Overall reviews at Aecon Group
Excellent Opportunity for both Apprentices and Journeypersons
It was a pleasure to work with Aecon Industrial Western, in that I saw first hand the part that safe work practices, a high standard of professionalism, and integrity in management play in creating an empowering working environment. As an apprentice, I could not have found a better placement to introduce me to the world of industrial steamfitting/pipefitting; my superiors were both knowledgeable and patient with a high degree of emphasis on safety at all times, and kept an eye to ensuring that I gained the maximum exposure to a variety of different applications of the trade to benefit my learning experience, and refining the skills I brought to them from my formal education. The work environment was one where you truly felt you were a team player, with a high degree of respect for each and every worker on every level. I cannot emphasize enough how much of a difference it made to feel as though my efforts were not only appreciated, but seen as an integral role in accomplishing the collective tasks set before us. I would without hesitation highly recommend this employer to anyone seeking a great place of employment in the pipe trades industry. It was a hard company to finally leave, though the terms of my departure were lay offs.
ProsCopious amounts of free hot chocolate, accessibility to warm up breaks as needed (not scheduled), laid back atmosphere, high standards of safe work practices, fun activities such as brass pools, safety awards and draws, and general worker appreciation.
no job security
Working day at AME typically consists of an unpredictable schedule. Depending on the circumstances you could work in the morning and also be asked to come in at night if short staffed. Most new employees are also asked to come in on the weekends.
Training is limited, lots of broken tools and equipment-especially related to asphalt core cutting. Injuries at work are common especially related to asphalt drilling. I had couple of close calls myself. This is because of poor training and lack of good equipment.
they cover 50% of your phone bill if you were not provided a company phone. however if you do not submit you phone bill by a set time, they do not give you your money. i didn't get paid for using my personal phone because i did not submit my bill on time. i was 2 months late. i was new and didn't know about this policy, which is stupid as they should of still re-reimbursed me. it is the principle that counts here, i use my phone to get to sites and should have been compensated regardless.
All in all, management expects you to be available on short notice. they make you drive to job sites out of town sometimes on short notice. Great job if you are single and willing to risk your health and do without sleep. Not a good job if you have family.
Prosbasic benefits, provide a truck F-150 to all technicians
Consdont provide phone, poor training, broken equipment
A typical day would start with an all Supervisor/Contractor daily scheduling meeting. I would then have an informal meeting with my project foremen, discussing scheduled work, progress and safety issues. I would then attend the foreman/worker job task review for the upcoming day. I learned once again that you take nothing for granted, and that all people including Supervisors must fully understand the tasks and how vital schedules effect all aspects of the project. Upper Management was excellent to work with as they left you to manage your aspect of the project yourself. Being a Union job co-workers were normally good but I found myself constantly having to bring up work productivity, smoke breaks and extended coffee breaks. The most enjoyable part of all projects I've supervised is the ability to plan schedule and implement projects. I enjoy being able to be out in the field observing productivity to be able to plan the next day/weeks upcoming tasks. For myself being too busy was by far better than having little to do.
ProsOpen work atmosphere
ConsBeing one of the few Holders for work protection there were extended work weeks
awesome place to work because they treat you like family.
The job was good, the employees were good people, and management was open minded, and respected the thought's and ideas of others.
I became a Journeyman Fitter while working with this company. I expanded my welding skills, and fitting skills. I learned that I also love training/teaching others how to read blueprints, and expand their knowledge of the trade. I also learned how the fabrication side of things worked, as in getting drawing, and changes made.
All guys working there were willing to show/answer any questions co-workers had. Always there to help others, and each other.
the hardest part of the job was having to leave it. I had family problems at the time and left the province for a new start, which was a decision I regret because she never changed and my family split.
I looked forward to going to work because the company treated you like you were a somebody, and you are important to the company. I was treated like I was part of a family. the setting/environment was a family setting, and a safe environment.
Prostreated fairly and like family
Consworked in the cold sometimes
Great learning experience,
I had an amazing boss made work fun and enjoyable to be at most of the time. probably the only reason I stayed as long as I did.
Because of my work ethic and drive to learn & grow was able to move up the ladder.
I started as a water truck driver but was always pushing to learn more about general operations, management & Equipment operation. as a result, I was trained on various equipment & started becoming a part of daily planning and organization.
I was also responsible for the safety of my crew by establishing the construction work zone, setting HWY signage & maintaining signage logs, placing barricades, barrels, delineation & road or lane closures.
I learned time management, organization, construction methods, communication Skills. Both the hardest part and most enjoyable part of the job was working away from home. I have learned to love working for 14+ days straight & getting 5 to 7 days off it allows for you to enjoy your days off and still get everything else done you need to get done in life.
ProsLOA, Accommodations provided, work away from home, travel
Conslong hours, away from home
BEST company ever!
I'm on a contract position with Aecon and Aecon is an amazing company to work for...great work/life/family balance. As well, excellent wage, benefits and opportunity. My day is a 10hr day right on the construction site. I've learned to understand the whole job...field work and office work. It's very hands on with lots to learn. Management here on site and at the head office have been a wonderful support in all areas. The hardest part of my job is having to say good bye to some really great people...both trade world and Aecon as the project winds down and is getting ready to close. In saying that, I am sure for many of us, our paths will cross again in the construction/industrial world. I enjoy arriving every day and my day is upbeat, busy and enjoyable. As much as I wish this job would last forever, unfortunately the contract and job itself is coming to an end. I hope to continue working for Aecon Industrial, Energy Division in the future as new contracts come along.
ProsHands on experience in the field, team building events, great swag
ConsLong hours during peak season
Quality Technician | Ontario
| Aug 6, 2020
You are a Labor, not a technician.
I am sure if you are hired as a Technician, you would be expecting some "technical" work. Quality testing, reporting, minor supervision, work experience for PR, and lots of opportunities to grow. I was the same naive person. I have now realized that they hire cheap labor (the work, that unskilled laborer would refuse for the pay you are offered). They are smart to overhire. So you may not get work ( usually less than 30 hrs/week). However, if you decide to up and leave because of their tactics, they have a lot of your replacements.
For some, it is amazing (good hour/lesser stress of responsibilities), for some who have advanced degrees and plenty of experience, this is just awful. If you do think you can move up the ladder, just be very very diligent. Forget about other opportunities and your PR experience (to people it applies). You do get to earn many certificates and IF you don't mind extreme physical work, you will do well here.
Quit a while ago.
Fuel and Lube Technician
A typical day at work is fueling, greasing and adding oils as needed to all equipment on site. This consists of Haul trucks, 793s, 789s, 777s and articulating rock trucks.Other equipment are excavators, shovels, dozers, graters, and packers. I learned what different oils that each equipment takes. My co-workers are well trained such as myself and do a great job day in and day out and safety is no. 1 with the crew. The hardest part of the job is going to service the 5500 shovel down in the mine in the tar sands as the ground is very soft and lots of congestion with haul trucks, you have to be aware of your surroundings and pay attention. The most enjoyable part of the job is meeting different operators on different equipment throughout the mine.
ProsAecon gives out rewards monthly for jobs and safety well done
Cons15 hour days with shift and driving to and from work
Fast paced work environment
- Starts with site visit and meetings with foreman's and superintendent. Check work progress in the field, analyse issues, get into office in second half of the day and work on cost, schedule, project controls, safety issues, Change management, and other management documentation.
- Learns all the field process, areas to increase productivity, Equipment utilization and project management tools and techniques.
- Project Management, Construction management, Supervision and leadership.
- Interact with all kind of skills, trades, with different qualification. From a general Labor to MBA professionals.
- trying to be at many places at same time.
- Get to see all side of business, Involvement in complete process from Estimating to project completion.
Prosgood work exposure. gained good experience
Constrying to be at many places at same time.
Productive Knowledgeable supervisors Great people to work with
A typical day at work was our morning toolbox JHA's and safety talk. Learned a lot about Excavation procedures on Gas Plants and Tools and equipment for various trades. Management was pretty good but found that promotions and job positions were given to spouses and relatives rather then the most experienced and best suited for the position. company was good with assisting employees that had family emergencies and pooled together to help them out. hardest part of the job was not really knowing if you were going to keep your position or advance to another. The people that work there do very good team work and there are many trades involved and this was also a good learning experience and made many friends and contacts. I enjoyed the family feeling that was projected.