DETROIT - The International Training Institute held its annual Sheet Metal International Apprentice Contest for the first time in the Motor City in May.

Nathan Kempston, Local 273, Oxnard, Calif., Dahl AC.
DETROIT - The International Training Institute (ITI) held its annual Sheet Metal International Apprentice Contest for the first time in the Motor City in May.

This is ITI's 30th anniversary. The contest opened with an orientation for the second, third and fourth year contestants on May 1, ending with a banquet at the Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel on May 4. SMWIA Local 80 hosted the event.

The contest included drafting, specification reading, welding, and other sheet metal shop practices. The contestants were treated to a tour of the Henry Ford Museum at Greenfield Village during their stay in Detroit (see related story under Contractor News).

Winners this year and their affiliations include:

2nd year

1st : David Shaw, Apprentice & Journeyman Training Fund, Local 2, Heckert Sheet Metal.

2nd: Walter Koteles, SM Workers Local 27 JATC, Kiker Sheet Metal.

3rd: Matt Whitlock, SM Workers Local 219 JATC, John A. Loos & Sons Inc.

3rd year

1st: Christopher Vonier, Hawaii JATC for the Sheet Metal Industry, Local 293, Air Central Inc.

2nd: Kyle Thomas, Western Washington SM JATC, Local 66, Delta Technology.

3rd: Arron Garcia, St. Louis SM JATC, Local 36, Droste Heating & Sheet Metal.

4th year

1st: Brian Lindholm, Western Washington SH JATC, Local 66, Truepoint Metal Works & Welding.

2nd: David Jensen, Sheet Metal Workers Local 265, Sherman Mechanical Inc.

3rd: Steven Haydu, Sheet Metal Workers Local 27 JATC, Bonland Industries.