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May 14, 2010

You’re never too old to learn a new trade

At a time when workers in construction — and in the general workforce — are considering retirement, Murray Wicks is embarking on a new career. In August, Wicks who turns 60 this November, received his electrician: construction and maintenance licence.

May 14, 2010

A one-year tour of skilled trades at George Brown

In many cases, a person committed to the idea of a construction career faces an additional hurdle — the choice of a specific trade. A George Brown College program has been aiming to help construction students make informed choices by exposing them to a broad range of trades over a single year.

May 14, 2010

OETIO training prepares operators of the future

It’s a long way from a remote First Nations community on Moose Factory Island in James Bay to the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) in Oakville. For 25-year-old Colin Wapachee the journey and cultural readjustment was worth it.

May 14, 2010

St. Joseph’s construction requires careful planning

With more than 680 tradespeople and office support staff on site at St. Joseph’s Healthcare West 5th Campus in Hamilton, construction manager PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has its hands full.

May 14, 2010

Diefenbunker construction design-build forerunner

Ottawa-area property available. 350 rooms. No view.

May 14, 2010

Kitchener Auditorium retrofit a journey into the unforeseen

Many old buildings undergoing renovations have something in common — the element of surprise.

May 14, 2010

What is the W.R.A.P. in Hamilton for skills training?

Riding on the success of its first year, the Work Ready Aboriginal People (W.R.A.P.)program is placing another crop of young adults from the Six Nations into introductory training at 12 different union-certified trades training centres in the Hamilton and Brantford area this fall.

May 14, 2010

CFB Trenton fire hall build a logistics challenge

With 10-metre-high shear walls, 30-metre-long span trusses, and seven double bays, a new $12.1-million fire hall under construction at the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton is not a standard fire station. Neither are the logistics of building it.

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