Maintenance Electrician Dustin Hance sat down with Skills Ready Career Catalyst Dave Lovisa for an ‘Industry Interview’. Hance began his electrical career in 2012 and has since progressed to earn his Red Seal certification He shared his career journey, the barriers he has faced, plans for the future and advice for aspiring tradespeople in his field of work during his chat.
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Hance’s introduction to electrical came by the way of a trades introduction course, facilitated by the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) in Penticton, British Columbia. He was introduced to a number of trades in the course, with the electrical field sparking an interest. Eight years later, he has now completed his Electrical Apprenticeship and earned his Red Seal certification. He currently works for the Bouchier Group in the Okanagan.
“Going through high school, I was not the greatest at math,” Hance stated. “It was my least favourite subject…I went to school and there was tons of math…but I pushed through it because the endgame was that I wanted to be successful. So, I got through it, learned it.”
Owning his own electrical outfit is a part of the plan for Hance, who is continuing to add to his resume. In addition to his Red Seal Certification, he is studying to earn his certification as a Field Safety Representative (FSR).
“The Field Safety Representative is the next step,” he added. “Once I get that I can do my company—I don’t even want to stop there. I want to keep learning and go through business school…that’s all in the future.”
Lovisa expanded on the seemingly endless routes a tradesperson can take as they progress through their career.
“If you want to stop where you’re at, that’s cool. If you want to keep going, you can just keep climbing and just expand into the different areas of the trade.”
You can view Skills Ready Career Catalyst Dave Lovisa’s full interview with electrician Dustin Hance by clicking HERE.