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  • Instrumentguy
    March 21, 2013 - 10:13

    I have worked as an apprentice in instrumentation and have worked along side pipe fitters and electricians on the construction phase of projects. I know first hand that instrument fitting is something that can be learned on the job, but only if a proper mentorship is provided. A one week course is fine if they are working directly under journeymen, but not under other pipe fitters. My main concern with this article is how misleading it is about what an instrument tech does. Fitting and terminating is such a minor part of what the field encompasses that to lead people to believe it is a "disappearing trade" because pipe fitters are doing some of this work is like saying the business administrator will be laid off because the photocopier is broken. Instrumentation is the art and science of incredibly complex automation schemes and encompasses mechanical and electronic fields. This article correctly draws notice that work suitable for apprentices is being wrongly given to other trades, but it is grossly misleading about the fate of the trade.

  • saelcove
    March 19, 2013 - 10:57

    yepi forgot only newfoundlanders want a few years work, maybe you should man up and more where the work is

  • JDavis
    March 17, 2013 - 09:00

    Hey Saelcove...."Mosy people" are not you. A few years is enough to get through the apprenticeship, get some experience and move on to a better location and rate of pay. Most people do not spend their entire lives at one job. Those days are long gone. At the present time part time or contract work is all that is available here in NL. Even public service workers have to reapply for their own jobs at the end of each contract, facing being bumped out by others. Some companies will only hire on casual first then you move to part-time status. Full time with benefits is not easy to come by. Constantly redefining ones resume is a reality. Unlike a job for life, which is not as common anymore.

  • Blair Brookfield
    March 17, 2013 - 00:00

    “I’m no rat, by no means. I’m a guy (who) grew up in a part of town where a rat is considered a very bad person. Not liked at all,” he said. It's really annoying when these union types start mouthing off like an Italian mobster.

  • perry cooper
    March 16, 2013 - 19:48

    I'm writing this comment as a concerned parent of a first year apprentice instrumention tech.My son graduated from this course June/2012(College of The North Atlantic, Gander campus). He has, and continues to, apply for apprenticeship postions with companies that advertise for techs as well as companies that do not advertise, He has applied across Canada. Attached to each resume is a copy of the governments apprenticeship funding policy so the companies he applies to will know that he is elgible for funding assistance.He joined the IBEW union shortly after graduating and continues to pays his membership dues. This, however,has proven to be a fruitless effort. He has not received a reply or phone call for an interview to date. He does get sparse replies showing some of the e-mail applications have been opened. My son is a person that wants to work at his choosen profession.He does not want to go on a waiting list so he can go back to school and do something else that he didn't want to do in the first place.It is very frustrating for him and us when he cannot get his foot in the door to start his appenticeship. Our goverment keeps advertising the ongoing and the upcoming shortages within the trades professions.I find this to be very misleading for young people like my son. My wife has e-mailed our member about this issue and the reply we received was about what I expected, refering him to resource help sites or jobs sites. This is not good enough.My son has been employed full time since he left school with a fill in job and continues to live at home so he can save money for the inevitable trip that a lot of Newfoundlanders have made over the years to the land of opportunity-- Alberta. I challenge any company that reads this extended comment to post a reply indicating where my son can apply for a job and actually be contacted for an interview. I would like to have these comments posted in your newspaper, on radio or tv, but I guess that would be asking for a lot.This is an issue that needs to be brought to the forefront of our government.They need to stop believing their own press and realize this is a major issue.

  • bob the builder
    March 16, 2013 - 13:55

    Its amazing how much these trades unions take you money for your out of work dues but ignore you when there is work in your field. What a slap in the face , IBEW looks after electricians and the UA looks after pipefitters, instrumentation is a real gray area where people in those trades wanna do your work. They think a bit of tubing or running 24 volts DC is instrumentation , where as it is much more complex and putting these unskilled workers out there to do out our work is plain ignorance and leads to bad work being done. I hope some employers can stand up and recognize this is not acceptable.

  • InstrumentTech
    March 16, 2013 - 10:41

    Love to see a response from a few companies and unions on this story, I'm sure they would try to put a great spin on it. It's too bad they government can't step in, seeing how much they waste on promoting the trades

  • saelcove
    March 16, 2013 - 09:11

    Mosy people are looking for more than a few years work