This sector of employment encompasses positions for skilled manual workers who specialize in many trades, such as carpentry, as well as all levels of construction work from laborers and concrete finishers to project managers and supervisors. Each job in this sector has its own level of responsibility, pay scale and skill requirements. For example, a project manager on a construction site will oversee cost management, contract negotiations and ensure safety is maintained. The hours often worked in these jobs vary from position to position, and often contract to contract. Some jobs will require shift work, whereas others will encompass normal business hours and overtime.
Employers will often require high school diplomas from any prospective candidate. A successful applicant will have on-the-job training in the form of an apprenticeship, and this may be done though working with a tradesman, going to a trade school or both. Upon completion of an apprenticeship, a trainee will become a qualified tradesman. Further to this qualification, employers also look-out for what's known as a red seal, which is a certificate obtained through examination that shows a tradesman is of an excellent standard.
Skilled Trades/Construction Job Market
In choosing the right job, it helps to know the market and its trends. In the construction and trade sectors, there has been a slight increase in employment over the last 5 years, with construction employing 1,323 workers and trade 2,705. Similar to construction, site engineering always shows a steady level of employment.
Skilled Trades/Construction Job Salary Information
Skilled tradesmen, such as electricians and millwrights, can earn between $11 - $50 and $12 - $40 respectively per hour, depending on experience and responsibilities. For a job like project management, the pay can range between $20 and $70 per hour.