Mechanical Contractors Association of Saskatchewan Inc.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Saskatchewan offers a varied range of training courses for its members. Our goal is to offer members a selection of courses that will meet a variety of training needs throughout the year.
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MEDICAL GAS INSTALLATION TRAINING

Venue: Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan - 2213 11th Street West, Saskatoon -THEORY
              TBD  (Practical)

Date: August 29 - September 2, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jim Cameron

Upon successful completion of this CSA-recognized course, the journey-person plumber or steamfitter/pipefitter will be eligible to challenge the CSA Medical Gas Piping Installer’s Exam for certification to install, commission, and maintain medical gas piping systems. This course consists of the required 32 hours of classroom theory plus the required 4 hours of practical hands-on application.

Students will learn to:

Determine the overall concept of the CSA Z7396.1 Standard and the requirements for installer certification, common trade practices and protocol for hospital shutdowns.
Determine the correct materials to be used for the installation of medical gas systems.
Determine installation procedures for distribution pipelines systems and terminal units in accordance with the Standard.
Install and maintain master and local alarms.
Install and maintain the supply sources for medical gas systems.
Test piping systems in accordance with the Standard and accompany the testing agency with their testing requirements.

Students are required to bring:

Suitable PPE for open flame shop –safety boots, safety glasses, gloves, long sleeve cotton or other flame-resistant clothing
CSA Z7396.1-17 Medical Gas Pipeline Systems Code Book
This course is a pass/fail. A minimum grade of 70 percent on the theory assessments is required to pass this course. 

Deadline to register is July 15, 2022

REGISTRATION FORM

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GAS AND PLUMBING TECHNOLOGIES REVIEW - REGINA (2 dates)

Venue: Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan - 2202  2nd Avenue, Regina

Date: June 15th, 2022 

          June 16th, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructors: Jules Chenard & Jesse Abdai 

The Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan inspectors will present a 1 day review on Gas and Plumbing Technologies.  

Jules Chenard will provide a comprehensive review of the National Plumbing Code including sizing and drainage and venting, interpretations, rural water supply and material residential and commercial settings.  Jesse Abdai will focus on key technical areas of the B.149.1 and Saskatchewan Codes of Practice including gas appliances, vent sizing and materials, piping, clearances, access, and walkways.

Registration Closes: June 2nd, 2022

REGISTRATION FORM  - JUNE 15th

REGISTRATION FORM - JUNE 16th

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GEIS REVIEW - presented by TSASK

Online: Teams Session

Date: June 14th, 2022

Time: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Presenters: Pat Nast & TSASK Administration Representative

In this online Teams program, participants will review the Administration side of both the Gas and Plumbing technologies. 
A full over-view of the GEIS system including permit entries, viewing file attachments, permit status updates and locations of inspectors contact information will take place.
The Gas and Plumbing Fee Schedules will also be reviewed. 
Clarifications on terms in the Schedule as well as proper selections of Job type, Equipment, Application, BTUs, and Fee requirements will follow. 

COST

MCAS Member Fee     No charge

Non-Member Fee        No charge

Registration Closes June 3rd, 2022

REGISTRATION FORM

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OZONE - REGINA CANCELLED

Date: June 7th, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Blake Gustilov

Venue: TBD

This 1 day course covers the science of ozone depletion, leak detection methods, system charging procedures, special maintenance provisions and refrigerant recovery, reuse, recyle and reclamation equipment.

1.5 hours is allotted to the final exam. Participants who get 75% or higher on the exam will receive certification and an Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Card.  This certification is NOT a trade license or trade qualification.

It is for those who require the ODP/ODS Certification for the purchasing and/or handling of refrigerants throughout Canada, to fulfill provincial and federal regulations

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $275 + GST

Non-Member Fee        $275 + GST

Registration Closes May 20th, 2022

REGISTRATION FORM

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HYDRONICS - SASKATOON

Date:  June 1st & 2nd, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jerry Boulanger

Venue: SaskEnergy / MCAS Training Centre 
             

Day 1 will provide attendees with a good understanding of how all the pieces in hydronics systems function and interact, lay out components in the correct order for proper operation and diagnose problems in existing systems.

Day 2 will focus on Hydronic System design with students defining requirements, piping layout, selecting equipment, pipe / pump sizing, operating temperatures and control strategies.
The group will design a system from scratch while using an Excel program designed to do routine calcultions for hydronic design / analysis. 

Instruction will also cover:
•Primary-secondary piping, pumping and control – includinghow to analyze temperature relationships.
•Boiler controls – including code requirements for safety.
•Variable-speed pumping – how it works and how to control.
•Hydronic troubleshooting techniques – analyze operationalproblems in hydronic systems and the tools required.
•Basic electrical troubleshooting – using a multimeterand/or test light to troubleshoot low voltage control circuits.
 

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $1000 + GST

Non-Member Fee        $1200 + GST

Registration Closes May 20th, 2022
 
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GAS AND PLUMBING TECHNOLOGIES REVIEW - SASKATOON - SOLD OUT -

Venue: Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan - 2213  11th Street West, Saskatoon

Date: May 17th, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructors: Jules Chenard & Jesse Abdai 

The Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan inspectors will present a 1 day review on Gas and Plumbing Technologies.  

Jules Chenard will provide a comprehensive review of the National Plumbing Code including sizing and drainage and venting, interpretations, rural water supply and material residential and commercial settings.  Kurt Reiber will focus on key technical areas of the B.149.1 and Saskatchewan Codes of Practice including gas appliances, vent sizing and materials, piping, clearances, access, and walkways.

Registration Closes: May5th, 2022

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HVAC Level 1

Date:   May 16 – 18, 2022

Time:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Greg Scrivener

This 3 day course will cover:
  • Understanding electricity
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Wiring diagrams, ladder diagrams
  • Measuring voltage, current, and resistance
  • Transformers
  • Fuses
  • Relays
  • Temperature Controls
  • Safety Controls

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $1200 + GST

Non-Member Fee        $1500 + GST

Registration Closes May 6, 2022

REGISTRATION FORM

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HYDRONICS - REGINA

Date:  April 26th & 27th, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jerry Boulanger

Venue: University of Regina 
             
3903 wįbazuką Road, Regina
             College West Building
             Rm 113 

Please note campus parking is available at $16 / day payable on site only

Day 1 will provide attendees with a good understanding of how all the pieces in hydronics systems function and interact, lay out components in the correct order for proper operation and diagnose problems in existing systems.

Day 2 will focus on Hydronic System design with students defining requirements, piping layout, selecting equipment, pipe / pump sizing, operating temperatures and control strategies.
The group will design a system from scratch while using an Excel program designed to do routine calcultions for hydronic design / analysis. 

Instruction will also cover:
•Primary-secondary piping, pumping and control – includinghow to analyze temperature relationships.
•Boiler controls – including code requirements for safety.
•Variable-speed pumping – how it works and how to control.
•Hydronic troubleshooting techniques – analyze operationalproblems in hydronic systems and the tools required.
•Basic electrical troubleshooting – using a multimeterand/or test light to troubleshoot low voltage control circuits.
 

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $1000 + GST

Non-Member Fee        $1200 + GST

Registration extended to April 15th, 2022 -

REGISTRATION FORM

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GAS AND PLUMBING TECHNOLOGIES REVIEW - MEMBER EXCLUSIVE -FULL-

Venue: Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan - 2213  11th Street West, Saskatoon

Date: April 19th, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructors: Jules Chenard & Jesse Abdai 

The Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan inspectors will present a 1 day review on Gas and Plumbing Technologies.  

Jules Chenard will provide a comprehensive review of the National Plumbing Code including sizing and drainage and venting, interpretations, rural water supply and material residential and commercial settings.  Jesse Abdai will focus on key technical areas of the B.149.1 and Saskatchewan Codes of Practice including gas appliances, vent sizing and materials, piping, clearances, access, and walkways.

Registration Closes: April 8th, 2022

REGISTRATION FORM

 

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WCSAWWA CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL COURSE -Saskatoon  CANCELLED

Venue: SaskEnergy / MCAS Training Centre - 1301 Quebec Avenue

Date:  April 11 - 14, 2022

Time:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Instructor:  Daniel Wilson

This course is 32 hours over 4 days of theory & practical instruction and qualifies for the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant.

Learn to effectively combat the hazards of contaminated or polluted fluids impacting the quality of potable water.  It is designed for those already involved with the planning, design, installation, maintenance, and inspection of plumbing, piping systems, or water-supplied equipment that connects to the potable water system, either inside or outside of buildings.

There is both a written and practical exam that once successfully completed you’ll receive the AWWA Cross Connection Control Specialist Tester certificate.

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $1800 + GST

Non-Member Fee        $2000 + GST

Recertification Fee       $800 + GST

Registration Closes: March 25, 2022

REGISTRATION FORM

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A/C THEORY & LABS - SOLD OUT -

Date:  March 21 – 24, 2022

Time  8:30 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.

Instructor:  Greg Scrivener

The A/C Theory and Lab course is a 3 day course.  There are 2 days of instruction followed by 1 day of hands-on training in the lab.

The theory wil cover:

  •          Refrigerants
  •          Basic refrigeration cycle
  •          Air movement and fans
  •          Duct sizing and installation
  •          Psychrometrics
  •          Economizers and mixing air
  •          Installations

With the lab session covering how to safely use gauge sets, recovery machines and vacuum pumps while working on a variety of different air conditioning systems.   Participants must have AC Level 1 or AC Theory before enrolling in the lab session.

Please make sure to select your lab day preference on the registration form.  We will try to accomodate all lab day requests but due to class size cannot quarantee your choice. 

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $1500 + GST

Non-Member Fee        $1800 + GST·

Registration closes March 4, 2022 

REGISTRATION FORM

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VIRTUAL LUNCH & LEARN

Prompt Payment Legislation

Presenter: Misty Alexandre

Zoom Webinar

February 7th, 2022

Misty will review the procedures and protocols that are part of the new Saskatchewan Prompt Payment legislation that comes into practise on March 1st, 2022.  If you have any questions you are invited to submit them in advance with your registration.                               

Misty Alexandre is a partner with Robertson Stromberg LLP, where her practice focuses primarily on construction law and commercial debt recovery. She advises and represents suppliers, contractors, subcontractors, owners and consultants on all aspects of a construction project, including competitive bidding and procurement issues, contract drafting/interpretation/enforcement, builders’ liens, debt recovery and dispute resolution/arbitration. 

Misty is the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Construction Law Section (Saskatchewan Branch) and she is currently listed as a Best Lawyers in Canada, a peer review publication, in the area of Construction Law.  She remains current with the industry as a regular seminar and conference presenter for a number of industry organizations, including the Saskatchewan Construction Association, the Saskatoon Construction Association, the Prince Albert Construction Association, the General Contractors Association of Saskatchewan, the Electrical Contractors Association, the Canadian HealthCare Engineering Society and Construction Specifications Canada.  

REGISTRATION FORM

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Building Capacity From Within Series

Instructor: Professor Tim Wentz

Three-time recipient of the ‘Educator of the Year’ award from the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) as well as the Distinquished Service Award. He has served as a trustee for the Mechanical Contractors Education and Research Fund and is currently a member of the National Education Initiative faculty.

Professor Wentz graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is a registered professional engineer in Nebraska. Additionally, he holds both Master Heating Contractor and Master Plumbing Contractor licenses, is a LEED® – Accredited Professional (AP-BD&C)) and holds an ASHRAE certification as a High-performance Building Design Professional (HBDP). Prof. Wentz served on the Construction Management faculty in the College of Engineering for 25 years until being named an Emeritus Professor in 2018. He is also a very active volunteer within ASHRAE, where he has served as the Nebraska Chapter President for 1997-1998. He also served as Director and Regional Chair for Region IX of ASHRAE and was inducted into the Region IX Hall of Honor in 2005. ASHRAE also elected Tim a Fellow of the Society in 2005. Tim recently served as Society President in 2016-2017 and launched the Society theme for that year ‘Adapt Today to Shape Tomorrow’.

Level 1 Identifying Tomorrow’s Foreperson

November 23, & 30, December 7 & 14, 2021

Online Workshop

This 8-hour course is designed for journeypersons who want to explore the possibility of moving to the foreperson position, journeypersons the company thinks may have the potential to become a foreperson, and newly appointed forepersons. The course offers a high-level, broad-brush view of the techniques and strategies used by foremen to successfully manage all aspects of field labor and project productivity. It will be broken into four-2-hour modules.

What will you learn?

  • Participating effectively in a handover meeting
  • Implement a project documentation strategy
  • Identify and protect project scope
  • Manage the crew and the project
  • Understand performance metrics generated by estimating
  • Fundamental negotiating skills
  • Reading and interpreting project schedules
  • Identify and manage changed conditions
  • Applying a company’s safety program
  • Pre-fabrication opportunities

There will be a 30-minute panel discussion on crew behavior, motivation & discipline

.A computer or laptop with webcam is needed for on-screen interaction with instructors and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses. Tablets or cell phones will not suffice.

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $420 + gst

Non-Member Fee        $550 + gst

Registration due by November 8, 2021.

REGISTRATION

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Level 2 Foreperson to Project Manager

January 18, 25 and February 8 & 9, 2022

Online Workshop

This 8-hour course will expose the experienced foreperson to the roles and responsibilities of a project manager. This exposure will help the foreperson decide whether or not to pursue the management position of project manager or assist them in making that transition.The course explores many of the management techniques and strategies employed by project managers to effectively organize and manage a project to achieve optimal productivity and comply with company policy. It will be broken into four-2-hour modules.

What will you learn?

  • Difference between a wage and a salary position
  • Managing changed conditions to protect scope
  • How to organize and run a handover meeting
  • Conduct feedback meetings to promote continuous improvement
  • Developing a risk management program for a project
  • Project close-out techniques and strategies
  • Using labor and cost tracking to monitor productivity 
  • Negotiating techniques to create win/win environments
  • Assembling and interpreting project schedules
  • Pricing change orders to recover all costs

There will be a 30-minute panel discussion following presentation

A computer or laptop with webcam is needed for on-screen interaction with instructors and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses. Tablets or cell phones will not suffice.

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $420 + gst

Non-Member Fee        $550 + gst

Registration date deadline January 10, 2022

REGISTRATION FORM

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Level 3 Project Manager into Senior Manager

February 10th & 11th, 2022

Online Workshop

Guest Speaker: Dan Leduc

This 8-hour course describes the evolution of a project manager into senior leadership within a company. This leadership-centric course focuses on corporate policies and strategies that define how a company develops a competitive advantage to acquire projects, creates a high-performance culture, and promotes a common ethical foundation. Corporate policies on standardization, risk management and performance indicators are woven into a company-wide policy that flows through all of its projects.  It will be broken into two 4-hour modules.  

What will you learn?

  • ·         Risk/ethical boundaries and decision making
  • ·         Benchmarking performance strategies
  • ·         Risk allocation and mitigation strategies
  • ·          Protecting cash flow
  • ·         Project Delivery Systems
  • ·         Liability, Risk and Leadership
  • ·         Create feedback loops to inspire continuous improvement
  • ·         Developing a competitive advantage
  • ·         The future of our industry and potential opportunities

There will be a 30-minute panel discussion following presentation

A computer or laptop with webcam is needed for on-screen interaction with instructors and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses. Tablets or cell phones will not suffice.

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $420 + gst

Non-Member Fee        $550+ gst

Registration deadline: February 1,2022

REGISTRATION FORM 

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Be Afraid of Supplementaries to CCDC Contracts

January 18, 19, 20

Online Workshop

This 3-part workshop series is live instructor-led training via zoom led by a team of multi-discipline experts (Owners, Consultants and Contractors) who will provide you with exceptional feedback, great insight, and actionable strategies.

Allocation of risk often gets modified in contract clauses based on Project Owner’s or their lawyer’s past experiences. The issue with modifications to contract clauses is the lack of understanding of what the clause means and its associated risks to Project Owners, Consultants, Contractors, and other Stakeholders. 

Remember when it comes to contracts, it’s not about your own thoughts and assumptions; it’s about what is “written”!  In the nuances of the prime contract clauses, there are implications and requirements impacting all partners including the Consultants and Subcontractors.

You will learn from a team of industry partners:

·       Understand WHAT the risks are in CCDC, CCA and provincial standard contracts that have been modified by supplementary conditions.

·       Discover WHY these clauses are modified.

·       Develop strategies on HOW to address the impact of these clauses.

·       Apply what you have learned to determine COSTS associated with these clauses.

Attendance and participation in all three workshop sessions is mandatory for workshop completion.

You will need a computer or laptop with webcam.  This workshop involves on-screen interaction with instructors and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, tablets or cell phones will not suffice.

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $499 + gst

Non-Member Fee        $649 + gst

Registration due by January 7, 2022.

REGISTRATION FORM

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CCDC 5A+5B: Construction Management Keys to Success

February 22, 23, 24, 2022

Online Workshop

This 3-part workshop series is live instructor-led training via zoom led by a team of multi-discipline experts (Owners, Consultants and Contractors). Construction Management is about building a collaborative team from the outset of the project to address the key areas of functional requirements, time, cost, quality, and constructability.  The Project Owner, Consultant, General Contractor and Subcontractor must understand responsibilities throughout all project phases to fulfil contractual responsibilities and achieve success.

You will learn from a team of industry partners:

·        Understanding the Construction Management process and recognize when to use it.

·        Learn the roles of each partner for collaborative success.

·        Determine when and how to procure Construction Management services.

·        Identify tools and techniques to optimize Construction Management performance.

·        Grasp the nuances of the different forms of Construction Management contracts – CCDC 5A|5B (industry standard contracts).

·        Understand the duties assigned and compensation for Preconstruction, Construction and Post-Construction in the CCDC 5A | 5B.

·        Practice the key elements to focus on for project success:

  • Engage the design assist process.
  • Align budgets to estimates.
  • Use design control to promote cost control.

·        Apply the learned knowledge to establish the Construction Manager’s compensation.

·        Discuss the pros and cons for conversion to consolidated pricing.

·        Acquire critical insights into the challenges with the Construction Management Delivery Method.

Attendance and participation in all three workshop sessions is mandatory for workshop completion.  A computer or laptop with webcam is needed for on-screen interaction with instructors and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses. Tablets or cell phones will not suffice.

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $499 + gst

Non-Member Fee        $649 + gst

Registration due by February 11, 2022.

REGISTRATION FORM

BIOS FOR TRAINERS

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Training is held at the SaskEnergy / MCAS Joint Training Centre located at 1301 Quebec Avenue in Saskatoon unless otherwise stated.

If there is something specific that you are looking for please feel free to contact the office and we would be happy to help you.

Past Courses

  • Growing and Developing Service Supervisors
  • Small Projects Management
  • Making the Numbers Work
  • Managing Your Cash Flow
  • Financial Statement: What You Always Wanted to Know

Training Testimonials:

"We always believed in ongoing training, and prior to my involvement with the MCAS, was never able to find affordable, quality and trade specific training for my employees.  Through the availability of MCAS training programs, we have been able to offer our employees the training required to keep us up to date and become industry leaders in our community. Thank you MCAS."

Luc Kadziolka Owner/President
Mr. Plumber
Prince Albert, SK


The Technical Training Center 
The Technical Training Center was developed in partnership with SaskEnergy and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Saskatchewan. This provincial natural gas trades training centre was designed to provide a facility for technical training to both SaskEnergy and the Mechanical Contractors Industry.

This facility is available for rent to our members interested in hosting their own training.
Call the office at (306) 664-2154 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Rental Information

 

Cancellation Policy

Once registered, if you are not available to attend, you may send someone else in your place.

If you need to cancel all together, please send written notification to MCAS at least seven business days prior to the course start date for a full refund.