Construction Management

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar – SAVE THE DATE

January 5, 2017 • Written by

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar 

NBC / NPC/ NFC/ NECB

SAVE THE DATE

March 8, 2017, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

CanadInns Polo Park

1405 St. Matthews Ave, Winnipeg

Technology Solutions for the Workplace is pleased to be hosting a one day face – to – face 2015 Code update session presented by staff from Codes Canada. Session cost will be available shortly!  To register click here. Seats are limited.

Tentative Schedule – March 8, 2017

Time Topic
7:30-8:00 Registration and Introductions
8:00-8:20 Introduction – 2020 Highlights in Code Development
8:20-9:00 Part 9 – Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards and Part 9 – Structure and Building Envelope
9:00-9:25 NBC/NFC – Combustible Construction
9:25-9:55 Part 3/9 – Fire Protection and Part 3 Fire Protection
9:55-10:15 Break – Coffee and snacks provided
10:15-10:55 NECB – Update 2015
10:55-11:30 Part 3 – Accessibility and Security Systems and Part 3 – Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards
11:30-11:50 NPC – Stainless Steel and Water-Use Efficiency
11:50-13:00 Lunch – Provided
13:00-13:25 Part 6 – HVAC
13:25-14:00 Part 4 – Earthquake Design
14:00-14:30 NFC – Hazardous Materials and Activities
14:30-14:45 Break – Coffee and snacks provided
14:45-15:15 Part 4 – Structural Design
15:15-15:35 Part 5/9 – EIFS, Roofing and Airborne Sound Transmission
15:35-15:50 Part 5 – Curtain Walls and Wind Uplift
15:50-16:00 Questions and Session Concludes

Young Leaders Mentorship Program – Mentors Needed

October 27, 2016 • Written by

CTTAM’s Young Leaders Committee has developed a mentorship program. This program will help facilitate the progression from post-secondary education into the engineering technology industry by mentoring students and new graduates in career development and opportunities available post-graduation.

For more information regarding the mentorship program, please click here. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor for the upcoming term (December 2016 to April 2017), click here for the Mentor application. Please note that the deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

This is a great opportunity to help CTTAM’s young professionals.

Mentor applicants must meet the following requirements for consideration:
• Must be a certified member in good standing with CTTAM (C.E.T., A.Sc.T., or C.Tech.)
• Must have a minimum of four (4) years of experience in the engineering technology industry
The role and responsibilities of a Mentor includes, but are not limited to:
1. Willingly and openly communicate and provide honest and constructive feedback to their Mentee(s) and to CTTAM Mentorship Program organizers
2. Encourage and guide their Mentee(s) to recognize, develop, and achieve their career goals
3. Advise their Mentee(s) regarding career paths and technical development opportunities within the engineering technology industry.
The success of the Mentorship Program is contingent on active involvement, and we hope that you consider participating.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at YLC@cttam.com.
Regards,
Michael Turko, C.E.T. & Michelle Amigo, C.E.T.
Young Leaders Committee

Holiday Harvest 2015 Was a Giant Success!!

December 23, 2015 • Written by

The 16th Annual Holiday Harvest came to an end on Friday, December 11, 2016.

We had a record breaking year with the donations, thanks to the time and commitment from all students and staff members. (Clap! Clap! Clap!) Your influence and support makes a tremendous difference. As students, you’ve gained more than just a chance of winning a free breakfast. You just helped to build a sense of responsibility to help your community, and you worked together for a collective cause. You should be proud of your amazing accomplishment!

As mentioned previously, the academic classes who bring in the most donated goods are awarded with a delicious breakfast, along with the chair and dean.
This year, the winning classes are:

First Year – C4
Second Year – Municipal
Third Year – ***CMD***
Fourth Year – CMD

***CMD Third Year Students earned a breakfast because of their ingenious strategy. They managed to collect over $1200.00 in donations.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to:

• All of the students who so generously donated hamper items
• Robin for calling the Salvation Army for the Holiday Harvest families,
• Louise for collecting and tabulating the donations,
• Cody, Dylan, Denis, Margaret, Val, Louise, Patricia and NIcky for organizing the food hamper donations,
• Louise and Patricia for purchasing last minute perishables and missing gifts,
• Margaret and Carrol for letting us use their office space to store gifts and food items during the first half of December,
• Denis and Dylan for delivering the baskets to the families on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The hampers were well received, and the families showed great appreciation.

Denis and Dylan were also sent off with warm hugs and best wishes, and the families asked them to pass on their gratitude to everyone involved in this act of kindness.

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR ANOTHER GENEROUS YEAR OF DONATING TO THOSE THAT ARE LESS FORTUNATE.

Here’s wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

– Maya Angelou

Happy 50th Anniversary CTTAM!

November 10, 2015 • Written by

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The role of Engineering Technologist may have existed for years but its title and recognition is not as old as you may think. In fact in Manitoba, the Engineering Technologist has only been around for 50 years.
October 28th, 1965 was the day Engineering Technologists were finally recognized in Manitoba through the emergence of MANSCETT (Manitoba Society of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists) now known as CTTAM (Certified Technicians & Technologists Association of Manitoba). Fifty years later, technologists, technicians, engineers, and professionals celebrated this achievement with grace and in style.

Friday night’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program Launch was held at the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The polar bears swam, the seals played, and the humans talked, ate, and enjoyed themselves immensely. The CTTAM Young Leaders presented the Mentorship Program that will match experienced CTTAM members with engineering technology students as they navigate through their education, co-op work terms, and careers.

Saturday evening’s Gala dinner was delicious as we sat under the wings of vintage aircraft that had been built, designed, and/or flown by Canadians and Canadian companies. This has been a powerful weekend where students, graduates and College staff, and industry partners spent the evening as colleagues and mentors discussing all types of subject matter.

It was noted that 1/3 of the attendees at the Gala are currently students at Red River College. and another 1/3 of those attending are past graduates of Red River College. It was evident that Red River College contributes a large number of Engineering Technologists to Manitoba. Thanks to the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT), the national affiliate to CTTAM, RRC’s engineering technology programs recognized throughout the country as providing high quality professionals ready to contribute to their professions in a meaningful and lasting way.

They say there are six degrees of separation in knowing everyone in the world and in Winnipeg, it may only be one or two! One way to know everyone in your industry will be to be part of at least one industry-based association and for Engineering Technologists that should include CTTAM.

Happy 50th anniversary CTTAM and congratulations to all past and current CTTAM members for 50 years of growth, strength and leadership!

Contributor – Shari Bielert, Chair of Civil Engineering Technology, CTTAM member since 1997.

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Red River College has a strong partnership with CTTAM
Engineering Technologists (RRC makes them, CTTAM gets them recognized)

WCA Education Program Schedule 2015-2016

September 23, 2015 • Written by

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s that time of the year again!

The Winnipeg Construction Association is now offering a wonderful selection of Education Courses for 2015-2016 calendar year. Whether you’re new to the industry, or you simply want to sharpen and refresh your skills – these courses will help you do both! Available courses cover a wide variety of industry-related topics ranging from how to write effective construction bids and reports all the way to navigating the building permit process.

Don’t delay. Space is limited. Sign up by emailing Tammy Harper at tvharper@rrc.ca

WCA Education Program Schedule 2015-2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Become a Mentor!

September 17, 2015 • Written by

As we know, we live, work and learn in a very global society and to truly be successful today, students need to develop and/or enhance their intercultural competencies. Our current and future students need to be able to interact effectively and appropriately with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and have the ability to recognize, acknowledge, respect and incorporate an understanding of world views and their impact on relationships.

Aligned with these principles, Diversity and Intercultural Services offers two programs I would like to highlight:

1. The Intercultural Mentorship Program (IMP)

A one-on-one partnership between a Canadian-raised student (local mentor) and an immigrant/international student (global mentor).

Benefits:

  • You give, gain and grow so much in a short time, commitment is only 10 hours of time over the course of a term
  • Broaden your intercultural skills by learning about another culture while sharing your knowledge, skills and perspective of your own
  • Develop your communication, interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Create an opportunity for friendship while fostering the personal and professional growth of someone else
  • Add to your resume (stand out from the rest) and obtain a reference
  • Have FUN while making a difference in another student’s life
  • Two Awards X $500 are available for partnerships that demonstrate the “spirit” of mentorship

To obtain additional information or to sign up for the IMP please visit: www.rrc.ca/imp – please note the sign up deadline for this term is September 17, 2015!

2. Step Out Of Your Box Program (SOYB)

A great opportunity to promote diversity, challenge stereotypes and help build a socially involved and responsible campus, workplace and society!

Benefits:

  • Build your own adventure while exploring a new dimension of diversity
  • Enhance your understanding of the multiple layers of diversity
  • Develop respectful and effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Connect with others in a meaningful way that builds skills and develops an awareness and an understanding of the diverse world we live in
  • Become a leader and advocate for a “diversity” cause
  • Add to your resume (stand out from the rest) and obtain a reference
  • Four Awards X $500 are available for students who demonstrate active involvement and who step out of their comfort zone to make a difference!

To obtain additional information or to sign up please visit: www.rrc.ca/soyb

GIVE. GAIN. GROW. BE A MENTOR

Learning Inside and Outside of the Classroom

December 22, 2014 • Written by

IMG_00000294“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it” –  William Arthur Ward, inspirational author

Field trips and guest speakers have always made students young and old excited about a class. That’s no different in college. We have had many people from industry partner with the Civil Engineering Technology department in varied ways. We have had many past graduates speak to our first year students to help guide them through the maze of programs to choose from. We have had industry experts come to classes and lunch ‘n learns to share new ideas or to confirm the lessons in the classroom about construction, environment, and management. And we have had others provide jobsite tours to classes. All of these have had significant impacts on the students. The students return to class with renewed energy as to why they are in their program and they have a better idea of whether they should be in the office or the jobsite.

Here are some of the comments made by the students.

“I have quite a bit of background in construction but it was a very informative tour and I learned a lot. I think it is a great course in the A/E program to allow students to visit various job sites and learn what is going on. Our tour guide was very helpful and was good at answering our questions. I look forward to visiting many other job sites.”

“This is my first site visit in the construction field. I have five years’ experience doing drafting job. But I never get any chance to go to job site. This job site visit make me little confident regarding the construction. Now I can relate theoretical drafting and practical construction.”

“I don’t have any construction background prior to coming to Red River so getting to see a project start and finish is quiet interesting to me.”

“I enjoyed this site visit simply because it was my first time being in a real construction job site. It was interesting to see how interior wall assembly’s support systems are made. It was also interesting to hear what the site supervisor had to say about the project and how concerned he was about creating a safe environment.”

“I have been on site trips during my previous course in BC but they were mostly residential single family dwellings and no one from the company doing the construction gave us a tour. Having someone from the company that is in charge of the project gives you a better understanding of what is actually occurring on site at that stage of construction and the reasons behind certain aspects of the structure.”

“Being on an ongoing jobsite was very interesting. I learned a lot of things compared to sitting in class and listening rather than being on a real construction project and being observant. This experience helped me pursue my current program even more.”

There are so many to acknowledge and we will focus on the tour guides this time.  Over the years, we have visited sites of most of the builders. If I should miss a few, I truly apologize. It takes a lot to provide the tours and the time and energy involved does not go unnoticed. The ability to take the hour or two for the tours can be challenge. And over the years with the safety protocols increasing, it has not waivered the enthusiasm to have the students come on site. We thank you all very much.

Past Tour Providers (click on the name to link to their website)

2014 Tour Providers (click on the name to link to their website)

Thank you to all of you.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin, statesman, inventor, writer

Did you know that Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MECB) will be enforced as of December 1, 2014?

October 3, 2014 • Written by

IMG_20141003_101523If you do not know the answer or if this question weighs in your mind, read on…

The MECB increases energy efficiency in buildings an average of 26% more than the previous model National Energy Code for Buildings 1997. It also addresses building envelope heat losses as well as efficiencies of lighting, HVAC, service water heating and electrical systems.

As of December 1, 2014 permitting authorities in the Province of Manitoba will be enforcing energy codes for new Part 3 Residential, Commercial, and Industrial buildings for the first time.  The Code will also apply to additions but not renovations.  Building permit applications received on or after December 1, 2014 will be required to have designs that demonstrate compliance with the new Code.

Are you ready?

Do you know what will be required for compliance with the new Code?

Have you seen the provincial MECB Compliance tool?

If you have more questions than answers, RRC can help you get ready for the new Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings…

Technology Solutions for the Workplace through the School of Construction and Engineering Technologies is offering a 3 day or 5 day training courses of the requirements of the MECB.  For those not involved in design, who would prefer an introduction, a 1 day overview of the MECB is also offered.

This course will provide participants with the knowledge and tools needed to meet the requirements of MECB 2013 using all three compliance path options: prescriptive, trade-off and performance. Part One, 3 days (Mon-Wed)of the course will focus on the prescriptive and trade-off compliance paths as well as the basics for the performance path.  Part Two, 3 days (Wed –Fri) will focus on the performance path and train participants on the use of CAN-QUEST modelling software that generates the referenced building and compares it to the proposed building. Both Parts will include the introduction and applications of the compliance tool required by the Authority Having Jurisdictions (AHJ).

For registration information: Technology Solutions for the Workplace

– Tammy Harper, RRC Instructor

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