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Is a manufacturing trades career the right fit for you?

Posted by Jim Fearon, Hays VP, on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016

Hays Blog: trades careers in manufacturingThe skilled trades shortage means Canadian millwrights, heavy duty mechanics and electricians, and other skilled tradespeople have many opportunities available to them. Are you weighing up your options, or just going with the highest compensation?

From forestry and natural resources, to construction and manufacturing – you can build a trades career in almost any industry. Take some time to consider which is the right fit for you.

Manufacturing remains steady in Canada, with some manufacturers being helped by the cheaper Canadian dollar, while those who import raw material are challenged by their reduced buying power.

What are the benefits of manufacturing as a career?

Based in larger centres
If you’re hoping to live in a city, manufacturing could be the best option.

Multiple employers in one area
For example, there are multiple food processing manufacturers in lower mainland BC, so you have the option of choosing the employer that’s the right fit for you.

Relocation less likely
If you’re looking for stability, manufacturing could be the right place for you as you’re less likely to have to move multiple times in your career.

The downsides
Compensation is often slightly lower, and living in a city can mean higher living costs. Benefits are comparable. Depending on your personal goals, the benefits could be downsides – maybe you’re looking for a rural lifestyle, or you’re excited by relocation.

Connect with a recruiter if you want further insights into what job will help you achieve your career and lifestyle goals.

Latest jobs:

 Title Location Job ID
Refrigeration A Mechanic Ontario  1046412
Millwright  Manitoba  1046671
Maintenance Technician BC 1045789
Maintenance Manager
 Ontario  1046292
Maintenance Supervisor  Manitoba  1046673
Maintenance Supervisor Saskatchewan  1046442


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