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Picking the right skilled trade for you!
The skilled trades are incredibly diverse. There are over 140 apprenticeable trades in Ontario! Here is a quick overview:
The Construction Sector: The construction industry is one of Ontario’s leading employers. It is not just the building of homes, but also schools, hospitals, and office buildings. These trades are crucial in our society.
These jobs take place either outdoors and indoors. Occupations in this area include: brick and stone mason, carpenter, cement mason, construction millwright, drywaller, electrician, glazier, power lineworker, painter and decorator, plumber, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, roofer, stone mason, sheet metal worker, welder and steam fitter, stone cutter, and terrazzo, tile and marble setter. There are sub-specialties in many areas too – for instance, a welder can learn the more specialized and higher paying skill of underwater welding. All these skilled trades require know-how and expertise. As a member of the skilled trades in construction, you’ll literally be helping our country grow!
The Industrial Sector: Some of the trades in this sector are out of the mainstream – how about aircraft maintenance engineer? Love working with wood – how about cabinetmaker? Draftsperson? Machinist? Mould Maker? There’s also pump systems installer, tool and die maker, to name a few. The future of industry directly depends on the skilled trades.
The Motive Power Sector: Canadians are a highly mobile people! Cars, trucks, motorcycles – we not only love them but our society is dependent on them. And one thing that they all have in common – they need to be designed, built, and maintained!
Some of the trades in this sector are auto service technician, auto body repairer, farm equipment mechanic, marine engine technician, motorcycle mechanic, truck and coach technician, and truck trailer service technician.
The Service Sector: This sector is the most diverse. Here’s a partial list – arborist (cares for trees), baker-patissier, cook, child and youth worker, early childhood educator, information technology support analyst, horticultural technician, hairstylist, and powered lift truck technician.