Getting involved with skilled trades may be an excellent career path choice. With a variety of skilled workers in high demand and the potential for good wages, a career in the trades can be rewarding.

The Conference Board of Canada predicts that one million skilled workers will be needed by 2020 and that 48 per cent of the workforce will be eligible to retire in the next five to 10 years. The opportunities for young professionals will only increase as this transition continues.

Seneca’s Centre for Advanced Technologies provides the training and knowledge for students wishing to pursue a career in the area of precision machining. Graduates may find careers in industries that produce cars, airplanes, home appliances, medical equipment, computers, and household goods.

The centre’s commit­ment to program excell­ence makes it a great place to gain experience for apprenticeships and employment in a variety of areas within a changing manufacturing field. If you are coming from the working world, the programs offered through Seneca’s Centre for Advanced Technologies also provide the opportunity for students to graduate and get back into the workforce in as little as one year. You can be trained and ready for a career in the skilled trades in a short period of time.

Spend your time learning in a formalized academic setting that not only provides practical hands-on training, but also gives you the fundamentals in math, science, reading and writing.

Class sizes are small, usually about 20 students per class. All instructors are qualified and experienced in the trades.

As a career, the skilled trades offer the opportunity to advance to management roles or start your own business.

For more information, visit senecac.on.ca/school/centreadvtech.html.