Skilled Trades Blog

Where does my career go after getting my G3 and G2?

Posted by Brad Dixon on Aug 9, 2017 11:28:34 AM

The first thing to do once you complete both your Gas Technician 3 and Gas Technician 2 certifications is to take a minute to congratulate yourself. You worked hard, passed your exams, and are ready to take on the workforce. But you're probably wondering how you actually go about taking on the workforce.

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Topics: Gas Technician Careers, Career Opportunities

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

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

Gas Appliances you'll work on when you get your Gas Technician License

Posted by Brad Dixon on Feb 13, 2017 4:43:15 PM

Making the decision to return to school and gain a skilled trades education is an exciting decision, but it can also be an intimidating decision. This industry can be hard to understand from the outside, especially something that you may not have much experience in, like gas fitting.

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Topics: Gas Technician Careers, Career Opportunities, HVAC Careers

Robots Beware: Gas Techs are Here to Stay

Posted by Brad Dixon on Nov 17, 2016 5:03:39 PM

In an age where technology is taking over the world, we're seeing jobs getting lost to automation everywhere. That's right, I'm talking about robots.

So, while you are considering a new career, you want to find a job that will last. I'm not surprised that people are starting to ask, "Can tradespeople be replaced by machines?" And when you see stats that predict that machines will be capable doing almost any job a human can by 2045, it's not unreasonable to wonder.

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Topics: Gas Technician Careers

Demand for Energy + Labour Shortage = Oil and Gas Jobs

Posted by Brad Dixon on Sep 22, 2015 1:48:13 PM

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The oil and gas industry employs around 500,000 Canadians, and that number is predicted to increase over the next five to ten years as energy demands increase and baby boomers retire. With Canada having the second largest oil reserve in the world after Saudi Arabia, our country is expected to play an important role to meet the global demands for energy, with demand expected to rise by 50% between now and 2030. And a bigger demand means more oil and gas jobs.

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Topics: Gas Technician Careers, Career Opportunities

Do I Really Need a License to be a Gas Fitter?

Posted by Brad Dixon on Apr 29, 2015 1:29:56 PM

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If you are thinking of pursuing skilled trades jobs in Ontario, it's important you understand everything that is required to become licensed in that particular trade. Each province in Canada has its own licensing requirements for specific skilled trades and its own governing authorities that oversee and enforce these requirements. In Ontario, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority is governing body when it comes to skilled trades licensing.

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Topics: Gas Technician Careers, Gas Technician, Ontario College of Trades, TSSA

Career Close-Up: Air Conditioning Repair Tech

Posted by Brad Dixon on Apr 23, 2015 11:25:07 AM

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Once you successfully complete your gas technician training and certification, your career  options are practically limitless. Your Gas Technician license opens doors to skilled trades career  opportunities that you may not have even considered before. In our Career Close-Up series, we'll  explore the industry jobs you can choose from to help you prepare for the career you want!

 

Air Conditioning Repair Tech

Once you have you gas technician license, it is natural to move into the HVAC industry, which means learning the ropes as an air conditioning repair technician. Sometimes called HVACR techs, they are responsibile for installing, maintaining and repairing ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. These people work in industrial, residential and commercial spaces.

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Topics: Gas Technician Careers, Career Opportunities, Air Conditioning technician, Air Conditioning

Kickstarting a Career in the Skilled Trades: Start at Home

Posted by Brad Dixon on Jan 21, 2015 1:12:10 PM

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If you've already think a skilled trades job might be for you, it's important to know where to begin. There is no point in pursuing a career that you have thought about without actually understand what the job or the training entails. You wouldn't want to invest the time and money into training only to find out this isn't the career choice you thought it would be. And so, we are launching a short series — a step-by-step guide, if you will —about how to kickstart a career in the trades. 

Whether you are a soon-to-be high school graduate trying to figure out what to do with your life or someone who just wants to pursue something new, let this be your guide to starting your new career in the skilled trades.

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Topics: Gas Technician Careers, Gas Technician, Career Opportunities, Hands On Learning, Skilled Trades

Benefits of Working in the Skilled Trades: Job Availability

Posted by Brad Dixon on Jan 13, 2015 10:58:23 AM

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For the last 15 years, it has been all about working in the business world. People were going to university and studying to achieve that corner office job. Now, youth still think that's where the good jobs are, even though there are fewer opportunities. The job market is definitely in recovery mode after our economy's nosedive but university graduates are not seeing the same success as they used to. It's time young people started looking at other options for steady well-paying jobs.

Skilled trades jobs are the alternative young people should be considering. They are on par with those office jobs that used to be so desirable — we've already talked about the myths that need busting. The simple reality is that skilled trades need to be better promoted as viable options to young people so that they can make informed decisions about the post-secondary education they pursue and the jobs that will be waiting for them.

 

Benefit Four: Canada needs Skilled Trades Workers

The last time we talked about the benefits of working in the skilled trades, we talked about job security. That's all well and good, but if you can't find a job to begin with, who cares about keeping it once you have it? The good news is, when you are considering a career in the skilled trades, jobs are plentiful.

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Topics: Gas Technician Careers, Career Opportunities, Skilled Trades