When Monique was 14-15, her father Simon ran his electrical business out of the family home and Monique found herself helping the business. Monique became indentured as an apprentice at 18. She determinedly and diligently completed her hours, trade school, and wrote her Certificate of Qualification by the age of 21 – at that time becoming the youngest licensed female electrician in Canada! By 28, Monique had also become a Master Electrician. Monique still works alongside her father in the family electrical business today.
It’s a very rewarding career. You get to work with a lot of different people.
Electrician (Apprenticeship), Certificate of Qualification (Red Seal)
$49,000 – $75,000
Experience working with Electrical Wires, Mathematics
Strong Analytical Skills, Organizational Skills, Attention to Detail and Accuracy, Strong Communication, Reading and Comprehension Skills, Dependabe
All options are actually open to you – don’t accept barriers that others may artificially put up in front of you or that you put in front of yourself. Don’t sell yourself short by accepting what others say are barriers you should be encountering – take ownership of your own future and build the career and life you want for yourself. Don’t forsake your life for your career or vice-versa.
Moving from journeyman to masters level opens up the possibility of starting your own business. Also there are various
networking opportunities to develop working partnerships.
Receiving my red-seal trade certificate at the age of 21 and becoming the youngest licensed female electrician journeyman in Canada at that time.
You can easily give back to the community through volunteering your skills through such endeavours as Habitat for Humanity, or guiding the next generation through Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program or Co-op programs.
You need to be driven and willing to work hard. Troubleshooting and problem solving skills are paramount, you must be able to keep a level head when frustrated or dealing with challenging personalities, and you must be detail oriented and able to keep organized and detailed records of work.
I often get the opportunity to develop the lighting and lighting layouts for large high-end custom residential homes. With lighting fixtures that can cost upwards of $100,000.
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program