DC 17’s Inaugural Plural Pump Course in Winnipeg!
IUPAT District Council 17’s first plural course was held in Winnipeg week November 5, 2018; course ended late Friday (November 9) w/ a media event including MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette. In addition to several students, many partner attendees participated in the media event w/ the MP:
- Luc Turenne, President, Western Industrial Services Ltd
- Greg Ginter, Superintendent, Western Industrial Services Ltd
- Rheal Hebert, Foreman, Western Industrial Services Ltd
- Robert Kucheran, General Vice President, IUPAT Canada
- John Sedor, Business Manager / Secretary Treasurer, IUPAT District Council 17
- Chris Hooter, Director of Training, IUPAT District Council 17
- Ryan Terin, National Sales Manager, Howard Marten Fluid Technologies
- Chris Shistowski, Technical Sales, Howard Marten Fluid Technologies
- Greggory Haddow, VP Sales, Bolair Fluid Handling Systems
- Christian Bradley, Technical Sales Rep, Bolair Fluid Handling Systems
- Wade Hannon, Western Sales Rep, Graco
This was the inaugural course in a multi-year training campaign by IUPAT DC 17 to improve plural pump operator skillsets for the benefit of IUPAT signatory contractors and their facility owner end users. Thirteen  participated – including employees of WISL, Carlson, & Advance Coating Solutions – in theory and hands-on operation of pumps, pneumatic motors, XP70 (start-up, operation, shut-down), and Integrated Reactor EXP2i (start-up, operation, shut-down). Christian Bradley (Bolair) did a fantastic job w/ the hands-on training. Ryan Terin (Howard Marten) and Chris Hooter (DC 17) presented the classroom / theory.
Given the wide open spaces of the Canadian Prairies, the mobility of this program allows DC 17 to offer this novel training in multiple locations, to include outreach to underrepresented groups (e.g., Aboriginals), as opposed to requiring all interested attendees scattered all over the Prairies to travel to a fixed location (e.g., Edmonton).
Going forward, this was the first of many plural pump courses. Plural Pump courses are currently scheduled in Edmonton, Saskatoon, & Ft McMurray
Acknowledgments and Special Thanks to:
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Union Training and Innovation (UTIP) Stream 1
Note: The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.