Dustin Phillion, a member of UA Local 853 in Markham, Ontario, believes he made a smart decision to enter the piping trades. Phillion is a fourth-year Sprinklerfitter Apprentice who works at Vipond Inc. in Ottawa where he inspects, tests and maintains sprinklers, fire pumps and hoses. “You try to be better every day by producing good work and installing straight and level pipe – it’s something you want to be proud of,” explains Phillion about his job and training. The young Apprentice offers advice to other young people considering a career in the trades: listen, pay close attention to your peers and journeyperson, and always measure twice so you only have to cut once.
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