiCam 1000 Series Plasma CNC cutting machines. The MultiCam 1000 Series offers students the ability to learn on an exceptional CNC cutting machine with high-speed contouring, precision dual X-axis drives, a custom engineered aluminum extrusion design for high strength and rigidity. Also, by adding the tangential knife option to the MultiCam 1000 Series Plasma makes the machine an optimal choice for liner duct cutting.
A second 5,000 sq ft shop is the welding facility with 20 arc welding booths and a third shop is designated for gas technician certification training for journeypersons and apprentices.
“There will be a sufficient number of meters and gauges to allow all students to work with the equipment directly,” says Rabishaw, adding that the training centre’s on-site capacity will benefit current apprentices as well as an estimated 2209 sheet metal journeypersons who will be able to access training in night school classes and on weekends.
In addition to training apprentices and journeypersons, the centre is a certified Canadian Welding Bureau test centre.