LUKE BARHYDT, Apprentice Technician. Luke joined Arctic Combustion in 2010 as a G2 gasfitter. He is assisting all of our technicians until he qualifies for his G1 licence in the province of Ontario. Luke is currently recognized as an Apprentice Electrician, a G2 in Ontario and a G1 in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Luke’s experience in Arctic Combustion includes: T.S.S.A upgrades on boilers at Ivista Kingston, installing a boiler at Bonduelle Windsor, annual boiler maintenance at Booth Street Ottawa Central Heating Plant operated by PWGSC and on-going maintenance service at boiler houses in various Metrolinx (Go Transit) Stations.

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NICK BATTY, Pressure Welder and Boiler Maker. Nick Batty has been in metal fabrication since the time he started to earn a pay.  He began working in a press shop making parts for oil refinery equipment; later moving on to work for a welding and fabrication business.  Here, he assembled and welded heavy-duty truck trailers for moving large quantities of materials.

After completing a course at Canadian Welding Skills School, in Bridge, North Ontario, Nick worked at a small custom trailer manufacturing company.  After a short time there, Nick joined the team at Arctic Combustion in October 2008. 

Nick has currently completed his G3 gas fitter license; he is also certified in both stainless and carbon steel in the 6G or all positions.  Nick has been on a variety of different projects while working for Arctic, in which he has acquired necessary skills to work safely and effectively.

Some projects Nick has had particular involvement in include:

  • Maple Leaf Foods- Fabricated and installed a stainless steel gas line for a meatball cooker. Brampton, Ontario
  • OPG-Darlington- Involved in the re-tubing of several back up boilers on site, Darlington, Ontario
  • Ash Bridges Bay- Assisted in the refurbishing of the main boilers in the plant to prevent further sulfur corrosion, Toronto, Ontario
  • London District Energy- Changed the burners and FD fans on two boilers at LDE site, to provide boilers with a lower NOx output, London, Ontario
  • IGI- Assisted in a boiler change over to a linkage less control design. Did the fabrication to the gas line and valve brackets, Scarborough, Ontario

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STEVEN (STEVE) CLARK, Combustion Specialist. Steve joined Arctic Combustion Limited in 2011. He is a Licensed Construction and Maintenance Electrician and holds a G1 license, which he received in 1991. He also holds an Instrumentation Technician license that he received after completing his Industrial Instrumentation and Electronics Engineering Technician schooling.

Steven has contracted himself out for the past 20 years, working with PLC’s and other controls systems, calibrating equipment, oven temperature tuning and setting up preventative maintenance programs. He also worked for Bunge Canada, ArcelorMittal Dofasco and Maple Leaf Meats Smokehouses as a Process Controls Instrumentation Mechanic, designing, installing and maintaining their various control systems which include HMI’s, process controls, data acquisition and digital controls systems.

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DON DEWAR, Instrumentation Technician, graduated from Mohawk College in Hamilton as an Electronics Technician. Hired by Ontario Hydro – Nuclear Division as an Assistant Control Technician Trainee, Don was trained in the instrumentation field with additional electrical a electronics training. After, Don spent four years with Ontario Hydro at Bruce Heavy Water Plant B as an Assistant Control Technician, heavily involved in the commissioning of the control systems of the plant.

Don was hired by Stelco-Lake Erie Works and completed his apprenticeship as an Instrument and Combustion Technician. During his 25+ years there, he was involved with the commissioning, start-up, modification and maintenance of the control and combustion systems at the Central Power Station (CPS), Blast Furnace and Coke Ovens. Don gained experience with many control systems including Moore 352 and 353 digital controllers, Honeywell TDC3000, Emerson Delta V, Allen Bradley PLC’s, and Wonderware HMI’s. With an older established company such as Stelco with a blend of older and new equipment, he had access to and developed a solid background with pneumatic equipment, as well as a good exposure to emerging measurement and control technologies. Don spent his last fifteen years at Stelco in the Blast Furnace as the “go-to guy” for various control and process problems.

In the late early 1990’s, Don earned an Instrumentation Engineering Technologist’s Diploma from Mohawk College while still employed at Stelco.
After thirty plus years with Stelco, – now US Steel Canada – Don decided it was time for a new challenge and joined the Arctic Combustion Team in February 2010. Don currently possesses his OBT-1 License and is currently pursuing his G-1 License.

During his short stay with Arctic, Don has been involved with the installation and commissioning of:

  • Sunnybrook Hospital – Controller Based Boiler Controls Boilers 1, 2, 3, Toronto, Ontario
  • Coca Cola – Linkageless Controls and new Burner Management boilers 1,2, & 3, Mississauga, Ontario

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TUQUER FRANCO, Pressure Welder and Boiler Maker. Tuquer Franco has been in metal fabrication since 1990 attaining his Technical Industrial High School diploma in The Instituto Salesiano Pedro Justo Berrio. He began working at a Chevrolet dealer in Colombia for 8 years as a welder; later moving to Florida and employed as a welder on heavy equipment. From there he moved to Illinois working for Weather Guard (Emerson Professional Tools) where he assembled and welded aluminum and steel toolboxes.

After moving to Canada, he commenced working at Arctic Combustion, joined the team in 2009.  Tuquer has currently completed his G3 gas fitter license. Tuquer has been on a variety of different projects while working for Arctic, in which he has acquired necessary skills to work safely and effectively.

Some projects Tuquer has had particular involvement in include:

  • Labatt Brewery- Complete boiler refurbish, including replacing tubes. London ON.
  • Kimberly Clark- Front refractory wall replaced. Huntsville ON.
  • Invista-Fabricated and installed fuel train for boiler #4 and #5 to meet TSSA code. Maitland ON
  • Sunnybrook Hospital-Installed low NOX burner and front refractory wall in boiler #1 Toronto ON
  • Kellogg- Complete boiler #1 refurbish including front wall. London ON

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PAUL GIDDINGS, Welding Supervisor.Paul was first introduced to welding in High School, in 1979. After High School he enrolled at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario for the Welder/ Fitter program. He graduated in 1982 with a 95% average and his all position Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) SMAW, and a TSSA 2” 6G SMAW pipe ticket. Paul has been in the welding trade ever since in a variety of positions. He has experience in production (factory) welding, heavy structural welding/ fitting, high pressure pipe, inspection techniques, blueprint reading and welding symbols. He completed CWB welding supervisor certification course, and has also been a Welding Instructor for over 5 years.

Some of Paul’s certifications and experience include:

  • Inter-Provincial Red Seal Certified Welder
  • Certified CWB Supervisor
  • Registered welding instructor with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU)
  • Completed CWB MLS program for Level 1 Inspector
  • Certified in SMAW CWB all position, GMAW CWB, TSSA 6G Pipe 6010/7018 , GTAW stainless and carbon steel
  • Weld All Position; SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, MCAW, GTAW, steel, stainless and aluminum
  • Knowledge of welding, weld overlays, welding dissimilar metals and post-weld cleaning and finishing
  • Knowledge in inspection and QA of weldments, weld faults and defects. Visual inspection as well as destructive testing. Some knowledge on non-destructive testing.
  • Fully proficient in all aspects of fabrication, cutting, grinding, plasma cutting, oxy-fuel, blueprint reading, welding symbols, fabrication, erection and repair of plate and structural components and pipe experience
  • Repair and maintenance of welding machines
  • Electrical and Electronic Calculations (803/G9702805/ONT) Certifications 1997

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DIETER HIRSCHMANN Instrument Technician. Is a Mohawk College graduate of the Industrial Instrumentation Program. Started his apprenticeship at Stelco in Hamilton in 1977, he transferred to the Lake Erie site for commissioning and start -up of the new steel plant. While at Lake Erie Steel he completed a second apprenticeship in refrigeration and air conditioning, retiring after 32 years working in the Primary end of the plant (boiler house, blast furnace coke ovens and water treatment plant).  Dieter has a wide variety of experience on electronic and pneumatic controls, measurement instrumentation, HVAC systems and burner controls.

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IVAN HOLJEVAC, Instrumentation Technician, His career started 1977 at Dofasco with the Instrumentation and Combustion Department, where he completed the rigorous apprenticeship as an Instrumentation and Combustion Technician. After a 30-year career at Dofasco, as Combustion & instrumentation trade specialist / Team leader, he gained extensive experience in preventive maintenance, equipment troubleshooting and new plant start-ups and upgrades. He possesses PLC and DCS experience as well as extensive knowledge of burner controls and troubleshooting.

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BRYCE HYNDMAN, Combustion Specialist, joined Arctic Combustion in January of 2002. Bryce completed a full apprenticeship in Gas Fitting prior to receiving his G1 license in 1997. As well, Bryce holds an electricians 442 license. Bryce’s duties at Arctic are primarily service and shop based
Bryce spent over 12 years at Aberfoyle Metal Furnaces where his responsibilities included many troubleshooting techniques relevant to a strong service skill-set. Before that, he was a machine operator and still holds valid cards in crane operation, man-lifts and forklift operation. With his gas fitting skills and as an accomplished welder, Bryce is important in the fabrication of Arctic’s shop assemblies.

Bryce regularly provides estimation and construction services for Arctic projects where comprehensive pipe installation is involved.

Projects Bryce has worked on include:

  • Kraft Foods – Fuel train and BMS retrofit, Ingleside, Ontario
  • St. Joe’s Health Services - BMS and burner train retrofit along with guarding system London Psych Campus, London, Ontario
  • Riello Burners – new piping and instruments to allow better visibility and control, Mississauga, Ontario
  • Goodyear - BMS retrofit, Collingwood, Ontario
  • GTAA – commissioning and start-up of a Foster Wheeler 65,000 PPH natural gas and oil fired boiler
    as well as oil system upgrades, Toronto, Ontario
  • Abitibi - Design, Supply and Commission a 4-burner rebuild including BMS and Control changes, Grand Falls, Newfoundland
  • StoneChem/Norampac - Supply and Commission PLC based BMS and fuel trains for new reformer design
    on Black Liquor reduction, Trenton, Ontario
  • McMaster University – Supply, Install, and Commission PLC based BMS and Fuel Trains, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Humber Treatment – Supply and commission four rental boilers, supply and install new multi-flue stack, Toronto, Ontario
  • Invista – TSSA upgrade, involving fuel train alterations and PLC based BMS upgrades, Maitland Ontario
  • Invista – TSSA upgrade, involving fuel train alterations and PLC based BMS upgrades, Kingston Ontario
  • Abitibi, Design, Supply and Commission a 4-burner BMS and Control changes for Gas reduction, Kenora, Ontario
  • Bunge – three boiler TSSA upgrade, Boiler #2 re-tubing, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Kellogg – rebuild gas train #2 Boiler, London, Ontario
  • Labatt – Custom design and implement new duct burners, London Ontario
  • Burner Management Approval and redesign Boilers 3,6 Invista, Maitland, Ontario
  • Burner Management Approval and redesign Boilers 4,5,6,7 & Vaporizers 9.10,11, Invista, Kingston, Ontario

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HARRY TERPSTRA, Service Manager graduated in industrial instrumentation from Mohawk College in 1974. He gained significant experience within process companies in the golden horseshoe area of southern Ontario before joining Moore Products Company in 1980. During his ten years at Moore, Harry traveled across Canada, servicing and starting up boilers and other processes until lastly, as a Senior Systems Specialist. During that time Harry criss-crossed Canada teaching Application courses on the Moore 352, the widest selling controller used. Later, for Marsh Engineering and Schneider (originally Modicon), Harry fulfilled the role of Service Manager with direction of 10-15 servicemen. Throughout his career, Harry has always prided himself with a “hands on” approach.

Harry joined Arctic in the spring of 2003. At Arctic, we had the pleasure of working closely with Harry for many years, and recognized that Harry’s strong problem solving skills coupled with his obvious service approach could make us stronger. Harry’s field experiences make him a natural for training both instrumentation and boiler operations.

Some of Harry’s projects where he had particular interest include:

  • Abitibi-Price - Boilers 1, 2, & 4 Controls, Burner Management, and Materials handling, Grand Falls, Newfoundland
  • Cascades - Boiler Controls and Burner Management for a Hog Fuel Boiler, East Angus, Quebec
  • Suncor – Boiler #3 controls upgrade– 1 Million PPH boiler, Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • Cameco – New D.C.S. system for burner management and combustion controls, Port Hope, Ontario
  • GTAA – commissioning and start-up of a Foster Wheeler 65,000 PPH natural gas and oil fired boiler, Toronto, Ontario
  • GTAA – develop and implement a preventative and maintenance service contract, Toronto, Ontario
  • Abitibi - Design, Supply and Commission a 4-burner rebuild including BMS retrofit and Control changes, Grand Falls, NF
  • Abitibi - Design, Supply and Commission a 4-burner BMS and Control changes for Gas reduction, Kenora, Ontario
  • Pro Mac - Commission and Start-up Boiler on #6 Oil, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Chrysler – Reactivate Boiler #5 after greater than ten years decommissioned, Windsor, Ontario
  • Kellogg’s – Install new flow meters, VFDs for Fan control, London, Ontario
  • New Forest – Boilers 1 & 2, Supply and Commission fuel trains, BMS, Controls, Scarborough, Ontario

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MARC VILLENEUVE Boiler Technician Specialist, joined Arctic Combustion in April of 2010. Marc brings over 34 years experience in the trade, and is a TSSA qualified Burner Technician in both Natural Gas (G1) and Oil (OBT1) as well as licensed for oil and gas for Quebec. His earlier experiences include residential, commercial and industrial maintenance on HVAC based equipment, working 10 years for his father, a heating contractor.

Marc taught night school teacher at Algonquin College for gas fitter and oil burner technician, full time for two years at La Cite Collégiate. While being a teacher he was project manager and sales for Volcano. For many years, Marc worked for a Volcano Boilers (now Indeck), doing service, installation, maintenance and site management. Marc has considerable experience with boiler maker work, electrical, and combustion piping. He has knowledge of and can troubleshoot a wide diversity of equipment, including Autoflamme & Siemens controls, Johnson, Webster, Weishaupt, Riello, PowerFlamme, Todd, Cohen burners, specialty boilers such as Thermogenic, Fulton,

Some of Marc’s experiences include:

  • INCO - commissioned linkageless controls, started up 3 new boilers, Sudbury, Ontario
  • Labatt Brewery- Complete boiler refurbish, including replacing tubes. London ON.
  • Sonoco – Murray Trane Boiler major re-tubing and rebuild, TSSA upgrades, Trenton, Ontario
  • Erco - service and maintenance - Hydrogen gas burners with AutoFlamme
  • Mine Sigma - conversion of 2 propane to natural gas with AutoFlamme
  • Leamington - many commissioning on heavy oil, natural gas and no 2 oil; most of them with Siemens BMS controls
  • OPG nuclear plant in Pickering and Darlington - maintenance and service

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