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Celebrating Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2018


J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) is proud to recognize the hundreds of Skilled Trades men and women across our organization, who are critical part of our businesses every day. 

The community colleges and universities play a very important part in the growth of our business, by providing JDI with engineering and technology graduates, as well as Skilled Trade workers. 

Over the next 3 years, we are forecasting 330 hires of skilled trades workers across our operations. 

We have profiled some of our team members who are in the field and here is what they have to say! 

Hands on Learning

Justin Lohnes started with NBSR in 2012 as an Industrial Mechanic! “I studied Industrial Mechanical because I was interested in working with my hands in an industrial setting. I took Machine Shop in High School (and NBCC) which started my interest. I enjoy my job at NBSR because I am able to contribute to the success of the organization in a team environment, and every day we encounter different challenges.”

 Justin Lohnes - Skilled Trades 2018

Women in Trades

Jackie Crawford attended NBCC Saint John and graduated with her diploma in Welding. She did a two week work term with CFM, where she is currently employed. “Pursuing a career in trades, especially as a female, is hard work! I come into a job I love everyday and prove myself, it pays off! It has also given me a job in my hometown, allowing me to stay close to my family and friends!”

 Jackie Crawdford - Skilled Trades 2018

Generation Proud

Jordan Keirstead is a new grad, working with the Pulp and Paper group as a Mechanical Technician! Jordan says he chose JDI because his father works for Irving Pulp and Paper and he was also one of the first to take the Mech Tech program at NBCC! “The trades give you life experiences, not just at work but outside. There is a lot of great opportunity!”

 Jordan Kierstead - SKilled Trades 2018

Journey to the Trades 

Aaron Kyle, is a recent grad from the Industrial Control Technology program at NBCC Saint John. After three co-op terms with the Pulp and Paper Division, he was offered a full-time job as an Instrumentation Technician at Irving Pulp and Paper. “What I like about the instrumentation field is that it’s different every day. You get to work with a great time of people.”

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