B&M technician part of the career in skilled trades at Black & McDonald working on HVAC system at a facility


A career in skilled trades at Black & McDonald offers you the opportunity to be part of a highly skilled team where all can succeed. Working in a hands-on trade role means having the chance to see the result of your efforts unfold right before your eyes!

Whether you’re in a fabrication shop or on a renewable energy project, working with us can offer fulfilment that comes with contributing to more than 100 years of success in commercial, industrial, institutional, utility and government environments. With highly competitive wages, you’ll feel the pride that comes with contributing to exciting projects that directly advance the growth of our community.

If you have a passion for hard work, creativity, problem solving and team work, a career in the trades at Black & McDonald will launch your professional life in the right direction.

Why Work in the Trades?

  • Learn, and work while earning competitive wages
  • Have a high rate of job satisfaction
  • Have flexibility to make decisions in daily tasks in a broad range of work environments
  • Ensure systems are maintained and operate trouble free
  • Contribute to the expansion of cities, communities, and large and small companies

Where do I Start?

Several colleges offer programs in the trades. These programs vary in length, 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 and certification.

You can start by contacting your local Union Hall for your appropriate trade.


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

Requirements for Black & McDonald Apprenticeships:

  • High School Diploma
  • Must be hired through local union hiring halls
  • A safety and orientation course must be taken before working on site
  • A course on the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) must be completed
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for all jobs
  • Apprentices will become a member in their trade union
  • Apprentices must take a First Aid and CPR course after beginning

Skilled Trades Schools in Canada

Check your local college for trades programs:

Trade Certification

In order to get your certification, a Provincial Qualification Exam must be passed at the end of the apprenticeship.

Trades at Black & McDonald are:

  • Construction Boilermaker
  • Construction Millwright
  • Electrician
  • Gas fitter
  • Ironworker
  • Labourer
  • Line Worker
  • Network Cabling Specialist
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Plumber
  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Power Systems Technologist
  • Refrigeration and A/C Mechanic
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer
  • Steam Fitter
  • Utility Worker
  • Welder

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 counsellor to get more information.

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