Category Archives: Pathways

Apprenticeships – Skilled Workers

According to http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2011/12/07/wdr-apprenticeship-skill-trade-shortage.html, there is going to be a mass shortage on skilled workers. Amount of shortage: “By some estimates, Ontario could face a shortage of more than 300,000 skilled workers in another 10 years.” (CBC News)

Skilled workers are people who work for others who have learned skilled trade; therefore being skilled in whatever they are doing. They’re also called apprentices. The education and training for apprentices is done either in classrooms (college) or on the job, for a more hands-on experience. In addition, the apprentice gets payed for whatever they do whilst learning more about the profession.

The reasoning for why there is a shortage on skilled workers is possibly due to the misjudgement that apprenticeship do not grant as much money as other jobs obtained through having University degrees. However, apprentices can make as much money, less money or even more money based on their skill trade and their experiences; the same thing as any other job. skilledWorker

Refer to http://www.red-seal.ca/w.2lc.4me@-eng.jsp?lang=eng for information on apprenticeships in every province and territory (Canada)

 

Civil Engineer

Civil engineering is about the design, construction and maintenance of human-made structures and/or natural structures in the environment through the use of physics and mathematics. Actually, civil engineering includes many subcategories such as environmental engineering, geotechnical, structural, biomechanics, nanotechnology, transportation and many more.

The purpose of having civil engineers are to design the properties of the structures, such as its ability to support its own weight and the materials used for the manufacturing of it. For example, a water treatment plant can be made to aid in the purification of water to help people in developing countries obtain clean water; and civil engineering will aid in deciding the pressures, temperatures, material and other properties of the strucutre to ensure that it lasts long and strong. This is the differences between an architect and a civil engineer. The architect would play a greater part in designing how the building/structure would look and its purposes while the civil engineer would pay more attention to the background of how everything will work out.

To Be or Not to Be- Architect

An architect; an inventor of buildings. They’re job is to make buildings; generally speaking. Architects actually have a wide range of jobs, including site evaluation, project management, designing buildings, contract administration, builder/consultant qualification, planning, building code study, building contractor, building inspector, building researcher, lead consultant, project manager, business manager and many more. It’s like a hospital: Some people specialize in certain topics more than others. For example, people good at drawing will draw out designs while organized people can plan out everything (project management). Getting a degree in architecture can lead to many careers, like an architect critic and an urban planner (many more careers at http://www.raic.org/architecture_architects/becoming_an_architect/index_e.htm).

To become an architect requires a lot of education. A bachelors degree of architecture is needed (5 years of education) and possibly a masters Walt Disney Concert Halldegree as well (6-8 years). In addition, a program called IDP (Intern Development Program) must be completed to allow the graduates to gain real-life experience in architecture firms. Once this is finished, one must complete the ARE (Architect Registration Exam) which tests the graduates once again (This is for USA; I’m unsure whether this applies elsewhere). The median of wages of architects in 2010 was $72550 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lower 10 percent of architects earned less than $41,320 while the higher 10 percent of architects earned more than $119,220.

In my own opinion, I have yet to experience the education needed to become an architect. In addition, I am inexperienced of how it would be like to be an architect; to know whether I like it or not. As a result (judging on the education and salary of an architect), I would not become an architect.

A Way to Solve Problems

As explained in my last post, a lot of the condominiums in Toronto are pretty messed up in that many of them have structural and aesthetic flaws. The Ontario Building Code only looks at whether the condominium is safe to life in and that it follows all the regulations according to the Ontario Building Code (like making sure that there’s a fire escape, which is also very important); however it doesn’t look at things like unpainted or cracking walls. Hence, to solve this we will need people to look at the manufacturing of the condominiums, and to report all things going wrong (improper installation of devices/structures) to someone of greater power (a big government agency); someone like a Building Inspector.

As said just now, Building Inspectors are in charge of inspecting the flaws in the condominiums, to make sure that the condos are safe, and that the condominium is complete (painted everything, no cracks anywhere). Similarly,  Compliance Officers make sure that the condominiums follow all the policies and laws, such as the Condominium Act, the Ontario Building Code, the Municipal by-laws and other legal requirements. From this, the policies for the condominiums can be developed to keep improving the quality of the condominiums.

Policy development is another big thing that will help out in the condominiums in the future. It makes sure that everything is up to date to help the evolving needs of the people. These new policies can be created from common flaws seen from building inspection, from relations with other agencies or from public engagement processes (check out this link: http://news.ontario.ca/mcs/en/2012/06/building-a-better-condominium-act.html).

If an agency is to have relationships with other agencies, then it will let them share information between each other to get a better understanding of what to do to make themselves better, like having a homework study group, or a sports team.