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Staffing the proper ratio of journeymen to apprentices can be tricky, especially for large contracting companies. In the US, there are really no hard-and-fast rules, so it has to be sorted out in labour-negotiated agreements, often job by job with a...
Earlier this year, James (Jim) R. Tauby, PE chief executive engineer of Mason Industries, Inc. and ASHRAE distinguished lecturer, presented on Seismic Restraint of Mechanical Systems at a SMACNA-BC contractors' dinner meeting. Tauby is a...
It is finally upon us. The Great Crew Change. Most of the crew on every job in the US and Canada are going home soon. And they are never coming back. It is the anticipated retirement of the many (older, skilled, and a little tired) and the necessary...
Six years after our peak in 2008, the years of declining numbers have showed signs of reversing. The numbers in 2012 and 2013 showed us bouncing along the bottom, but 2014 had the feeling of a race about to begin, with building anticipation. At the...
FastEST, Inc. has several tips for using FastDUCT and FastPIPE estimating software to improve your mechanical estimating process. These estimating packages are some of the easiest to learn and use, and some of the most affordable in the marketplace...
What is a sheet metal worker? What do sheet metal workers do? The trade is diverse and varied, requiring a specific and technical skill set. From a practical angle, sheet metal workers use metal to create roofs, siding, ventilation / heating / air-...
The California Energy Commission voted unanimously today to approve updated building energy efficiency standards that the CEC says will cut regulated energy use in new homes by 28 percent and save consumers $31 a month compared to houses built under...
NEMIC’s HVAC Fire Life Safety Certification Program has proven to be one of the most successful initiatives in the history of the unionized sheet metal industry. Since its inception in October 2007, more than 5,900 ICB (International...
Gerry Smith, BC business development manager for E.H. Price Industries, recently gave a talk to SMACNA-BC contractors about some of the issues suppliers and sheet metal contractors have experienced over the past two to three years with the increased...
The BC Insulation Contractors Association (BCICA) is pleased to announce the association's Quality Assurance Certificate (QAC) Program has been specified in at least one engineering firm's master specifications. Under the QAC, the mechanical...