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.

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.

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.

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. 

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