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

Online Workshop – A series of 3 sessions all for one price.

Orientation Session – May 6 1:30pm-2:00pm

Workshops – May 11, 12, 13 from 8:30am – 12:30pm daily.

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. 

Construction Management is a great solution if done well!  It 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.  Whether you are the Project Owner, Consultant, General Contractor or Subcontractor, it’s important to understand Construction Management roles and responsibilities throughout all project phases: predesign, design, project delivery and post construction to fulfil your contractual responsibilities and achieve success. 

You will learn from a team of industry partners’ perspectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the Construction Management process.
  • Recognize when to use Construction Management as a Delivery Method.
  • 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.

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.

MCAS Member Fee     $499 + gst

Non-Member Fee        $699 + gst

Registration closes May 5, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM PDF

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Project Delivery Methods – “Know Your Responsibilities!”

Online Workshop – A series of 3 sessions all for one price.

Orientation Session – May 13 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Workshops – May 18, 19, 20 from 8:30am – 12:30pm daily.

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.

MCAS Member Fee     $499 + gst

Non-Member Fee        $699 + gst

Registration closes May 12, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM PDF

MORE INFORMATION FROM FACILITATOR DEBBIE HICKS

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HVAC Level 1

May 18 - 20, 2021 

SaskEnergy Training Centre, Saskatoon

This course will cover the following:

  • Understanding electricity
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Wiring diagrams, ladder diagrams
  • Measuring voltage, current and resistance
  • Transformers
  • Fuses
  • Relays
  • Temperature Controls
  • Safety Controls

This course is 24 hours over 3 days of theory & practical instruction and qualifies for the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy.

COST

Member Fee               $1,200 + gst

Non-Member Fee       $1,500 + gst

Registration due by April 30, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM PDF

 

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Canada's Ozone Layer Protection Awareness Program

May 26, 2021 - SOLD OUT!  Contact the office to be put on a waiting list for the next session.

SaskEnergy Training Centre, Saskatoon

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     $250 + gst

Non-Member Fee        $250 + gst

REGISTRATION FORM PDF - Registration due by May 7, 2021.

 

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AC Labs & Theory

June 1 - 4, 2021 - SOLD OUT!  Contact the MCAS office to get on the waiting list for the next session.

SaskEnergy Training Centre, Saskatoon

The two days of theory will cover the following:

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

The lab session 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

The lab session is only one day - choose either April 22 or 23.  Participants must have AC Level 1 or AC Theory before enrolling in the lab session.

COST

Member Fee               $1,500 + gst

Non-Member Fee       $1,800 + gst

 

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Be Afraid of Supplementaries to CCDC Contracts

Online Workshop – A series of 3 sessions all for one price.

Orientation Session – June 10 from 10:00am - 10:30am 

Workshops – June 15, 16, 17 from 8:30am - 12:30pm daily.

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’ perspectives:

  • 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.

MCAS Member Fee     $499 + gst

Non-Member Fee        $699 + gst

Registration closes June 9, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM PDF

TRAINERS BIOS

 

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Hydronics

June 23 - 24, 2021 - SOLD OUT!  Scroll down for fall 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

Registration due by June 7, 2021

 
 

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HVAC Level 2

September 28 - 30, 2021

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

This course is eligible for the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy - apply between May 28 - June 30, 2021.

 

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WCSAWWA Specialist Cross Connection Control Course

October 5 - 8, 2021

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 due by September 17, 2021.

REGISTRATION FORM PDF

This course is eligible for the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy - apply between June 5 - 30, 2021.

 

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Hydronics Course

November 17 - 18, 2021

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

Registration due by October 29, 2021

REGISTRATION FORM PDF

 

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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.