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Becoming a skilled tradesperson in the mechanical trades involves becoming an apprentice. A trade apprenticeship is a unique training process that combined both education and on site training. For most apprenticeship programs you must complete a set number of training hours and courses spread over 4 years. Let’s review what’s involved with completing an apprenticeship.

Find An Employer

Once you have an idea of the mechanical trade you want to pursue, the first step is to either find an employer who will sponsor you as an apprentice or apply for an apprenticeship with a union. To find mechanical contracting businesses in British Columbia to contact for apprenticeship availability, visit our business directory. There are also a number of unions you can connect to for various trades including Boilermakers 359; UA Local 170 for plumbers, welders, steamfitters and pipefitters; and UA Local 516 for HVAC and Refrigeration.

Register Your Apprenticeship

Once you’ve been sponsored, you will need, you will need to register with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Your sponsor will complete paperwork and you will receive an apprenticeship number. Throughout your apprenticeship journey, the ITA will monitor your training. You will need to submit your work hours and follow their program in order to complete your apprenticeship.

Complete Your Courses

In addition to your on-site work, you may need to take additional courses during your apprenticeship. Learn about Skilled Trades Training.

Apprenticeship Grants & Loans

Critical Environment Technologies Canada Inc.

We design and manufacture toxic, combustible and hazardous gas detection equipment for parking garages, warehouses, greenhouses, cold storage, mechanical rooms, and more.

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HSL Automation Ltd.

The leader in the supply and service of variable frequency drives, electronic soft starters and power quality products.

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Boston Construction Group

Boston Builders Group is committed to delivering high quality, professional, and ethical construction-related services to its clients and customers, keeping in mind the greater good within everything we do, while building long-term shareholder value.

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Noble BC meets the needs of busy professionals and contractors. We help our customers’ businesses succeed. From construction through to renovation, we deliver the products and services you need, when you need them.

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Robinson Supply Ltd.

Robinson Supply Ltd is a fully diversified distributor of plumbing, lighting and electrical products to the construction industry and retail home improvement market in Western Canada, operating from over 20 distribution warehouses and showrooms in BC.

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BELIMO Aircontrols (CAN), Inc.

Belimo is a leading global market leader in developing, producing, and marketing actuator, valve, and sensor solutions for controlling heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

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As the leader in thermoplastic piping systems, the IPEX companies design and manufacture the largest, most recognized and diverse range of integrated piping products.

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Trane Canada West is a leading manufacturer of HVAC equipment, and are proud representatives of a global top tier portfolio filled with sustainable and innovative products.

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Hudson Sales Ltd.

Hudson Sales Ltd. relentlessly ensures that all of our customers receive only the best products accompanied by the best service and support in the industry.

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AARC West Scaffolding

Aarc-West Scaffolding Inc., affiliated to The AarcWest Group of Companies, provide expert scaffolding services including installation, supply and rental.

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Nitro Pipe Freeze

Since 2009, Nitro has been busy freezing pipes all over BC in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors.

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Division 15 Mechanical

Advanced Mechanical Solutions | Great People. Great Culture. Great Projects.

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Control Solutions Ltd.

Control Solutions Ltd. is the largest independent controls contractor in British Columbia. We are client-driven and solution focused.

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Calling All Mechanical Contractors

We need companies like yours to sponsor apprentices. What’s required to take on an apprenticeship is a journeyman on staff to mentor the new apprentice. You’ll receive tax credit benefits, subsidized wages, and will pave the way for the next generation of skilled trades professionals.

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