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.

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