Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

April 11, 2017

Most of us have a difficult enough time managing one job and a home life. However, some of us go above and beyond with our involvement in our career and community and Cody Oschefski is one of those people. He is the Senior Electrician at TRW Canada Limited, Vice President and Skilled Trades Rep for Unifor local 1411 and a town councillor in Midland, Ontario.

Cody had originally planned to go into mathematics and education but after being offered an electrical apprenticeship while working to save for university he fell in love with the challenges of such a progressive industry. Cody acquired his electricians license in 2009 at the age of 22.

TRW has been manufacturing automotive parts since the 1950’s and Cody often gets the opportunity to refurbish outdated manufacturing equipment. He takes pride in his work and loves that he gets to specialize in bringing old machinery back to life. He starts by returning the equipment to OEM standards before advancing their capabilities with modern technology, including safety features, automation, and system integration. He can’t help but smirk as he recalls how some of the machines he brings back to life still had copper piping running around them that would short out the machine if touched by a person. He now ensures all machines are equipped with the latest safety measures.

When asked about the automation systems he works on he directs the conversation to the rise of robotics and integration in the manufacturing industry. Cody oversees all system upgrades and maintenance to the automated systems utilized at TRW. He relates how important it is to keep up on training and the evolution of technology, a point he stresses often to his apprentice. He detailed how important it is to keep learning, and notes that he also learns from his apprentice as education about automation and system integration in school is focused on more than ever before. And he can’t help but note that all new electricians should devote a good portion of their time to learning about PLC’s as they are a major part of the industry and many electricians aren’t as well versed in this as they should be.

In his role as VP and Skilled Trades Rep at Unifor Cody talks about the community driven philosophy of Unifor and the benefits they offer to protect workers’ rights.

He specializes in working with disciplinary cases, representing the workers and providing them with advice and when necessary acting as a mediator. Cody has trained in collective bargaining, conflict resolution, and grievance handling to ensure he is equipped to handle all cases. He clearly enjoys his role as a local union rep, and his position as a senior electrician provides him with a unique insight into issues facing worker’s that he regularly works alongside.

As a town councillor Cody feels that his position as an electrician and VP at Unifor has well placed him to work to the benefit of the local community. Cody is tireless and regularly gets his hands dirty for himself during the day and for his community in the evening. He is involved in numerous community events, so much so that after our interview he was off to a work at the local mayor’s dinner.

In conclusion Cody is the full package. He is an industrial electrician with an eye on the future of the industry, A VP at Unifor with the goal of protecting local workers like himself, and a town councillor working to drive Midland toward bigger and better things.

By: Owen Hurst

Changing Scene

  • Prev
The Hesquiaht First Nation on BC’s Vancouver Island hopes to reduce Hot Springs Cove’s ...
Toronto Hydro is testing pole-mounted energy storage devices that can supplement electricity during ...
The National Electrical Contractors Association has published NECA 416 – 2016, Recommended ...
Westburne and partners are presenting a symposium on technologies, processes and practices designed ...
All winners if the Ontario College of Trades’ first annual Chair’s Award of Excellence ...
The Ontario Waterpower Association is joining in the celebration of Canada’s 150th ...
To become ISO 9001:2015 certified, Diverse underwent an evaluation process that included quality ...
Standard has developed a web page grouping all the recycling programs available in ...
AKA and Rittal collaborate to solve energy efficiency and recycling issues related to a deepwater ...
As Technical Engineering Director, Mr. Cupidon will be responsible for the development of ...

CaGBC Zero Carbon

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has taken a major step toward helping Canada achieve its climate change commitments with the launch of the country’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard.

 

This highly-anticipated standard assesses carbon use in commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings in Canada. To achieve large-scale market transformation, it was designed to be broadly applicable for many types of new and existing buildings.

 

Read More 



Tools for the Trade

  • Prev
  Greenlee has taken their standard storage boxes to the next level with the limited ...
  The SureTest circuit analyzers "look behind walls" to identify wiring problems that can ...
  The Ideal Dispenser is equipped with high-quality adhesive and 3 mil thickness that ...
  The Adjustable cable stripping tool has an intuitive blade design that allows users to ...
  The SIMpull CoilPAK completes the SIMpull Circuit Management System, taking heavy, ...
  The Javelin is a new product that makes drilling holes through stud walls easier. ...
  Focus is one of the most important aspects of thermography, and an out of focus image can ...
  Ideal Precision Levels are designed for both conduit and regular level applications. The ...
  The ET130 is an easy-to-use precision light meter with single-handed operation to monitor ...

Latest Articles

  • Prev
Canadian municipalities issued $7.1 billion worth of building permits in April, down 0.2% from ...
The annual incidence of workplace electrical fatalities continues to decline, while nonfatal ...
We all know the value of good employees. The ones who are self-motivated, loyal to the company, and ...
In the previous issue of Electrical Industry Newsweek, we provided highlights from ...
 Two researchers at the Convectair Center for Expertise and Training presented their plans for ...
Houle Electric has a unique and interesting history that reveals the company’s rise from ...
The people of Alert Bay, BC have discovered that the rain and cool temperatures of BC’s ...
Solar Impulse was the first solar-powered plane to fly around the world. It's to talk about this ...
Okay, I need to put something out there. It might make me seem shallow, shameless or otherwise ...
The grid is changing. The linear approach from generation and transmission through to distribution ...

Low-Voltage TrendsThe shift from electrical to digital systems, and the emerging low-voltage power options to supply them, may be the biggest change the electrical industry has seen in the last 100 years. This transition is having significant impact on every aspect of the traditional electrical channel, from product conception, production, sales, delivery and installation.Equipping the channel to embrace emerging technologies, specifically those related to low-voltage direct current (LVDC) power developments,* and opportunities derived from LVDC systems, is the purpose of this research study by Electro-Federation Canada.

Read More 

Product News

  • Prev
  Vantage Wireless Dimmers are easy to install and connect to a system that meets the needs ...
  Fascias are designed to provide a consistent and flush finish when utilized in ...
  This wireless product is easy to install and an ideal product for all hard to wire areas ...
  The Sapphire LCD touch screen provides the flexibility of a fully customizable user ...
  Daintree offers wireless control solutions that deliver energy savings and operational ...
  The RC Lighting Smart Switch fits decorator wall plates with only 1/2" protrusion. 120 or ...
  The CLCDIM4 Dimming Module controls four dimming channels. Through the color-coded spring ...
  The CX Panel has a diverse set of programming capabilities allowing for manual or ...
  Pow-R-Command 2000E is an Internet-enabled device that utilizes the web standard IP ...
  Build your smart lighting system with as few or as many products as you’d like. ...

Copper $US Dollar price per pound

Kerrwil Publications

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
2016 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil