Updated June, 2021
Did you know that the voltage and available electrical current in a regular home or business has enough power to cause death by electrocution?
The truth is, all electrical systems have the potential to cause harm. Your body is a natural conductor of electricity, and is vulnerable to electrical shocks and burns.
These include thermal burns that affect both the external skin and internal tissues—and arc blasts that can cause your lungs to collapse, or muscles to contract, causing a serious fall.
Direct contact with energized conductors or circuit parts can interfere with the brain, make it difficult to breath, or even stop your heart.
Working with electricity is serious business!
If you're taking electrician training, or about to begin an apprenticeship, these are 8 essential safety measures to know and respect.
Considering an HVAC career, and wondering what's involved in training and licensing in the province of Ontario?
You've come to the right place.
In this post, we break down the theory and skills you'll learn in HVAC pre-apprenticeship training, and the steps required to earn your Certificate of Qualification to become a licensed journeyperson in the trade.
We also look at the latest market research on HVAC jobs in Ontario, including what's driving employment growth in this trade, and which skills are most valuable to today's employers.
Read on for your beginner's guide to HVAC training and career paths in Ontario.
Being your own boss sounds ideal, right? Many people pursue trades training in the hopes of one day opening their own business.
Electrician students are no different. There is tremendous opportunity in specialty contracting, and if you have the right skillset, there's no limit to how successful you can become as an entrepreneur.
Image credit: Eli Duke
The difference between residential and commercial plumbing is always a hot topic for debate—after all, pipes are pipes, right? Well, not exactly.
While it's true that commercial and residential work do share certain attributes, there are key elements that set these work environments apart for plumbers.
Planning to enroll in an electrician program? Have you given any thought to what environment you'd like to work in, or areas in which you'd like to specialize, as you progress in your career?
Electricians work in several different domains: domestic, commercial, and industrial. Each path comes with its own unique challenges, technical demands, and specialized skills.
A plumber diagnoses the source of a leaky pipe (image courtesy of Ocean Yamaha)