The stabilization of oil prices coupled with healthy demographic growth augurs well for candidates looking for a construction job in Canada. After a stop-start year witnessing a net decline of 1%, construction sector in Canada is bound to grow by 4% in 2018, thanks to a rebound in non-building and non-residential construction.
This growth is coupled by the push to go green in construction – which, as per industry experts, has produced 297,890 full-time jobs in the last year: more than oil and gas, mining and forestry combined.
What makes green construction a hot job sector in Canada?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building rating system, used widely across the world. As per a Canada Green Building Council report, Canada has the highest number of LEED buildings per capita in the world. These green buildings will generate around $62.3bn in total GDP over their lifetime, leading to a total contribution of over 700,000 jobs.
Currently, there are over 5,000 active construction projects across Canada involved in having buildings LEED certified. Such a huge investment opens the doors to amazing job opportunities for both freshers in the industry and experienced construction workers alike.
Job Skills in Demand for Green Contruction
A BuildForce report indicated that currently only 49% of the construction workforce had the necessary technical skills and knowledge base required to be in the green construction. Companies are investing heavily in order to develop key skills of construction workers via training and certifications. A lot of is making workers aware about the materials they are using in construction of a building and its impact on human health and environment. Construction workers are also expected to understand ways and techniques to reduce a building’s carbon impact.
Job roles in focus for Green Construction
Site Engineer: The surrounding in which a building is about to come up has a huge impact on its carbon footprint and hence its green rating. Site engineers are sought after in Canada as they ensure the construction is done after taking into account a lot of factors such as the building’s access to public transportation, walkability and neighbourhood.
Construction Manager: Once a brief is passed onto a construction company, the onus lies on the construction manager to ensure the entire project is being run within guidelines laid out by the green construction rating agency (Eg. LEED). The construction manger is responsible for the materials used in construction, the scheduling of construction workers to efficiently reduce wastage and communicate the progress to the investors.
Architect: The lighting in the building in order to promote less reliance on artificial lighting, the air quality, levels of insulation – all these go a long way in ensuring the green status for a building. These intricacies are drawn on a paper by an architect, which makes this job role in construction a highly sought after and best paid one too. Architects understand what the client wants and iterate their understanding of a client’s brief with their own understanding of the subject. They are also best qualified to explain the entire mandate at hand to a construction manager before any investment in materials or construction workers is made.
Construction Worker: The heart and soul of a green building, construction workers are the one who drive the physical construction of a building. From demolishing old structures to creating new ones, they are the ones who get the ‘hands dirty’. An architect’s dream is only as good as the skill of construction workers employed to carry out the task. A building’s green rating is often dependent upon the way construction workers make use of the materials and the efficiency they exhibit in getting a project completed.
Canada is taking a lead in green construction – with the aim to expand its scope from commercial and residential buildings to transit infrastructures and district energy system. Such a move points towards great opportunities for candidates looking for a job in the construction sector.