Construction Jobs In Ontario

There is currently a shortage of construction professionals in Canada.  As the population ages and people in skilled trades retire, there is a real need for new blood in the construction industry.  Retirements alone will result in the need to replace as many as 80000+ skilled workers during the next decade.  Many companies are resorting to seeking out international workers to solve this problem.  If you are jobless or thinking about a career change, this may be an excellent opportunity for you if this kind of work interests you.  The Ontario Construction Secretariat has found that over 90 percent of contractors in Northern Ontario are reporting a shortage of skilled workers.

The kinds of jobs available range from construction projects in the commercial, heavy industrial and engineering sectors, including major utilities and infrastructure projects to smaller jobs in the new home building and renovation sector.  Required skills may include carpentry, electrical, cabinetry, roofing, trimming or plumbing. Some examples of common job titles would be Construction Manager, Construction Supervisor, Boilermaker, Lineworker, Heavy Equipment Operator, Pipefitter, and Sprinkler System Installer among many others.

If you think you may be interested, search out online career finder tools such as Careers in Construction to help you determine which path suites you best.  Some great benefits of these jobs are that there are usually many chances to move up the management ladder and you can choose whether you enjoy working indoors, outdoors or a mix of both.  It provides a good sense of satisfaction to see the physical results of your work come together over time.  Your income potential as you gain years of experience can become quite high and you will be in demand.

If you have experience, like special certifications or specific trade skill training, be sure to use associated keywords in your job search that match your skill set.  If you have little or no experience, look for jobs in your area using keywords like construction labor or general labor to get started.  Spring and summer are the best times of the year to be looking for construction work.  Do not overlook installation and repair jobs as it allows you to learn new skills on the job and offers instant gratification as you make things work.

To continue on with your new career, find a job as an entry-level construction worker and learn more skills you need on the job. Possibly enroll for post-secondary training at a community college or technical institute and study for the construction career of your choice.  Finally, you could register as an apprentice and combine on-the-job training with in-class learning.

Housing construction went through a low point in 2013 and is expected to reach new peaks between 2015 and 2017.  There is potential for temporary, cyclical labour shortages.  With recruitment efforts possibly focusing on youth and the Aboriginal community, this may be the best time to enter this field of work.

Contact us at Wawasakonese ManPower Services to help you find your next job.

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  • Jordan D’Abreo

    To whom it may concern,
    My name is Jordan D’Abreo and I am a carpenter by trade, with 22 years of experience in the field.
    In these years I have worked on some of the biggest and definitive projects in southern ontario.
    I am also an owner of a company that builds crews of skilled workers in the concrete formwork sector through hands on training with safety and systems. I currently have a crew consisting of field engineers (2), foremen (2), carpenters (4+), safety coordinator(1+) ,safety rep / carpenter, labourers(2), I have accounts with concrete pumping and craning companies and providers of forming systems like Peri , Aluma, Doka, Titan or have the men and women to build field built engineered formwork systems.
    The main gain to the industry is our safety procedures in the field thus keeping WSIB penalties low and workers safe but very productive.
    An example of how we conduct business daily is as follows.
    Employees receive verbal and written instruction on the task , a pre task assessment is carried out prior to commencement of task, employees raise questions or concerns which are addressed and resolved , a pre task as assessment is signed by the employees and the task is executed safely and efficiently. All documents and reports are filed for future reference and records. The cumulative experience of my core team alone exceeds a 100 years and our services range from structural walls and slabs to architectural exposed concrete.
    I would like to set up a correspondence with your end of the market to further explore what services I can provide.
    Best regards
    Jordan D’Abreo

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