Tech Training Certificate Program

A socially innovative, one-year project for adults and/ or youth with diverse abilities. Participants will obtain introductory level training in the two technical streams: Fire Protection and Underground Utility Technician. Participants will also receive introductory occupational skills, employability skills training, and work experience training in the two listed technical areas.


GENERAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or Reachback, have had an EI Benefit within the previous 60 months or have earned more than $2000 in insurable earnings and have paid Employee EI premiums on those earnings in at lease 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 do not have to consecutive).


  • Permanent resident or citizen of Canada


  • Youth between 19 - 30 years old


  • Self-disclosed disability


  • Reading level 5 LINC (or higher)


  • Essential skills Numeracy Level 4 (or higher)


UNDERGROUND UTILITY LOCATOR


  • Underground Utility Locator Technicians (RULT) identify and label underground public utility lines and mains.


  • May include lines for telecommunication, electricity distribution, natural gas, cable television, fiber optics, traffic lights, street lights, storm drains, water mains, and wastewater pipes


  • May also include major oil and gas pipelines, national defense communication lines, mass transit, rail and road tunnels


  • Participants will work outside, may be on their feet all day, wear steel-toed boots and travel to client sites everyday


  • Use utility maps as guides, to find approximate locations of utilities and use electronic equipment to locate underground utilities.


  • Place metal rods or spray-paint identifying marks on ground to mark pathways.


FIRE PROTECTION TECH


  • Fire Protection Technicians (RFPTs) inspect and test fire protection systems


  • Often requires wearing person protective equipment (PPE) - safety shoes, glasses, hearing protection, helmet, high visibility vest, etc.


  • Travel to client sites everyday (Driver's license usually required)


  • Test, inspect fire protection extinguisher, alarms, lights, sprinklers


  • Write reports, punch, stamp and affix tags


  • Some light physical labour light fitting, climbing ladders, moving equipment


  • Perform basic math calculations to solve problems and troubleshoot


  • Verbal and written communication with clients and co-workers


  • Provide customer service and enjoy working with customers


  • Read, interpret and apply Fire Protection Codes & Standards. Follow ASTTBC Code of Ethics


  • Usually work for a fire protection service company


BENEFITS


  • Essential skills training


  • Technical career exploration


  • Full work gear


  • Employment support


CERTIFICATES


  • Workplace Safety Certifications


  • Industry-Specific Training and Certification


COHORT START & END DATES

November 9, 2020 - February 26, 2021

Contact

Call: 778-888-1177 Ext: 350/351 or Email: techtraining@shsbc.ca

Office: Unit 404C/ 307 7327 137St. King George Blvd, Surrey, BC, V2W 1A4