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.”
Salman Afzal, Syncrude Canada
“Jim Roberts is a really good instructor; he explained everything in detail and explained the hazards of switching electrical equipment. He has shown us the safest way of switching and what to look for when switching. I would recommend Jim because he is experienced and very safe and he knows the stuff...
Mike Klamann, Toronto Transit Commission
“I felt like I knew the instructor, Jim Roberts; he was really friendly.”
Bernice O'Neil, Lambton Kent DSB
Excellent course, full of need to know current info.
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.
Shaun Filson, SaskPower
“Jim presented the material in an easy-to-follow manner. Course content was informative and will be very useful in the place where I work. Overall, definitely worth taking.”
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.”
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.”
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!”
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 Tomassetti, Toronto Transit Commission
“Jim is great at his job and has taught me a lot of information on high voltage safety.”
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."
Greg Lyon, Newalta
“Jim was extremely knowledgeable and kept the material interesting. He was extremely in depth and very helpful.”
Andy Scheibli, Lambton Kent DSB
Informative, knowledgeable, entertaining.
Mario DiDonato, SofSurfaces
Good information for getting a good base knowledge of arc flash and hazards.