Jim Roberts brings over 34 years of experience in the electrical field. A graduate from the Georgian College Electrical Engineering program, he started his career at Toronto Hydro Electrical Systems as a High Voltage Underground Cable Fault Technician then proceeded to Toronto Transit Commission where he obtained his red seal 309A electrical license and became a Maintenance/Construction Electrician responsible for over 67km of subway system and all facilities on a 24/7 electrical emergency response team.
Since 2000, he supervised over 95 maintenance electricians, coordinated major shutdowns to facilities for bi-annual electrical maintenance, assisted electricians on major faults in high and low voltage equipment.
Outside of work, he volunteered as a fire fighter with a local fire department. When he left the department after 20 years, he held the role of Senior Captain and was in charge of day to day operations including organizing firefighter certification training. He spent the past 9 years teaching an in-house 4 year maintenance and construction training program for over 55 electrical apprentices, at the same time responsible for keeping 140 electrical employees updated in new technology, high voltage switching, safety requirements and maintenance procedures.
Jim as expertise in electrical troubleshooting techniques, print reading, lockout tag out, work protection code, HV Switching and the Canadian Electrical Code.
Jim is well versed in low voltage troubleshooting, AD/DC systems, electrical schematic reading, High Voltage Work Protection Code, Canadian Electrical Safety Code, Certified Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Member, Ontario Fire Marshall certified facilitator and a Master electrician.
Terry Simpson, Department of National Defence, RPOPS Electrician
“Jim Roberts is a knowledgeable instructor in this area of the trade. His course is a definite requirement.”
Luigi Marchesi, Toronto Transit Commission
“Great job, Jim goes through material in a clear understanding way. Jim was very thorough with both arc flash and high voltage material.”
Mike Tomassetti, Toronto Transit Commission
“Jim is great at his job and has taught me a lot of information on high voltage safety.”
Andreas Frangias, Toronto Transit Commission
“Jim was excellent and provided clear and concise information. He also used multiple ways to convey all the training in a way that kept it interesting.”
Paul Steinkey, Daam Galvanizing Ltd.
“Jim was very knowledgeable with course material. He would also answer questions that were outside of the course and pertained to our own jobs. He engaged all of us at the beginning and said, "No question was a stupid question." Thanks Jim.”
Mike Zahra, Toronto Transit Commission
“Good instructor, very knowledgeable.”
Connie Oglivie, Lambton Kent DSB
Good course, good resource materials, valuable networking.
Shoaib Patel, Toronto Transit Commission
“Jim Roberts was a good instructor. He was very clear in helping us understand how to safely deal with high voltage. He also made us aware of all the dangers that we could come across.”
Mike Klamann, Toronto Transit Commission
“I felt like I knew the instructor, Jim Roberts; he was really friendly.”
Kevin Archambault, Canadian Coast Guard
“Jim was very informative. He also brought a lot of experience to the course. He was able to relate with what we do on a regular basis.”
Andy Scheibli, Lambton Kent DSB
Informative, knowledgeable, entertaining.
Mario DiDonato, SofSurfaces
Good information for getting a good base knowledge of arc flash and hazards.
Parry Arnell, West Fraser
"Jim is excellent with providing real life examples to help explain the VFD/Motor Troubleshooting is important to maintaining a plant uptime."
Brian Ethier, Enbridge
"Jim is an experienced electrician with VFD's in the field. He has good knowledge of the VFD's we've worked with this week. He was able to help us with troubleshooting that we couldn't figure out. He also has good knowledge of the electrical field of VFD's and the motors which are being driven.
Conrad Castillo, Littelfuse Startco
The instructor; Jim Roberts did very well. He was very thorough and entertaining in the course. Jim was also able to keep my attention and kept me engaged in this course. Thanks Jim!”