4 Good Reasons to Combine Electrician & Network Cabling Training

Jul 25, 2018 12:48:22 PM
Photo: Electrician inspecting the cabling connection of a high voltage power electric line in an industrial distribution fuseboard

Updated February 2021

With the construction industry booming and large numbers of older workers retiring, the time is right to begin a career in the skilled trades.

While there is currently high demand for many occupations related to construction, new grads still have to compete for great jobs.

So, choosing to learn two trades is an excellent strategy for maximizing your opportunities in the job market.

The Difference Between Gas Technician 3 & 2 (and how to get certified)

Jul 16, 2018 11:44:10 AM
Class in session at Herzing College in Toronto, Ontario

There's no doubt that gas-powered appliances play an extremely important role in our lives.

They're used for cooking meals, safely storing food, heating buildings and many other purposes in residential, commercial and industrial settings.

However, they must be properly installed and maintained by trained professionals to function effectively and safely.

Installing and servicing these types of appliances is the job of the gas technician. It's a challenging and rewarding occupation that can also pave the way for plumbing, HVAC and appliance technician work.

If you're interested in pursuing a gas tech career in Ontario, your specific duties, salary and job opportunities are highly dependent on the level of licensing you achieve.

The starting point for work in this field is the Gas Technician 3 training program.

With additional training, you can earn the more advanced G2 and G1 certifications.

Wondering what exactly is the difference between a level 3 and level 2 license? Read on for a full breakdown.

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

Jul 4, 2018 9:57:44 AM
Photo: An appliance repair instructor and student at Herzing College in Ontario (2019)

Updated January, 2021.

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.

Top 8 Skills You'll Need to Become an Electrician: Is This Trade for You?

Jun 26, 2018 9:50:28 AM

Updated January, 2021.

Should you become an electrician? If you look at it from an employment and salary angle, the answer is easy.

Electricians have been in steady demand across Ontario for the past several years—and the trend is expected to continue.

Construction projects in Ontario cities are creating plenty of jobs for electricians. Government is investing in education, healthcare, and transit building projects, and there are many condos going up in urban centres throughout the province.

Salaries for electricians are also going strong. The median wage for electricians in Ontario right now is $28/hour, or about $58, 000/year.

At the high end of the pay scale, electricians are making close to $44/hour—that's over $90, 000/year. (Salary information is based on the latest report from Statistics Canada.)

But it's not all about money.

To do well in electrician training, and feel happy in your career, you'll need a certain set of professional and personal skills.

So let's take a look at 8 of the most important skills for successful electricians.

By the time you reach #8, you'll have a much better idea of whether this trade is right for you (plus some helpful links and steps to take next). Let's get started.

How Herzing's New Partnership with Whirlpool Benefits Students

Jun 13, 2018 8:49:12 AM

 

Is Trades Training Right For You? 6 Questions to Ask Before You Enrol

Jun 6, 2018 10:21:59 AM

Class in session at Herzing College Skilled Trades in Toronto, Ontario

Have you been thinking about learning a skilled trade? Maybe have your eye on electrician, plumber, HVAC or gas tech training?

We've all heard that tradespeople are in high demand across Canada - but that alone shouldn't send you running to enrol in a pre-apprenticeship program.

5 Most In-Demand Construction Trades in Canada Right Now

May 7, 2018 1:03:42 PM

Updated February 2021.

Some of the most in-demand jobs in Canada right now are in the construction industry.

Careers in the skilled trades offer tremendous opportunity across the country, with great freedom of mobility and job security.

These are the jobs least likely to be sent offshore or be lost to automation. They offer high pay, great benefits, and often the flexibility to set your own hours or be your own boss.

This work impacts our society in many ways and it's likely we'll always need trades workers like plumbers, electricians and carpenters.

Ontario's construction industry is projected to grow over the next decade, driven by numerous new infrastructure and utilities projects.

Plus, increasing needs in the residential sector include plenty of homebuilding opportunities and even more renovation work, especially in the Greater Toronto Area.

What's driving job creation even more than these new projects, however, is that a large percentage of workers in the industry are set to retire in the coming years.

In fact, over 85,000 trades positions will need to be filled this decade to make up for retiring baby boomers.

If you're thinking about construction trades training, take a look at 5 of the most in-demand careers out there right now.

Domestic Appliance Technician VS Appliance Service Technician: What's the Difference?

Apr 25, 2018 11:20:10 AM
 An information session at Herzing College Skilled Trades in Toronto

Household appliances bring our lives such comfort and convenience, it's hard to imagine a world without them.

Most of the self-contained electric and gas-powered appliances that we rely on each day were invented in just the last century. They have done wonders to increase our recreation time and make our lives so much easier.

What's the Advantage of a Combined Plumber + Gas Technician Program?

Mar 28, 2018 3:40:55 PM

In today's competitive job market, having expertise in a secondary trade can really increase your job options.

Building a diverse skillset makes you eligible for a much wider range of employment opportunities, giving you better chances for finding which career path works best for you.

This is why combined trades training could be your best choice at pre-apprenticeship college.

Where Can You Work After Appliance Technician Training: 5 Different Paths

Mar 19, 2018 9:51:55 AM
  Appliance technician instructor and student at Herzing College in Toronto
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