Review of Herzing's Combined Electrician & Network Cabling Program

Sep 9, 2019 1:09:01 PM

Photo: Leshan Patterson at the Herzing College Skilled Trades campus

Updated January, 2021.

Leshan Patterson never intended to pursue a career in the skilled trades. He went to university and earned a degree in Bio-medical Science, before realizing he wasn't on the right career path.

Leshan started researching other options, and discovered he was a perfect fit to become an electrician. He enrolled in the Combined Electrician and Network Cabling Technology Program at Herzing, and never looked back.

Now, he's graduated from the program, and just been hired as an Electrician Apprentice with Micromaster Pioneers - a Toronto company that delivers residential and commercial electrical services.

We interviewed Leshan to find out what he thought of Herzing's training, and what he's up to at his new job. He gave us an inside look at what it's like to go back to school, and take a chance on a new career path.

Here are the highlights from our conversation.

Meet Steve Dramnitzke: Your Guide to Plumbing Pre-apprenticeship Training

Aug 29, 2019 12:45:55 PM

 

Plumber instructor, Steve Dramnitzke at the Herzing College Cambridge Campus

Steve Dramnitzke is one of the most respected instructors at Herzing Trades (formerly known as the PAT Institute).

His extensive experience as a plumber, and proven abilities as a teacher, give students in his plumber program that extra “edge” after graduation.

We interviewed Steve to learn more about his background, and get an inside look at how he runs his classroom.

Combined Electrician & Network Cabling: Instructor Wayne Rowley Answers Your Questions

Aug 22, 2019 11:24:43 AM
  Instructor Wayne Rowley (far left) with a class of Combined Electrician & Network Cabling students

Should You Become a Gas Technician? 8 Things to Know Before You Get Started

Aug 2, 2019 9:55:09 AM

Updated June, 2021.

It doesn't take long to become a gas technician. Training is relatively quick, no apprenticeship is required, and there's room for growth—if you're willing to earn higher levels of certification.

But is this the right trade for you?

In this post, we break down 8 important things to know, if you're thinking about becoming a gas technician (gas fitter).

We cover job outlook in Ontario, how to get licensed, the different levels of gas technician, how much money you'll make, the skills needed to succeed in this field, and more.

By the end of this post, you'll have a much better idea of what the trade is all about—and exactly how to get started.

5 Reasons You Need Your Gas Fitter License (& how to get started now)

Jul 23, 2019 1:05:40 PM

Been thinking you should get your gas fitter license, but dragging your feet on starting training? This post is for you.

We're breaking down all the ways a G3 or G2 license can seriously improve your job options in the trades.

We also include information on how training and certification works, so you'll have everything you need to take the next step.

So let's get started. Here are 5 very good reasons to get your gas fitter license this year...and a little inspiration to get off your couch and into a classroom!

HVAC versus Electrician: Which Skilled Trade is Better for You?

Jul 11, 2019 12:13:59 PM

If you look at skilled trade forums and discussion groups online, you'll often see debate over HVAC and electrician—and which career path is better.

It's not than one trade is actually superior to the other. It's more that they're both very popular...so students often have a hard time deciding which path to pursue.

In this post, we're breaking down the benefits of both trades. To help you make a smart decision, we'll look at training, key skills, job outlook, and typical pros and cons of HVAC and electrician work.

In the end, it will come down to which field you're more passionate about. But we're hoping this information helps clarify a few things. Let's get started.

How To Get Hired After Trades Training: Christine's Top 10 Tips

Jun 27, 2019 2:15:06 PM
Christine Azevedo (far right) with the latest group of graduates at Herzing College Skilled Trades

Meet Christine: Another Appliance Grad Hired by Whirlpool Canada

Jun 14, 2019 2:41:10 PM
Appliance service technician, Christine Cunningham at the Whirlpool Canada warehouse in Milton

Top 9 Myths About Becoming a Plumber: Should You Go For It?

Jun 5, 2019 12:02:48 PM
 Plumbing students pose for a photo at Herzing College Skilled Trades

We love busting myths about the skilled trades—and plumbing myths are some of the worst out there!

If you're even considering becoming a plumber, getting accurate information on training, careers, and the field in general is crucial. You need this info to make an informed decision about your future.

Top 7 Skills You'll Learn in HVAC Training: What to Expect in Class

May 24, 2019 12:27:20 PM
Photo: HVAC students at Herzing College in Toronto, Ontario (2019)

Updated February 2021.

So, you're thinking about becoming an HVAC mechanic. It's a smart career path, given the excellent job outlook for HVAC mechanics across Ontario.

According to the latest Government of Canada job report, HVAC mechanics are in demand throughout the province. This trade gets 3/3 stars for growth—the Job Bank's highest rating:

"Employment in this occupation has increased in Ontario over the past several years...and will likely remain healthy over the forecast period. Repair and maintenance will create ongoing work [and] HVAC mechanics may find additional opportunities to install air handling and refrigerated systems across a range of non-residential facilities such as ice rinks, grocery stores, restaurants, and processing plants."

There are many residential and commercial job opportunities in Ontario for skilled HVAC mechanics, and demand is expected to hold steady over the next 10 years.

This is excellent news for anyone considering HVAC training. Your next step is to enrol in a quality pre-apprenticeship HVAC program.

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