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

Updated December 2023

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.

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

Updated December 2023

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?

Residential vs. Commercial HVAC Jobs

Jan 3, 2023 9:01:39 AM

Updated January 2024

The principles of heating and cooling remain the same in any setting, but there can be significant differences in residential vs commercial HVAC jobs. It’s not only about the type of building—system complexity, required skills, and working conditions are just a few of the elements that set these two environments apart.

Trying to decide which one is right for you?

Keep reading to learn what differentiates commercial vs residential HVAC work, what skills you need in each setting, and what pros and cons come with pursuing each path.

Ontario Certificate of Qualification Exam Guide

Dec 5, 2022 10:16:38 AM

Updated December 2023

There are many compelling reasons to become an electrician in Ontario. This trade offers challenging work, good wages, and a variety of career options.

If you’re looking to establish a career in this trade, you must eventually pass an exam to obtain your electrician licence, known as a Certificate of Qualification. This certificate serves as proof that you have met all the requirements to work as an electrician in Ontario.

So what is the exam all about, and how can you get ready for it? That’s what we cover in this post. Keep reading for details about the path to becoming a licensed electrician and tips to help with your Certificate of Qualification exam preparation.

What Are Skilled Trades?

Sep 13, 2022 10:48:00 AM

Updated January 2024

Many people have a vague notion that skilled trades equals construction workers, but the reality is this field is much broader. The sector includes those who do everything from building houses and maintaining machinery to cutting hair and preparing food.

So what are skilled trades? They’re jobs that involve hands-on work and require specialized skills, usually gained through a trade school program, an apprenticeship, or both.

And there are plenty of such jobs available. According to a report from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Canada will need more than 120,000 new tradespeople between 2022 and 2026.

In this post, we describe some common careers in the skilled trades, explain which ones have the strongest demand, and provide everything you need to know about how to get started in one of these exciting career paths.

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