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Durham College, OPG, IBB collaborate on boilermaker program

Students will experience three weeks of essential industry training and paid work placements.


Students from Durham College’s new Boilermaker Pre-Apprenticeship Program.
Photo: Durham College

OSHAWA, Ont. — Durham College, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB) are collaborating to offer a three-week pre-apprenticeship program that will provide essential boilermaker training.

The Oshawa, Ont. college will manage and deliver the program.

The pre-apprenticeship is an introduction to the boilermaker trade and provincial apprenticeship program. The inaugural session began on April 29. Four additional intakes scheduled throughout the summer, which will train 100 new pre-apprentices.

The training program was created to help address a projected shortage of boilermakers in Ontario.

Successful applicants will be referred for work at OPG sites, training with senior staff and learning their craft in the nuclear industry. The program is also being supported by the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI).

Boilermakers build and maintain nuclear, hydroelectric and coal-fired generating stations, as well as oil sands extraction plants, oil refineries, liquefied natural gas processing plants and other facilities. They also work in the mining, chemical, pulp and paper, cement and potash industries.

Their work can include everything from specialty welding to hoisting, positioning and installing huge components of massive industrial plants, to project management and co-ordination of workers in other trades.

 

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