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.

Note: Unless specified otheriwse on the registration form MCAS cancellation policy states:If you are not able to attend, you may send someone else in your place. If you need to cancel, please send written notification to MCAS at least seven business days prior to the course start date for a full refund.

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ADJUDICATION PROCESS - PROMPT PAYMENT LEGISLATION

INSTRUCTOR: Ryan Fredrickson
DATE: February 22, 2023           
TIME:  8:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  TSASK - Saskatoon
                     2213 11th Street West

Class maximum - 15 people

Course Overview
This 4 hour in-person session will provide insight into the Adjudication Process that is included in the Prompt Payment Legislation.  The session will be provided by the Saskatchewan Construction Dispute Resolution Office (SCDRO) 

FEES:
MCAS / Merit Member:  $100.00 + GST
Non-Member:                 $150.00 + GST

REGISTRATION FORM 
Registration deadline: Feb. 10, 2023

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CROSS CONNECTIONS CONTROL COURSE (REGINA)

INSTRUCTOR: Quinn La Valley & Gerald Murray
DATE: March 7 - 10, 2023               

TIME:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Waultten Mechanical Ltd. (Parker Industrial Area)
                      Unit 2, 130 Husum, Regina

Class maximum - 10 people

Course Overview
Learn to effectively combat the hazards of contaminated or polluted fluids impacting the quality of potable water..The course is designed for those already involved with the planning, design, installation, maintenance and inspection of plumbing and piping systems or water-supplied equipment that connects to potable water systems, either inside or outside of buildings.  It is 32 hours over 4 days of theory and practical instruction and qualifies for the Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant.  Recertification students only attend 2 days. March 7 & 8, 2023.

Successful completion of both the written and practical exam (minimum of 75%) is required to receive your AWWA Cross Connection Control Specialist Tester Certificate. AWWA will send the certificate directly to the attendee.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
INTRODUCTION
  • define cross connections
  • terminology
OBJECTIVE 1
  •  legal and health
  • relation to National Plumbing Code
OBJECTIVE 2
  • Non testable backflow prevention devices
  • Non testable device installation and maintenance
OBJECTIVE 3
  • Sight tube
  • 5 Valve PSID gauge
  • Test sheets
OBJECTIVE 4
  • PVB and SRVP operation
  • PVB testing
  • PVB installation and maintenance
OBJECTIVE 5
  • DCVA and DCAF operation
  • DCVA testing
  • DCVA installation and maintenance
OBJECTIVE 6
  • RP operation
  • RP testing
  • RP installation and maintenance
OBJECTIVE 7
  • Zone, Area and Premise protection
 

FEES:
MCAS / Merit Member:  $1800.00 + GST
Non-Member:                 $2000.00 + GST
Recertification:                 $800.00 + GST

REGISTRATION FORM 
Registration deadline: February 17, 2023
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A/C THEORY & LABS

INSTRUCTOR: Greg Scrivener
DATE: APRIL 3 - 6, 2023               

TIME:  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  SASKENERGY TRAINING CENTRE
                      1301 QUEBEC AVE, SASKATOON

Class maximum - 16 people

Course Overview
The two days of theory will cover the following:
  • Refrigerant
  • Basic refrigeration cycle
  • Air movement and fans
  • Duct sizing and installation
  • Psychrometrics
  • Economizers and mixing air
  • Installations

The lab session (1 day) includes hands-on training for residential air conditioning systems. The participants will work on a variety of different air conditioning systems and will learn how to safely use gauge sets, recovery machines, and vacuum pumps.  The main topics include: 

  • Measurements of system parameters including superheat and sub-cooling
  • Refrigerant charging and recovery
  • Nitrogen purging and evacuation

DAY 1 -1 HR DISCUSSION

 

Section 1: Overview of Air Conditioning Systems  (1HR)

•      Definition and purpose of air conditioning
•      Basic types, components, and applications

Section 2: Basic Refrigeration Cycle and Components (3HRS)

 

•      Refrigerants
•      Refrigeration system components
•      Basic refrigeration cycle theory
•      Common Accessories

Section 3: Introduction to Psychrometrics (3HRS)

 

•      Properties of Air
•      Psychrometric chart
•      Psychrometric processes (heating, cooling, mixing)
•      Economizer basics

DAY 2 -1HR DISCUSSION

 

Section 4: Fans and Air Movement (2.5HRS)

•      Types of fans
•      Duct work types and sizing
•      Diffusers and grilles

Section 5: Split System Installation (3.5HRS)

•      Cooling load consideration **no actual load calculations will be complete
•      Refrigerant piping practices
•      Physical installation requirements
•      Refrigerant piping insulation & jacketing
•      Evacuation and charging
•      Code Requirements

Section 6: Basic controls (1HR)

•      Thermostats
•      Control strategies
•      Safety controls (cooling only)

DAY 3 -  .5HR DISCUSSION

 

Lab 1: Residential AC Operation
(1.5 HRS)

•      Measurements of system parameters
•      Adjustment of superheat

Lab 2: Residential AC Refrigerant Charging and Recovery  (3HRS)

•      Refrigerant recovery
•      Refrigerant charging
•      Charging methods

Section 3: Nitrogen Purging and Evacuation (two stations)  (3HRS)

•      Nitrogen purging
•      Vacuum pump operation
•      Vacuum measurement
•      Flow meters

FEES:
MCAS / Merit Member:  $1800.00 + GST
Non-Member:                 $2000.00 + GST
Recertification:                 $800.00 + GST

REGISTRATION FORM 
Registration deadline: March 20, 2023
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OZONE LAYER PROTECTION AWARENESS TRAINING

INSTRUCTOR: Blake Gustilov
DATE:  2023               

TIME:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  TBD

Course Overview
This environmental awareness training program, based on Environment Canada's "Code of Practice for Elimination of Fluorocarbon Emissions in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems", deals with environmentally-correct equipment design, proper handling of refrigerants, and will prepare participants for complying with Federal and Provincial Regulations covering refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

Topics covered are:science of ozone depletion, leak detection methods, system charging procedures, special maintenance provisions, and refrigerant recovery, reuse, recycle, and reclamation equipment.

Participants who get 75% or higher on the exam will receive certification and get an Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) card.

This course 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.

This certification is NOT a trade license or trade qualification. 

SPACES ARE LIMITED

FEES:
MCAS / Merit Member:  $275.00 + GST
Non-Member:                 $275.00 + GST
 

REGISTRATION FORM -coming soon
Registration deadline: TBD 2023
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GAS & PLUMBING TECHNOLOGIES REVIEW - presented by TSASK

INSTRUCTOR: Jules Chenard, Jesse Abdai, Kurt Reiber
DATE:  2023               

TIME:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  TBD

Course Overview

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 (in Regina) and Kurt Reiber (in Saskatoon) 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 FORM -coming soon

FEES:$25.00
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GEIS REVIEW - presented by TSASK

INSTRUCTOR: Pat Nast & TSASK Administration Representative
DATE:  2023               

TIME:  1:30 - 2:30
Virtual Teams Session

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 sytem 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, BTU's and Fee requirements will follow.

FEES: No Charge
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HVAC Level 1

INSTRUCTOR: Greg Scrivener
DATE: May 1 - 3, 2023               

TIME:  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  SaskEnergy Training Centre
                     1301 Quebec Ave., Saskatoon

Course Overview
This course is 3 days of theory and practical instruction in the lab. Students will have their new knowledge tested through quizzes, worksheets, classroom written assignments and hands-on lab assignments.They will receive a Certificate of Completion from MCAS.
Topics to be covered are:

  • understanding electricity
  • series and parallel circuits
  • wiring diagrams, ladder diagrams
  • measuring voltage, current, and resistance
  • transformers
  • fuses
  • relays
  • temperature controls
  • safety controls

Day

Topic

Hours

1

Lesson 1 – Fundamentals of Electricity

3.5

 

Lesson 2 – Series and Parallel Circuits

2.25

 

Lesson 3 – Conductors and Relays

1.5

2

Lesson 4 – Transformers

1

 

Lesson 5 – Electrical Diagrams

3.75

 

Lesson 6 – Multimeter

1.5

 

Lesson 7 – Ladder Diagram

3

3

Lesson 7 – Ladder Diagrams Cont.

3.5

 

Lesson 8 – Troubleshooting & Labs

4

HVAC Level 1 is recommended prior to taking Level 2

FEES:
MCAS / Merit Member:  $1500.00 + GST
Non-Member:                 $1800.00 + GST

REGISTRATION FORM 

Registration deadline: April 17, 2023

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HVAC Level 2

INSTRUCTOR: Greg Scrivener
DATE:  2023               

TIME:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  SaskEnergy Training Centre
                     1301 Quebec Ave., Saskatoon

Course Overview
This course is 3 days of theory and practical instruction in the lab. Students will have their new knowledge tested through quizzes, worksheets, classroom written assignments and hands-on lab assignments.They will receive a Certificate of Completion from MCAS.
This course will cover the following:

  • A/C electricty
  • Capacitors
  • Drawing and reading intermediate wiring diagrams
  • Motor theory
  • Troubleshooting motors
  • Thermostat and control wiring
  • Troubleshooting heating and cooling control circuits

HVAC Level 2 Lesson Plan:

Lesson 1 Level 1 Review
  • what is electricity
  • dynamic electricity
  • electromotive force, current and resistance
  • conductors and insulators
  • Ohm's Law and Ohm's Circle
  • electrical power
  • series & parallel circuits, relays, contactors
  • electrical diagrams & symbols
Lesson 2 Induction & Capacitance
  • electricity and mgnetism
  • true RMS multimeters
  • electrical phases and distribution
  • induction, phase angle and power factor
  • motors, 3 phase motors, single phase motors
Lesson 3 Thermostat
  • different types
  • terminal labelling
  • thermostat differential, single setpoint setting
Lesson 4 Heating & Cooling Control Circuits
  • heating and cooling control circuits
  • flame sensing
  • heating circuit safeties
  • cooling circuit safeties

HVAC Level 1 must be completed prior to registering for HVAC 2

FEES:
MCAS / Merit Member:  $1500.00 + GST
Non-Member:                 $1800.00 + GST

REGISTRATION FORM -coming soon

Registration deadline: TBD, 2023
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HYDRONICS

 

INSTRUCTOR: Jerry Boulanger
DATE:  2023               

TIME:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  SaskEnergy Training Centre
                     1301 Quebec Ave., Saskatoon

Course Overview
This course is 2 days of theory and practical instruction in the lab. Students will have their new knowledge tested through quizzes, worksheets, classroom written assignments and hands-on lab assignments.They will receive a Certificate of Completion from MCAS.

This course covers:
Day 1  Advantages of Hydronic Systems

  • boilers, venting and combustion air
  • pumps, air control, expansion tanks
  • valves, emitters (terminal units), controls, balancing
  • primary - secondary piping connections 
  • heat loss calculations

A working hydronics board and computer software will be used to visually demonstrate many of the principles presented.
Attendees will leave with a good understanding of how all the pieces in hydronics systems function and interact, be able to lay out these components in the correct order for proper operation and be able to look at existing systems that have issues and correctly diagnose problems.

Day 2  Hydronic System Design

  • defining requirements, piping layout
  • selecting equipment, pipe/pump sizing
  • operating temperatures, control strategies
  • primary - secondary piping, pumping and control
  • analyze temperature relationships
  • boiler controls - including code requirements for safety devices
  • variable speed pumping
  • troubleshooting techniques
  • basic electrical trouobleshooting 

The group will design a system from scratch and receive Excel spreadsheet programs to do routine calculations for hydronic system design/analysis.

FEES:
MCAS / Merit Member:  TBD
Non-Member:                 TBD

REGISTRATION FORM -coming soon

Registration deadline: TBD, 2023
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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.