Do you take pride in the hands-on work? Do you believe in giving nothing less than your absolute best and maintaining a can-do attitude every day? Do you see perfection as a minimum standard, rather than something to aspire to? If this sounds like you, then you’re precisely the kind of skilled tradesperson employers look for.
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Most skilled tradespeople make an hourly rate. Skilled tradespeople such as welders, millwrights, electricians, and mechanics typically make between $20 to $40 an hour depending on their area of specialty and level of experience.
Supervisory or management jobs have higher compensation. Starting rates for leaders such as plant managers and warehouse managers start at $25/hr but can climb as high as $60/hr for experienced management.
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Some of the most popular jobs in skilled trades are listed below. Learn more about these roles.
Your tasks will vary depending on your area of specialty, however, some common tasks in skilled trade jobs include:
operating machines or equipment related to your area of specialty
interpreting blueprints or schematics
installing various systems
following safety and building regulations
maintaining various types of equipment
training or supervising apprentice workers
managing or directing a team
where you can work
Most skilled trade workers are employed in manufacturing or construction. Energy companies are the largest employer of skilled trade workers in Canada. Whether you’re a skilled tradesman looking to advance your skills in a challenging environment, or an experienced manager who is passionate about leading an industrial team through exciting projects, there are plenty of exciting opportunities across the country.
Working as a skilled tradesperson requires dedication and a love for hands-on work. A positive attitude and strong work ethic will prove invaluable. You often work in noisy, dusty environments where the climate is unpredictable. If you work in construction, seasonal weather is also an issue. It isn't for the faint of heart!
You're a hard worker who excels at taking direction and working on a team. You're vigilant, detail-oriented and always ensure your training is up-to-date. If your job requires manual labour, you are physically fit and healthy.
training and certifications
Depending on the skilled trade you specialize in, there are a variety of certifications available. For instance, welders, millwrights, electricians, mechanics, and machinists can obtain certifications in most provinces. For many skilled trade jobs, you will need to complete a course, apprenticeship or certification to prove your merit, however, there are some employers who believe these skills can be taught, if prospective employees have a strong work ethic.