City of Miramichi: Human Capital and Labor Force: Specialty Trades and Professions

Construction Skills

This industry, involving civil and general contracting services has been a cornerstone of the Miramichi economy since its beginning.  Specialized trades, such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, pipe fitters, welders, laborers etc in this industry are recognized as dependable and capable of total process work within stringent time constraints. Industrial shut down work and emergency repairs have long been a specialty of the area; with teamwork an important aspect of achieving job success.  The local availability, diversity of skills and flexibility of these trades contributes proven value and efficiency for clients by reducing field assembly time.   

 

Manufacturing Skills

The industry has its local origins in shipbuilding.  Generations of skills in design, craftsmanship and manufacturing enable the fabrication of components to exact specifications.  The “hands on”, precision, and concept / vision skills required for this industry have been passed down locally throughout history.

Today, the Miramichi area labour force provides complete fabrication services for a various industries. The diversity of skills contributes to being total process providers capable of evaluating real needs and determining optimum solutions.   From concept to delivery, including materials selection, design and blueprint preparation, fabrication, logistical considerations, shipping requirements and installations; the labor force of the area has roots and specialized skills in every facet of the process.

 

Metal Manufacturing

The Miramichi is home to six metal manufacturing companies specializing in providing custom design and complete metal fabrication services for heavy industry.  These companies employ typically employ Industrial Mechanics / Millwrights, Welders and Machinists. capable of  industrial / commercial machine shop work, welding, vertical and horizontal milling, lathe work, radial arm drill use, portable welding etc.

Industrial Mechanics / Millwrights install, maintain, repair and troubleshoot stationary industrial machinery, as well as mechanical equipment in factories, production plants and recreational facilities.  These employees would typically read diagrams and schematic drawings and service manuals to determine work procedures, operate rigging equipment to pick and place machinery and parts, fit bearings, align gears and shafts, attach and align motors, connect coupling and belts, perform predictive and operation maintenance using laser alignment tooling, vibrational analysis and destructive/non-destructive testing, service and repair hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, may do some tack welding, fabrication of machinery and equipment.

Welders join metals using manual, semi-automatic and automatic arc welding equipment.  Welders generally plan their work from drawings and blueprints and may use hand tools and machines to fabricate, assemble and weld to make products. There are many different types of welding depending on the material, equipment and techniques used, the nature of the final product and the degree of expertise required. These categories include Arc welders, Mig welders, TIG welders, Pressure welders, Fitter-Welders and flame-cutters. Welders are generally good with their hands and enjoy building and repairing things. As a welder, you need good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity and the ability to concentrate on detailed work for long periods of time, often in awkward positions. You must also be able to read and understand blueprints or drawings and to follow simple instructions precisely. Knowledge of computerized tools and machinery, analytical ability and communication skills are all important for success in this field. Good math skills are an asset.

Machinists use machines such as lathes, grinders, and boring mills to grind and cut metals and other materials to produce precise parts needed for other machinery or other projects. Machinist jobs require skilled craftsmanship, attention to detail, a talent for reading blueprints and charts, the ability to work independently, and an aptitude in spatial reasoning.

 

Wood Manufacturing

Miramichi is proud to include the first timber frame manufacturer in New Brunswick. Labour skills in this industry include design, engineering, manufacturing and erection of traditional timber frames. Locally supplied logs are sawed in-house and both hand and electric tools are used to create traditional mortise and tenon joinery connected with oak pegs. Surfaces can be either planed or rough timber and a natural oil finish is applied prior to shipping to the site for erection. Timber framers are trained in-house and take pride in working in this traditional trade.

Additional wood products manufactured in the area include insulated panels, custom mouldings, including tongue and groove decking, interior / exterior cedar furniture and medium to high end custom made and custom fitted cabinetry and countertops.  The cabinetry manufacturing facility consists of raw material receiving and storage, cabinet material cutting, shaping, edge banding, cabinet assembly and storage, counter top shaping and assembly, and cabinet component coating and finishing.

Boat Building / Manufacturing

The Boat Building significance of the Miramichi and in particular Chatham, NB is widely known.  It is no coincidence that this traditional industry has evolved and can still be found in the area.  Today local boat building is a family tradition with specialized skills and knowledge transferred from one generation to another.  The evolution of this trade has led to the local manufacture of custom built fiberglass boats ranging from 25' to 60' while serving a variety of clients and industries with precise and specific requirements including design and manufacture of custom boats for Government Services and specialty work boats for serious fishermen, law enforcement, research organizations, and other professional operations around the globe.

 

Other Manufacturing

Dairy – Miramichi is home to a fluid milk processing plant that guarantees the highest standard of quality and safety for its products. The name Northumberland is synonymous with quality and freshness. The recently expanded modern, up to date processing facility consistently achieves or exceeds plant standards set out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The dairy production process begins with maintaining a modern quality control laboratory with qualified personnel.  The raw milk is pumped from the silo holding tanks through a heat exchanger system that heats the milk. The milk is then passing through a separator that separates the milk into skim milk and cream. Standardization occurs next in a process that allows cream or milk fat to be added back to the skim milk according to regulated specifications to give the various types of milk available such as Homogenized, 2% and 1%. Vitamin A and D are also added to the product. All other nutrients and vitamins found naturally in milk remain. The milk then goes through a Homogenate that adds pressure and prevents the cream from separating by breaking down the milk fat into uniform sizes. All milk produced at the plant is heat pasteurized. The Pasteurize heats the milk to destroy microorganisms.  It is then pumped through a cooling system and sent to the pasteurized surge tanks which feed the filling machines. This local operation processes millions of liters of milk in a year.

Renewable Energy Increasingly Miramichi is being recognized for its green energy potential.  Renewable technology engineering skills offer customers superior quality solar / wind systems.  The manufacture of solar-powered traffic safety systems and LED lighting products for green infrastructure initiatives are another renewable energy provider.  

Forestry Expertise: Forestry professionals conduct research, develop plans and administer and direct programs related to the management and harvesting of forest resources. They are employed by the forest industry, provincial and federal governments, consulting companies, educational institutions and other industries, or they may be self-employed.  This industry comprises technically skilled, environmentally aware professionals for the forestry sector

Customer Service: Abundant customer service skills are evident in the area through every workplace and industry.  Our “down home” hospitality and nature contributes to a friendly atmosphere and approach when interacting with the public.  The area is widely known for its tourism expertise and has an established community of outfitters and guides that intimately know the essence of “The river” and all of its tributaries and shores. Customer contact center, retail and service industries thrive in this location with the natural customer service and friendliness of our people. 

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