Is Appliance Repair Training Right for You? Things to Know Up Front

Aug 24, 2021 2:00:10 PM
Photo: An appliance repair instructor and student at Herzing College in Ontario (2019)

One of the best things about the appliance repair trade is the steady demand for skilled service technicians.

The average household relies heavily on a range of appliances for everyday use—washing machines, dryers, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators...we're totally dependent on these machines.

And then you have commercial clients, like restaurants, food companies, and cafeterias, that also need appliance repair technicians to install and maintain their units.

Rising Demand for Appliance Technicians in Ontario

Aug 17, 2021 10:47:36 AM

Appliance technician students learning how to disassemble and repair microwaves at Herzing College Toronto

If you ask the average person to name some skilled trades, there’s a good chance appliance repair won’t make the list. It just doesn’t come to mind most of the time.

Which is a shame, because this is a fast-growing field with a ton of opportunities across Ontario.

Appliances like fridges, ovens, freezers, washers, dryers, and microwaves are becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex. And there aren’t enough people with the technical expertise to service and repair them.

The truth is that the demand for appliance technicians has been rising steadily for years. And it’s expected to continue growing for the foreseeable future.

Keep reading to find out what’s driving this trend—and how you can take advantage of it.

What Exactly Does It Mean to Work in HVAC?

Jul 29, 2021 3:21:28 PM

The HVAC industry focuses on maintaining safe and comfortable indoor environments.

Working in HVAC means installing, adjusting, and fixing the building systems that control temperature, humidity, and air quality.

It’s about making sure indoor spaces don’t get too hot, too cold, or too uncomfortable—no matter what the weather is like outdoors.

HVAC is a broad and varied field. It encompasses heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems in all kinds of buildings: houses, offices, stores, ice rinks, storage facilities, and more.

In this post, we dive into what HVAC is all about, what sorts of career paths it offers, and what working in the industry is really like.

Here’s the info you need to decide if this trade is right for you.

Is There Demand for Electricians in Ontario?

Jul 21, 2021 11:18:36 AM

Considering a career as an electrician? Wondering what the employment outlook in Ontario is like?

Good news: the overall demand for electricians throughout the province is expected to remain steady for the foreseeable future.

Of course, there are different types of electricians, and different factors that affect the demand for their expertise.

To get the full story, we reviewed labour market data for construction and maintenance electricians, industrial electricians, power system electricians, and lineworkers.

Get the latest information on demand for electricians in Ontario, and learn how you can get started in this trade.

New TSOC Loyalty Program: Discounts for Cabling Students & Alumni!

Jul 14, 2021 12:21:16 PM

Photo: Imran Hasan, President of Transglobal Systems of Canada (TSOC)

Transglobal Systems of Canada (TSOC) has been a trusted and valued industry partner of Herzing College for a long time.

They supply the equipment that our network cabling students practice with in the Herzing workshop, participate in trade shows, and provide employment opportunities for our graduates.

Recently, TSOC took the partnership one step further. They launched a loyalty program that provides Herzing students and alumni with exclusive discounts on cabling products.

We talked with TSOC president Imran Hasan to learn more about the company, the Herzing partnership, the loyalty program, and the telecommunications industry.

Here are the highlights from our conversation.

3 Trades That Are Quick to Learn & In Demand Right Now

Jul 6, 2021 10:32:32 AM

If you're looking for a short route to an in-demand career, the skilled trades are an excellent area to explore.

We're not talking about roles like electrician and plumber, which take 4-5 years of training and apprenticeship to get certified.

We're talking about trades that take less than a year to go from being a complete beginner to being fully qualified for hands-on roles employers need to fill.

In this post, we're focusing on three of today's quickest, most in-demand trades: network cabling specialist, gas technician, and appliance service technician.

All three of these careers have solid job outlooks, but don't require lengthy training or even an apprenticeship.

Read on to compare roles, salaries, and employment options for each trade - and see which one could be right for you.

What Do You Learn in Network Cabling Training? Here's What to Expect

Jun 18, 2021 1:14:37 PM

Most of us take for granted that our phones, TVs, and computers connect to some sort of network. We hardy think about the people and technology that make those networks function.

We don't truly understand what goes into setting up, maintaining, and repairing the telecommunications infrastructure we rely on every single day.

This is the world of network cabling. Professionals in this field take special training to learn how to install, troubleshoot, and maintain the structured cabling systems that transmit data, voice, and video.

Thinking of starting a career in this industry?

You probably have some questions about network cabling training, like what skills you'll learn and what jobs you can get after graduation.

That's exactly what we're covering in today's post. Get a good overview of this program, find out what to expect, and see if network cabling is right for you.

Typical HVAC Careers and Salaries: What Can You Expect?

Jun 17, 2021 2:18:21 PM
 Photo: HVAC specialists monitor refrigeration weight and pressure of a chiller in order to correctly recharge the unit.

So, you’re considering a career in HVAC and you’re wondering about job options and salaries in Ontario. Researching this information is actually an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the industry.  

You'll get a realistic idea of where you can work and how much money you can make. This will help you decide if HVAC is the right trade for you. 

In this post, we walk you through 4 common HVAC careers. You'll see typical duties and skills for each role, plus the latest information on salaries.

We cover both entry-level and advanced positions. 

We also include stats on overall demand for HVAC professionals in Ontario, and what to expect in HVAC training. Let’s get started. 

Network Cabling Careers: Training, Jobs & Salaries in Toronto

Jun 11, 2021 9:52:07 AM

Updated January, 2021

Living in the Toronto area and thinking about starting a career in network cabling?

You've come to the right place.

In this post, we'll explain what to expect from a typical network cabling course, plus certification requirements for cable technicians.

We'll also break down job options and the latest employment forecast for cable techs in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Here's everything you need to know.

What's a Typical Day for a Construction Electrician?

Jun 10, 2021 12:40:28 PM

Construction electricians are the skilled tradespeople who get the lights on and the machines running.

They plan, install, upgrade, maintain, and repair the electrical systems that bring heat, light, communication, and power to all kinds of new buildings.

And the demand for their expertise is expected to grow.

According to BuildForce Canada, the construction industry in Ontario should be strong right through 2026.

It's fuelled by steady growth in new housing as well as an increase in transit, utility, healthcare, and other infrastructure projects.

Thinking about riding that wave and becoming a construction electrician? Curious about what you'd actually do at work?

In this post, we break down the most typical day-to-day tasks of construction electricians.

We also spoke with an experienced, Hamilton-based construction electrician to get his take on the career.

Find out what to expect, and see if this trade is a good choice for you.

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