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.

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.

How to Become a Plumber in Ontario: Your First 5 Steps

Apr 20, 2019 12:57:15 PM
 Photo: Plumbing students hard at work at Herzing College (2019)

Updated April 2022

Plumbers are respected, well-paid tradespeople. Everyone knows we rely heavily on skilled plumbers for basic survival needs (clean drinking water), and a wide range of daily conveniences (dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, showers, etc.)

This is one of most popular trades careers out there. Thinking about becoming a plumber, and wondering what's involved in training, certification, and launching your career?

Here are your first five steps to get the ball rolling.

Meet Isaac Thomas: Appliance Technician Grad Who Landed a Job at Whirlpool Canada

Apr 9, 2019 3:41:56 PM

Are you looking at trades careers, and considering becoming an appliance service technician?

Becoming an HVAC Mechanic in Ontario: Training & Careers

Mar 18, 2019 10:46:10 AM
Photo: HVAC technician charging a heat pump with refrigerant

Updated May 2021.

This is an excellent time to become an HVAC mechanic in Ontario. The latest career outlook report from the Government of Canada Job Bank shows strong demand for HVAC mechanics and technicians, all across the province.

In fact, this occupation gets 3 stars for growth—the Job Bank's highest possible rating. Every single region of Ontario was awarded top marks for outlook in HVAC.

3 Stars for HVAC Career Outlook in Ontario

Source: Government of Canada Job Bank Market Report

Growth is particularly strong in major city centres like Toronto, where multiple new construction projects are raising demand for HVAC mechanics.

So, if you're considering becoming an HVAC mechanic, and want to jump in while the trade is hot, what steps should you take?

Here's a look at HVAC training and careers, and our best advice on how to get started.

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