UA Local 401

Training Courses

The United Association Local 401 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee is pleased to offer to the membership, the following training curriculum.

The Fall courses are scheduled to begin in September with Winter courses will starting in January. You will be advised of individual start dates as they become available. Notification of additional programs will be sent through Local 401’s newsletters and at Union meetings.

The J.A.T.C. charges $ 1.00 per hour for most courses. Manuals, textbooks, handbooks etc. are offered at cost.

The J.A.T.C. is proud of the variety of classes that we offer to the membership and will continue to keep pace with the new technology available to our industry. With your continued commitment to training, Local 401 members will stay the best-trained workforce, in our industry and help set the U.A.’s high standards for the future.

List of courses

Basic Welding

40 hour course
**This course is mandatory for apprentices

Students will have hands-on, arc welding and cutting, cutting of plates and proper preparation for welding. Students will progress onto open butt welding in all positions. Upon completion the student will have an understanding of proper methods and techniques used in basic welding.

This class will focus attention on:

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Safety & Rigging

40 hour course
**This course is mandatory for apprentices

The Safety and Rigging course is designed to teach the worker basic safety and rigging procedures. The worker will be able to walk on a construction site and determine what is safe working protocol. The course consists of worker safety, knots, cranes, OHSA rules and various rigging procedures.

Topics will include:

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Apprentice Pre-Trade School

**This course is mandatory for apprentices

This course is designed to ensure that all apprentices are prepared to attend Trade School, and have the necessary skills to achieve the best possible marks. This course will also ensure all apprentices are better prepared for the jobsite.

Topics to include:

Trade math including:

Pipe & Fittings

Tool Safety

These are just some of the topics that will be covered in this course.

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Blueprint Reading

30 hour course
**This course is mandatory for apprentices

This course is designed to teach trade related drawing and methods of smipliyfying related drawing and to illustrate the simplicity of functions with the use of certain devices.

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WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)

This program will be of use and benefit to all construction personnel. Upon completion of this generic program, participants will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the application of information required by WHMIS legislation and the rights of work place parties.

Modules include:

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WHMIS Update

This program will be of use and benefit to all construction personnel who have undergone WHMIS training. Upon completion, participants will be able to meet the requirements for an annual review of WHMIS training.

WHMIS Updates will be held at the end of most C.S.A.O. courses, as specified.

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Power Elevating Work Platforms/WHMIS Update

4 hour course

Scissor lifts, boom lifts, and other elevation work platforms, self-propelled or push-around, provide safe, efficient access for working at heights. They also present major hazards when not selected, used, inspected, or maintained properly. Different classes, types, and applications are covered in this program.

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Forklift Safety

16 hour course

This program will benefit forklift operators and supervisors. Successful participants will be able to meet the required performance demonstration guidelines.

Modules Include:

As per revised CSA standard B335-04, 621.1 “Operators of lift trucks shall receive training at intervals not exceeding three years.”

Participants will work through nine modules, hands on training and classroom performance reviews over 2 days.

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Confined Spaces / WHMIS Update

4 hour course

This program will benefit all construction personnel. Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize confined spaces, and demonstrate knowledge of legislative requirements and general procedures for confined space entry. This is an awareness program only and does not qualify workers to enter confined spaces.

Topics to include:

The program takes a minimum of 4 hours to complete. CSAO will issue a wallet card to successful participants. This is an awareness program with no hands-on component.

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UA Foreman Certification

3-days course (24 hours)

This program is intended for crew-level construction supervisors, especially those who have never received any training in supervisor skills or in their health and safety responsibilities under Ontario law. This is one part of a two-part program for supervisors. The other part is the Construction Health and Safety Representative program.

Topics include:

CSAO will issue a certificate to successful participants. Upon completion of this program and the Construction Health and Safety Representative program, participants will be given a certificate entitled “Construction Supervisors’ Training Program

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Lockoff & Tagging / WHMIS Update

4 hour course

This program will benefit both supervisors and workers. Upon completion, participants will know the legal requirements for lockoff and tagging, devices to use, the steps to take, and kinds of equipment typically involved.

Topics to include:

The course takes a minimum of 4 hours to complete and involves a video presentation. The maximum class size is 20 participants.

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Occupational Health & Safety Act / WHMIS Update

4 hour course

This program will benefit all construction personnel. Upon completion, participants will be familiar with sections of the Act and be able to identify the legislative requirements relating to their workplace. Topics to include:

The program takes approximately 4 hours to complete. It is presented in a classroom with a maximum of 20 participants.

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Asbestos Work Practices / WHMIS Update

4 hour course

This program will benefit Supervisors, Journeymen & Apprentices of Local 401. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify locations where asbestos may be present, recognize potential control options, and establish procedures based on the type of asbestos hazard.

Topics to include:

Each participant will complete classroom exercises and reviews.
C.S.A.O will issue certificates to successful participants.

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Fall Arrest

This course is mandatory for all construction workers. Changes to the Occupational Health & Safety Act require all workers to have record of training for fall arrest. This two hour course will cover a variety of topics including:

This is an information exchange only, designed to raise awareness of Fall Protection.

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Advanced Welding

40 hour course

This course will offer both hands on welding and introduction to ASME section IX welding codes that govern common welding procedures. This course will be a low instructor student ratio.

Topics to include:

Note: Welding tickets will not be issued

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Backflow Preventor—Tester

40 hour course

Local 401 facilities are approved by the American Society of Sanitary Engineering as a training and testing site.

Topics to be covered include:

A passing mark of 70 % is required on the written portion of the exam and the student must demonstrate to the instructor competency in all the testing procedures. Upon completion the student will receive certification as a Backflow Preventor Tester

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Backflow Preventor— Update

This course will be of particular interest to those of you who hold certification as a tester and have not been testing at least two devices of each type per year.

This hands-on course will not only re-introduce you to the testing procedures, but also afford you the opportunity to re-certify.

Two hours are spent in the classroom on a Thursday night to review the test equipment and testing procedures and eight hours of practice and testing will take place in the shop on the following Saturday.

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