SMART Women are leading the way in the North American construction trades when it comes to changing and modernizing the workplace.  Visit here to find updates and news about the value SMART Women are bringing to the jobsite and to the labor movement.  

Current title/position? Apprentice, Local 285

  1. Local and Location L.U. 104 - Northern & Central California.

The following three enries were winners of the recent SMART Women's Committee member photo contest.  Click on the link to view the image:

This is an example template for local committees to get started.  

Scheduled Events:

  • Mentor Training Complete: first group
  • Mentoring Training for second group

To Be Scheduled:

  • Mentee Orientation for apprentices – after school starts
  • Speed Matching Event with Mentors and Mentees – scheduled with Mentee Orientation
  • Match Evaluation/Check-in (Quarterly)


SMART recognizes the impotance of mentorship when it comes to providing assistance and development on an individual's career path in the sheet metal industry. Below are resources available for members looking to secure their own mentoring program.  

We recommend starting with an action plan first.  An example is below.  

Action Plan

2019 Rochelle Sadler, Journeyman of the Year (also first African-American female journeyman in Oregon – General Sheet Metal)

Today, Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL-21), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), John Katko (R-NY-24), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), and Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), along with 49 cosponsors, reintroduced the Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace harassment through Education and Reporting (EMPOWER) Act. This legislation will lift the veil of secrecy surrounding workplace harassment, and bolster transparency and accountability. A companion bill will be introduced in the Senate by Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

This new recruitment video profiles women in the sheet metal trade.

Female sheet metal workers receive the same education and opportunities as their male counterparts.

As with most construction-related jobs, jobs in the sheet metal industry have traditionally been held by men but that's changing as women move into this field in increasing numbers.

Over the last several decades, women have made tremendous gains in many professions. Women physicians, for instance, were a rarity in the 1960s. Today,  women are increasing their share of the workforce and advancing in a variety of professions