I was recently asked by Maclean’s magazine what are the best trades to get into, and I’m still thinking about the question 3 weeks after it was published. Although my brothers are carpenters and this leads to a ton of knowledge related to construction and repair of residential, commercial and industrial buildings, electricians, plumbers and heavy duty mechanic trades still top my list.
As outlined in MacLean’s, electricians are well placed to help with building efficiency upgrades, solar and automation, as well as deal with regular electrical upgrades and maintenance. Additionally, they have the opportunity to become master electricians or receive FSR (Field Safety Representative) A & B designations that all electricians to pull permits from municipalities and provincial or state authorities. These additional certifications help electrical professionals earn more money and be very valuable parts of electrical contracting and manufacturing companies.
Plumbers as well are able to be key parts of water efficiency and upgrades that will allow us to live more comfortably in our homes and in our workplaces. Additionally, the ability to gain A and B or G1 or G2 gas permits allowing plumbers to work on gas appliances is a great career expanding move. Water and the damage it can do to homes and businesses is one thing, but gas is a completely additional level of risk responsibility of course compensation.
Finally heavy duty mechanics, from diesel power plants and generators to off-road equipment for construction and mining. The skills for this wide variety of very complete equipment is intense and can be a lifelong journey of learning and challenges. From Caterpillar and Cummins specific engine certifications to electrical generation and hydraulic knowledge heavy duty mechanics can always be challenged and find the financial rewards.
From carpentry to heavy duty mechanics, the base of learning a trade can allow people to grow into tons of other management, entrepreneurship and career advancement. What do you think of these top 3 trades, or am I undervaluing carpenters who build and maintain the shelter we need to live and work?
Kael Campbell is President and Lead Recruiter of Red Seal Recruiting Solutions, a company providing recruitment services in mining, equipment and plant maintenance, utilities, manufacturing, construction, and transportation. When he is not recruiting, Kael spends as much time as possible with family in the great outdoors and on the water. He volunteers his time as a Board Member of the Entrepreneurs Organization of Vancouver Island. You are invited to subscribe to our Job Seeker newsletter or submit your resume.