Updated June, 2021.
Some of the most in-demand jobs in Canada right now are in the construction industry.
Careers in the skilled trades offer tremendous opportunity across the country, with great freedom of mobility and job security.
These are the jobs least likely to be sent offshore or be lost to automation. They offer high pay, great benefits, and often the flexibility to set your own hours or be your own boss.
Ontario's construction industry is projected to grow over the next decade, driven by numerous new infrastructure and utilities projects, and big demand in the residential building and renovation market.
And don't forget, many skilled tradespeople are starting to retire. Over 85,000 trades positions will need to be filled this decade to make up for retiring baby boomers.
If you're thinking about construction trades training, take a look at 5 of the most in-demand careers out there right now.
1. Construction & Maintenance Electrician
An electrician's skills are essential for every construction project, whether in commercial, industrial or residential areas.
Electricians can find work pretty much anywhere. Demand is so strong, it's pushing salaries higher and higher.
Construction and maintenance electricians in the Toronto area earn a median wage of $32/hour. At the higher end, they're making over $44/hour (source: Job Bank)
Working as a construction and maintenance electrician involves installing, repairing and upgrading electrical wiring, fixtures and controls for residential and commercial buildings.
To become an electrician, you must complete an apprenticeship, and then write an exam to earn your Certificate of Qualification.
For many people, the first step is pre-apprenticeship electrician training. Click below to see how it works.
2. HVAC Mechanic/Technician
HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) mechanics install, repair and overhaul all types of systems related to air quality and temperature control.
With climate change and a boom in energy efficiency upgrades, this is one of the hottest jobs in Canada right now.
The latest report from the Government of Canada Job Bank shows strong demand for HVAC mechanics throughout Ontario. This trade gets 3 stars for employment growth - the Job Bank's highest rating.
HVAC mechanics and technicians must complete an apprenticeship and earn a Certificate of Qualification to work in the field or start a heating/cooling business.
You'll also need a gas technician certification to work with gas and propane-fired heating/cooling equipment. Click below to learn more about HVAC training and certification.
Growth in the construction industry is just one reason for the high demand for plumbers in Canada. There are jobs available across all sectors, from industrial to residential.
Plumbing career paths include:
- Working on new construction projects
- Doing residential and commercial plumbing maintenance
- Doing renovation and retrofit work
- Working on municipal water systems
- Starting your own plumbing business
- Becoming a plumber instructor
- Working in plumbing sales
Plumber is another well-paid skilled trade. Experienced plumbers in Ontario can easily make over $40/hour.
Like all the other regulated trades in Ontario, you must complete an apprenticeship and pass a certification exam to become a licensed plumber.
Click below to explore the first level of training to prepare you for an apprenticeship.
4. Appliance repair technician
Most people don't realize how fast the appliance repair trade is growing. Appliances have become so complex and high-tech, many companies (like Whirlpool) can't find enough skilled technicians to do repairs.
In a recent interview, Whirlpool Canada said they were struggling to fill available jobs.
"The industry is changing with new major appliances being more computerized, WiFi enabled and sophisticated. Technicians need to be more tech-savvy than ever, and have new skills and expertise to capitalize on the growing demand for appliance technicians across Canada."
Qualified appliance repair technicians can start their own business, or get hired at:
- Major appliance sales companies
- Large apartment owners
- Small independent service companies
- Commercial restaurant equipment industry
You don't need to do an apprenticeship or pass a certification exam to work in this trade. In fact, training takes just 24 weeks.
Click below to explore a program and learn more.
5. Construction project Manager
As construction activity continue to increase, more managers are needed to coordinate projects behind the scenes.
Construction project managers oversee every aspect of a new build or renovation, including:
- maintaining records and files
- ensuring compliance with occupational health and safety procedures
- coordinating subcontractors
- keeping projects on budget
- processing invoices
- keeping clients updated
- ordering materials
Construction managers are employed by:
- Residential, commercial and industrial construction companies
- Major electrical, mechanical and trade contractors
No apprenticeship or certification is required to work as a construction manager. You can complete a training program in as little as 36 weeks.
Click below to explore a program.
Have questions about trades training and careers?
Interested in learning more about skilled trades training and career options?
Your next step is to speak with Admissions. An Admissions Advisor will guide you through available construction training programs and answer any questions you have.
Click below to browse a complete list of pre-apprenticeship and construction trades programs available at Herzing College (Toronto and Cambridge).
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