What is an Electrician Apprenticeship? How the Process Works

May 12, 2021 12:56:04 PM

Photo: Electrician apprentice learning from a licensed journeyperson

Hoping to become a licensed electrician in Ontario? Your journey begins with getting an electrician apprenticeship.

An electrician apprenticeship combines classroom learning with paid on-the-job training under an experienced journeyperson (licensed electrician).

Apprentices get to "earn while they learn." It's an excellent alternative to other university and college programs, where most students don't get real work experience and end up in debt.

Once you successfully complete your electrician apprenticeship, you can write the certification exam that allows you to become a licensed electrician.

Sounds simple enough, right? Actually, there are a few more things to know about how this whole process works.

How long is the training? What can you expect during your apprenticeship? How do you get hired as an apprentice?

In this post, we answer all those questions and more.

Here's everything you need to know about how electrician apprenticeships work in Ontario.

Is Cable Technician a Good Career? Pros & Cons to Know Upfront

Apr 21, 2021 12:23:11 PM

Without cable technicians, we wouldn't have the networks that carry voice, video and data from one device to another.

Can you imagine a world without internet, phone, satellite, and cable TV services?

Cable technicians are the professionals who set up and repair the telecommunications infrastructure the world depends on. 

Thinking about becoming one of them? Wondering if you should pursue a cable technician career?

Before you can decide, you need to have a complete picture of what to expect. After all, every job has its ups and downs.

In this post, we outline the pros and cons of working in the network cabling field.

Take a balanced look at the role and see if it's right for you.

Ontario Electrician Salaries in 2021: How Much Can You Make?

Apr 14, 2021 10:25:18 AM

Updated June, 2021.

It's a key question for anyone thinking about a career as an electrician in Ontario: Just how much money can you expect to earn?

Electrician salaries depend on a range of factors, including what company you work for, what area you specialize in, and how much experience you have.

We looked at government data and dozens of actual job postings to get an idea of earnings for electrician apprentices as well as fully qualified journeymen in different specialties.

In this post, we explain how much you can make in various electrician roles, and how to get started with training.

Here's what you need to know.

How Do You Become a Construction Manager? Diploma vs. Degree

Apr 5, 2021 11:21:11 AM

Like the idea of coordinating a build from start to finish? Interested in project management and wondering how to become a construction manager?

Now is a great time to get into this career. According to the Government of Canada Job Bank, construction managers are in strong demand all over Ontario.

Salaries are high, too. The Job Bank says construction managers in Ontario earn a median income of over $85,000. Some make more than $140,000.

But how can you break into this role? What skills are required and what training options do you have? Do you need a university degree to qualify for those high-paying jobs?

In this post, we break it all down into simple terms.

Compare the two different paths to becoming a construction manager (degree vs. diploma) and get help to decide which is right for you.

Here's what you need to know.

How Do You Get a Gas Fitter License? A Beginner's Guide

Mar 25, 2021 10:05:56 AM

Considering a career as a gas fitter, installing and maintaining gas lines, regulators, meters, and appliances?

It's a good time to get into this trade in Ontario. The Government of Canada Job Bank expects healthy employment growth for gas fitters in the province over the next few years.

And you can make a good living in this field. According to the Job Bank, Ontario gas fitters earn a median salary of over $58,000. At the higher end, they're making more than $73,000/year.

But if you want to become a gas fitter, you need to earn a license from the TSSA. Your first step is to understand the certification and licensing process for gas fitters in Ontario. 

We're here to break it down in simple terms.

We'll guide you through the different levels of gas fitter licensing (G1, G2, G3), the TSSA exams, and training options for beginners.

Let's dive in.

Becoming a Construction Office Manager: What’s it Really Like?

Mar 16, 2021 2:43:36 PM

Updated March 2021.

The field of construction management attracts people from all different backgrounds. Some already have hands-on experience as builders.

Others have administrative experience, and understand about coordinating schedules, organizing information, and meeting deadlines. 

Some are completely new to the field. But they’re interested in construction and naturally drawn to project management.

They want to see how a build comes together, behind the scenes. They want to play a key role in organizing, planning, and overseeing that process. 

Sound familiar? You’ve come to the right place. 

So, what’s it really like to work as a construction manager? What does training involve, and what sort of jobs can you get just starting out? Is the salary good? 

Here’s your quick guide to the world of construction administration and management. 

What is an HVAC Technician? Duties, Skills, Life at Work

Mar 12, 2021 2:28:10 PM

Curious about a career in the heating and cooling trade? Before you can decide if this path is right for you, you need to understand what the job really involves.

So what is an HVAC technician?

HVAC technicians are experts in controlling indoor environments. They install and service heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in all kinds of buildings, from homes and offices to hospitals and factories.

That's the basic job description. But what does an HVAC technician actually do every day?

What types of skills are required? And what is it really like to work in this trade?

This post has the answers. We provide a clear breakdown of the typical job duties and required skills for HVAC technicians.

We also tell you about life on the job, including the pros and cons of working in the HVAC trade.

Let's get started.

How to Become an HVAC Apprentice: Expert Advice, Tips for Success

Mar 8, 2021 10:19:18 AM

If you want to become a certified HVAC technician, getting an HVAC apprenticeship is your first step. HVAC technician is a regulated trade in Ontario, so completing an apprenticeship isn't optional.

It's part of a 5-year process of classroom training and on-the-job learning that prepares you for certification.

You need a total of 8,280 apprenticeship hours before you can challenge the exam and become a certified journeyperson in the trade. The good news? Apprentices get paid, so you can earn while you learn.

But competing for good HVAC apprenticeship jobs isn't easy. How do you get an edge?

Appliance Service Technician Training: Everything You Need to Know

Mar 3, 2021 2:28:31 PM

Photo: Appliance Service Technician students disassembling units and working on parts at Herzing College Toronto

Welcome to the ultimate guide to appliance service technician training and careers in Ontario.  

Considering becoming an appliance service technician? Want to know how long training takes and what job opportunities are out there?  

Wondering about certifications, salaries, and demand for this trade in Ontario? 

These are some of the most common questions we get from prospective students. So we pulled them all together here for easy access. 

Get reliable information to plan your next step, and some expert advice on what to expect from a career in the appliance trade. 

How Do You Choose a Good HVAC College? 8 Things to Notice

Feb 18, 2021 1:05:30 PM
Graduates from the HVAC training program at Herzing College 

If you've landed here, you're considering becoming an HVAC technician and want to explore training options in your area.

By now, you've probably realized there are many HVAC schools in the Toronto area. There are certificates, courses, diplomas, pre-apprenticeship programs, online options, and more.

How do these programs differ? What exactly should you be looking for in a quality HVAC college? 

Good questions. When you consider the time and money you'll need to invest, it's worth doing the research.

Plus, getting a good foundation in training is obviously key to landing a good job (which is the whole point of going to school).

So, in this post we're laying out the 8 most important qualities of a good HVAC college. These are the features to notice when you're comparing schools and choosing where to enroll.

No matter which HVAC college you end up choosing, make sure it meets these clear standards of quality and excellence.

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