Skilled Trades Career Guide

Careers in the skilled trades are in high demand. Use this guide to learn more about the industry, or to learn how to hatch a student or entry level job in the skilled trades.

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Skilled Trades Average Starting Salaries

Plumber

  • Vancouver, BC
    $47,408
  • Calgary, AB
    $51,020
  • Toronto, ON
    $47,480
  • Montreal, QC
    $44,446

Aircraft Mechanic

  • Vancouver, BC
    $45,048
  • Calgary, AB
    $48,871
  • Toronto, ON
    $45,626
  • Montreal, QC
    $42,636

Machinist

  • Vancouver, BC
    $38,942
  • Calgary, AB
    $42,597
  • Toronto, ON
    $41,196
  • Montreal, QC
    $37,335

Welder

  • Vancouver, BC
    $46,249
  • Calgary, AB
    $60,626
  • Toronto, ON
    $46,409
  • Montreal, QC
    $44,391

Considering a career in Skilled Trades?

The skilled trades offers students and grads limitless opportunities for growth and success. There is a lot of variety within the industry, from the culinary arts to construction, which means student and grads heading into the industry can pursue a path that fits their unique interests.

Skilled trade occupations are some of the best paid available and offer a lot of flexibility for young people.

Sarah Watts-Rynard, Executive Director, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

In-demand skills and traits:

Adaptability

Communication

Problem-solving

Creativity

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