Peter Kim was a new graduate of UBC’s Electrical Engineering program when he saw a posting for an exciting job at Seaspan Shipyards. Even though he did not quite meet the experience requirements for the position — “they were looking for someone with five plus years, I had two years as a co-op student,” laughs Peter — he decided to apply anyway. Long story short, he got the job; is closing in on four years at Seaspan as a Junior Production Engineer; and, it’s fair to say that neither Peter nor Seaspan have looked back.
Peter has barely seen the time go by. “With three National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) projects in the yard at once, we have many very interesting challenges that I really enjoy,” he explains. “And the beauty of working at a shipyard is that I get to see the results of my efforts as ship construction progresses. When a new vessel launches into the water, I have the satisfaction of knowing that our team’s work helped make it better,” Peter adds with a grin. Read more »
There was a palpable buzz at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards as 16 eager trainees descended upon the shipyard as part of their marine trades skills foundation program. The trainees, ranging in age from 20 to 55, are all part of Camosun College’s Women in Trades Training Initiative, funded by the Industry Training Authority through the Canada-BC Job Fund, and recently expanded with help from Seaspan.
The 12-week Trades Skills Foundation Program – Marine is, as its name suggests, designed to give participants an overview of marine-related trades, through in-class work and hands-on experience. Students visit each of Camosun’s trade shops and go out into the field for onsite learning. Students, who may have had very little prior exposure to the trades, will be able to explore different options. Upon graduation from the Foundation Program, trainees are ready for positions as entry level trade helpers and skilled labourers in the industry or for bridging to other programs. Read more »