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Blueprint Reading Fall 2019

This course is Gold Seal accredited!

The ability to read mechanical and architectural drawings is a foundation skill in construction and trades. Everyone in the building industry, regardless of whether they are working in the field, in the office, or as a supplier of material, must know how to read blueprints.

This session introduces the student to the reading and understanding of Mechanical and Architectural drawings, and schematics used in a mechanical environment. Students will learn how to read and interpret the different types of standard symbols and abbreviations found on these drawings. This session will benefit anyone entering or already in the trades, as it will teach them to recognize plans, elevations, and sectional views, identify a view by its placement on a drawing, list what working drawings include, and interpret dimensions marked on piping drawings.

New: Register more than two people and save 12% on each additional registration!

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Proactive Service Workshop for Field Service Technicians

MCABC & CEC present The Proactive Service Workshop, a highly interactive training program designed to help field service technicians build and leverage stronger, more durable business relationships, and identify and close more business opportunities. The workshop shows technicians how to add much more value and provide even higher levels of service by proactively discussing ways their firms can help customers.

1 Gold Seal credit upon successful completion!

Venue: TBA

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WHAT WILL TECHNICIANS LEARN?

Among its many benefits, this workshop will:

  • Help participants recognize that making proactive recommendations for additional products and services is part of the overall service provided.
  • Show the importance of personal credibility (trust) in service success and develop personal action plans to build it.
  • Discuss the role of professional credibility (competence) in the customer’s evaluation of the competence of the service technician, the quality of their work and how to communicate this through on going service delivery.
  • Introduce and practice how to engage the customer in proactive conversations and communicate the value of the recommendation.

Instructor: Jim Baston
Prior to founding BBA Consulting Group in 2001, Jim was a divisional general manager with a large, regional service and contracting company. Jim holds an MBA from the University of Toronto, and has lectured on marketing management and strategic planning.

 

Full Course Outline & Jim Baston Bio

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Chapter Dinner Meeting – Construction: Where Do We Go Next?

Executive Plaza Hotel, North Road, Coquitlam

$55* + gst

$5 for parking (optional)

*Includes dinner


Speakers:

Chris Gardner, President of ICBA (Independent Contractors and Businesses Association), will speak about investor uncertainty in the construction industry.

Jeff Fisher, Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at UDI (Urban Development Institute), will speak about the housing crisis: causes and potential solutions.

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***Photographs will be taken during the event, and may be used by MCABC for promotional purposes on MCABC’s website and social media. By attending this event you are consenting to MCABC using photos in which you may appear.
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Pattullo Bridge

Community Benefits Agreements: Are they the scourge some would have us believe?

I recently attended a one-day conference hosted by the BC Building Trades on Community Benefit Agreements. Before it began, this event was criticized by Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA) president Chris Gardner in a Vancouver Sun Op-Ed.  His criticisms were rife with opinions and assumptions with little or no evidence to support them. This […]

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Lower Dues

New Horizons – Lower Dues & Do More!

Big news: MCABC has lowered most Voting Contractor dues. In 78 years of operation, MCABC has been funded by various methods: individual membership dues, to grants from union contractors’ collective agreements, to the current structure where dues are based on company payroll. But this is the first time – to my knowledge – that dues […]

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Disruption

Futureproofing: Organizational Response to Disruptive Trends

Attending my association’s annual conference in late October, I glimpsed MCABC’s future, at least what it could be through the eyes of Canada’s association leaders. The conference theme was “Associations: Future Proof,” and it provided numerous presentations and workshops on existing trends in association management and operations, and some guidance of how to lead, manage […]

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Our window of opportunity is closing

Over the past several issues of the Informer and other places I have been giving you news of progress in advancing Prompt Payment legislation here in British Columbia. With passage of Ontario’s Construction and Lien Act, the federal government’s review to bring legislation forward in Canadian parliament, recent news of progress in Manitoba, and soon-to-be […]

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