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NEWS | MAR 12 2019

Industrial Millwright Mechanic & Electrical Pre Apprenticeship Program For Youth

FREE for successful applicants ages 30 and under, this 26-week program is offered in partnership between the Centre for Skills Development and the Government of Ontario to support the demand for skilled trades. Participants receive training in two trades ensuring graduates have numerous career paths, a relevant skill set, shop experience and safety certifications.We strongly encourage all interested applicants to apply, as the Centre for Skills Development strives to create a diverse environment in which provides equal opportunity that prohibits any form of discrimination.

This program is for you if:

  • Between 18 - 30 years old
  • You like to work with your hands
  • You learn by doing (not sitting at a desk)
  • You like having lots of choice in your career
  • You want an accelerated training program
  • You want to pursue an apprenticeship
  • You want employment assistance upon graduation

Program Breakdown

This training program provides in-class instruction and hands-on training in the following areas:

  • Electrical Theory and Code (OEC)
  • Practical electrical installations
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics
  • Machine theory and practice
  • Rigging and hoisting
  • AC motor control
  • Machine and equipment lubrication
  • Basic Programmable Logic Controls (PLCs)
  • Interpreting engineering drawings
  • Trade calculation and science
  • Threads and fasteners
  • Employability and Essential Skills
  • Precision measuring tools and equipment
  • Comprehensive safety training

Industry Facts

  • Millwrights maintain and repair stationary industrial machinery, equipment and systems and are often involved with installing, maintaining, repairing and removing equipment. Millwrights also perform routine maintenance activities, such as cleaning and lubricating equipment, adjusting valves and seals, and investigating breakdowns.
  • Electricians are responsible for designing, installing, maintaining and troubleshooting electrical and electronic wiring systems in homes, commercial or industrial buildings, and even machines and large pieces of equipment.
  • Industrial Millwright Mechanic and Electrician are both red seal trades; this means that you can travel across Canada with these apprenticeships.
  • According to the Government of Canada, the median hourly wage for a licensed Millwright in the Hamilton/Niagara area is $28.00, $27.92 for licensed Electricians and $29.00 for licensed Industrial Electricians.

There are many opportunities for Millwrights and Electricians; they can work in diverse settings including repair shops, plants, construction sites, mines, logging operations, ski hills and many production and manufacturing facilities – essentially anywhere where machinery is used!

Need more information?

Thank you for your interest in the Industrial Millwright Mechanic & Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Youth program. Our next anticipated start date is April 1, 2019, please fill out the form below and a member of our team with contact you shortly to discuss next steps. If you have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact or 905-333-3499 X 321.

NEWS | MAR 11 2019

Gerrie Electric Hiring

Counter Sales -Floater role for Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph

Gerrie Electric, one of Ontario’s largest independent electrical distributors has an opening for a motivated individual to join our growing team.


Responsible for greeting customers and receiving and generating their orders efficiently and effectively. To, at all times, provide courteous, prompt, and efficient service to customers and give them the upmost of assistance with regards to product availability, pricing and sourcing of material. To display an ongoing commitment to understand, promote and believe in the Gerrie commitment of being a service quality organization and to strive to maintain and continue to seek ways to improve the overall service quality.


-Direct sales services of the general public

-Maintain friendly service and a positive Company image

-Service customer needs promptly and efficiently, addressing customer questions or concerns.

-Provide pricing and availability

-Develop knowledge of substitutes

-Be able to source products and provide technical information

-Enter customer orders into the Business System as per Gerrie procedures.

-Select and pack orders

-When required, perform wire cuts as per Gerrie documented procedure

-Handle customer returns/defectives

-Responsible for preparation and balancing of cash sales

-Handle customer phone orders

-Provide assistance/backup in shipping and receiving when required .

-Continue to develop your skill set as it relates to The Gerrie Organization, the Electrical Industry and the field of Sales

-Ensure all shelves are stocked and material is put away in a timely fashion

-Ensure float is counted and all transactions are accurate and balanced.

-Ensure timely completion of any/all special tasks as assigned by management

Please note that this is a floater role between our Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph branches and having access to a vehicle is required


-High School Diploma


-Some experience/knowledge in the electrical /industrial distribution field is an asset

-Previous customer service experience

-Math skills are essential (measurement conversions, pricing, etc.)

-Multi-tasking in a fast paced environment

-Excellent communication skills

-Organizational skills

Any electrical background (work experience, completed or partially completed school program in electrical related program)

$16/hour - $18/hour (depending on experience)

Dental/Medical/RRSP contribution matching

Investment in the training and professional development of our staff

Job stability and career advancement opportunities

If interested please email your resume to

NEWS | DEC 07 2018

Apprentice Search.Com Is Back – And Better Than Ever!

Welcome to the new! was launched 17 years ago as a way to address the skilled trades shortage in Ontario. Over the past 17 years, we’ve built a website and a service that helps connect apprentices and employers across the province. This year, we decided to rethink to make sure we were offering the best service possible. Since then, we’ve been busy updating our site and refreshing our look – and we’re excited to finally share it with the skilled trades’ world.

So, what’s new?

In addition to looking better than ever, the new has several features that will make the site even easier to use. They include:

  • Mobile responsiveness: Employers and job seekers can now access on any device – meaning they can search for jobs and candidates at their desk or on the go.
  • Job matching: Employers and job seekers will be matched with each other based on location and field of working, making job and applicant searching easier than ever.
  • Search management: Employers and job seekers can better manage their search - and their time - by saving candidates and jobs they’re interested in and returning to them at a later date.

We wouldn’t have been able to refresh this site without the support of our generous sponsors:

  • The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The WB Family Foundation
  • Magna International
  • Mohawk College
  • OYAP
  • The Woodbridge Group
  • Arcelor Mittal Dofasco
  • The Centre for Skills Development
  • Conestoga College
  • Sheridan College

We’d like to extend a big THANK-YOU to all the partners who believe in what we do. This new site was only able to happen with their support.

What’s next?

This upgrade is just the next step in the evolution of! We have some exciting plans to continue to build the site, and we’re always interested in hearing from our users about what they want from You can always send your suggestions to

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