Explore Your Future: Careers in Construction
February 22, 2022
March 30 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
March 30, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Explore Your Future
Explore Your Future is a series of FREE events to help Waterloo Region youth learn about some career options. While geared towards the early stage research needs of grade 7 to 10 students, it is open to any youth and family that are interested .
Note: This event takes place over Zoom. A link will be sent out to registered attendees about 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event.
Careers in Construction
There are a wide variety of jobs in the construction industry and they require smart, enthusiastic, creative, hard-working problem-solvers and team players.
With demand expected to increase, now is great time to consider careers in construction.
Learn about the many different ways people work to build our homes, cities and infrastructure that are so important to all of our lives.
Will Broughton, Senior Electrical Estimator (Construction)
After high school, Will went into construction at a site level. He continued working in the field for around 7 years. He then went back to College part time and completed the Construction Estimator Certificate Program. He now leads the estimating department at O'Connor Electric.
Peter Caesar, Training and Skills Development for IBEW Local 804
Peter Caesar is a master electrician with over 20 years of experience as an electrician. He has worked on, and ran many large and small projects in all sectors of construction. He is now in charge of all the training for IBEW Local 804. He started out as a high school co-op student.
Christina Rauchfleisz-Shantz, Marketing / Project Development
Christina has been in construction for many years working for Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc., and is the chair of the leaders in construction for the Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA.)
Hakem Thompson, plumbing apprentice
Hakem is 29 years old and started plumbing later than most but says, "it was the best decision I've ever made."
He is a 2nd year plumbing apprentice working for JMR Electric which is an Industrial/Commercial/Institutional company. He has worked on projects at the University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, Grand River Transit Bus Maintenance Facility and Cambridge Hospital.
He is a Weston Family Scholar who just completed his L1 in-school training at Conestoga College.
Kyla Viana, electrical apprentice
In high school, I realized that I really enjoyed the trades and took both construction and cabinetmaking. Sadly my school did not offer electrical. However, back when I was in high school (graduated in 2013) it was incredibly frowned upon to go into the trades and I was told by my guidance councilors that it was not the place for a female especially with college/university courses on my plate. I eventually ended up in a vet clinic doing assisting and reception but longed for a career where I could make a livable wage and be successful independently. I ended up with an opportunity to get into electrical in January of 2020, instantly fell in love with the trade and haven’t looked back since. I am currently halfway through my 3rd year of my 5 year 309A electrical apprenticeship and just completed my level 1 schooling at Conestoga college. I work at Conestogo Electric here in Kitchener and have a background in residential, commercial and agricultural electrical work.
Introductory remarks by panel (5 minutes each)
Q & A