When Jeremy Luddington needs help completing a project for the Strait Area Campus Steamfitting/Pipefitting program, he asks his father-in-law, Roger MacKinnon, for advice. After all, they are classmates.
“We work hand-in-hand on most of our projects,” says Jeremy. “We study together for quizzes. We have a weekly routine and it’s been working well for us.”
It was a happy coincidence that the two wound up taking the program together. Jeremy was looking to make a career transition from furniture sales and delivery, while Roger wanted to shift from seasonal employment in the tourism industry. It was Jeremy’s wife, and Roger’s daughter, Krista – an NSCC graduate and employee – who encouraged them to test drive programs at the College.
“It wasn’t her intention either that we’d take the same program” says Jeremy. “We each looked at other courses, but Steamfitting/Pipefitting is one year, it’s red sealed and there were ads on the radio at the time looking for pipefitters. We wanted to get out and work right away so it was the best option for us.”
The program has also been good for their relationship. “We’ve always been close, but we’ve become more like friends through the program,” says Roger. “I couldn’t have gotten through it without Jeremy’s support.”
They also appreciate instructor Robert Langdon’s support and encouragement. “He gives you an idea of what he wants and he lets you go at it,” explains Roger. “When you’re done, he’ll show you techniques and tools to make it easier. He really ensures you get a well-rounded learning experience.”
“The way they work together, they could run a company,” says Robert of Jeremy and Roger. “They’ve also affected the class in a positive way. Because they’re more mature, the younger students follow their lead, which makes teaching the program easier for me. It’s been a pleasure to have them.”
Roger and Jeremy are currently preparing for a five-week work-term with Local 244. After that, they’re hoping to get employment with the upcoming Goldboro plant expansion or the construction of an LNG facility at Bear Head. And if they find themselves working together for the same employer?
“I think it will be just as good as anything we’re doing now,” says Jeremy. “We each have our strengths