Fort McMurray is a community in the province of Alberta. It is located 435 kilometers northeast of Edmonton and 60 kilometers west of the Saskatchewan border. It is home to several schools, hotels, restaurants, and one airport. The main industry in Fort McMurray is sand oil and natural gas mining. The place supplies about 25% of energy that powers Canada. The jobs in demand within the vicinity are mostly skilled and among these are journeymen (under carpentry) jobs. There are several construction and reconstruction firms that render services in areas of general carpentry, rough and finish carpentry, exterior siding, vinyl, and framing.
Availability and usual requirements of journeyman jobs in Fort McMurray
Standard qualifications include completion of college/CEGEP/vocation or technical training and possession of Alberta Journeyman Certificate. This certificate is awarded by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. An individual who has a certificate awarded by a non-Alberta authorized apprenticeship authority may apply for the Equivalency Program to qualify in Alberta. The apprenticeship usually lasts for four years and with a salary of $16 per hour. If an individual opts to skip this training, qualification based on work experience is also given with the minimum of 8,160 hours and 6 months of hands-on carpentry experience.
The work description often includes calculations of measurements, cutting and shaping of materials, assembly and joining of mouldings, building of foundations/walls/partitions, windows fitting and installation, building of verandas/decks/fences, and installation of drywall and roof flashing. Skills required are abilities to read and interpret blueprint, ability to follow instructions, drawings and specifications. The salary is at $20 to $40 per hour, available with fulltime positions, and with no gender specifications as both men and women are given equal opportunities for this job.