Rick Heikkila, Program Chair/Instructor

Rick is a Trades Qualified Red Seal Electrician. He has extensive experience in the electrical trade, spending 15 years in the construction industry, including owning and operating his own company, and 20 years in institutional maintenance. He began teaching at VIU in 2008. The people Rick has worked for, and with, including contractors, engineers, architects, owners, and now bright young students, have all contributed to a dynamic lifelong interest in the trade. He’s passionate about excellence in the field and upholding standards, and he believes that the electrical trade is diverse enough in scope to provide a challenging and ever-changing career.

Phone: 250-740-6563, Ext. 6563
Email: Rick.Heikkila@viu.ca

 

Terry Fedchuk, Electrical Tool Room / Instructional Assistant

Terry completed his Electrical apprenticeship at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology where he received his Journeyman Red Seal Certificate in 1979, and became a Master Electrician in 1988. He has experience in industrial, commercial, and residential projects and has also owned his own electrical contracting company. He has his BC Instructor’s Diploma and is very passionate about the electrical industry – he finds passing his knowledge onto students very rewarding.

Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2054
Email: Terry.Fedchuk@viu.ca

 

Samuel Johnson, Instructor

Samuel is a Trades Qualified Red Seal Electrician, Provincial Instructors Diploma, and 'B' level contractor. He has extensive work experience in the electrical trade as an electrical contractor, and 17 years’ experience as an industrial electrician, 12 of those years as foreman. He has worked on high rises and commercial projects, in new construction and renovations, done tenant improvements, service work and a variety of maintenance. He enjoys helping people grasp the underlying concepts that make understanding the vast and always evolving electrical field easier, and he likes seeing students come back for the different levels of training and to see their confidence and talent grow.

Phone: 250-740-6563, Ext. 6563
Email: Samuel.Johnson@viu.ca

 

Deanna Littlejohn, Instructor

Deanna is a Red Seal Electrician, completing her apprenticeship in the early eighties, and having developed the Electrical Program at VIU Deanna has both chaired and instructed in the department since 2007. She has been involved in co-generation projects in Northern Alberta, electrical preventative maintenance at the Cold Lake Air Force Base, high voltage substation construction, oil field construction in Fort McMurray, high-rise commercial offices in Toronto, fire alarm systems, numerous residential and commercial projects and marine electrical in Brisbane, Australia. Deanna has also conducted Electrical Training Gap Analysis in Mongolia and the Bahamas, is actively involved in the CSA Code development, holds an A FSR (Field Service Representative certification) and a Provincial Instructors Diploma. She finds it rewarding to help students gain the skills they need to become independent, capable, and optimistic about their future.

Phone: 250-740-6563, Ext. 6563
Email: Deanna.Littlejohn@viu.ca

Shane Dalager, Instructor

Shane is a Red Seal Electrician, completing his training at Thompson Rivers University in 1997.  He holds certification as a Class "A" Field Safety Representative, Electrical Inspector and he holds a British Columbia Provincial Instructor Diploma. Shane has worked in the Residential, Commercial and Industrial fields wiring everything from custom homes, hospitals, high-rises and overhead door controls, to top drive units.  Shane brings his eleven years of electrical instruction experience at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to the team at VIU.  He enjoys helping students interpret the ever changing and exciting field of electrical installation, from transposing formulas, working through complicated code rules to designing motor control circuits. 

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