Published: January 11, 2023
Meet Craig Montour
  1. In your own words, please describe your experience in the Pre-Apprenticeship Electrical and Committed to Self Improvement program.

My experience in the Pre-Electrical program was great. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into going in but I'm sure glad I did it.

  1. What was your favourite thing you learned while in the Pre-Apprenticeship Electrical program?

My favorite part of the program was all the hands on learning we did. Leaning about the equipment, installing and working with the tools.

  1. What was your favourite thing you learned while in the Committed to Self Improvement program?

Sorry I don't remember much about the program.

  1. What is your current employment now?

Currently I'm a part of the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers. Through them I am working for Hydro One.

  1. What does a day-at-work look like for you?

Day to day can vary. Anything from installing breakers, switches, transformers with all different types of voltages. We install equipment from 120 volts up to 500,000 volts.

  1. What do you enjoy most about your position?

I enjoy a bunch of stuff about my job. Some of the things I enjoy the most are working outside, working with cranes, installing all types of electrical equipment and working in a team atmosphere. I am currently working with my son Russ Longboat which is also a plus.

  1. How do you hope to see your career evolve in the future?

With any career you would hope it transitions into a supervisory role. I now feel like I possess not only the knowledge but also the confidence in such a challenging workplace.

  1. If you could, what advice would you give to someone who is interested in a program at OSTTC?

My advice for anyone thinking about a program with OSTTC is to go challenge yourself. Learn a new skill and stick with it no matter how difficult it can be at times. I never imagined myself doing what I am, and now I'm entering my 12th year in the electrical trade with Hydro One.

FULL STORY

Meet Craig Montour – A graduate of our Pre-Apprenticeship Electrical Program! 

With Craig now entering his 12th year in the Electrical Trade with Hydro One, he began his journey at OSTTC in the Pre-Apprenticeship Electrical Program! A Pre-Apprenticeship is designed as a transition step to finding an apprenticeship. These style programs include all of the in-class and practical training for the first year apprentice. Through this program, Craig was able to receive hands-on training which he thoroughly enjoyed! He was given the opportunity to learn about the equipment, how to operate the tools and learned how to install! Craig reflects back to the program with, “my favorite part of the program was all the hands on learning we did.”

Craig is now apart of the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers. Through them, he currently has employment with Hydro One. Craig’s day-to-day duties varies. Some days he can be found installing breakers, switches or transformers with numerous types of voltages. Craig’s position and educational background allows him to install equipment from 120 volts up to 500,000 volts!! With his career, Craig mentions that he’s able to enjoy working outside, working with cranes, installing various types of electrical equipment and working in a team atmosphere. But most of all, Craig’s favourite thing about his career is that gets to work alongside his son!

Craig continues to work hard everyday and strides towards transitioning into a supervisory role. “I now feel like I possess not only the knowledge but also the confidence in such a challenging workplace.” Craig’s advice to those thinking of applying to a program at OSTTC is “to go challenge yourself. Learn a new skill and stick with it no matter how difficult it can be at times. I never imagined myself doing what I am, and now I'm entering my 12th year in the electrical trade with Hydro One.”

Want to follow Craig’s advice and apply to a program? Visit www.osttc.com! Or stop into our main office to visit us in person, 16 Sunrise Court.

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