Our Valuable Staff

<b>Don Steltz</b>
Don SteltzExecutive Administrator
Main: (425) 405-1044 Ext. 1001 (Everett)
Main: (253) 912-5262 Ext. 1201 (DuPont)
Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Don joined the Sheet Metal Workers Union in 1991 and has spent more than 25 years in the HVAC industry, holding a variety of positions and advancing to several leadership roles. Over the past six years, he served as the Training Coordinator in Rochester, New York with Local 46 until transitioning into the role of Executive Administrator for the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC with Local 66.

Don’s areas of specialization include HVAC service, direct digital controls, construction management, and HVAC fire life safety. He currently serves as a Master Trainer for the OSHA program with the International Training Institute and has been an apprentice and journeyman upgrade service instructor since 2001.

In addition to his apprenticeship training, Don earned a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Education from the National Labor College, Silver Spring, Maryland in 2012.

<b>Eric Peterson</b>
Eric PetersonAdministrative Coordinator
Main: (425) 405-1039 Ext. 1002 (Everett)
Main: (253) 912-5263 Ext. 1202 (DuPont)
Eric began his apprenticeship with Local 99 in 1990 and achieved Journeyman status in 1995. He was a field foreman for Superior Air Handling until March 1998, when he became the Assistant Coordinator for the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC. He was hired in his current capacity as the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC Administrative Coordinator in March 2002.

Administrative Assistants

Gail Foss
Main: (425) 405-1040 Ext. 1003 (Everett)
Main: (253) 912-5264 Ext. 1200 (DuPont)

Our Valuable Instructors

<b>Joseph Durfee </b>
Joseph Durfee Instructor
Main: (425) 405-1043 Ext. 1006 (Everett)
JJ began his apprenticeship with Local 16 in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 1998 and completed it in 2003. He started teaching night classes and took instructor training classes with the ITI as soon as he became a journeyman. Over the next several years, he took numerous classes with the International Training Institute, including TAB teaching, OSHA 500, and Service Instructor levels 1 through 4. In 2007, he was hired to be a full-time instructor for Local 66 JATC. JJ has a bachelor’s degree in Labor Education, OSHA Authorized Construction trainer, Fire Life Safety instructor, EPA universal card, and Hoisting/Rigging instructor. He has been married for 14 years and has three children.
<b>Rick Twedt</b>
Rick TwedtInstructor
Main: (425) 405-1041 Ext. 1004 (Everett)
Rick began his career with Local 99 in 1980 as a Material Handler while attending Seattle Central Community College, where he took sheet metal layout, and fabrication and welding classes. He started his apprenticeship in 1983 and achieved journeyman status in 1986. He worked at several of the larger sheet Metal Shops for over 25 years and has been a shop foreman, field foreman and special projects foreman throughout his career. He has been a full-time apprentice instructor since 2007.
<b>Kris Benson </b>
Kris Benson Instructor
Main: (425) 405-1042 Ext. 1005 (Everett)
Kris first joined Local 66 in 1987 as a residential sheet metal apprentice and then started his commercial sheet metal apprenticeship in 1989. He became a Journeymen in 1994. Before completing his apprenticeship, Kris placed first in the local apprenticeship contest and finished in second place at the regional contest. While on the injured list due to an accident, he achieved his Microsoft System Engineer Certification and worked at Microsoft as the network administrator for their HCT lab, testing and developing Windows 98 and 2000. Kris started teaching AutoCAD classes for journeymen and apprentices in 1997. He returned to the trade as full-time as a detailer in 2000. After coordinating and detailing many large budget projects, he became a full-time instructor for Local 66 in 2007. He has been married for 23 years and has two sons, Noah and Caden.
<b>Jeff Reinhardt</b>
Jeff ReinhardtInstructor
Main: (253) 912-5266 Ext. 1204 (DuPont)
Jeff graduated from Universal Technical Institute in 1995 with an associate’s degree and entered the Local 66 apprenticeship in 1996. Jeff Served most of his apprenticeship at Olympia Sheet Metal and completed his apprenticeship at Emerald Aire, where he worked into a field foreman position for their service construction division. In 2010, Jeff became the Service Manager at Hermanson Company and grew the service department from 3 technicians to 25 technicians. In June 2016, he became an HVAC instructor for the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC
<b>Justin Bourgault</b>
Justin BourgaultInstructor
Main: (253) 912-5261 Ext. 1205 (DuPont)
Justin achieved Journeyman status in 2013. After working at US Sheet Metal, he became a full-time instructor in 2015. He has been to Nemours training classes and enjoys teaching the future journeymen of the trade. He loves to hunt in his spare time with his kids.