Our apprentice training consists of 5 years of formal classroom training combined with 8000 hours of on the job training. Apprentices attend school 2 evenings a week, for four hours an evening, covering every aspect of the local Sheet Metal industry.


If you are interested in a career that allows you to earn as you learn, as well as providing you with personal satisfaction, we welcome you to join our organization.



Local # 71 accepts applications for our apprenticeship program on a weekly basis. Applications are available on Thursdays, between the hours of 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.


For a list of Apprentice Training Recruitment Notification and Minimum Qualifications click here.


Applications will be available at the union office, located at:

24 Liberty Ave
Buffalo, New York 14215

Apprenticeship Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


How do I apply for the Apprenticeship Program?

To apply for the apprenticeship program, applicants need to complete an application at our Union Hall during the designated times.  Effective August 1st, 2016, applications will be available every Thursday from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  Please note we are regulated by the Department of Labor (DOL) so these are the only days/times that applications can be given out or accepted. 


Am I eligible to become an apprentice?

A list of minimum qualifications to become an apprentice can be found at the link above.


What happens after I fill out an application? 

Anyone that fills out an application is invited for an interview.  Interviews are held on a quarterly basis and applicants will be notified via mail of the interview date, so be sure to let us know if your address or contact information changes.  After the interview, everyone is given a score based on their qualifications, interview and other traits.  Everyone is then placed on our rank list, which is regulated by the DOL, from highest score to lowest score.  Within a few weeks of interviews, everyone on the rank list will be sent a Notification of Standing.  This notice includes your score and current rank.  Please note – your score and rank can change based on the other applicants scores, any additional points awarded, etc.  Applicants can stay on the rank list for up to two years at which point they would fall off and could begin the application process again. 


When will I know if I’m appointed as an apprentice?

Due to the nature of our business, class size, start date and other aspects of our program are based on the needs of our contractors.  We typically put on one class per year and classes usually start in September.  Sometime around June, selections for the next class are made.  Positions are offered according to the rank list. 


Do all applicants get into the program?

Unfortunately, not all applicants are offered a position in our program.  It can be a rather lengthy process to get into the program. 


What can I do to better my chances?

Although there are many ways to earn points such as providing certificates or taking continuing education classes, some of our apprentices start out working for one of our contractors as a Utility Worker before they become an apprentice.  This is an entry level position and may not always be available, but it helps applicants gain experience.  If the contractor chooses, they can submit a letter of recommendation to the program, which can earn applicants extra points. Utility worker applications can be obtained from the Union Hall at any time.


What does the apprenticeship program entail?

Our apprenticeship is a five (5) year program, during which apprentices attend school two (2) nights per week and work for one of our many contractors during the day.  Although full time employment is not guaranteed, our apprentices are usually in high demand. 


Thank you for your interest in our program. 

Resumes or additional documents can be emailed to info@smartlocal71.com. 

Effective immediately, all Apprenticeship Classes are postponed until further notice.

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