There’s a perception that skilled trades are for people that haven’t done well in school and can’t make it into more legitimate jobs. Yet, it’s funny how reliant we are upon them when a tire goes flat or your furnace or Air Conditioner break down. Job seekers today can and will find success pursuing a skilled trade, despite the stereotypes. In reality, trades are where the money is, because in that moment, you need someone with those specific skills more than anything else. There’s a personal angle to this as well. You can use those skills to fix your own car, or repair your own HVAC equipment.
A potential employee who comes to the table already trained through an apprenticeship or similar program is at an extreme advantage. What this means for students is that companies are looking for them.
Apprenticeship programs are an expression of one of the core ideas of college: Practical, on the job skills training to land you a career. In Manitoba apprenticeships involve training on the job with an employer, supplemented by college classes to teach you the theory. The instructors have current industry experience, and you’ll have the opportunity to work at state-of-the-art facilities both on and off campus. Join an apprenticeship, become a skilled tradesperson, and become the one everyone else goes to when they need their problems solved.
With continued changes in technology, and multiple manufacturers producing different variations of the next best Furnace or Central Air Conditioner, it becomes a challenge for technicians to be familiar with everything that they encounter. A new as well as a seasoned journeyperson has been given the tools to have comfort in finding access any new updates through trade associates or Manufacturers tech support.
Part 2 of this article will explain the diagnostic process that our technicians follow.