How Do You Become a Construction Manager? Diploma vs. Degree

Apr 5, 2021 11:21:11 AM

Like the idea of coordinating a build from start to finish? Interested in project management and wondering how to become a construction manager?

Now is a great time to get into this career. According to the Government of Canada Job Bank, construction managers are in strong demand all over Ontario.

Salaries are high, too. The Job Bank says construction managers in Ontario earn a median income of over $85,000. Some make more than $140,000.

But how can you break into this role? What skills are required and what training options do you have? Do you need a university degree to qualify for those high-paying jobs?

In this post, we break it all down into simple terms.

Compare the two different paths to becoming a construction manager (degree vs. diploma) and get help to decide which is right for you.

Here's what you need to know.

How Do You Get a Gas Fitter License? A Beginner's Guide

Mar 25, 2021 10:05:56 AM

Considering a career as a gas fitter, installing and maintaining gas lines, regulators, meters, and appliances?

It's a good time to get into this trade in Ontario. The Government of Canada Job Bank expects healthy employment growth for gas fitters in the province over the next few years.

And you can make a good living in this field. According to the Job Bank, Ontario gas fitters earn a median salary of over $58,000. At the higher end, they're making more than $73,000/year.

But if you want to become a gas fitter, you need to earn a license from the TSSA. Your first step is to understand the certification and licensing process for gas fitters in Ontario. 

We're here to break it down in simple terms.

We'll guide you through the different levels of gas fitter licensing (G1, G2, G3), the TSSA exams, and training options for beginners.

Let's dive in.

Becoming a Construction Office Manager: What’s it Really Like?

Mar 16, 2021 2:43:36 PM

Updated March 2021.

The field of construction management attracts people from all different backgrounds. Some already have hands-on experience as builders.

Others have administrative experience, and understand about coordinating schedules, organizing information, and meeting deadlines. 

Some are completely new to the field. But they’re interested in construction and naturally drawn to project management.

They want to see how a build comes together, behind the scenes. They want to play a key role in organizing, planning, and overseeing that process. 

Sound familiar? You’ve come to the right place. 

So, what’s it really like to work as a construction manager? What does training involve, and what sort of jobs can you get just starting out? Is the salary good? 

Here’s your quick guide to the world of construction administration and management. 

What is an HVAC Technician? Duties, Skills, Life at Work

Mar 12, 2021 2:28:10 PM

Curious about a career in the heating and cooling trade? Before you can decide if this path is right for you, you need to understand what the job really involves.

So what is an HVAC technician?

HVAC technicians are experts in controlling indoor environments. They install and service heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in all kinds of buildings, from homes and offices to hospitals and factories.

That's the basic job description. But what does an HVAC technician actually do every day?

What types of skills are required? And what is it really like to work in this trade?

This post has the answers. We provide a clear breakdown of the typical job duties and required skills for HVAC technicians.

We also tell you about life on the job, including the pros and cons of working in the HVAC trade.

Let's get started.

How to Get Hired as an HVAC Apprentice: Tips From an Expert

Mar 8, 2021 10:19:18 AM

If you want to become a certified HVAC technician, getting an HVAC apprenticeship is your first step. HVAC technician is a regulated trade in Ontario, so completing an apprenticeship isn't optional.

It's part of a 5-year process of classroom training and on-the-job learning that prepares you for certification.

You need a total of 8,280 apprenticeship hours before you can challenge the exam and become a certified journeyperson in the trade. The good news? Apprentices get paid, so you can earn while you learn.

But competing for good HVAC apprenticeship jobs isn't easy. How do you get an edge?

Appliance Repair Training in Ontario: Top Questions & Answers

Mar 3, 2021 2:28:31 PM

Photo: Appliance Technician students disassembling units and working on parts at Herzing College

Welcome to the ultimate guide to appliance repair training and careers in Ontario.  

Considering becoming an appliance service technician? Want to know how long training takes and what job opportunities are out there?  

Wondering about certifications, salaries, and demand for this trade in Ontario? 

These are some of the most common questions we get from prospective students. So we pulled them all together here for easy access. 

Get reliable information to plan your next step, and some expert advice on what to expect from a career in the appliance trade. 

How Do You Choose a Good HVAC College? 8 Things to Notice

Feb 18, 2021 1:05:30 PM
Graduates from the HVAC training program at Herzing College 

If you've landed here, you're considering becoming an HVAC technician and want to explore training options in your area.

By now, you've probably realized there are many HVAC schools in the Toronto area. There are certificates, courses, diplomas, pre-apprenticeship programs, online options, and more.

How do these programs differ? What exactly should you be looking for in a quality HVAC college? 

Good questions. When you consider the time and money you'll need to invest, it's worth doing the research.

Plus, getting a good foundation in training is obviously key to landing a good job (which is the whole point of going to school).

So, in this post we're laying out the 8 most important qualities of a good HVAC college. These are the features to notice when you're comparing schools and choosing where to enroll.

No matter which HVAC college you end up choosing, make sure it meets these clear standards of quality and excellence.

Becoming a Certified Gas Technician: 6 Things to Know About the TSSA Exams

Feb 18, 2021 12:19:22 PM
 Gas technician students in class at Herzing College Skilled Trades in Toronto

Want to become a certified gas technician? Your first step is to learn about the TSSA's gas tech certification requirements.

Any tradesperson who works with oil or gas must get licensed to legally operate in Ontario. Obviously this rule applies to gas technicians. But it also impacts trades like HVAC and appliance repair, which involve installing and servicing fuel-powered units.

So, who is the TSSA, and what steps must you go through to meet their certification requirements? What training should you get to prepare for your gas technician exam, and what is the test like?

Here's your quick guide to getting gas tech certified this year.

Appliance Repair Training: What Skills Will You Learn in Class?

Feb 10, 2021 2:18:00 PM

Considering becoming an appliance service technician? Looking into appliance repair training to see what your options are?

You're in the right place. There are actually a few different types of appliance training programs out there.

Some focus only on electrical appliances. Others prepare students to work on gas-fired units.

There are also courses that offer a combination of electrical and gas appliance repair training. 

The course you choose will depend on your career goals and how quickly you want to start working (electrical appliance training is shorter).

In this post, we’ll walk you through the main skills taught in our electrical Appliance Service Technician course. This is a good starting point for newcomers to the appliance trade.

Find out what to expect in training and the main skills you will learn in class.

24-Week Structured Cabling Course: What Can You Expect in Class?

Feb 5, 2021 11:05:11 AM

Photo: Structured cabling student in the training workshop at Herzing College

Are you considering a career as a network cabling specialist?

Or maybe you’re interested in taking a structured cabling course, but have questions about what to expect in class.

Herzing College offers an accelerated Network Cabling program that fully prepares you to become a network cabling specialist in just 24 weeks.

Students learn the exact skillset and knowledge needed to start a career in structured cabling, immediately after graduation.

Let’s look at key skills you’ll learn in the program, along with safety training requirements and potential job opportunities for structured cabling course grads.

By the end of this post, you will have a better idea if Herzing’s Network Cabling Specialist training is right for you.

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