What Does a Construction Estimator Do?

Apr 22, 2024 12:00:22 PM

Construction estimators are the financial guardians of building projects. They translate blueprints and specifications into dollar figures, estimating the costs of materials, labour, and equipment.

Their work is crucial for winning bids, managing budgets, and ensuring projects are completed on time, within budget, and to the required standards.

But what exactly does a construction estimator do? What does a typical day look like?

In this post, we offer a detailed look at the day-to-day responsibilities of construction estimators and the pivotal role they play in construction projects. We also delve into salaries, career prospects, and the skills needed to succeed in this role.

Keep reading to see if this career is a good fit for you.

Wolseley Canada Announces New Support for Women in Trades

Jan 26, 2024 9:00:00 AM

Wolseley Canada, one of the country’s top wholesale distributors of plumbing and heating products, recently sponsored Herzing College’s Women in Trades event and announced three new scholarships.

Pros & Cons of Working in Appliance Repair: Is This Trade for You?

Jan 24, 2024 12:38:22 PM

When a dishwasher leaks, or a washing machine won’t spin, or an oven won’t heat, an appliance service technician comes to the rescue. These skilled professionals troubleshoot and maintain the appliances we rely on every single day. It’s essential, rewarding work.

But like any job, appliance repair has both advantages and drawbacks. And it’s important to understand the whole picture before committing to a career.

In this post, we outline the top pros and cons of becoming an appliance service technician. Find out if this trade is a good fit for you and what steps to take next.

Types of Plumbers: Career Path Opportunities and Specializations

Jan 18, 2024 11:01:20 AM

Many people have an image of plumbing as being about clogged drains and overflowing toilets. But that’s far from the complete picture.

The truth is that the plumbing trade offers steady demand and a diverse range of career opportunities across Ontario. Want to focus on home plumbing services? Industrial steamfitting? Fire protection? You have plenty of options.

In this blog, we outline various types of plumbers and plumbing specializations so you can discover the path that’s right for you.

How Much Do Plumbers Make in Ontario? Latest Salary Info

Jan 12, 2024 9:00:19 AM

If you’re thinking about a career in the plumbing trade, one of the most important factors you need to consider is how much you could earn.

Plumber salaries depend on several factors, such as the amount of experience you have and whether you work on staff at a company or run your own business.

To get a true picture of plumber salaries in Ontario, we analyzed the latest government labour market data as well as dozens of real job postings on Indeed, Workopolis, and Glassdoor.

We looked at earnings for apprentices, licensed plumbers, and contractors.

Keep reading to discover the latest salary info and see how you can get started in this trade.

Whirlpool Rep: We Need More Women in Appliance Repair

Jan 11, 2024 2:20:26 PM

Roughly 700,000 tradespeople in Canada are expected to retire by 2028, and there simply aren’t enough new workers to replace them.

Statistics like that worry Erin Jacobs of Whirlpool Canada. She’s been with the company for almost 20 years and works closely with the service technicians. She knows all too well how critical it is to attract new blood to the appliance repair trade.

That’s why she chose to speak at Herzing’s recent Women in Trades event. She hopes to inspire more people—particularly women—to consider a career in appliance service.

We caught up with Erin this week to learn more about her message and what prospective techs should know. Read on for the highlights of that conversation.

Ontario Electrician Salaries in 2024: How Much Can You Make?

Jan 2, 2024 11:15:53 AM

It's a key question for anyone thinking about a career as an electrician in Ontario: Just how much money can you expect to earn?

Electrician salaries depend on a range of factors, including what company you work for, what area you specialize in, and how much experience you have.

We looked at government data and dozens of actual job postings to get an idea of earnings for electrician apprentices as well as fully qualified journeymen in different specialties.

In this post, we explain how much you can make in various electrician roles, and how to get started with training. Here's what you need to know.

Meet Erica: My Experience in Herzing’s Plumbing Program

Dec 6, 2023 9:00:00 AM

As is the case for a lot of people, Erica Dingman’s career path zigged and zagged. She spent a few years dabbling in animation, customer service, and other areas, but none of them were quite right.

She’d always loved taking things apart and learning how they worked, so the trades seemed like a natural fit. After overcoming a slight hesitation that she might be too old to start something new, she enrolled in the plumbing pre-apprenticeship training at Herzing College.

It turned out to be a great decision. Erica was so successful that she was even asked to be a teaching assistant in the program.

How did she find the whole experience? Keep reading to find out.

Meet Kerianne: Charting a New Path in HVAC

Dec 1, 2023 9:00:00 AM

Kerianne Kerr was tired of instability. She’d bounced around in a variety of short-term jobs, but never really felt like she had a career. So when a friend of hers kept talking about the HVAC field and the need for skilled techs, she decided it was a path worth pursuing.

The trades had never been on her radar. She had never touched a power tool and wasn’t used to physical labour. But the instructors and staff at Herzing College offered the training and support she needed, and Kerianne graduated from the program in September 2023.

We interviewed her recently to get her thoughts on the whole experience. Read on for her story.

Meet Cheryl: Appliance Repair Grad Who Built Her Own Business

Nov 29, 2023 9:15:45 AM

Cheryl Franklin stumbled into the appliance industry almost by accident. She’d been a retail manager, but a change in her personal life made her want work she could do from home. She started doing remote office support for a friend’s appliance repair company—and eventually realized she could run her own.

But first, she needed training, so she enrolled in Herzing College. That was back in 2015. As soon as she graduated, she launched Champion Appliance Repair and built up a client base. She now runs a busy shop and has a staff of six technicians.

We spoke with Cheryl to learn more about how her career journey has unfolded. Read on for the details.

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