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Buildings need power. From installation to maintenance and repairs, electricians work on everything from electrical power, communications, lighting, control systems, and more – for homes, businesses, and industrial applications.
Electricians have a range of workplace options. From employment through a government agency, public company, or as a private contractor working for yourself, many electricians work solo but often collaborate with a range of other professionals on the job site – such as engineers, architects and other tradespeople. Electricians work indoors and outdoors in private homes, businesses, factories, and different construction sites often with some commuting required. Most work full-time though schedules may require evening and weekend shifts. Self-employed electricians, especially those in the residential sector, can choose to set their own schedules.
After successfully completing an apprenticeship, you will be required to write and obtain your Red Seal certificate. There may be additional tests and licenses available to further your career as an electrician. This is a seal on your provincial or territorial trade certificate that shows you have the knowledge and skills necessary to work in your trade all across Canada. You can also work towards becoming a master electrician or find additional advancement opportunities through supervisor roles and project management. As you progress through your career, you have the option of starting your own business and working as a self-employed electrician.
Work with pipes, fixtures, and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and waste disposal in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
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The Millwright trade can take you into many fields, essentially anywhere machinery is used. The work involves installing, maintaining, diagnosing, and repairing industrial machinery.