Hunter John Sandluck: Sheet metal apprentice PHOTO: Skills Yukon

What motivated you to get into this career?
While doing the Work Experience Program at F.H.Collins High School, I was able to experience working at Hvactech Systems and found a lot of enjoyment in the work and with the people.

Was there someone who got you excited about this path?
I first became intrigued with sheet metal when I went to the Skills Canada National competition in Halifax in 2019. Seeing the amazing projects that were created at the competition was truly stunning and really caught my attention.

Was there a class in secondary school that helped you become more proficient at the work you do now?
I was always in the wood shop during school and that really helped me be prepared with a measuring tape and always double checking my measurements, then making my cuts.

What is the best part of being in your trade?
The best part about my job is the people I work with. They always help me with anything that I don’t fully understand and always take the extra minute to make sure everyone is working safely and efficiently.

What does a regular day look like for you in your job?
Most of my days at work are done at the shop, building pieces of duct or shop consumables for my colleagues to use onsite. Some days I’m onsite giving a hand and observing the work that’s being done and trying to learn as much as possible.

If you met someone who was looking at getting a job in the trades, what piece of advice would you give them?
The best advice I can give is understand that at the beginning you’re not going to know everything and that’s okay. Just do your best to make as few mistakes as possible and always try to learn.

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