Northern Minnesota

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About Northern MN Contract Areas

Local 10 Northern Minnesota contract area is broken out into three separate union contract areas that are spread out across fourteen different counties that stretch into the upper portion of the state of Wisconsin. The type of work being done by Union Sheet Metal Workers is varied and includes architectural, commercial HVAC, industrial and residential installation and service. Quality work is performed on public buildings, commercial, industrial, mines, and residential projects. Union Sheet Metal Workers are employed through the many quality contractors signatory to Local 10.  


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Northern MN Area Sheet Metal Training


In spite of technological changes, the Sheet Metal Worker remains nearly the only building tradesperson to start with raw materials, custom-make complex systems, and then install them. He/she can transform flat sheets of metal into any size or shape that is required by working from a blueprint or verbal instructions.

Being a Sheet Metal Worker involves the fabrication, erection, installation, repairing, replacing and servicing of all residential heating and air conditioning systems and the architectural sheet metal work on such residences.

Workers will gain a knowledge of heating, cooling and ventilation systems, techniques of welding, and the functions of compressors and condensers in the refrigeration cycle. Includes areas such as solar installation, hoisting and rigging, soldering, and energy management and retrofitting of environmental systems. Most people consider the term "air conditioning" to merely imply cooling the air. But air conditioning is much more comprehensive when the term "conditioning the air" is used.

Sheet Metal Workers help provide these types of systems that heat, cool, and ventilate - providing a completely controlled environment. The rapidly expanding use of new materials and processes in manufacturing plants throughout the nation today is presenting new health hazards at an alarming rate. The Sheet Metal Workers also helps provide systems that will safely remove fumes, dust, smoke, heat, odors, carbon dioxide and other dangerous contaminants to combat this situation.

Many Sheet Metal Workers also have an important role due to the large amount of sheet metal work that goes into sign making, hospital and restaurant equipment, aircraft and shipbuilding.

In addition, the knowledge and skill of the Sheet Metal Worker is needed by other industries in products requiring sheet metal work.

A booklet can be requested by contacting the business agent.

Applications for apprenticeship are taken in March or April by calling the business office for an appointment to file the necessary papers. Applicants must take a reading and math test and score at least 60%. The test is administered at the addresses to the right.


Union Dues:

You will be required to become a union dues paying member. 



Contact Information

Business Representative: Dean Kaldahl
Office: (218)724-6873 Cell:(218)590-4379  

Address: 6279 Industrial Road Saginaw, MN 55779




Wage Rates

Effective May 3, 2021 - May 1, 2022
Ashland CommerciDuluth Ashland Comm 5-3-21

Effective May 3, 2021 - May 1, 2022

Duluth Commercial    

  Duluth Comm Ind wage sheet 5-3-21

Effective May 3, 2021 - May 1, 2022

Duluth Industrial Addendum Rates:

Duluth Ind Addendum wage sheet 5-3-21

Effective May 1, 2021 - April 30,2022
Duluth Residential

Duluth RES (hired before 5-1-07) 5-1-21

Effective May 1, 2021 - April 30,2022
Duluth - Iron Range - Wisconsin Residential

 Dul IR RES (hired after 5-1-07) 5-1-21

Effective May 3, 2021 - May 1, 2022
Iron Range Commercial

 Iron Range Commercial 5-3-2021

Effective May 3, 2021 - May 1, 2022

Iron Range Industrial 

Iron Range Industrial 5-3-2021

Effecitve May 3, 2021 - April 30, 2022
Iron Range Residential

  IrIron Range RES (hired before 5-1-07) 5-1-21

Effective June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2022
Bemidji All Commercial & Industrial Bemidji Commercial 6-1-21

Bemidji Residential and Service Work Residential Journeymen

Effective June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2022  Bemidji Residential 6-1-21





Training CoordinatorRichard Barlage
Asst. Coordinator: Jim Edmundson
Instructor Dick Caine

Instructor Scott Seglem

Instructor Bob Johnson

Instructor Mike Wunch

Instructor Jim Edmundson
Duluth-Superior J.A.T.C.
6279 Industrial Road
Saginaw, MN   55779
Iron Range J.A.T.C. 
Fax: (218) 729-7028
To make an appointment call: (218) 390-6112


J-Level Classes