Our reliance on common household appliances continues to grow as these machines become increasingly sophisticated and multi-functional. Most of us couldn't imagine going a single day without our dishwasher, microwave, oven, or refrigerator.
Faulty electrical wiring is a leading cause of property damage and serious injury due to fire. In fact, 20% of all fires in Canada are caused by bad wiring—brought on by poor maintenance and incorrectly installed components.
Overly confident homeowners attempting DIY electrical projects is one part of the problem. Another issue is lack of knowledge regarding wiring safety procedures and danger signs.
It's human nature to overestimate skill level, and want to tackle jobs ourselves. But when it comes to plumbing, repairs gone wrong can lead to dangerous and costly consequences.
An HVAC mechanic checks the filter on an a/c unit (image courtesy of KOMUnews)
When deciding on a trade, most experts advise students to consider three key factors: is the trade in demand where you live? Is there a growing need for trained professionals in the field? Are there opportunities to advance, develop a specialty, or take on different roles within the trade?
An HVAC career satisfies all three criteria. From residential systems to huge-scale industrial solutions, we rely on heating and cooling technology more than ever.
Updated June, 2021
Considering a trades career as a gas fitter, domestic appliance technician, plumber, or HVAC technician?
One of the first things you should do is investigate gas certification requirements for your province or territory, and reputable gas training programs in your area.
If you're looking to become a gas technician in Ontario, it's important to understand the various levels of licensing (G1, G2, G3) and what they mean.
In this post, we break down the differences between each gas certification level, what you'll study to prepare for each exam, and what you should know about the TSSA.
Most prospective students have already heard that demand for skilled tradespeople has risen sharply across Canada over the last few years.
Our aging population is creating a skills-vacuum in the construction trades. Many workers are retiring, or getting ready to retire, and there simply aren't enough trained workers to take their place.
However, demand for tradespeople varies by geographical region within Canada, and by the type of trade. Before pushing forward with training, it's important for students to research the job outlook in their particular province and city, and for the specific trade they'd like to pursue.
This post is for anyone hoping to pursue construction and maintenance electrician training in Ontario, and specifically in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Effective problem-solving in plumbing means having the right tools on hand, and knowing which ones are best suited to each challenge. A pipe may have just burst and the house or office is rapidly filling with water—but a good plumber doesn't panic. He or she knows exactly which tools to reach for first.
Considering heading back to school to train for a career in the construction trades?
You’re probably looking at which trades are most in demand so you can be sure your educational investment will pay off with a steady, well-paid job.
You’re also probably looking to build a diverse set of skills, so you’ll be eligible for several different kinds of employment after graduation (keeping your options open).
One of the smartest ways to fulfill the above criteria is to select a “combined” pre-apprenticeship training program. You’ll learn skills from two different trades that are often paired together on the job. This means double the technical knowledge, and double the job opportunities.