George Hughes of Cardigan has gone full circle in his chosen field.
George graduated from the Plumbing program and the Steamfitting/Pipefitting program at the Holland College Georgetown Centre.
He later acquired an Interprovincial Red Seal in both trades. George is now a Learning Manager for the Steamfitters/Pipefitters program at the same college he graduated from.
In 2016, 23 students graduated from the program, and many are employed in the trade. George recognizes a demand for more trades people in this field of work.
Areas of employment
“A Steamfitting/Pipefitting trade is similar to plumbing, as you work with pipes, but it’s more related to commercial or industrial work,” says George.
“Graduates are employed in power generation plants, dairies, manufacturing facilities, schools, shipyards, hospitals, rinks, and other large projects of that caliber. Pipefitters are also involved in the mechanical repairs to these buildings following construction.
“As well, commercial and mechanical contracting companies, mills, processing plants, irrigation systems, oil drilling platforms, and heating contractors would be looking for pipefitters.
“Graduates who wish to travel could find employment in potash, uranium, and diamond mines, as well as in power plants, oil and gas refineries, and fertilizer plants. They could be involved in construction or maintenance during shutdown periods.”
Graduate tells her story
Marilyn Enman of Vernon River enjoyed tinkering with machinery when she was growing up. After high school, she became a Licensed Practical Nurse. “I wasn’t encouraged to enter a trade, so I chose a more traditional female occupation,” says Marilyn. “I’ve worked in nursing for 27 years.”
At the age of 50, Marilyn made a late-life career change when she entered the Steamfitting/Pipefitting program at Holland College, Georgetown Centre.
She graduated in 2016 and is now actively searching for employment in the trade. “I loved the program,” says Marilyn.
“It provided the skills I need to work in the industrial sector. It’s where I want to work.”
For more information about the program, contact Phyllis MacPhee at 902-652-2055 or email [email protected].