Sheet Metal Institute


Meet Our Staff


Our full-time staff has nearly 250 years of sheet metal experience and over 40 years of teaching experience. We come from different parts of the industry, offering diverse knowledge and experience in the sheet metal trade. The sheet metal industry needs highly skilled and motivated workers. Through courses offered at our training center, you will get the high quality education and training designed to give you a rewarding career.


Rob Postma

Executive Administrator of Training

Connie DelRossi

Office Manager

Rachael Wright

Office Specialist

Ben Wood

Training Coordinator


Todd Stevens

Full-Time Instructor

Brandon York

Full-Time Instructor

Paul Culp

Full-Time Instructor

Will Thompson

Full-Time Instructor

Rick Doty, Jr.

Full-Time Instructor

Eric Clayton

Full-Time Instructor

Bob Schaefer

Part-Time Instructor

Jason Leslie

Full-Time Instructor

Jason Leslie

Full-Time Instructor

Jason began working in construction in 2007. Most of his career has been in welding and industrial fabrication. He joined SMART Local 16 in 2012 as a production journeyman. With goals of diversifying his skillset and earning more money, he joined the building trades apprenticeship in 2016. Throughout his career, Jason has had a strong desire to learn and challenge himself, even if it meant leaving a comfortable job.  In 2020, after earning his journey card, Jason received a part-time job at the Sheet Metal Institute. With his broad range of welding and fabrication skills, it was a great fit for him. In 2023, Jason was promoted to a full-time instructor.

Jason’s previous employers include Thompson Metal Fab, Alliant Systems, R&J Metal Fab, and Southland Industries.

Education/Certifications: AWS Certified Welding Inspector, Associate of Applied Science, AWS D1.1, AWS D9.1, Fire and Smoke Damper Technician, OSHA-30, CPR/First Aid

Outside of work Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, boating, fishing, and playing music.