From Combat to Construction: The Programs That Help Make That Happen


Charles Mulcahy
Director of Craft Services
Darrell Roberts
Executive Director
Helmets To Hardhats
Kevin Thomas
Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC
Joshua Buckley
SMART Heroes


The economy is growing, and the sheet metal industry needs more qualified skilled workers interested in the construction trades. To add skilled workers who can hit the ground running, there isn’t a better pool of candidates to choose from than the men and women transitioning from the military. This session will explore the programs available to your JATC, local union, and company to convince military personnel to join our industry when they leave the service.

The presenters have had hands-on experience with the national programs that are working to recruit military personnel into our industry. In addition to hearing from individuals instrumental in establishing and running the programs, you will hear from a graduate of the first SMART Heroes program on how veterans can make a difference to our industry as well as impact their lives for the better.

The SMART Heroes program is a dynamic recruitment and training program designed to attract highly-qualified candidates to the unionized sheet metal industry. It also is sponsored by SMART, SMACNA, the International Training Institute, and Helmets to Hardhats. The program provides seven weeks of sheet metal industry training, equivalent to first year apprenticeship training, to enlisted men and women prior to discharge.

Helmets to Hardhats helps military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry.

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