Pursuing a Construction Estimator Career? 5 Key Skills You'll Need to Master

Sep 19, 2023 2:40:36 PM

While construction estimating does not receive as much attention as other jobs in the skilled trades, it’s one of the most important roles on any construction site. A good estimator is critical to the success of any construction firm, since the accuracy and timeliness of a bid is a determining factor in which company wins the bid.

And skilled estimators are in demand. Government projections show that construction estimators have strong career prospects across most of Canada, including Ontario, Quebec, and the Prairie provinces.

So what specific skills do you need to find success as a construction estimator? The following five attributes are widely considered essential.

Meet Raechel: From IT to Theatre to the Electrical Trade

Aug 15, 2023 9:22:22 AM

Raechel Kula’s career path has taken some interesting turns. After several years in software testing, she went back to school for theatre training. But steady work in the entertainment industry is hard to come by, and she liked the idea of a job with more regular hours.

An encounter with some electricians sparked her interest in that trade. That led her to enrol in the electrician and network cabling program at Herzing College.

After graduating in September 2022, she immediately went to work full time at a small company in Toronto that installs lighting, communications, and audio-video systems in commercial and high-end residential properties.

We spoke with Raechel to learn more about her experience at Herzing and how her career has unfolded. Here’s her story.

How to Become an Appliance Technician: A Comprehensive Guide

Aug 2, 2023 11:44:16 AM

You’re smart to be looking into how to become an appliance repair technician. This is an in-demand trade that lets you tinker with exciting new technologies and work on the cutting edge. Plus, fixing the appliances that people rely on each day can bring real job satisfaction and fulfillment.

So what does it take to get started?

Below, we outline the skills, training, and certifications that can help you launch your appliance technician career in Ontario. We also provide the latest data on wages and job outlook, so you can get a true picture of where this trade can take you.

Why More Women Should Consider Careers in the Skilled Trades

Jul 27, 2023 11:33:17 AM

In Canada, women currently make up a very small percentage of the construction workforce, but a lot is changing within the industry in an effort to bump that number higher.

BuildForce Canada estimates that by 2032, the Canadian construction industry will require nearly 300,000 workers to keep up with demand. Many government agencies, construction organizations, and trade schools are doing everything they can to make sure that more women are included in this expansion.

How to Become a Carpenter in Ontario: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jun 26, 2023 1:17:15 PM

Carpentry offers a fulfilling career path for those with a passion for creating and constructing. Whether you’re drawn to the satisfaction of building structures from the ground up or are seeking a practical trade that blends creativity and precision, becoming a carpenter opens doors to endless possibilities.

So how do you get started? What skills do Ontario employers look for and what certifications can help you get ahead?

Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to become a carpenter in Ontario, along with the latest news on the demand for this trade throughout the province.

Pros & Cons of Becoming a Carpenter: Is This Trade for You?

Jun 5, 2023 11:36:44 AM

What's the best thing about becoming a carpenter? What about the not-so-great aspects of this trade?

Before you invest time and money in training, you need a clear idea of what to expect. Things like job outlook in your region, average salary, and working conditions are key when choosing a career path.

In this post, we're breaking down a few important pros and cons of carpentry work. This is not a definitive list—but it's an excellent starting point for anyone considering this trade.

Take a look and see if carpentry feels like a good fit for you.

Crafting a Winning Resume for Skilled Trades Jobs: Tips and Tricks

Apr 27, 2023 10:04:53 AM

A well-crafted skilled trades resume is a critical tool for your job search. It needs to showcase your skills in a way that captures an employer’s attention and convinces them to call you for an interview.

Most hiring managers spend just a few seconds deciding whether they should take that step. So how can you maximize your chances of getting noticed?

The Importance of Hands-on Training in Gas Technician Programs

Apr 3, 2023 9:25:59 AM

It only makes sense: if you want to learn how to install and repair gas lines, appliances, and equipment, you need to get your hands on the stuff. After all, there’s a huge difference between reading about the proper way to hook up a gas meter and actually performing the task in real life.

That’s why hands-on training is such a key part of gas technician training. It helps you develop actual job skills, meet certification requirements, and prepare for a successful career.

Thinking about getting into the gas trade? Keep reading to learn more about how hands-on training can benefit you.

Meet Don: Network Cabling Expert and Instructor of the Year

Mar 1, 2023 9:15:27 AM

Don DeLuca never expected to become a college instructor.

He’d always been a natural salesman, and when his computer sales job disappeared he switched to selling network cabling. His boss told him that in order to sell something, you have to know how to do it—so he learned how to be a cabler. He got so good at it that he eventually started his own business, DeLuca Cabling.

He came to Herzing looking for apprentices and ended up becoming a full-time instructor. And recently, he was recognized as our Instructor of the Year!

We caught up with Don this week to learn more about his remarkable story.

What is Construction Project Management?

Feb 8, 2023 9:54:43 AM

Construction project management focuses on shepherding a building project from beginning to end, always with an eye on budgets and timelines. It encompasses everything from resource allocation and scheduling management to risk assessment and cost control.

If you’re considering a career in this field, you probably have a few questions, like: What are the day-to-day responsibilities of construction project managers? How do they help get things built? And what skills do you need to thrive in this role?

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