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Black & MCDonald

More About the Trades

Be it in hands-on shop fabricating or fields installations, as a service technician, supervisor, project manager, estimator, designer, engineer or administrative manager, your role will offer you the diversity of working with our commercial, industrial, institutional, utility and government clients.

With a network of more than 25 offices across Canada and the United States, Black & McDonald presents many career and location options.

Why Work in the Trades?
Where do I start?
Where can I find More Information?

Why Work in the Trades?

Why? Because Trades-people:

  • Can start earning money while being trained
  • Are able to work and learn the trade at the same time
  • Have many job opportunities around the world
  • Earn a very good wage
  • Have a high rate of job satisfaction
  • Are very important to our economy
  • Have flexibility to make decisions in their daily tasks
  • Are offered a broad diversity in their work environments while providing services for our industrial, commercial, institutional or government clients
  • Ensure these systems are maintained and operate trouble free
  • Permit cities, communities, large and small companies to expand


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Where do I Start?

Several colleges offer programs in the trade's fields. These programs vary in length and difficulty and entry criteria. Trades-people must be able to interact and work with others as a team. All trades at Black & McDonald require apprenticeship & certification.

You can start by sending a resume to the Human Resource Department at Black & McDonald. (Please Indicate that you would like to start as an apprentice.)

Apprenticeships:

For those who have completed high school, apprenticeships are also offered by colleges or any company that employs trades-people. Black & McDonald offers & provides this type of training. Apprenticeships range from 3.5 to 5 years in length and often result in a full-time job once completed. In order to start an apprenticeship an employer who is willing to train must first be found.

Requirements for Black & McDonald
Apprenticeships:

  • A High School Diploma
  • All apprentices are hired through local unions Hiring Halls
  • Before working on site, a safety and Orientation course must be taken.
  • A WHMIS (Workplace Hazard Materials Information System) course must be completed.
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is required for all jobs.
  • Apprentices will become a member in their trade union.
  • A first-aid & CPR course will be taken once an apprenticeship has begun.

Skill Trade Schools in Canada

Check your local college for trades programs.

Trade Certification:

In order to get certification a Provincial Qualification Exam will be written and must be passed at the end of the apprenticeship.

Trades at Black & McDonald are:

  • Construction Boilermaker
  • Construction Millwright
  • Electrician
  • Network Cabling Specialist
  • Line worker
  • Pipe fitter
  • Plumber
  • Power Systems Engineers
  • Power Systems Technologists
  • Refrigeration and A/C Mechanic
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer
  • Steam fitter
  • Gas fitter
  • Ironworker
  • Laborer
  • Utility Worker
  • Welders


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Where can I find More Information?

Click the links to take a look at the following web sites or talk to your school's guidance counselor to get more information.


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Black & McDonald's depth of experience has made us the partner of choice across a wide range of industries. To get there took time and effort. Our management team invested in the development of our people, determined to make our highly-experienced tradespeople renowned as the best in their industries.
With over 90 years of documented lessons learned, we are able to consistently apply that knowledge - meeting our customers’ most demanding challenges, in their most critical environments.
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