Skilled Trades Blog

Don't Do It Yourself: Why You Need Training To Be A Gas Fitter

Posted by Brad Dixon on May 4, 2017 1:56:07 PM

If you do a simple search online, you'll find lots of forum threads of tips on how to connect, install, or repair gas lines yourself without hiring a professional. There are some jobs that might seem like simple tasks that can be done at home without hiring a professional. These simple tasks, however, can be incredibly dangerous if they aren't done correctly.

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Topics: Ontario Gas Technician, Gas Technician, Career Opportunities, Ontario Gas Technician Training

Is Becoming A Gas Technician Right For Me?

Posted by Brad Dixon on May 2, 2017 4:53:03 PM

If you are looking for a career in the skilled trades and are considering taking a course to get your Gas Technician license, there are some questions you should ask yourself before you decide to take this step.

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Topics: Gas Technician Careers, Gas Technician, Ontario Gas Technician Training

The Demand for HVAC Technicians Expected to Rise

Posted by Brad Dixon on Apr 28, 2017 4:17:37 PM

The North American market for HVAC systems is growing, with projections for the year of 2022 calling for the market surpassing $44 billion. This boost is expected to come from the growing consumer need for more energy efficient HVAC systems, which will require installation from HVAC technicians.

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Topics: HVAC Careers

National Day of Mourning Honour Victims of Tragedies in Ontario Jobs

Posted by Brad Dixon on Apr 25, 2017 2:15:00 PM

This Friday, on April 28th, Canada will be observing the National Day of Mourning. The Day of Mourning is a day dedicated to remembering and honouring the thousands of workers who have died, been injured, or suffered illness in the workplace.

The Day of Mourning, which is also known as Workers' Memorial Day, and is recognized globally in 100 countries. It's also observed to represent the commitment to ensuring safety in the workplace, and preventing future incidents and fatalities, ensuring that every worker returns home safely at the end of every work day.

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Topics: Ontario Gas Technician Training

How Getting your Ozone Depletion Certificate Will Help Your Career

Posted by Brad Dixon on Apr 19, 2017 11:37:56 AM

Next month in Niagara our Ozone Depletion Prevention certificate course runs. The course is a one day, eight hour event. After learning and successfully completing the exam with a 75% mark or higher, students receive a certification in Ozone Depletion Prevention (ODP) in the form of a wallet sized card, which will need to be renewed every five years.

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Topics: Ozone Depletion Prevention

Looking for your next step? Try an Intro to Residential Air Conditioning Course

Posted by Brad Dixon on Apr 13, 2017 5:03:15 PM

If you’ve been looking at starting a career in the skilled trades, but you’re not sure which trade to choose: residential air conditioning might be for you. The Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academy offers an Introduction to Residential Air Conditioning course which begins soon, making now the best time for you to explore the residential air conditioning option as a career path.

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Topics: Air Conditioning

Are you Ready for a Job in the Skilled Trades?

Posted by Brad Dixon on Mar 22, 2017 12:03:12 PM

Before you jump into going back to school for a skilled trades education and begin a new career in the HVAC industry in Ontario, you need to consider whether you’re ready to take on this new and exciting journey. Just like any career, there are things you need to be prepared for when you enter into the workplace, but these job ready skills take on a whole new meaning when you go into the skilled trades industry.

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Topics: Gas Technician Careers

Women in the Trades: Student Spotlight on Alexa Spione

Posted by Brad Dixon on Mar 8, 2017 10:23:16 AM

In honour of International Women's Day, we are shining the spotlight on the only woman currently enrolled in our Gas Technician course in St. Catharines: Alexa Spione.

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Why Women Love Working in the Trades

Posted by Brad Dixon on Mar 3, 2017 4:30:28 PM

When you imagine an average skilled trades worker in your head, you’re probably picturing a man. It's not your fault, the industry is still stereotypically thought of as a man’s profession. And while, a majority of skilled trades workers are men, there are many women who find fulfilling careers in the skilled trades.

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Women are the Solution to Canada's Skilled Trades Shortage

Posted by Brad Dixon on Mar 1, 2017 12:00:40 PM

The trades in Canada face the threat of a major skilled trades shortage. Between 2014 and 2020 an expected 219,000 skilled trades workers will retire, leaving the workforce in a shortage. The labour shortage gap needs to be closed, and there is a group of people in Canada who traditionally haven't been turned to to solve this problem: women.

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Topics: Women in the trades