With the worst of the pandemic well behind us, the construction sector in Western Canada is in full swing. Simply put, there is no better time to get into construction than the present, with expected employment in the sector to grow by 13% by 2024.
In addition to numerous employment opportunities, the construction sector pays relatively well for the amount of education needed. A high school diploma and vocational training are usually sufficient to be competitive for any entry-level position in the field. The potential for comfortable pay, coupled with relatively shorter training programs, makes construction careers among the most cost-effective.
Matrix Labour Leasing has singled out 5 construction jobs for newcomers in the sector. Combining straightforward prerequisites with rewarding compensation, these jobs are excellent starting points for a construction career. Read on to find out what they are!
Matrix Labour Leasing is Calgary’s premier staffing and temp agency serving Western Canada’s construction, oil & gas, manufacturing, warehousing, and hospitality sectors.
5 Construction Jobs To Start Off Your Construction Career
Many people choose the construction industry with the hope of becoming a site superintendent, a project manager, or a construction manager一all of which can easily earn above six figures in Western Canada.
Of course, these positions are only reserved for those who have earned their stripes on the construction site first. Knowing this, we have identified 5 construction jobs that can propel you into a position to eventually contend for these rewarding roles.
The construction jobs that you should be looking out for:
- Electrician: Electricians are called upon to install, maintain, and repair anything that requires electricity. While electricians are often pictured working on residential electricity panels and climbing transmission towers, they are also indispensable on construction sites. The electrician is sometimes mistaken as a STEM position that requires at the very least a 4-year college degree, but this $32.00/hour job is attainable for high school graduates with an apprenticeship under their belt. Electricians who return to college to specialize themselves can command an even better salary upon their return.
- Carpenter: Those who seek to become a jack of all trades in the construction sector should consider training as a carpenter. Armed with their toolbox and a large supply of wood, carpenter’s creative possibilities are only limited by their skill and experience. From kitchen cabinets to the foundations of a skyscraper, a carpenter can do it all. The median wage of a carpenter working in Canada is $26.00/hour. Completion of a 4-year apprenticeship or at least 4 years of on-the-job training is necessary to become a certified carpenter.
- Equipment operator: Equipment operators can be found on any construction site controlling the heavy-duty machinery that makes everything possible. Cranes, dozers, excavators, and steam rollers are no mystery to the equipment operator. Compensation for equipment operators depends on the sector and the equipment. Those working in the construction sector tend to earn more, with the median wage reaching $27.90/hour. There is no degree requirement to become an equipment operator. Apprenticeship or on-the-job training is sufficient.
- Mason: Masons work with arguably the most important construction material, concrete, to build homes, schools, hospitals, and any other building you can think of. The best masons also know how to work with bricks, cement, and stones, and to operate a variety of construction vehicles. The median wage for a mason in Canada is $30.00/hour. Aspiring masons usually go through an apprenticeship offered by a technical school, college, or union.
- Sheet metal worker: Metal sheet workers are responsible for assembling and installing anything made from sheet metal, like the roofs and walls of a commercial building, handrails, car frames, and column wraps. Sheet metal workers earn a median wage of $30.56/hour This career path is open to anybody who has received vocational training or the appropriate apprenticeship. Some welders choose to become sheet metal workers as well.
Become A Construction Worker Today
Given the promising trajectory of the construction sector in Western Canada, the present is the perfect time to enroll in a trade school or an apprenticeship program to land on a lucrative construction job in the next few years. Perhaps you will even oversee your own construction project one day!
Are you a skilled worker looking for work in the construction, oil & gas, manufacturing, warehousing, or hospitality sector? Matrix Labour Leasing can find it for you. Call us at 1-866-666-9520 or fill out the online contact form to connect with our staffing and temp agency.
Q: How can Matrix Labour Leasing help find me a job in the construction sector?
A: Matrix Labour Leasing is in constant contact with contracting companies looking for temp-to-hire and direct-hire workers. Depending on the nature of the role, we can either recommend you to one of our contracting companies or offer you a temporary contract ourselves.
Q: Is the contracting company involved in the hiring process of temporary workers?
A: No. The contracting company usually fully delegates the hiring process to the temp agency. The agency will unilaterally screen, interview, and select the workers that will be working for the contracting company.
Q: Where can I find construction jobs in Canada?
A: You can begin your job search at our in-house job board.