British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA)
- Building the life you want starts with acquiring skills that are in demand.
- As a Red Seal tradesperson, career potential is unlimited.
- It all starts with apprenticeship; a unique opportunity to earn and learn while building your career.
British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) Apprenticeship Services is launching a major industry-wide drive supporting small and medium construction employers to hire and register first-year apprentices.
This province-wide recruitment drive is administered by BCCA as part of the BCCA Apprentices Services campaign. BCCA is launching a 22-month campaign funded by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Servicee to enable small and medium-sized employers in BC’s construction industry to hire and register first-year apprentices. As part of the service to employers, BCCA will build a pool of qualified jobseekers, provide culture training via its Builders Code program, and mentorship support through its new Building Builders initiative. Additional apprenticeship supports, advice, and resources will also be made available to successful job applicants.
To learn more about BCCA Apprenticeship Services, click here.
About the Opportunity
British Columbia has an increasing demand for skilled tradespeople, resulting in rewarding employment opportunities. As a first-year apprentice, you will be starting a career path towards obtaining your Industry Training Authority BC (ITA BC) trade certification and Red Seal endorsement. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on training while receiving a competitive wage for your work!
A typical day as a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic could include installing and servicing residential, commercial, and industrial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration units and systems.
Day-to-day as an apprentice you could be:
- Measuring, cutting, and connecting piping using soldering equipment
- Using hand and power tools including deburring tools, copper tube cutters, pipe benders, oxy-acetylene torches, wrenches, hammers, levels, tape measures etc.
- Testing heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems for leaks
- Reading and interpreting blueprints
- Working from ladders and scaffolding
- Sorting materials and maintaining a clean worksite
BCCA Apprenticeship Services is looking for applicants interested in pursuing a career in construction as a first-year apprentice refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic. The ideal candidate should be interested in starting a career path towards certification as a Red Seal refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic and should be motivated to learn, reliable, and hardworking.
To succeed as a first-year apprentice refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, you:
- Communicate, work well with others, and follow directions well
- Have good dexterity and like to work with your hands
- Enjoy working indoors or outdoors in all seasons
- Like to solve problems and build solutions
- Are physically fit with stamina for manual labour
- Have experience using hand and power tools
- Are willing to follow safety guidelines at all times
- Understand basic math
- Have strong attention to detail
- Are in good physical condition with good endurance
Other qualifications can include (but are not required):
- Hands-on experience in working with mechanical systems and/or piping materials
- Occupational First Aid training or SiteReadyBC certification
- High school diploma and/or completion of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Foundation Program or Level 1 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Training from an ITA recognized post-secondary institution in BC
- Valid BC driver’s license and reliable vehicle
- Prior experience in construction (hobbies, summer jobs, or volunteer activities), agriculture or forestry, manufacturing, marine services or fisheries, municipal work, or other non-construction trades are a bonus
The Benefits of Apprenticeship
An apprenticeship offers a pathway to a successful career in construction. You will earn an income while gaining work-based training hours, education, and certification. Apprentices are eligible for government grants, tax credits, and employment insurance while attending training. This can help you offset the cost of training and certification and allow you to complete your apprenticeship and minimise student debt.
For more information on the benefits of apprenticeship, see ITA BC’s Apprentice Guidebook.
If this sounds like you, and you want to start your career in construction, we encourage you to apply today!
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