LOS ANGELES - The future of sheet metal is bright and in good hands. If there was any doubt, it was thoroughly eliminated with the International Training Institute (ITI) Annual Sheet Metal Apprentice Contest held in May.

Russell Abel shown working on his second year project.
LOS ANGELES - The future of sheet metal is bright and in good hands.

If there was any doubt, it was thoroughly eliminated with the International Training Institute (ITI) Annual Sheet Metal Apprentice Contest held in May. This year's host was the Los Angeles Sheet Metal Workers' JATC - Local 108, with the contest events held at the Robert G. Bird Training Center.

Events included: second, third and four year drafting and written tests, specification reading, welding and shop fabrication categories, spread over a three day period. In all, 36 apprentices competed in the tough competition.

First place winners from each year received a cash award from ITI and a $5,000 mutual fund from InVesco.

Detroit is the host city for next year's Apprentice Contest.