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Faculty Profiles

Barrie Steele

Barrie  Steele

Professor, School of Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship

Barrie was born and raised in Derby, England. He started his Machinist apprenticeship with British Rail Engineering at the Locomotive Works in 1969. After seven years, he decided to make a change and began working for Rolls Royce and Associates producing nuclear reactors for the British Navy.
In 1980 Barrie moved to Canada with his family where he worked as a machinist in small companies for a couple of years. Barrie started work at Stelco as a Machinist and went through the Ontario Apprenticeship Program to become a Millwright/Maintenance Mechanic. He worked as a Millwright/Maintenance Mechanic at Stelco for 27 Years then took early retirement in 2009. During his time at Stelco, Barrie also attended Mohawk College and received a Fluid Power Certificate and Programmable Logic Controller Certificate for Tradesmen.

Barrie started with the Skilled Trades Centre in 2009 after viewing attendance records for the TTOP and COTT high school students. Barrie also worked as a Placement/Job Developer for the Toolmaking and Millwright trainees who graduate from Sheridan's Skilled Trades programs.

Because of his work within the steel industry, Barrie was asked to instruct the Welders in Metallurgy, and Layout and Fabrication which is on-going. He has taught Trades Safety for various trades and taught the Pre-Apprentice Industrial Mechanic/Millwrights and Level 1 Toolmakers.

Barrie values his time working with Trainees. In his words, "it's great to be able to pass along skills to the next generation of tradespeople." Not only is Barrie an expert in his field, he has a significant connection to industry and loves passing on his knowledge.