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General Discussion / Canfor Job Opportunities
« Last post by Bigdog833 on September 11, 2017, 12:49:23 PM »
Who We Are:

Canfor is one of the world’s largest and most respected integrated forest products companies. For more than 75 years, we have been delivering top-quality lumber, pulp and paper products to our valued customers worldwide. With operations in Western Canada and the Southern United States, and sales offices around the world, you can find Canfor products in every corner of the globe.

 We are leaders in sustainable forest management and in converting wood residuals into green energy.

As we continue to grow our company and our markets, find out how you can grow your career with us.

The Opportunity:

Canfor is currently seeking Certified Sawfilers to join our team with our Polar (Prince George) and Chetwynd Sawmills. Responsible for the safe maintenance and repair of all sawfiling equipment. You will apply your skills to maximize uptime, quality and production.

 Compensation and benefits based on the Local Collective Agreement are offered, together with a safe, high quality work environment.

 Required Skills:

Certified Journeyman – Sawfiler or Benchman

Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Ability to work in a safe and efficient manner

Ability to work independently and in a team environment

Solid background in heavy industry and construction

Knowledge of the lumber manufacturing process is an asset


Hiring for this position is ongoing and will be filled as required. To be considered for this position, please apply today at www.Canfor.com/careers



There has never been a better time to join the Canfor team and become part of the modern forest industry. We have a wide range of rewarding careers in some of the best communities in North America, with plenty of room for advancement. Our mills are modern, high-tech and safe; and our marketing and sales activities are world-class. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages, and are committed to the professional development of our employees.



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General Discussion / MacKenzie Sawmill Ltd. seeking Sawfiler
« Last post by John Hebert on July 18, 2017, 12:49:05 PM »


MacKenzie Sawmill Ltd. is seeking a permanent Full-Time Saw Filer.  In operation for 40 years plus, MacKenzie’s wood products are sold both domestically and internationally.  Newly improved and centrally located on the Fraser River in Surrey BC, MacKenzie has the potential for its team members to prosper in their careers.

Job Description
   The role of a Saw Filer at MacKenzie entails recognizing problems with various saws in the Sawmill and having them fixed in an efficient manner.  Working in a demanding, high paced production environment, Saw Filers are responsible for providing the safe operation of saw sharpening equipment, benching, and tensioning circular saws.  A Saw Filer’s role is crucial in the efficient production of a sawmill.

The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:
•   Required education includes having a recognized trades Benchman certification with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the lumber manufacturing industry.
•   Must be proficient in benching and maintaining saws in a high paced production environment.
•   Commitment to maintain a safe work environment without compromise.
•   Recognize problems and have them corrected immediately.
•   Understand the importance of teamwork and have a positive impact on the team.
•   Open-minded, responsive to changes and improvements.
•   Able to communicate effectively with your team and other departments.
•   Responsible for the quality and timeliness of work.

Competitive compensation offered with extended medical

How to Apply

MacKenzie Sawmill Ltd.
11732 130th St. Surrey, BC
V3R 2Y3 Canada
Fax:    (604) 580-4550
Email:   hr@mackenziesawmill.com

Interested prospects can send their resume via email, post, or fax to our office at the above contact information.


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General Discussion / Saw Trades Update May 2017
« Last post by John Hebert on May 09, 2017, 01:29:07 PM »
  Saw Trades Update May 2017

  The annual BC Sawfilers Convention was held on April 28 & 29 at the Coast Conference in Kamloops BC. It was very well attended by 170 Sawfilers & other sawmill support staff; with vendors included we had almost 300 attending the conference over the weekend. The Hotel hosted a sold out catered banquet Friday evening. With 220 in attendance, we were entertained by comedian Brian Stollery. Fridays trade show had 36 companies displaying their products and services available to our industry.

  Great news with much anticipated Bench course scheduled for late 2017 and another tentatively planned for the spring of 2018… see course dates below. Greg Daykin / TRU Saw Trades Instructor has developed the course curriculum & daily lesson plans for all 3 levels of the Trade. Even though space is very limited in the shop, more instructional materials are always needed and greatly appreciated. Greg is asking filers for various “videos” on specific tasks performed by Sawfilers such as; heatline bandsaws, lineups, cross lining band mills, band mill wheel grinds. Anything “industry” can do to help will only strengthen the program and provide better Journeymen for the filing room. Greg who wants to retire but has thankfully stayed on to follow the Bench level through to iron out any kinks in the program.
  Baldev Pooni / Dean of Trades @ TRU spoke on the curriculum and the needs of the saw trades program. TRU is still in the hunt for a Saw Trades Instructor; if interested, contact Baldev for more information & requirements; see contact information below.
  Brian Shale – Maintenance Leader for Tolko Industries was a keynote speaker at the convention.   He reported that BC & Alberta have a combined total of more than 60 sawmills employing more than 400 saw filers. In the next 5 years, at least 100 of those filers will be retiring. It goes without saying how important it is that we continue to support our Trade school and continue to grow the saw trades program in BC.


Materials / Equipment needed for TRU Sawfilers Trade School:
-    220 Tig Welder
-   24” – 48” Pi Tape
-   Swages & Shapers, & consumables (saws, carbide, Diamond & bandsaw grinding wheels) Call Greg directly for specific requirements

        …check your boneyards for equipment no longer used or needed!  (TRU will issue a tax receipt for donated equipment.)





The following is a breakdown of all classes; that have taken place @ the Sawfilers Trade School / TRU Williams Lake campus to date.

YEAR   APPR #s LEVEL 1   APPR #s LEVEL 2   APPR #s (Bench Level)
2013                    15                             9   
2014                    13                          16   
2015                    16                          15   
2016                    26                           27   
2017                    16                          15 (May)                    16 (June)
                            16 (Sept)              16 (Oct)         
TOTAL                    86                           67   

BOLD font indicates upcoming scheduled classes (taken from the Trades Training BC website). The upcoming class numbers in bold are not included in the overall total for each level.



2017 Scheduled Sawfiler Couse dates @ TRU Williams Lake BC:
 Level 1:  March 27, 2017 – May 5, 2017
 Level 2:   May 8, 2017 – June 2, 2017
Benchperson: June 5, 2017 – June 30, 2017
 Level 1:    September 11, 2017 – October 20, 2017
 Level 2:   October 23, 2017 – November 17, 2017
Benchperson: (Spring of 2018 Tentative)


                                                Links


ITA’s (Industry Training Authority) website – www.itabc.ca
ITA Apprenticeship Advisors (AAs) – Located throughout BC, the AA’s can provide guidance and support to apprentices and employer sponsors: http://www.itabc.ca/our-trades-training-system/apprenticeship-advisors
•   Program Outline – Provides guidelines for the delivery of technical training.
•   Program Profile – Describes the certification requirements for apprentices and challengers.
•   Exam Weighting Chart – Shows the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).
•   Saw Filer webpage – Saw Filer | ITA BC
•   Benchperson webpage – Saw Filer Endorsement: Benchperson | ITA BC
•   Trades Training BC - Saw Filer - Apprenticeship Schedules
•   ITA Customer Service Toll Free: 866-660-6011


Queen’s Printer – Saw Filer Manuals are available for purchase at:
•   Web – www.crownpub.bc.ca
•   Email – crownpub@gov.bc.ca


TRU (Thompson River University)  http://www.tru.ca/williamslake/programs/trades.html
BC Saw Filer’s Association –   http://www.bcsawfilers.com/



  If Apprentices wish to challenge an exam, Supervisor / Headfiler have any questions about the school or need help with Apprentice enrolment; don’t hesitate to call the appropriate person on the provided contact list. On Apprenticeship related questions, first contact ITA’s Customer Service or the Regional Apprenticeship Advisor that covers the area of the Province that you work.

  Please forward / share / print copies & post in your filing room, for any that may be interested. This newsletter will also be posted on the BC Sawfilers Association website in the “Discussion Forum”. If you would like to see something included in these Newsletters send me an email.
            If you wish to be removed from these updates, please let me know.




Cheers…
 
John Hebert
Headfiler
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Phone: 250-768-6231
Cell:      250-870-1960


        List of Contacts

ITA
ITA Customer Service   778-328-8700
Toll Free   866-660-6011
e-mail   customerservice@itabc.ca
   
Collen Rogan   Manager Program Standards
Office   778-327-5889
Cel   778-388-7473
e-mail   crogan@itabc.ca

Jeff Roos   Senior Manager / IFLRA
Office   250-860-3592
e-mail   Jroos@iflra.com

Finbar Osullivan   Regional Apprentiship Advisor
Office   250-808-9352
e-mail   osullivan@itabc.ca

TRU
Greg Daykin   Saw Trades Instructor
Office   250-392-8113
Cel   250-617-9553
e-mail   greg52@telus.net

Julie Dekowny   Apprentiship Co-ordinator
Office   250-371-5659
e-mail   jdekowny@tru.ca

Thomas Haag   Apprentiship  Co-Chairperson
Office   250-828-5119
e-mail   thaag@tru.ca

Peter Poescheck   Apprentiship Co-Chairperson
Office    250-828-5113
e-mail   poeschek@tru.ca

Baldev Pooni   Dean of Trades
Office   250-828-5110
Cel   250-574-8977
e-mail   bpooni@tru.ca

SAWFILERS
Martin Vatkin   BC Sawfilers / President
Office   250-679-3234
Cel   250-833-2452
e-mail   marty.vatkin@interfor.com

Matt Graves   BC Sawfilers / Secretary
Office   
Cel   250-306-7106
e-mail   matt.graves@tolko.com

John Hebert   Gorman Bros Lumber / Headfiler
Office   250-768-6231
Cel   250-870-1960
e-mail   johnhebert@gormanbros.com

   

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General Discussion / Information on contracting work
« Last post by Jason on April 14, 2017, 05:24:16 PM »
Hi all, I am interested to know more about the world of contracting. I am currently happily employed, however I have the ability to work in a temporary capacity as a fill in for holidays etc. and am interested in making some extra income. I would like to hear about others experiences in doing so? Any advice you can offer? Current pay rates/structures and what kind of insurances etc one would need? I would also like to know how many mills\shops are currently in demand of someone capable of doing temporary\short term fill in work and what their requirements for employment are. Thanks in advance!
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General Discussion / Saw Trades Update January 2017
« Last post by John Hebert on January 19, 2017, 01:01:24 PM »
  Saw Trades Update January 2017
  Happy New Years to everyone; here we go again, the Softwood Trade Agreement with the US in the forefront; & beetle kill timber having an even greater impact on our BC lumber industry forcing cutbacks on logging having negative effect on our industry. 
   We are continuing to forge ahead with our Saw Trades program. In the past year, good progress has been made with the exam banks directly resulting in success stories for our Apprentices achieving their C of Q in the trade. Also, great news with much anticipated Bench course scheduled for late 2017… see course dates below. Greg Daykin / TRU Saw Trades Instructor is currently putting together the course curriculum, daily lesson plans & asking filers for various “videos” on specific tasks performed by Sawfilers such as; heatline bandsaws, cross lining band mills, grind band mill wheels… The search continues for an Instructor to replace Greg who wants to retire but has thankfully stayed on to teach the course and work on the Bench level.
  I have recently connected with Jeff Roos / Senior Manager - IFLRA & Finbar O’Sullivan / ITA Regional Apprentice Advisor for Okanogan. They have both been working on the saw trades program to help with some of the challenges and are a tremendous resource.

Materials / Equipment still needed for TRU Sawfilers Trade School:
-    complete Knee off newer Headsaw carriage or even a small complete carriage (for Bench program)   
-    6”- 8” Norpac bandsaw guides & 4 pin guide mounts (for Bench program)
-    Still in need of a Pony (board) Edger (for Sawfiler program)       
             …check your boneyards!  (TRU will issue a tax receipt for donated equipment.)
•   Lindsay Langill (former TRU Dean) has moved on; see attached updated Contacts List for his replacement. 
•   Tracey MacLennan (Manager Industry Relations @ ITA) has moved on; see update to contacts


2017 Scheduled Sawfiler Couse dates @ TRU Williams Lake BC:
 Level 1:  March 27, 2017 – May 5, 2017
 Level 2:   May 8, 2017 – June 2, 2017
Benchperson: June 5, 2017 – June 30, 2017
 Level 1:    September 11, 2017 – October 20, 2017
 Level 2:   October 23, 2017 – November 17, 2017





ITA’s (Industry Training Authority) website – www.itabc.ca
ITA Apprenticeship Advisors (AAs) – Located throughout BC, the AA’s can provide guidance and support to apprentices and employer sponsors: http://www.itabc.ca/our-trades-training-system/apprenticeship-advisors

•   Program Outline – Provides guidelines for the delivery of technical training.
•   Program Profile – Describes the certification requirements for apprentices and challengers.
•   Exam Weighting Chart – Shows the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).
•   Saw Filer webpage – Saw Filer | ITA BC
•   Benchperson webpage – Saw Filer Endorsement: Benchperson | ITA BC
•   Trades Training BC - Saw Filer - Apprenticeship Schedules


Queen’s Printer – Saw Filer Manuals are available for purchase at:
•   Web – www.crownpub.bc.ca
•   Email – crownpub@gov.bc.ca


TRU (Thompson River University)  http://www.tru.ca/williamslake/programs/trades.html
BC Saw Filer’s Association –   http://www.bcsawfilers.com/



If Apprentices or their Supervisor / Headfiler… or those who wish to challenge an exam, have any questions about the school or need help with their enrolment; don’t hesitate to call the appropriate person on the provided contact list. On Apprentiship related questions, first contact ITA’s Customer Service or the Regional Apprenticeship Advisors

  Please forward / share / print copies for any that may be interested. If you would like to see something included in these Newsletters send me a email.
If you wish to be removed from these updates, please let me know.






 

Cheers…
 
John Hebert
Head Sawfiler
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Phone: 250-768-6231
Cell:      250-870-1960


         List of Contacts
ITA
Rieghardt Van Enter   Director Industry Relations
Office   604-512-3199
Cel   778-327-5920
e-mail   rvanenter@itabc.ca

Collen Rogan   Manager Program Standards
Office   778-327-5889
Cel   778-388-7473
e-mail   crogan@itabc.ca

Jeff Roos   Senior Manager / IFLRA
Office   250-860-3592
e-mail   Jroos@iflra.com

Finbar Osullivan   Regional Apprentiship Advisor
Office   250-808-9352
e-mail   osullivan@itabc.ca

TRU
Greg Daykin   Saw Trades Instructor
Office   250-392-8113
Cel   250-617-9553
e-mail   greg52@telus.net

Julie Dekowny   Apprentiship Co-ordinator
Office   250-371-5659
e-mail   jdekowny@tru.ca

Thomas Haag   Apprentiship  Co-Chairperson
Office   250-828-5119
e-mail   thaag@tru.ca

Peter Poescheck   Apprentiship Co-Chairperson
Office    250-828-5113
e-mail   poeschek@tru.ca

Baldev Pooni   Interim Dean of Trades
Office   250-828-5110
Cel   250-574-8977
e-mail   bpooni@tru.ca

SAWFILERS
Martin Vatkin   BC Sawfilers President
Office   250-679-3234
Cel   250-833-2452
e-mail   marty.vatkin@interfor.com

Trevor Shpeley   BC Sawfilers Secretary
Office   250-470-4310
Cel   250-542-7184
e-mail   Trevor.Shpeley@tolko.com

John Hebert   Gorman Bros Lumber
Office   250-768-6231
Cel   250-870-1960
e-mail   jhebert@gormanbros.com

   

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General Discussion / Saw Trades Update November 2016
« Last post by John Hebert on November 23, 2016, 03:57:04 PM »
Saw Trades Update November 2016
  Hopefully everyone had a great summer and are looking forward to 2017. The following are some points of interest in regards to the BC Saw Trades Program.
-   Scheduling 2017 classes for Year 1 & Year 2 are currently being planned out for early next spring by TRU.
-   TRU is currently accepting applications for the position of Saw Trades Instructor @ the Williams Lake Campus.
-   Recent revisions to Saw Trades test banks have shown very good results; with an 82% - 85% class average
-   Benchman Apprentices now @ 28 registered / another 20 – 30 waiting to register when much needed classes are scheduled.
-    On January 1, 2017 there will be a link on the ITA website for Certified Sawfilers; (formerly Circular Sawfiler) for those that meet the requirements of ITA, to challenge the Benchman C of Q exam.
-   What do Headfilers want more of in terms of review for Apprentices during their session @ school; IE:  Benefits of / how to best setup & use a Heat crawler on bandsaws, Stellite, welding practices…?
-   Bench course program soon to be put together by Greg Daykin; development of lesson plans & course curriculum. More bandsaw related equipment needed to offer complete program (see below)
Materials / Equipment Needed for Trade School:
-    complete Knee off newer Headsaw carriage (for Bench program)   
-    6”- 8” Norpac bandsaw guides & 4 pin guide mounts (for Bench program)
-    Still in need of a Pony (board) Edger (for Sawfiler program)       
             …check your boneyards!  (TRU will issue a tax receipt for donated equipment.)
•   Lindsay Langill (former TRU Dean) has moved on; see attached updated Contacts List for his replacement.   
If Apprentices or their Supervisor / Headfiler have any questions about the school or need help with their enrolment; check out the links below or don’t hesitate to call the appropriate person on the provided contact list.
 
Queen’s Printer – Saw Filer Manuals are available for purchase at:
•   Web – www.crownpub.bc.ca
•   Email – crownpub@gov.bc.ca

ITA Regional Advisors: http://www.itabc.ca/our-trades-training-system/apprenticeship-advisors
TRU (Thompson River University)  http://www.tru.ca/williamslake/programs/trades.html
BC Saw Filer’s Association –   http://www.bcsawfilers.com/

John Hebert / Gorman Bros Lumber
List of Contacts
ITA
Tracy MacLennan   Manager Industry Relations
Office   778-327-5891
Cel   604-366-3759
e-mail   tmacLennan@itabc.ca

    
Collen Rogan   Manager Program Standards
Office   778-327-5889
Cel   778-388-7473
e-mail   crogan@itabc.ca

TRU
Greg Daykin   Saw Trades Instructor
Office   250-392-8113
Cel   250-617-9553
e-mail   greg52@telus.net

    
Julie Dekowny   Apprentiship Co-ordinator
Office   250-371-5659
e-mail   jdekowny@tru.ca

    
Thomas Haag   Apprentiship  Co-Chairperson
Office   250-828-5119
e-mail   thaag@tru.ca

    
Peter Poescheck   Apprentiship Co-Chairperson
Office    250-828-5113
e-mail   poescheck@tru.ca

    
Baldev Pooni   (Interim) Dean of Trades
Office   250-828-5110
Cel   250-574-8977
e-mail   bpooni@tru.ca

    
SAWFILERS
Martin Vatkin   BC Sawfilers President
Office   250-679-3234
Cel   250-833-2452
e-mail   marty.vatkin@interfor.com

    
Trevor Shpeley   BC Sawfilers Secretary
Office   250-470-4310
Cel   250-542-7184
e-mail   Trevor.Shpeley@tolko.com

    
John Hebert   Gorman Bros Lumber
Office   250-768-6231
Cel   250-870-1960
e-mail   jhebert@gormanbros.com

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General Discussion / Saw Filers Wanted
« Last post by Bigdog833 on August 12, 2016, 12:30:12 AM »
My company has specialized in recruiting people for the forest industry since 1985, including sawfilers.

I am presently helping 3 sawmills look for qualified sawfilers: one in the northern interior, one in the central interior and one in the metro Vancouver area.

There is no cost to you, as my company’s services are paid for by the employers.

Please contact me by phone, so I can share the details about these positions, including locations.

Regards,

Colin Clasen

C.W. Clasen Recruiting Services

Coquitlam, B.C.

Email: colinc@clasenrecruiting.com

Office : 604-942-1314
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General Discussion / ITA Saw Trades Update / August 2016
« Last post by John Hebert on August 04, 2016, 12:00:55 PM »
ITA Saw Trades Update August 2016

   ITA hosted a workshop @ the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna BC on June 12 – 16, 2016 to review 4 test banks. The “team” consisted of Jennifer Booth / ITA, Greg Daykin TRU / Saw Trades Instructor, John Seed Headfiler / Halo Sawmill, Dana Norman Filing Room Manager / Downie timber, John Hebert Headfiler / Gorman Bros Lumber.
  Great progress has been made with ITA facilitating workshops to update our exam banks; helping to make the test questions much clearer and up to date for Apprentices. To summarize the following are the sawfiling exam banks that have been revised / updated:
                                           October /2015    June /2016
                                 Level 1:     1                      1
                                  C of Q:     2                      1
             Bench Endorsement:     1                      2

•   Thanks to Colleen Rogan & Jennifer Booth from ITA for attending filers convention this past April in Kamloops BC; to provide information & updates to the attendees.
•   Fall school dates have been moved to summer of 2016: Year 1: July 18 – August 26
                                                                                                        Year 2: Aug 29 – September23
•   Benchman’s Endorsement / program is still being worked on, and date for a much needed course is yet to be determined
•   TRU is looking for an Instructor(s) for our Saw Trades Program as Greg Daykin will be retiring soon. If you are or know of someone that may be interested, please contact Lindsay Langill @ TRU for more information about the position.
 The Saw Filing Trade school @ TRU is still in need of a small (pony edger) to demonstrate & test the Saw Filer Apprentices on Edger alignments. Any “donations” from a company to our saw trades program can be given a tax receipt from TRU. The Edger needs to be an older machine that does not have pilot flange bearings and under 4000 lbs in weight. If you know of a machine (even in your bone yard that is no longer of use - good project for the students to "clean up / repair & align"), please contact / leave message for:
   Greg Daykin / Saw Trades Instructor @ TRU
   greg52@telus.net or gdaykin@tru.ca
     Trade School: 250-392-8113        Cel: 250-617-9553

Donations to TRU saw trades program: Thanks to Cut Tech / Burton Saw for donating “saw steel” to make straight edges & tension gauges, Simonds International for donating a “pallet” of finished circular saws & Gorman Bros Lumber donation of “120 thin plate saws”. This is a great help providing much need materials for our Instructor & Apprentices while @ trade school.
 
  I provided handy links & a contacts list below, for the 3 groups that “steer” our Saw Trades Program. The goal is to open & improve the lines of communication between all involved making our Trade better for everyone.

LINKS
 
Queen’s Printer – Saw Filer Manuals are available for purchase at:
•   Web – www.crownpub.bc.ca
•   Email – crownpub@gov.bc.ca

ITA Regional Advisors: http://www.itabc.ca/our-trades-training-system/apprenticeship-advisors
TRU (Thompson River University)  http://www.tru.ca/williamslake/programs/trades.html
BC Saw Filer’s Association –   http://www.bcsawfilers.com/
                                                                                                        John Hebert / Gorman Bros Lumber   


List of Contacts
ITA
Jennifer Booth   Programs Development Officer
Office   778-785-2434
e-mail   jbooth@itabc.ca

    
Tracy MacLennan   Manager Industry Relations
Office   778-327-5891
Cel   604-366-3759
e-mail   tmacLennan@itabc.ca

    
Colleen Rogan   Manager Program Standards
Office   778-327-5889
Cel   778-388-7473
e-mail   crogan@itabc.ca

TRU
Greg Daykin   Saw Trades Instructor
Office   250-392-8113
Cel   250-617-9553
e-mail   greg52@telus.net

    
Julie Dekowny   Apprentiship Co-ordinator
Office   250-371-5659
e-mail   jdekowny@tru.ca

    
Thomas Haag   Apprentiship Chairperson
Office   250-828-5119
e-mail   thaag@tru.ca

    
Lindsay Langill   Dean of Trades
Office   250-828-5110
Cel   250-574-8977
e-mail   lblangill@tru.ca

    
SAWFILERS
Martin Vatkin   BC Sawfilers President
Office   250-679-3234
Cel   250-833-2452
e-mail   marty.vatkin@interfor.com

    
Trevor Shpeley   BC Sawfilers Secretary
Office   250-470-4310
Cel   250-542-7184
e-mail   Trevor.Shpeley@tolko.com

    
John Hebert   Gorman Bros Lumber
Office   250-768-6231
Cel   250-870-1960
e-mail   jhebert@gormanbros.com

                                                                                                                 
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General Discussion / Western Forest Products seeking Saw Filer / Benchman
« Last post by Bigdog833 on May 17, 2016, 08:45:42 AM »
www.westernforest.com
Sawfiler/Benchman
Cowichan Bay Sawmill
OUR COMPANY:
Western Forest Products (WFP) is a Canadian integrated forest products company and the largest crown timber tenure holder in coastal BC. Our operating priorities: Safety (our top priority), Sustainability (a focus across our operations), Quality (sought after by customers around the world), and Productivity (operational efficiency, margin-focus, optimal results).
JOB DESCRIPTION:
WFP is currently seeking a Certified Saw Filer to join our Cowichan Bay Sawmill, in Duncan, B.C.
Reporting to the Head Filer, you are required to safely perform quality work within the scope of the trade as it pertains to sawfiling.
A Saw Filer (bench ticket preferred), ideally with experience in Heavy Industry, but not limited to, experience in the Forest Industry, you bring to the job an excellent safety record and a strong work ethic. You are a highly motivated team player with excellent skills in relation to time management and prioritizing, accountability and dependability.
This is an hourly paid position. Rates of pay and benefits information can be found in the WFP/USW Collective Agreement. Details of the collective agreement can be viewed at http://www.westernforest.com/business-value/our-people-employment/employees/
For further information please visit: Sawfiler/Benchman
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2016 BC Saw Filers Convention Report

  As we all know much has changed in the sawmilling industry and the sawfiling trade. Due to the down-turn in the lumber industry a few years ago, mills haven’t been sending many Apprentices to Trade School; combined with the increasing # for retirees, there is a renewed sense of urgency for training in the filing room.   
  Recently some classes been offered through Thompson Rivers University (TRU) @ Williams Lake Campus, many of the students have struggled with the C of Q exams and the majority (for at least one class) failing the final; Certificate of Qualification (C of Q). The Saw Trades Instructor (Greg Daykin) said that for the most part the students did quite well on the course content in the classroom & shop practical; there was an obvious problem with the exam banks.

  ITA then put out a call to industry for Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) to review the exam banks that are on “file” that the Industry Training Authority (ITA) issue to the Apprentices for their final. 4 SME’s attended a workshop in Richmond: Jennifer Booth (ITA Program Development Officer), Greg Daykin, Dana Norman / Downie Timber, Heiko Spring West Fraser / 100 Mile & John Hebert / Gorman Bros Lumber. The exams were reviewed & revised as required with very good results as students have been taking the “revised exams’ and the majority of the Apprentices achieving  a passing mark. (As reported by ITA)  Another scheduled ITA workshop is planned in June 2016 to continue with a “team” of SME’s to review & revise C of Q exam for the Benchman endorsement; and the opportunity for qualified Sawfilers to challenge the C of Q soon.

  March 16 of 2016 a meeting was held with Greg Daykin (Saw Trades Instructor) @ Downie Timber in Revelstoke and a follow up on April 14 @ TRU in Kamloops with Lindsay Langill / Dean of Trades . A proposal was made to TRU by Downie to offer Year 1 & Year 2 classes in Revelstoke, but due to vey tight budget constraints & the necessity to have at least 16 Apprentices / class it would not be feasible. Consideration is being investigated to offer the Benchman endorsement @ Downie due to the backlog (22 Apprentices in queue) and probably another 20 or more that have not yet registered.

  Our existing Saw Trades Instructor / Greg Daykin & wife have plans to move out of Prince George soon, having purchased property in southern BC and have plans to officially retire; therefore the search is on for a replacement Instructor(s). There is possibility of a “wage top up”   by industry companies to help attract an Instructor. Lindsay was asked about the possibility of relocating the Saw Trades School to Kamloops to make it easier to attract an Instructor and more availability of accommodation for Apprentices; we have already have someone interested in the Instructors position. Lindsay is looking into the logistics of relocation to Kamloops
  A Pony Edger is needed @ the Trade school for training of the Apprentices; Tax receipt issued by TRU for donations to programs.

Link to ITA Advisors: http://www.itabc.ca/our-trades-training-system/apprenticeship-advisors

  Stay tuned for more updates on the Saw Trades program as they become available; I will send out a list of contacts & links for ITA & TRU & other information that may be helpful to your apprentices.
John Hebert - Headfiler
Gorman Bros Lumber Ltd
Cel     250-870-1960
Office 250-768-6231
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