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John Hebert

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Saw Trades Update November 2016
« 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 –
•   Email –

ITA Regional Advisors:
TRU (Thompson River University)
BC Saw Filer’s Association –

John Hebert / Gorman Bros Lumber
List of Contacts
Tracy MacLennan   Manager Industry Relations
Office   778-327-5891
Cel   604-366-3759

Collen Rogan   Manager Program Standards
Office   778-327-5889
Cel   778-388-7473

Greg Daykin   Saw Trades Instructor
Office   250-392-8113
Cel   250-617-9553

Julie Dekowny   Apprentiship Co-ordinator
Office   250-371-5659

Thomas Haag   Apprentiship  Co-Chairperson
Office   250-828-5119

Peter Poescheck   Apprentiship Co-Chairperson
Office    250-828-5113

Baldev Pooni   (Interim) Dean of Trades
Office   250-828-5110
Cel   250-574-8977

Martin Vatkin   BC Sawfilers President
Office   250-679-3234
Cel   250-833-2452

Trevor Shpeley   BC Sawfilers Secretary
Office   250-470-4310
Cel   250-542-7184

John Hebert   Gorman Bros Lumber
Office   250-768-6231
Cel   250-870-1960