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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Canada's Ozone Layer Protection Awareness Program

August 31, 2021 - Civic Centre Auditorium, Lloydminster

September 2, 2021 - Four Points by Sheraton, Regina

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.

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

1.5 hours allotted to the final exam.

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.

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $275 + gst

Non-Member Fee        $275 + gst

LLOYDMINSTER REGISTRATION FORM PDF 

REGINA REGISTRATION FORM PDF

Register by August 13, 2021.

 

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WCSAWWA Specialist Cross Connection Control Course

September 14 - 17, 2021  SOLD OUT!  Get your name on the waiting list for the next session. Hosted at: Neighbours Mechanical Ltd. - Regina, SK

Learn to effectively combat the hazards of contaminated or polluted fluids impacting the quality of potable water.  This course 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.

Successful completion of both written & practical exams is required to receive your AWWA Cross Connection Control Specialist Tester Certificate.

This course is 30 hours over 4 days of theory & practical instruction.

Recertification students attend September 16 & 17 only.

COST

Member Fee               $1,800 + gst

Non-Member Fee       $2,000 + gst

Recertification  Fee    $800 + gst          

Registration due by September 1, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM PDF

 

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WCSAWWA Specialist Cross Connection Control Course

September 21 - 24, 2021   SOLD OUT!  Get your name on the waiting list for the next session.

SaskEnergy Training Centre, Saskatoon

Learn to effectively combat the hazards of contaminated or polluted fluids impacting the quality of potable water.  This course 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.

Successful completion of both written & practical exams is required to receive your AWWA Cross Connection Control Specialist Tester Certificate.

This course is 30 hours over 4 days of theory & practical instruction.

Recertification students attend October 7 - 8 only.

COST

Member Fee               $1,800 + gst

Non-Member Fee       $2,000 + gst

Recertification  Fee    $800 + gst          

REGISTRATION FORM PDF

 

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Hydronics

September 21 & 22    SOLD OUT!  Get your name on the waiting list for the next session.

SaskEnergy Training Centre, Saskatoon

Day 1—Students learn advantages of hydronic systems, boilers, venting and combustion, air pumps, air control, expansion tanks, valves, emitters, controls, and balancing. 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. They will be able to lay out the components in the correct order for proper operation and diagnose problems in existing systems.

Day 2—Students focus on Hydronic System Design – defining requirements, piping layout, selecting equipment, pipe/pump sizing, operating temperatures, control strategies.  The group will design a system from scratch and receive Excel spreadsheet programs to do routine calculations for hydronic system design/analysis.  The instruction also covers: 

·         Primary-secondary piping, pumping and control – including how 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 operational problems in hydronic systems and the tools required.

Basic electrical troubleshooting – using a multimeter and/or test light to troubleshoot low voltage control circuits.

COST

Member Fee               $1,000 + gst

Non-Member Fee       $1,200 + gst

Register by September 7, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM PDF

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HVAC Level 2

September 28 - 30, 2021 - SOLD OUT!  Get your name on the waiting list for the next session.SaskEnergy Training Centre, Saskatoon

This course will cover the following:

  • AC electricity
  • Capacitors
  • Drawing and reading intermediate wiring diagrams
  • Motor theory
  • Troubleshooting motors
  • Thermostat and control wiring
  • Troubleshooting heating and cooling control circuits

This course is 24 hours over 3 days of theory & practical instruction and qualifies for the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant.

Please note HVAC Level 1 is required prior to taking HVAC Level 2.

COST

Member Fee               $1,200 + gst

Non-Member Fee       $1,500 + gst

Registration due by September 10, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM PDF

 

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Project Delivery Methods “Know Your Responsibilities!”

October 5, 6, 7, 2021

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).

This Workshop will discuss the characteristics, risks, benefits, and disadvantages of the various project delivery methods.  Presenters will give key insights to the success of each delivery method from the perspective of a Project Owner, Consultant and Contractor and give key CCDC clauses that are critical to the effectiveness of each project delivery method. 

Project delivery methods covered in this workshop include:

  • Design-Bid-Build
  • Design-Build
  • Construction Management for Services
  • Construction Management for Services and Construction
  • Integrated Project Delivery
  • Methods Involving Land, Finance, Operation or Maintenance

Using a hands-on, practical approach, this workshop will also give you an opportunity to apply what you learn by guiding you through an interactive exercise of assisting a “client” in determining an appropriate project delivery method.

For each Project Delivery Method, you will:

  • Learn the key characteristics.
  • Understand when best to use.
  • Discuss projects that succeeded with the model and those that did not.
  • Acquire key insights for success from the perspective of Owner, Consultant and Contractor.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages, risk mitigation and project approach.

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 September 24, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM

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

October 26, 27, 28, 2021

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 October 15, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM

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How to Forecast a Large Construction Project

November 10 & 17, 2021

Online Workshop

A valuable pair of workshops for quality-driven mechanical contractors, presented by a quality-driven mechanical engineer. These workshops are presented live, in a virtual setting. Project managers learn how to systematically plan, track, and create consistent rolling forecasts.  All students receive 4Cast Pro, a 4-in-1 workbook valued at $500.

Session 1: Planning & Productivity

Students dive right into a case study by reviewing the mechanical and electrical drawings and specs of a large commercial tower searching for gaps and overlaps in scope before setting up the job, which comprises three components: the budget, the construction schedule and the billing breakdown. Students learn what these three have in common and how to capitalize on their integration.  As students explore various types of work breakdown structures (WBS’s) they will learn why some WBS’s are better at driving productivity than others. Starting with a labour plan, students build their own spreadsheet and learn how to track progress and calculate productivity. Various productivity scenarios are modeled including one that supports construction claims, using near real-time data.

Session 2: Forecasting

Students conclude the case study by reporting the outcomes at various stages of construction. Financial outcomes are reported for months one, two, three, etc. Basic formulas – and more advanced techniques – are used to calculate costs at completion and variances for labour, material, equipment, and subcontracts. Students will also learn how delayed starts and schedule compressions affect a project’s s-curve in interesting and meaningful ways.

* Students will require a computer with microphone and camera to participate in this course.*

COST

MCAS Member Fee     $299 + gst

Non-Member Fee        $499 + gst

Registration due by November 1, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM PDF

 

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Proposal Pursuit “Strategies for Success”

November 8, 9, 10, 2021

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).

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn the key ingredients to prepare a successful Request for Qualification (RFQ)
  • Understand the Project Owner’s mindset in soliciting a Request for Proposal (RFP) competition
  • Identify “homework” to be done prior to responding to the RFQ/RFP
  • Familiarize yourself with best practices when successfully responding to an RFP
  • Develop a winning RFP strategy
  • Recognize the same techniques for successful Subcontractor submissions
  • Understand how to prepare for, manage and excel in the Interview
  • Learn about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and create ideas on how to demonstrate your CSR Strategy
  • Apply learnings to an RFP case study and table your RFP mini proposal to an evaluation panel
  • Enhance your presentation skills by participating in an RFP interview simulation

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 October 29, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM

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Managing CCDC Contracts for Project Success “Do Your Job!”

November 30, December 1, 2, 2021

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. 

Whether you are the Project Owner, the Consultants, or the Contractors, first you need to understand what you have agreed to in the CCDC and related contracts, and why the clause exists in the first place. 

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’ perspectives:

  • Learn which CCDC and related clauses and concepts in the different project delivery methods consistently create challenges and conflict.
  • Discover what these clauses mean and why they exist.
  • Explore how to mitigate the pain points associated with these clauses by developing your “go forward” strategies and practices.
  • Apply your skills to a specific scenario by presenting possible outcomes and strategies to achieve alignment by all parties.

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 November 19, 2021.

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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

BIOS FOR TRAINERS

 

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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 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.

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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.