Meet Samara Sampson, an apprentice at SM Local 285 in Ontario

January 24, 2022

Current title/position? Apprentice, Local 285

Years in the trade? 5 years

What unique strengths do you bring to your trade? I am a forward thinker and good at working under pressure

What do you love to do when you’re not at work? When I am not at work, I love packing a day bag, some food, and my dog into my truck and driving out to a new conservation area to explore

Goals in the future–any ambitions or changes to your career, growth or education? I have big dreams and goals for myself with SMART and I look forward to a very long prosperous career wherever it might take me

What surprised you about your trade? How much you can do in the trade: you can design, fabricate, weld, install, test, etc

What do you find frustrating about your job/trade? The most frustrating part about my job has got to be a tie between running out of material and unsolicited spectators

What’s the coolest job you’ve worked on? I worked on a huge mansion complete with a theater, billiard room, huge hanger garage, and best of all the lift in the driveway that takes the vehicles down to the underground garage

What traits do you think a good sheet metal worker has? I think a good sheet metal worker is reliable, efficient, good at math, and ready to work

Why sheet metal? Metal work and welding has always been an interest of mine and after taking the welding program in college Local 285 made me see how much opportunity and growth there is within in the Union

Tool you can’t live without? The tool I can’t live without has got to be my hands for sure

Best advice you got as an apprentice? The best advice I’ve gotten as an apprentice is to get “good first, get fast second” This is also advice I would give to new apprentices

What are your thoughts about TWBN? I think that TWBN is a great opportunity for trades women to meet each other. We are often the only one in the classroom as an apprentice and the only one on the jobsite. Any opportunity to meet and network is truly awesome. Unfortunately, due to COVID I have only taken part virtually, but I can’t wait to be a part of the next TWBN in person. I will be there!

Career fairs, SMART army, volunteering? I am involved with a provincial tradeswomen committee and I lead a group of tradeswomen in a Lean In Circle. Any opportunity I have to meet other tradeswomen, especially in SMART women, I will take it!