SMART Local Union #33


Starting with the 2022-2023 School Year, the Cleveland Training Program is Now Only 4 Years!

Cleveland Training center


Apprenticeship Programs that Pay while you Learn

SMART Local 33 Cleveland Training Center offers a five-year apprenticeship program that allows you to get paid on the job and get paid to learn. Once you complete the apprenticeship program, there is no tuition owed. We partner with Tri-C, the local Cuyahoga Community College, for the opportunity to automatically earn credits towards your associates. With the lowest college tuition in Ohio, pursuing your Sheet Metal career through Tri-C may be an option for you. If you’d like to learn more about the Sheet Metal Worker program at Tri-C, please follow the link below. Courses Our diverse, non-discriminatory program welcomes those that are willing to discover their talent, contribute to the community, and commit to the lifestyle of a Sheet Metal Worker. If you’re ready to hone your abilities and expand your skill set in a career that is both artistic and analytical, we can prepare you with the knowledge and experience required for the best welding jobs in Cleveland, as well as, any other specialty you wish to pursue.

OSHA and HVAC Training at our Cleveland Location

  • Classroom and lab space (32,000 sq. ft.)
    • Classrooms: Main Classroom(s) (North & South), CAD/Computer Classroom, HVAC Classroom, and Welding Classroom.
    • Labs: HVAC Lab, Sheet Metal Lab and Welding Lab (AWS Test Facility), Testing and Balancing Lab (TAB), HVAC and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Lab, Welding Lab (AWS Test Facility), Kitchen Hood/Exhaust Duct Lab, Fire Damper/Fire Smoke Damper Lab, TAB Lab and Fire Life Safety.

Welding and Metal Fabrication Courses

  • Sheet Metal Core (Trade Fundamentals)
  • Sheet Metal Layout & Fabrication, Architectural Sheet Metal
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
  • Drafting, Detailing, EPA-Section 608 Refrigerant Recovery (CFC Certification)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Hoisting & Rigging/Crane Signaling
  • HVAC Fire Life Safety Technician (Level 1 & 2)
  • HVAC Fire Life Safety Supervisor
  • HVAC-Light Commercial (Service & Installation)
  • HVAC-Residential (Service & Installation)
  • OSHA-10hr and OSHA-30hr Construction Safety & Health
  • Phenolic Board Fabrication and Installation (KoolDuct)
  • Project Management, Reading Plans & Specifications (Blueprint Reading)
  • Supervisory Training
  • Trade Related Mathematics
  • Welding (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW & Oxy-Fuel Cutting)
  • Mechanical Insulation and Lagging
  • Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA)
  • NATE Certification Testing
  • OSHA 30 – 8 Hour refresher
  • VRF Systems
  • Architectural ACM Panels


Alan Simonitis, Training Coordinator
  • 24 Years Trade Experience (14 Field, 5 Shop, 5 Detailer)
  • Sheet Metal Apprenticeship 1994-1999
  • BSMET ’99 Cleveland State University
Specialties: ICRA certified instructor, OSHA 30 certified, CFC type II certified,Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Detailing, Reading Plans and Specs Greg Prohaska, Lead Instructor
  • 13 Years Trade Experience
  • 7 Years Instructor Experience
  • Sheet Metal Apprentice 2005-2010, Sheet Metal Journeyman 2010-present
Specialties: First Aid/CPR/AED, OSHA-10hr and OSHA-30hr Construction Safety & Health, Reading Plans &, Fire Life Safety(FLS) Tech I and II, FLS Supervisor I and II. OSHA authorized Construction Trainer, AAS in Industrial Technology; Specifications, Sheet Metal Layout & Fabrication, Mathematics, Drafting, American Work Platform Training (AWPT) Approved Training Instructor Anthony Belluardo, Instructor, Organizer
  • 16 Years Trade Experience
  • 7 Year Instructor Experience
  • Sheet Metal Apprentice 2002-2007, Sheet Metal Journeyman 2007-present
Specialties: Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Detailing, Reading Plans & Specifications Mike Brandt, Instructor
  • 28 Years Trade Experience
  • 7 Years Instructor Experience
Specialties: HVAC Service, Residential & Light Commercial, Energy Auditing, American Work Platform Training (AWPT) Approved Training Instructor Donald Faulhaber, Instructor
  • 38 Years Trade Experience
  • 17 Years Instructor Experience
  • Sheet Metal Apprentice 1980-1984, Sheet Metal Journeyman/Foreman 1984-present
Specialties: Architectural Sheet Metal, Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) Dave Schroeter, Instructor
  • 22 Years Trade Experience
  • 8 Years Instructor Experience
  • Sheet Metal Apprentice 1996-2001, Sheet Metal Journeyman/Foreman 2001-present
Specialties: Welding (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW & Oxy-Fuel Cutting), Sheet Metal Layout & Fabrication, Phenolic Board-(Kool Duct), American Work Platform Training (AWPT) Approved Training Instructor, ITI Rigging Instructor Paul A. Zuba, Instructor
  • 19 Years Trade Experience
  • 13 Years Instructor Experience
  • Sheet Metal Apprentice 1999-2004, Sheet Metal Journeyman/Foreman 2004-present Bachelor of Arts in Labor Education, National Labor College, Silver Spring, Maryland – 2011
Specialties: Sheet Metal Layout & Fabrication, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Mathematics, HVAC Fire Life Safety Technician (Level 1 & 2), HVAC Fire Life Safety Supervisor, Phenolic Board-(Kool Duct), Industrial Lagging, OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer, ICRA and CPR/1st Aid Trainer Ed Dudeck, Instructor
  • 27 Years Trade Experience
  • 3 Years Instructor Experience
  • Sheet Metal Apprentice 1995-2000, Assoc. in Environmental Tech. West Side Institute
Specialties: Service, VRF, Project Management Certificate, Health and Safety Certificate, CPR, 1st Aid, ICRA, OSHA 30 Certified Instructor Robert Pickens, Instructor
  • 16 Years Trade Experience
  • Sheet Metal Apprentice 2001-2006, Sheet Metal Journeyman/Welding Foreman 2018-present
Specialties: Welding SMAW, GMAW, Gtaw, FCAW, Oxyfuel cutting, plasma cutting, Sheet Metal Fabrication(shearing, rolling, bending, laser cutting)

Application Requirements

The SMART Local #33, Cleveland District, covering Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties & Vermilion District, covering Lorain, Erie, Huron, and Sandusky Counties will be accepting applications on the 2nd Monday of each month.
  • Applicants shall be at least 17 years of age (photo ID required).
  • Applicants must have received a High School Diploma or GED (proof required).
  • A $10 application fee will be charged. The fee is payable at the time of application. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Applicants will be required to successfully complete a standardized test (independently administered), to qualify for an interview. The test is administered on a later date and the testing agency charges a $40 test fee. NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: The SMART Local # 33 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school administered programs.

The Cleveland Training Center is a proud partnership between SMART Local 33 and the Cleveland Chapter of the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association.

Want to join our training program?

Please fill out the form linked below to complete an application for Sheet Metal Works’ Local 33, Cleveland and Vermillion District Apprenticeship.

Contact Us

12525 Corporate Drive Parma, Ohio 44130