Millwright Local 1151 Expands Welding Operations

Published On: January 24, 2022Categories: News Update

Thunder Bay, ON. – The Local is happy to announce our new welding facility will soon be set to perform its own CWB Testing. Having our own welding facility has been a huge asset to the Local. It provides the Local and its members with the flexibility to learn, practice, and improve their skills with various types of welding techniques.

Prior to the Local not having a welding shop members would have to enroll for prepaid courses at the local college and attend these courses either during the day or in the evenings. This was a deterrent at times for some members, as the unpredictability of being called out for work and not being able to attend a scheduled course would often happen.

Members are now able to attend training and practice sessions when work is slower, and if they get called out to work, they are available to go without penalty or wasted cost.

There have been numerous times when someone has been approached in their welding booth to see if they were available for a call, in which many times these calls were for breakdowns, which meant they packed up their bags and went out to work.

The Local is proud that over 45% of the membership hold a valid 4-position SMAW CWB ticket and/or FLUXCORE ticket. It has been proven repeatedly that when a member holds a valid CWB ticket they get more offers for work and stay on the job for longer durations.

This purchase of equipment will add more opportunities for our members with the extra flexibility in testing. Also, many times this will be the introduction place for many new faces of our membership to meet each other, prior to getting into the workforce.

About the Millwright Regional Council – Canada Millwright Regional Council – Canada (MRC) is composed of eight affiliated Local Unions of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) across the Province of Ontario.

We represent thousands of women and men working as progressive cross-trained construction and maintenance professionals with exceptional skills to install, maintain, diagnose, and repair precision machinery.

UBC millwrights are vital partners in industries as diverse as energy, automotive, aerospace, food processing, pharmaceuticals and more.

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