Union sheet metal members work in freight and passenger rail transportation, including commuter railroads. They maintain and rebuild locomotives that move freight, long-distance passenger train equipment and equipment used in commuter rail service. Additionally, members of the sheet metal craft maintain heating and ventilation systems, as well as pipefitting and plumbing, within the railroad shops, yards and buildings.
When it comes to America’s transportation infrastructure, SMART members not only operate it; we also maintain the systems that deliver passengers and a wide range of materials (hazardous and non-hazardous) across North America to their points of usage. International union representatives serve and support the affiliates and members under this department.
SMART sheet metal workers also build A/C units from scratch and do all sheet metal work on trains, using the same equipment that construction locals use in their shops.
Hear about the union directly from SMART members themselves.
Longtime Amtrak conductor Carol Jones — who is also a local chairperson with SMART-TD Local 1361 out of New Haven, Conn. — shares her story of coming up in the transportation industry and working as a pioneering woman in the passenger rail sector.