South Dakota

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About South Dakota Contract Area

Local 10 South Dakota contract area encompasses the entire state of South Dakota. Two separate contract areas are split with the Missouri River being the dividing line. The type of work being done by Union Sheet Metal Workers is varied and includes architectural, commercial HVAC, industrial, residential installation and TAB.  Quality work is performed on public, commercial, industrial, and residential projects. Our Union Sheet Metal Workers are employed through the many quality contractors signatory to Local 10.

South Dakota 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. Areas such as solar installation, hoisting and rigging, soldering, energy management and retrofitting of environmental systems are also included.

The three main concepts used for making sheet metal patterns require knowledge of triangulation, radial line and parallel line development.

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, which 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 safety 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 from our main office or the designated area Apprenticeship Coordinator.

Applications for apprenticeship are taken year-round. You may obtain an Applicant Card by emailing or writing to Sheet Metal Workers J.A.T.C. of North & South Dakota or by calling (651) 779-6264.

Must be 18 years of age or older.

Must be a high school graduate or possess a Certificate of Equivalency (G.E.D.).

While it is not required that an applicant be a graduate of or have attended a sheet-metal program from a technical vocational institute, consideration will be given in the selection process for such graduation and/or attendance. 

Must have 1000 hours of work or school in the HVAC Industry before starting apprenticeship classes or a background in the construction industry. Many of our apprentices start out as a pre-apprentice with one of our contractors first.

Must possess the physical ability to perform the duties of the craft.

Apprenticeship applicants shall furnish the following along with their application:

1. Birth certificate or reliable information on date of birth. 
2. High school diploma or G.E.D. certificate. 
3. High school transcript showing grades and attendance.
4. Post-secondary diploma(s) and/or transcripts, if applicable.
5. Military discharge and Form DD-214, if applicable.
6. A physical examination may be required prior to the indenturing of an apprentice. 


The Joint Apprenticeship Committee will send out notifications informing applicants when and where to report for their interview.

Applicants are ranked and scored after they’ve been interviewed. The Joint Apprenticeship Committee will then send out notifications informing applicants when and where to report for their interview.  

The placement of apprentices will be in descending order of score.  This list will be turned over to the union/business agent for dispatching.

Workers need to provide themselves with their own hand tools (such as a screwdriver, prick punch, dividers, crescent wrench, small whitney, center punches, pliers, hammers, etc). Costs run around $600.

Workers are expected to be able to get to the job on time; the union represents many shops within the North Dakota and South Dakota area, thus workers are sometimes required to move around. 

In the winter, the hours are generally from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. During the summer, the hours vary, with 8-hour days anywhere between 6:00 AM and 4:30 PM.

South Dakota 
Apprentice starts at a percentage of the wage earned by a journeyperson. He/She will receive an increase every 1,000 hours worked until reaching the end of the 8,000 hours.  By then he/she will be at 80% (depending on contract area) and upon completion of the program will be placed at 100% of the journeyperson's rate. 

You are required to become a union dues paying member.  For more information click here.

Contact Information

Business Representative: Mark Rogers


Sioux Falls Labor Temple
101 S. Fairfax Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD  57103



Wage Rates

Effective June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2022

East River Area 

East River Commercial 6-1-21

East River Industrial 6-1-21



Effective June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2022

West River Area

West River Commercial 6-1-21





Training Coordinator: Mark Rogers
Sioux Falls Labor Temple
101 S. Fairfax Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD  57103
East River classes are held at Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell SD.

West River classes are held at Tessier's Inc., Rapid City SD.