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Jim possesses a rare combination of outstanding educational credentials, practical industry experience combined with a strong background in teaching.
Jim is a graduate of George Brown College in Toronto where he obtained certifications as a Third Class Power Engineer and as a HVAC Technician, which includes a license for working as a gas, propane and oil fitter. He also has an Industrial/Commercial License and completed a University of Toronto program on Nuclear Plant Operation.
Jim’s expertise made him a natural choice when the Sun West DLC started investigating setting up its own Power Engineering program in 2016. Jim’s knowledge of the industry and how to prepare students for working as Power Engineers provided a strong foundation for building a first-class program. Jim’s unmatched knowledge of Power Engineering and enthusiasm for teaching provides Sun West DLC students with an unprecedented opportunity to advance in one of the most in demand jobs in Canada.
Jim worked for Canadian General Electric as a First Class Turbine Fitter before moving on to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) where he was their Chief Gas/Electrical Inspector. Following that he became an Operating Engineer with Atomic Energy of Canada where he worked on CANDU nuclear reactors.
While working at CSA, Jim started his teaching career by instructing HVAC courses at Durham College in Oshawa. While at Durham, Jim was asked to develop a Power Engineering program for the college, which he taught and managed for 24 years. Jim moved to Saskatchewan in 2014 to become the Program Head for the Power Engineering program for Great Plains College in Swift Current. All told, Jim has over 34 years of teaching experience.