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If you’re just starting out in your career then you’re definitely in the right place for your trades education. Here you can find out where you can get the needed guidance to launch your career based on where you live in Canada. Whether you are looking for an automotive technician, carpentry, electrician or plumber course, there’s certainly an institution in your region or in the neighbor provinces that can provide you with what you need. 

If you’re already in the business and are looking for information or direction on the next steps to take, we have a huge group of educators in the country who want to provide you with a list of their featured trades education programs, videos, and real-life articles. Have a look around we’re sure you’ll find this an invaluable resource that is constantly updated.

Trade and construction careers offer lots of job opportunities when compared to college careers. Learning a professional skill can make you more attractive in the job market. Many skilled positions like Service/field technicianboilermakersmachinist, rotary drill operators, etc earn CAD$30-50+ per hr and over CAD$100,000 per year. Construction and trades are a serious, rewarding alternative to College that we promote and support.

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Most of us know that September not only means its back-to-school time, but it also means its back-to-sports time, even if you don’t have kids. Hockey, Soccer, Football, Lacrosse you name it – it’s basically on baby!  Recently a friend of mine shared a story about his 14-year-old son Emmett who over the past several years had worked his way up the ranks to play at a high level in minor hockey.  Since I’ve known him, Emmett, who plays netminder , has spent a lot of his own time working on his game. Whether it was his fitness, putting in extra reps at specialized clinics, practicing with older players to sharpen his game, and even mentoring youth, this kid is the one you’re rooting for any day of the week. For the past few weeks, Emmett was participating in tryouts for a Banton “A” Hockey Association here in the BC. Throughout the process, it seemed clear that not only was he shortlisted for one of the top 2 roles available on the A1 team, but he seemed the dominant player for the role; in other words, the job was his to lose .  However, on the final day of cuts, he was pulled into the Coaches office and he was cut – in more ways than one! There were a lot of people besides Emmett who were in shock; they couldn’t believe the decision that had been made and questioned the grounds on why it was made. Sounds familiar? The coach here is a lot like a hiring manager who is trying to make the best decision for their team. The player here is like the job seeker who is looking to get a spot on the team that they believe you’re they’re best qualified for. This story got me thinking about a few things related to  getting hired. First off, you can’t take it for granted that even if you think you’re the best qualified for the role, that the hiring manager and you are on the same page.  At the end of the day, the hiring manager has a lot of on their plate and feels pressure from the higher-ups (league or parent) to make the right decision. First off, you can’t take it for granted that even if you think you’re the best qualified for the role, that the hiring manager and you are on the same page.  At the end of the day, the hiring manager has a lot of on their plate and feels pressure from the higher-ups (league or parent) to make the right decision. If you don’t get the role, make a point of asking why and what you could have done to better prepare for this and other roles. It goes a long way with employers to see that you took the rejection well. Who knows perhaps the hire they did make doesn’t work out – an act like that could put you top of mind. Lastly, no matter what happens, go out and win your next game. What Emmett did next is a lesson for us all; instead of moping and whining about the situation or getting emotional he just accepted the decision. That doesn’t mean he faked being ok with it, but he did accept it. He went home, had a snack, played a little Fortnite, and got ready for his first game as an A2 player. He went to his first game of the season and stood tall for his new team as they sailed to a 4-1 win. Now that’s character! Remember this, your next win is just around the corner , but you have to get over your losses it to really experience and enjoy them. Eli Triff President & CEO Steel Toe Jobs  is Canada’s First Careers based Community for the Construction industry.  This is where you find  jobs ,  training  and  education  opportunities, discounts, career advice and much, much more.
Augmented reality is one of the most exciting technologies of the past ten years, nevertheless, you hardly hear talking about Augmented reality in Construction . Things seem to be changing.  Over the years, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has gained acceptance in the design and construction industry. Industry enthusiasts have represented building plans in various forms such as 3D , schedule integration (4D), Cost analysis integration (5D), and inclusion of maintenance information(6D) . Despite the investment in BIM by construction companies, the industry hasn’t largely capitalized on the use of the technology on fieldwork ignoring the significant impact it could have on projects in terms of cost and schedules. Most contractors make use of BIM in the office or off-site , leaving the field personnel with 2D drawings which leads to biased interpretations and mistakes. In other words, BIM is yet at the projecting door. We need to move BIM to the job site . The field personnel needs all the detailed information and graphic representation for maximum efficiency. In diverse areas of construction, we should utilize BIM as the primary source of information on the project site. BIM Taipei Pop Music Centre THE GAME CHANGER To solve this problem, industry enthusiasts have developed various techniques to bring BIM data to the job site. These processes will bring overall efficiency to workflow and quality of construction. Some of these processes include: • 3D design models • Field drawings generated from a corresponding BIM • Computerized survey outline from BIM geometry • Field tablets enabled with BIM display. • “Augmented reality” technology Of all the new technologies seeking to exploit BIM data out in the field, perhaps the most exciting is AUGMENTED REALITY (AR) , which enables the co-location of digital and physical data in a single medium. Using hand-held projectors or ruggedized field tablets with special software to assist in tracking and registration. AR now enables the overlay of detailed 3D BIM information onto the physical project site in real time and at full scale. With AR , field crews can now see the model in context without needing special skills to operate a computer or sophisticated BIM software. Example, an electrician equipped with a holographic headset, can see, in Star Wars fashion, exactly how the planned wiring will appear when installed correctly, and what that same area will look like once the piping has been installed the following week. Augmented reality is one of the most exciting technologies of the past ten years, nevertheless, you hardly hear talking about Augmented reality in Construction . Things seem to be changing.  Over the years, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has gained acceptance in the design and construction industry. Industry enthusiasts have represented building plans in various forms such as 3D , schedule integration (4D), Cost analysis integration (5D), and When AR is fully implemented, a construction job site will have a BIM -based digital twin that resembles the job site down to the exact detail. Headsets and other information collection devices will constantly update the model. If, in the above example, the pipefitter had already completed his work ahead of schedule, the electrician would be aware of that, and any possible repercussions, before arriving at the job site. In recent years, industry experts are exploring how AR can successfully support common field tasks such as: • Intuitive visualization of design models in context Layout and installation • Quality control and inspections • Illustrating the location of concealed work • Commissioning and facilities operations and maintenance Safety Benefits of AR • Risk reduction: If you’re doing a renovation, the ability to overlay a proposed design on top of the existing structure has a lot of value. Does everything that is proposed feel like it fits? How confident are you in the design that’s been handed over to you? • AR is also being used to improve safety programs and make them more efficient – the two-way flow of information makes it easy for a safety officer to be aware of hazardous situations as they arise, and to instantly warn workers who might be in danger, or shut down a work area if necessary. NEXT STEPS FOR AUGMENTED REALITY AR is expected to soon be widely deployed in areas such as healthcare , education, manufacturing, and navigation, assuring that the technology will mature and prices will drop. However, AR requires a well-populated BIM database, and data collection — no matter how efficient the methods are — requires commitment from many players. AEC firms are currently soliciting the assistance of software and hardware developers to improve the ease of use and practical application of AR on construction project sites, as well as lobbying those who develop BIM applications to integrate AR into their standard offerings. This won’t be just about visual information; workers will be able to talk — through interfaces like Apple Siri or Google Smart Speaker — with automated smart agents that “know” who the worker is, and what information is needed to do the job correctly. AR can integrate with BIM on both smartphones and tablets. In the future, AR might come in glasses like the Google X Concept. The idea is to use the GPS in a device to sync current location to a 3D Virtual BIM model. This will give each user the ability to go to a job site and see the future of the construction within the model, from their own perspective. It takes “ virtual tour” to the next level. Conclusion Today, augmented reality is still largely experimental in construction, and prototype systems are not yet robust enough to allow widespread adoption on all project sites. But by continuing to develop, improve, and apply AR tools on pilot projects, this rapidly evolving technology can be made to work for the benefit of our entire industry. It is possible that the next generation of augmented reality could completely revolutionize the way we construct our built environment, eliminating tape measures and paper plans. Eventually, AR could provide facility managers with the “ultimate stud finder” to leverage the BIM model in on-site facility operations and maintenance.  
Groundbreaking, revolutionary, trendsetting. What do these words have in common? They have all been used to describe the 2019 Ecocity World Summit by Ecocity Builders . Held every two years since 1990, the Ecocity Summit Series has risen to significance around the globe for the important role the summit series plays in the development of innovative solutions to some of the most complex issues of our time. The UN estimates that 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by the year 2050. With rapid changes to urban areas comes rapid increases in the volume of challenges we will face in coming years. The 2019 Ecocity World Summit series will address urbanization through the theme “Socially Just and Sustainable Cities”, with the help of over 1000 thought leaders, decision-makers, researchers, and green industry leaders. Held right here in Vancouver from October 7-11, 2019 , we can look forward to innovative conversations and debates on topics such as: Urban Design (Safe and Affordable Housing, Green Building) Socio-Cultural Features (Well-being and Quality of Life) Bio-Geo-Physical Conditions (Clean Air, Renewable Energy) Ecological Imperatives (Ecological Integrity) The Ecocity World Summit will highlight the green construction industry, putting a spotlight on Vancouver and British Columbia’s progressive green building scene. Why Vancouver? Each city is unique; the layout of the city, diversity of inhabitants, and the surrounding landscape can vary from place to place. To be considered an ecocity, there must be common characteristics from one city to the next. The working definition of an ecocity (adopted in 2010 by Ecocity Builders and the International Ecocity Framework & Standards) was developed right in Vancouver and is defined as:                 “ An Ecocity is a human settlement modeled on the self-sustaining resilient structure and function of natural ecosystems. The ecocity provides healthy abundance to its inhabitants without consuming more (renewable) resources than it produces, without producing more waste than it can assimilate, and without being toxic to itself or neighboring ecosystems. Its inhabitants’ ecological impact reflect planetary supportive lifestyles; its social order reflects fundamental principles of fairness, justice, and reasonable equity.” Perhaps, instead of looking at why the Ecocity World Summit will be held in Vancouver in 2019, we should be asking why not ? Vancouver aims to be the world’s greenest city and we’ve set ambitious environmental goals to earn that status. Unlike most municipalities, Vancouver’s source for electricity is already close to 100% renewable . Our urban landscape sprawls with green roofs, rooftop gardens, solar panels, and green transportation. Community spaces contribute to Vancouver’s unique position as an ecocity. The topic of Affordable Housing at the upcoming Ecocity World Summit could not be at a better time for Vancouver, as the city prepares to build over 1000 affordable housing units by 2021 to accommodate lower and middle-income families. Efforts to create adequate community space for city residents go beyond affordable housing units, but also include outdoor spaces that the city can experience together . Map of Vancouver’s Community Garden Spaces via the City of Vancouver   Vancouver is home to over 110 community gardens, which can be found at City Hall, municipal parks, schools, and on private property. Another unique aspect that Vancouver brings to the table at the Ecocity World Summit is the VIVA Vancouver program , which is dedicated to creating “vibrant people spaces”. VIVA Vancouver focuses on projects that transform road spaces into vibrant people spaces, helping to make the city a more liveable and walkable place for residents to enjoy. If you live in Vancouver or have visited the city, you may have already encountered one of VIVA Vancouver’s projects! The Vancouver Art Gallery’s north plaza was permanently closed to traffic in the summer of 2017 , creating a space for visitors to socialize and enhancing the sense of community in the city centre . VAG North Plaza redevelopment via HAPA The city is also leading the way in the ecocity movement with the new Zero Emissions Building Plan , which changes building bylaws within the city to reduce the level of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from new buildings. Vancouver is writing the book on what it means to be an ecocity. Did you know that the concepts of carbon footprint and ecological footprint were developed in Vancouver? In addition to the city of Vancouver’s environmental initiatives, the province of British Columbia is also making waves in green building. In April of 2017, the province introduced the BC Energy Step Code which intends to make all buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032. To support the construction industry with transitioning to the BC Energy Step Code and Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building bylaws, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) created the BCIT Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) Learning Centre . Renown nationally for academic leadership, BCIT is a key player in green employment training within the construction and trades sector; the ZEB Learning Centre showcases BCIT’s dedication to propelling our city and province forward toward a sustainable future through the provision of resources (technical guides, brochures, installation manuals), tradesperson education , workshops , presentations, and so much more.   Ecocity Builders and BCIT ; Better Together. In the Greater Vancouver area, BCIT is unmatched in their variety and level of educational programs specializing in trades and the environmental field. With programs in Ecological Restoration, Environmental Engineering, and Sustainable Energy Management (just to name a few), BCIT is a leader in environmental education and a pillar of support in the Ecocity initiative. BCIT has partnered with Ecocity Builders in sponsorship (and as the host) of the upcoming Summit next year. BCIT’s School of Construction and Environment is the academic lead for developing the International Ecocity standards, which will be launched at the Summit. The school’s participation in this event demonstrates their commitment to education that goes beyond the classroom to empower the role of trades in green industry; education in skilled trades can play a key role in helping change how cities are built in the future.     The Impact on the Construction and Skilled Trades Industry. This is an exciting time for a career in trades and construction in Western Canada. British Columbia has one of the highest percentages of green building jobs in the labour force in the country, largely due to new progressive building code requirements, provincial and municipal green building legislature, and market leadership. Going forward, what do the new regulations in Vancouver and British Columbia mean for builders and tradespeople? How will the innovations and new initiatives unveiled at the 2019 Ecocity World Summit change the construction industry? It will create the need for innovative and creative solutions to meet new demands. New positions (think “Construction Site Manager” for a new low-income housing complex ) and exciting opportunities in green infrastructure will require great talent. The exciting part: industry changes are already happening! Recent research on “green employment” in the Canadian workforce shows that the Construction and Trades sector accounts for 55% of all green employment. This is equivalent to an estimated 164.445 jobs and $13.13 billion dollars in GDP , making green employment and building initiatives highly influential on the economy. With an increasing amount of government initiatives in the near future, we can expect the number of jobs (and influence on the economy) to rise steadily.   It doesn’t stop there.   The job market in green construction and trades is rapidly growing. An industry survey conducted by the Canada Green Building Council (in collaboration with McGraw Hill Construction) revealed that over half of the survey respondents reported 30% of their job duties involve green building projects. Participants in the survey revealed they expect that number to rise to at least 70% of their job duties involving green building projects in upcoming years.   Fun fact : Job creation in the green building sector has already exceeded the combined total of Canada’s oil and gas extraction, mining and forestry industries.   Canada’s construction industry will likely continue to see significant increases in the green infrastructure market. One example of this market shift is noticeable with the increase of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings in Canada. The LEED green standard rewards builders for using locally sourced materials, environmentally friendly glues, paints, primers, and sealants. Today, there are over 5000 buildings in Canada registered for a LEED rating; the LEED initiative forever shifted the construction industry in Canada.   New Age in Construction and Trades. The 2019 Ecocity World Summit will showcase how Vancouver is growing while maintaining balance with nature. The innovation and ideology that are bound to break through at the Summit, combined with the changes to bylaws and legislature in Vancouver and British Columbia, and BCIT’s advancements in assisting the construction and trades industry with the transition to low-emission buildings reveals to us that there is a new age in construction and trades: green.   Steel Toe Jobs  is Canada’s First Careers based Community for the Construction industry.  This is where you find  jobs ,  training  and  education  opportunities, discounts, career advice and much, much more.
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