Skilled Trades Blog

Choosing Between Traditional Post Secondary and Private Career College

Posted by Brad Dixon on Oct 20, 2017 12:30:00 PM

When it is time to start looking into post secondary education choosing between traditional public post secondary institutions, such as colleges or universities, and a private career college can be a very difficult choice. Despite the fact that career colleges in Ontario provide education through approximately 600 colleges and annually sees over 70,000 graduates, private career colleges aren't often discussed as a viable post-secondary option.

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Topics: Gas Technician, Ontario Gas Technician Training

Ontario Gas Technician Training Grads Likely To Find Work

Posted by Brad Dixon on Oct 6, 2017 2:26:05 PM

When faced with choosing a post-secondary school and a career, one of the biggest factors for both students and their parents is whether or not their choice is employable. The job market isn't favourable to every degree, and the percentage of students who don't find work in their field after graduation has risen in recent years.

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Topics: Gas Technician, Ontario Gas Technician Training

Fall is Here With An Introduction To Being A Furnace Technician

Posted by Brad Dixon on Sep 22, 2017 10:43:58 AM

It may be too warm out still to believe it, but today is actually the very first day of fall. That means that within the next several weeks the weather is going to cool down, and people are going to start thinking about switching on their furnaces. As the weather gets colder, the furnace becomes the most important appliance in the home.

If you're interested in pursuing a career as a gas fitter and starting a course to complete your gas technician training, we put together some introductory information to get you started.

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

Why You Should Consider Trades School After High School

Posted by Brad Dixon on Aug 16, 2017 1:52:15 PM

As you finish your four years in high school and start looking towards your post secondary journey, university and college aren't the only options for your next steps. Choosing trades school after high school opens up doors to fulfilling careers in a shorter span of time than most public university or college programs.

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Topics: Trade School, Ontario Gas Technician Training

Niagara Skilled Trades Academy partners with NCDSB to Launch students’ careers in trades

Posted by Brad Dixon on Jun 9, 2017 3:37:27 PM

When Michael Stevenson, a high school technology teacher with the Niagara Catholic District School Board, approached the Niagara Skilled Trades Academy about the Niagara Launch Centre – Powered by Niagara Catholic District School Board, a new program being offered in Welland, they knew it was an initiative they wanted to be a part of.

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Topics: Gas Technician, Class Length, Hands On Learning, Ontario Gas Technician Training

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

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

What you Need to Know About Furnaces as a Gas Technician

Posted by Brad Dixon on Sep 22, 2016 12:34:48 PM

If you're thinking about getting your gas technician license in Ontario, you probably already know that you will be working primarily on furnaces. After all, we have long, cold winters here and the furnace is one of the most important appliances in the home. As a student pursuing a career in the gas fitting industry, you will one day be the one who makes sure people have furnaces that work as reliably and efficiently as possible.

But what does that mean exactly? Here's a look at some of the most common things you will encounter when you complete your G2 license and get a gas technician jobs in Ontario.

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Topics: Ontario Gas Technician Training

What's the Difference? Skilled Trades Certificate vs. Diploma

Posted by Brad Dixon on May 26, 2016 12:22:53 PM

When you are deciding the best course of action to pursue an education in the skilled trades in Ontario, there are a few options available. Ultimately, you need to attend some version of post-secondary schooling to qualify for a jobs in the skilled trades, but which is more appropriate: traditional college courses or a private career college?

If you attend a traditional Ontario college program for a skilled trade, you will be working toward a diploma and take a minimum of 2 years of study. Alternatively, a private career college awards a certificate and/or license upon completion, with programs that tend to be shorter and more intensive, with smaller class sizes and hands-on learning experience.

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Trade School, Ontario College of Trades, Ontario Gas Technician Training