Construction Industry Career Day

May 28th & 29th, 2019

May 29th & 30th, 2018

NJ Convention & Expo Center, ​Edison, NJ

NJ Building & Construction Trades honor our Veterans, Helmets 2 Hardhats Apprentices.

April 12, 2017

Pictured: Jose Pina, Eli Robbins, and Willian Carpio

Congratulations to Julian Ortiz, Paul Farkas and Carlos Moreno our Local 25 representatives for the 2017 Regional Apprentice Contest in Pittsburgh on March 10th & 11th.

​Julian Ortiz (4th Year) Placed overall 3rd Place

​Paul Farkas (3rd Year) Placed overall 5th Place

​Carlos Moreno (2nd Year) Placed overall 1st Place

​We are extremely proud of you all.  All three of you did a great job representing Local 25.

Apprenticeship Wages Benefits, and Advancement
Apprentices start out at 35% of our Journeyperson wage package which is $15.28 per hour, plus $15.01 in fringe benefits, under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The work week consists of 40 hours; any work in excess of 8 hours per day and Saturday is paid at the rate of time and one-half; Sundays and holidays are paid at double time. There is a vacation fund included in the wage structure. There are no paid holidays.

Apprentices are required to attend 160 hours per year of related instruction for four years, provided by the Joint Apprentice and Training Committee, in a daytime program located at the J.A.T.C. Training Center at 440 Barell Avenue, Carlstadt, NJ. Apprentices are paid by their contractor/employer while they are attending apprentice day school. Fringe benefit contributions are made by the employer on behalf of apprentices to the following funds:

  • Vacation Fund
  • Health & Welfare Fund
  • Pension Fund
  • Annuity Fund
  • Education Fund
  • Local & National Industry Fund
  • National Training Fund

After the first year, and every twelve (12) months thereafter, upon successful completion of two (2) terms, apprentices are advanced both terms and receive a 10% pay raise.

Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union 25 maintains jurisdiction over the work being performed in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Essex and Union Counties in Northern New Jersey.

For more information on apprenticeship programs, contact: (201) 507-0333, Ext. 127 or email

2016 Regional Apprentice Contest - March 18th & 19th - Philadelphia, PA

​Congratulations to Paul Farkas, 2nd Year; ​Julian Ortiz, 3rd Year; ​Patrick Smith, Jr., 4th Year

Great Job to our Local 25 Apprentice Participants for the Local Apprentice Contest

Pictured from left to right:

Julian Ortiz, 4th Year Winner

Carlos Moreno, 2nd Year Winner

​Paul Farkas, 3rd Year Winner

Eric Flores, 2nd Year Participant

​Matthew McAlarney, 3rd Year Participant

​Evan Barry, 2nd Year Participant

Taylor Dauber, 4th Year Participant

​Dominick Favorito, 2nd Year Participant

​Christian Broughton, 4th Year Participant

​Patrick Smith, Apprentice Instructor

Apprentice School


Congratulations to our 8th Term Apprentices who just completed their last week of school. 

Front Row Left to Right:

Yefry Garcia, Julian Ortiz, Andreas Taburas, Shane Spencer, & Patrick Smith (Apprentice Instructor)

Back Row Left to Right:

Stephen Rega, Curtis Ellis, Ryan Lipari, Ernie Wunder, Lawrence Muniz, Jarold Beato, Christian Broughton, & Bryan Dobson.

Congratulations to Eric Flores,  Joshua Merrill and John Haak our Local 25 representatives for the 2019 Mid Atlantic Regional Apprentice Contest in Farmingdale, NJ on May 3rd & 4th.

​Eric Flores (4th Year) Placed overall 6th Place

Joshua Merrill (3rd Year) Placed overall 5th Place

John Haak (2nd Year) Placed overall 2nd Place

​We are extremely proud of you all.  All three of you did a great job representing Local 25.

Congratulations to Paul Farkas, Carlos Moreno, and Joshua Merrill our Local 25 representatives for the 2018 Atlantic Apprentice Contest in Washington, D.C. on March 9th & 10th.

​Paul Farkas (4th Year) Placed overall 1st Place

​Carlos Moreno (3rd Year) Placed overall 5th Place

​Joshua Merrill (2nd Year) Placed overall 2nd Place

​We are extremely proud of you all.  All three of you did a great job representing Local 25.

Phone:  (201) 507-0330  

440 Barell Avenue, Carlstadt, NJ 07072  

Congratulations to our 8th Term Apprentice Graduates who were just sworn in as Journeypersons on July 15, 2019.

Eric Flores

Samantha Mendez

Carlos Moreno

Jermaine Sterling

Quarterly Apprentice Meeting

​Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at​5:00 PM

Save SMART Sheet Metal Apprenticeships

In late June, the Department of Labor issued proposed rules governing the introduction of new Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). These privately-run apprenticeship programs will not be subject to the same standards and rules governing current programs.  Currently, the construction industry is excluded from IRAPs, but nothing makes that exclusion permanent.  That’s why it is now vitally important that the DOL hear from us.
Send a message to the DOL via
We have less than 60 days (until August 26) to submit public comments.   Non-union groups are already in the process of swamping the Department of Labor with comments opposed to the exclusion of construction from IRAPs. They look to flood future job sites with low-wage, low-skilled labor classified as “apprentices.”
Our new website
— allows you to quickly and easily send a comment to the DOL in support of maintaining exclusion of the construction industry from IRAPs. Please take a few minutes now to send your message.  Join us in calling on the DOL to maintain the construction industry exclusion from IRAPs and protect the value of our training.  As SMART members, we get state-of-the-art construction industry training, both in the classroom and on the job. We also know first-hand the connections between high-quality training, worksite safety, good wages, and projects getting done on-time.  The foundation of our training programs, our SMART sheet metal apprenticeship, is now in jeopardy.  Take action NOW.

The Apprentice Training Program is a program where the apprentice is given the opportunity to earn while learning a trade. The Apprentice receives school training, as well as on-the-job training, for four years before graduating and becoming a Journeyperson.

Apprentices are required to attend school one week every three months, in a daytime program, and are paid by their contractor/employer while they are attending school.

Click the links above under the "Apprentices" tab for more information on our Apprentice Calendar, the Requirements for becoming an Apprentice, the Apprentice Application Form, and our Apprentice School Rules and Requirements.

Congratulations to our 8th Term Apprentice Graduates who were just sworn in as Journeypersons on January 1, 2019.

Dominick Favorito                    Michael Potamousis

Manuel Santos                          Andrew Stajek

James Taylor                              Larry Thomas

Anthony Zerillo