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November 20, 2020

William Graham, Toronto Hydro

Job Title

Supervisor, coach, mentor of design & construction team
 

Skills you rely on most in your role:

Decision making, leadership, collaboration
 

In high school, I was voted most likely to

Make the world a better place

Question from Shirley, Hamiota, MB

“What exactly does a career in skilled trades mean, what type of stuff do you do?”
 
Hi, Shirley,
 
I want to start by saying thank you so much for your question. I believe by becoming a tradesperson, I have the opportunity to make an impact on people’s lives. As a tradesperson, I get a sense of accomplishment through helping others with a job that they wouldn’t be able to do on their own.
 
There’s a lot of variety in the world of skilled trades, and that can lead to so many opportunities. Tradespeople usually have lots of energy, work with their hands, work with tools, and provide some kind of service to the public. I believe the simple answer is: tradespeople add value to the world every single day, and that progress leads to happiness.
 
Our construction & maintenance team works on the overhead and underground powerlines in downtown Toronto. We climb poles, use bucket trucks, and also go into cable chambers to maintain and build the powerlines that supply our customers. We have an awesome team of skilled tradespeople that work together and we have a lot of fun.
 
As a team leader and tradesperson, my main focus is our team’s success, and whenever someone needs something, we stop what we’re doing and help. The work we do is like a team sport, and we do whatever it takes to be successful and enjoy our work.
 
Take care, Shirley, and live your life with passion, my friend.
 
Sincerely, William Graham
Travis Howard, Bruce Power
November 20, 2020
Travis Howard, Maintenance Execution Manager at Bruce Power, responds to a question about the many types of jobs and careers available in the skilled trades and one about how and when a student can know what their career path should be.