Meagan graduated high school with no idea of what she wanted for a career. She took a Women in Skilled Trades program, and was hired at Turkstra Lumber, where she was promoted to Assistant Manager. She teaches at Mohawk College, training women how to use power tools and complete projects. She is currently studying at Mohawk College for Architectural Technology.
Lumbar Yard Assistant Manager
I’m glad that I got into the construction industry. There are a lot of opportunities for professional development.
Carpentry and Renovation
$24,000 – $70,000
Experience working with wood products and selecting the best materials for a job, Strong Mathematical Skills
Strong Organizational Skills, Reading and Comprehension Skills
Try to find a course that covers a range of different career options. There is a Get-in-Gear program at the Centre for Skills Development and Training that explores three different skilled trades.
Self-starters and willing to learn. You will go far! You can learn what you need to know, but have to be willing to face a steep learning curve.
Creativity comes in all sorts of forms: everything from merchandizing the store to helping customers designing their projects.
Turkstra Lumber has a great relationship with community projects. As a lumber yard, we have often supplied
material for various projects, from a youth-run Colour Run, to community gardens. Turkstra also financially supports many not-for-profit groups, such as City Kidz, and the Hamilton Tool Library, when it existed.
Estimator, Store Manager. I am going to school to upgrade to an Architectural Technologist.
I never thought I would be where I am at now. I had never envisioned the construction industry in my future. But I am very glad to be where I am now.
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program