Hi, my name is Tim Carson and I am a bacon lover! Currently, I am a plumbing/gasfitting instructor in the Piping Department at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). I have been working at BCIT since 2009. Prior to this job I was working as a plumber/gasfitter at Alpha Mechanical LTD – based in Port Coquitlam, BC.

I started this blog based on a suggestion from a project mentor I had back in the summer of 2016. I was sharing with him my idea for a book but I was unsure of where or how to start. His suggestion was brilliant – start a blog. I took his advice and posted my first blog in October 2016. I love doing it and since that first post in October I have been hooked and there is no turning back!

I chose to use the sub name ‘a blog about life and leadership in the trades’ because I recently finished a Master’s Degree in Leadership (2016) from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. I have been a student/practitioner of leadership for a long time and this degree was indeed a life changing experience for me and many in my cohort. So much of what we learned is applicable not only to our leadership contexts but also to life and the trades – from the boardroom to the mechanical room to the family room.

I also chose to name my podcast ‘the Guild’ because of the history of trades training and what it meant to be a trades person. The underlying meaning to the Guild is community. This community was established to help others in their growth as crafts-people, protect their trade from tyranny, propagate their trade through different marketplaces, and to build the future generations of trades-people to carry on time-honored traditions and integrate new technologies.

I intend to post to the blog twice a week and look to increase it to three times per week in the future – once some of my other projects come to a close!

I also intend to post a podcast every two weeks for the first season.

My goal with this blog is;

  1. Develop a routine of research and writing to help with my eventual book publication.
  2. Challenge myself to take some risks by ‘putting myself out there’.
  3. To become a better writer.

My goal with the podcast;

  1. Have fun interviewing people about their specific trade discipline.
  2. Getting the word out there that there is a lot more to being a tradesperson than carrying tools and driving a van.
  3. Create a community that in some small way represents the Guild – a community of trades’ people who can be challenged and inspired to become better at their chosen craft and continue the tradition of raising up future generations of trades-people.

Working at BCIT  I have had the honor of teaching all levels of plumbing apprenticeship as well as the Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) – where I first was introduced to this trade called plumbing 15 years prior! Before this, I worked at Alpha Mechanical where I also had the honor of working with some great tradesmen, train some awesome apprentices, and experience a trades life that will never be forgotten. I am married to my wife, Marika (for over twenty years) and we have four great kids! I know that other parents always say their kids are the best but ours truly are the best! We also have two dogs (Boxers – Colt and Hobbes), a budgie (Leo), a gecko (Wren), and an Axolotl.

I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to work on many great and rewarding projects. I was a co-author for a new trades math delivery system which focused on delivering trades math curriculum through the lens of Universal Instructional Design principles. I have also worked on the Government of Canada’s Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training (FIATT) pilot.

In the future, I would like to do more research topics such as trades training development and delivery, the support for trades educators, and the completion rates of apprentices.

My contact information

My Email – tradesguildpodcast@gmail.com

My Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tim.carson.184

My Twitter – @ts_carson

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