Toledo Insulator Apprentice Competes In International Competition

A fifth-year Insulator apprentice from Local 45 Toledo has the skills and knowledge to be ranked among the best in North America.

Insulators Local 45 apprentice Brandon Shammo

Insulators Local 45 apprentice Brandon Shammo competed in the Insulator’s International Master Apprentice Competition.

Brandon Shammo recently competed in the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Master Apprentice Competition in Toronto from June 25 through June 30.

The MAC featured 10 of the union’s top apprentices, who battled in a friendly competition to be named the International’s top apprentice.

Shammo won the Central States Conference MAC, which was held in Kentucky earlier in the year.

Once he brought home the Central States title, his training coordinator noticed Brandon stepped up his game.

A third generation Insulator, following in the footsteps of this grandfather, father, uncles and cousins, Shammo began to come into the training center on regular basis working and studying to become better at his craft.

Gavin Dailey, Local 45 Training Coordinator, said Brandon really stepped up his game through hard work and dedication.

Brandon Shammo with Local 45 Training Coordinator Gavin Dailey and HFIAW International Secretary-Treasurer Gregory Revard.

Brandon Shammo with Local 45 Training Coordinator Gavin Dailey and HFIAW International Secretary-Treasurer Gregory Revard.

Dailey said Shammo is one of the hardest working and most dedicated apprentices he has come across in his 20 years as a trainer.

“I’ve had the honor of working with Brandon for five years,” said Dailey. “One of the things that stands out is when I interviewed him to get into our apprenticeship program. I asked him why he wanted enter our apprenticeship and he said, ‘I was born to be an Insulator.”’

Shammo’s victory in the Central States Conference MAC made him the third apprentice from Local 45 to compete in the International competition – all under Dailey’s tenure.

In the eyes of his training coordinator, Shammo had a real shot at winning the International contest.

The International MAC competition featured two parts – a written test and a skills competition.

When all the scores were tallied, Gustavo Rodriguez from Local 27 in Kansas City, Mo., was crowed MAC champion.

Brandon Shammo, Insulators Local 45 apprentice, with HFIAW International President James McCourt.

Brandon Shammo, Insulators Local 45 apprentice, with HFIAW International President James McCourt.

Dailey thought Shammo had one of the top four mockups amongst the competitors.

As a reward for being one of the top 10 Insulator apprentices, Shammo received a scholarship to attend the next four years of Train the Trainer sessions as conducted by the International Insulation Industry Apprenticeship Training Fund.

“I thought he had a good chance [to win the title],” said Dailey. “After speaking with a couple of the proctors, once Brandon finished his project, he went over and helped out a couple of guys who were struggling with their mockups. It speaks well to his character.”

The Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council congratulates Brandon for his hard work and dedication, which lead him to being recognized as one of the top Insulator apprentices in the world.

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