Erik Hardin is a Journeyman Carpenter, Red Seal endorsed who has a background in both the commercial and residential construction industries. As a young man he launched his career while operating a vibrant contracting company, focusing primarily on small residential contracts.
His career led him to the commercial construction industry where he was able to gain a variety of experience on both small and large projects. From building gas stations to expansive treatment centers and mercantile centers where he became a foreman and lead hand. The practical knowledge he attained during this time was quite varied and comprehensive including surveying, site layout and grading, concrete formwork and flatwork, framing, siding, roofing, building science, through to finishing and cabinetry.
After many years in commercial construction , Erik returned to residential construction as a Site Superintendent for a mid-sized home builder in Edmonton, Alberta, building upwards of 100 homes per year. There he was in charge of scheduling, estimating, and most other aspects of home construction, all the while putting on his tool belt and carrying around tool boxes in order to get the homes completed on time and to a high level of quality.
Eventually Erik’s career led him to an opportunity to join the ranks of higher education at N.A.I.T. Although trained in Alberta, Erik has many roots on the West Coast dating back several generations; from Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Texada Island, Nanaimo, to the lower mainland. Erik was very fortunate to earn the opportunity to develop and deliver the first Carpentry apprenticeship program at the new Trades Building in the Comox Valley, where he strives to deliver top quality programming and to pass on some of his tricks of the trade.