A journeyperson can expect to be fully employed, and well paid as a respected member of their industry.
Tsawwassen First Nation worker
works hard and dreams big
Devin Kennedy is a heavy equipment operator. When he is on the job site, he runs everything from the bulldozer and rock truck, to the excavator.
He gets a lot of satisfaction from the joys of a job well done. “Every time when I’m on the dozer and I get that nice fine grade after I’m done; it just feels good,” he says with a smile.
He took the Industry Training Authority (ITA) course in British Columbia in 2009. He says they taught them really well. They also allowed them to work on a lot of different machines, and that helped him decide what he wanted to focus on career wise.
The ITA leads and coordinates B.C.’s skilled trades system. It supports apprenticeships and helps increase opportunities in the trades, among a number of other things.
Kennedy is a member of Tsawwassen First Nation and works for Raven Contracting, which is based in his own community, and is involved in large and small residential and industrial projects.
Kennedy says down the road he can see himself starting his own company. He’s thinking maybe in the demolition field. “There’s no limits to what I can do.”
You can watch Devin Kennedy’s story here, or click on the video above.