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A Senior Technical Sales Rep with a Passion for Challenging Projects

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A Path of Dedication and Excellence in Fire Protection

At Viking Fire Protection, we believe in showcasing our dedicated workforce. We are proud to be the employer of choice for the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable fire protection professionals. Because we value our exceptional team, we are dedicating a special segment of our blog, the “Join the Fire Protection Best!” series, to highlight that the best specialists, recognized across Canada, work at Viking Fire Protection.

For this article, we have chosen to highlight a Senior Technical Sales Representative, working with the Viking Fire team in Ottawa: Bernard St-Aubin. With over 16 years of hands-on experience in field installation and project supervision, Bernard has carved a niche for himself in the fire protection industry. His career path, from a field expert to an experienced technical sales representative is a testament to his dedication, knowledge, and versatility.

Photo: Bernard St-Aubin, Senior Technical Sales Representative – Viking Fire Protection Ottawa

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“I love working on complicated projects: they give me the opportunity to pore over fire industry books and broaden my knowledge and expertise. When Viking colleagues, from the service, engineering, or inspection departments need solutions, for complex and critical fire protection mandates, they can rely on my solution-driven mindset and eagerness to assist them” – Bernard St-Aubin


Truck Driver, Sprinkler Fitter, then Promoted to Senior Technical Sales Rep

From the early days as a truck driver to becoming an expert in the fire protection trade, his career trajectory is marked by continuous learning, and a passion for the field.

Starting with his trades studies: Bernard’s high grades reflected a deep understanding of the material, while a spirit of collaboration shone through in his willingness to assist classmates. This dedication was recognized with an award and a certificate for achieving the highest scholastic grades in Advanced trade school.

Then, as a licensed and Red Seal sprinkler fitter, Bernard’s savoir-faire began with an apprenticeship that quickly showcased a knack for learning and adaptability. This hands-on experience included installing fire pumps, deluge systems, foam systems, pre-action systems, and clean agent systems. Each project added layers of practical knowledge and technical skill.

Work Experience Leading to Fire Protection Expertise

When his career at Viking Fire began, 7 years ago, Bernard worked as an inspection’s supervisor. His comprehensive knowledge of CanUlc 537 and fire alarm inspections ensured the highest standards of safety and compliance.

Now as a valued technical sales rep, Bernard quotes maintenance and fit-ups for projects of all sizes. He also provides project management and technical support for inspections, service, and engineering departments. His explicit knowledge of Automatic Fire Protection codes ensures that every project meets stringent safety standards.

Furthermore, his extensive experience, commitment to teaching and mentorship make him a valuable asset. Colleagues benefit from immediate technical expertise, whether it involves code-related questions, installation methods, or troubleshooting complex issues.

In fact, one of Bernard’s standout qualities is his passion for problem-solving. Dropping everything to assist colleagues, tackling technical challenges head-on, and finding innovative solutions are not just part of the job; they are the aspects he most enjoys.

In conclusion, Bernard’s entrepreneurial spirit, and solution-driven approach continue to set him apart as an innovator in his field. His Algonquin heritage shines through in his work, and personal life, for example in his spiritual practices, and his passion for hunting and fishing.

As a matter of fact, the Algonquin Philosophy is: Remain close to the Great Spirit. Show great respect for your fellow beings. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind. Give assistance and kindness whenever needed. Indeed, Bernard’s dedication to resolving issues, and delivering excellence in fire protection, reflects a deep commitment to the craft and to the success of his Viking Ottawa team.

Attracting the Best Talent in the Industry

At Viking, we take pride in employing the most qualified sprinkler fitters in the industry. We value and reward our outstanding specialists, reflecting a high employee retention rate.

By choosing a career as a sprinkler fitter at Viking, you gain access to extensive expertise and solid professional guidance from our staff. We employ top technicians, recognized across Canada, who share their skills to shape the next generation of experts.

Photo: Bernard St-Aubin, Senior Technical Sales Representative, and the Viking Fire Protection Ottawa Team

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Join the Best

Bernard emphasizes the importance of hands-on experience on construction sites. He acknowledges that practical experience, on a diversity of projects, is essential and cannot be solely acquired in the classroom.

Moreover, he attributes part of his success to being assigned to a diversity of large scale and specialized fire protection projects: from chemical plants and hangars to office towers and residential buildings. Bernard’s experience spans various environments, each with unique challenges and requirements and working with the expertise of the Viking Ottawa team, which has enabled him to progress in his career to this level of achievement.

If you have completed your sprinkler fitter training and wish to enhance your skills and develop your professional experience with the best technicians in the industry, visit our careers page and contact us today.

At Viking Fire Protection, you will find a work environment that fosters your professional development and allows you to become tomorrow’s expert.

For 90 years, our strong reputation has been built on our commitment to providing top-notch fire protection products and services, that perfectly meet our clients’ requirements.

Apply today and join one of the most respected fire protection companies in Canada!

Industry Standards & Affiliation

Viking systems are designed and installed exclusively according to NFPA standards. Our team uses products that are recognized by ULC and FM Approved standards. Viking Fire Protection also meets pre-qualification requirements by several recognized organizations