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Old 11-27-2019, 11:06 AM   #1
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Hello.
It's been 11 months since I came to Canda. Absolutely newbie.
I have been working as an electrician for about 10 years in Korea.
I applied TEA(Trade Equivalency Assessment) and now it's pending.
Just finished the electrical techniques program at a college and have
got all A+.
But I know that it doesn't matter to get a job here. No Canadian career
so far.

I really wanted to learn and experience electrical trade fields so submitted
some resume to local electrical contractors(KW area in Ontario).
BUT no reply.
And I am waiting for a union call but they said that it is on-demand.

Can you show me some tips for me?
1. Is it possible to get an electrical helper job? not as an apprentice.
(if possible, I wanna join in low-rise-residential sector)

2. After getting TEA result, going to write C of Q exam test. I googled it.
There are some off and online class for that. Is it good for me?

3. Any other tips are welcome.

Thank you for reading and interest in advance.
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Hello.
It's been 11 months since I came to Canda. Absolutely newbie.
I have been working as an electrician for about 10 years in Korea.
I applied TEA(Trade Equivalency Assessment) and now it's pending.
Just finished the electrical techniques program at a college and have
got all A+.
But I know that it doesn't matter to get a job here. No Canadian career
so far.

I really wanted to learn and experience electrical trade fields so submitted
some resume to local electrical contractors(KW area in Ontario).
BUT no reply.
And I am waiting for a union call but they said that it is on-demand.

Can you show me some tips for me?
1. Is it possible to get an electrical helper job? not as an apprentice.
(if possible, I wanna join in low-rise-residential sector)

2. After getting TEA result, going to write C of Q exam test. I googled it.
There are some off and online class for that. Is it good for me?

3. Any other tips are welcome.

Thank you for reading and interest in advance.
For the test, try the CEPE from CSA.
https://store.csagroup.org/ccrz__Pro...US&sku=2427145

Resume is fine, but show up at their door and hand deliver it.
It helps if they see you. You can tell alot about a person just looking at him
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Although I am not Korean, I work with many Koreans. Here are my observations and suggestions:

Your best start is within the Korean community. They like to hire their own, which isn’t unusual with most nationalities. You speak the language and on Korean run projects it is the language most spoken. The trick, however, is to transition outside of the Korean community at some point to make yourself attractive to all employers.

You obviously need to become comfortable with Canadian code and our way of doing things. Beyond that, being able to communicate well in English is essential. I don’t know how good your English is but working on a Korean site speaking Korean doesn’t help. You would be doing yourself a big favour by working hard on the language (assuming that you don’t have strong English skills already).
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:19 AM   #4
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Also part dependent on where in canada you are. Vancouver or Toronto guys might be more willing to hire a foreigner as they probably already have some experience with foreign born tradesmen. 99's advice to seek out Korean contractors is very solid.
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I tend to agree with @99cents with respect to language.

Not just for the job site, but also for the ability to understand and interpret the code wording. We have many international students here and they all struggle with the nuance of the language; heck even the guys that are supposed to be native English struggle with it too if they were not goo at it in school.

The the difference between may, should and shall as an example.

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@Philip.kim when you get above 20 posts on the forum, you should be able to post some pictures. When you do, post some pictures of the electrical systems in THISsection, everyone on here LOVES seeing how things are done in different parts of the world.

And most of all- WELCOME!
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The Modifier~ I hope so too in the near future. I have a lot of pics from my last projects.
Every feedback for me is valuable and the main concern from it definitely "English".
I am sure that I am good at communication with people in the job sites.
But like you guys said, English is not my mother-tongue one.
Thankfully while I was studying the electrical techniques program, had no serious problems or issues related to English.

Thank you so much again.
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Tips for a newcomer to Canada:
1. Bent side of hockey stick goes down.
2. Milk comes in bags.
3. Bacon is round.

That is all.
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That milk in bags is not true here in Alberta.


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Tips for a newcomer to Canada:
1. Bent side of hockey stick goes down.
2. Milk comes in bags.
3. Bacon is round.

That is all.
Bagged milk is an Ontario thing. And back bacon is not nearly as popular in my experience as Americans seem to think it is. I don't know why it's called Canadian bacon. I prefer side bacon myself.

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I prefer crispy bacon.


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yeah i dont "mind" canadian bacon, ie those slabs of pork etc, i love regular bacon as im sure 95 percent of mankind would if they tried it,.


as far as c of q is concerned, they do allow translators in.. although im not sure how that works lol. but you already seem to have a grasp of the english language, so you may or may not be ok depending on your grasp of nuance in the english language. . .


actually, as a foreigner, you might even be better off. because many of the code questions that come up in the tests are typically asking for only one answer, but most of the time for us natural language speakers, we read a question as something that has a few or many answers. Rather than simply read a question for what it is and answering it.


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Honestly, I was surprised at the milk bags. lol
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Welcome and good luck in your journey from down here in Eastern Maine.
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Thanks. I hope this journey is not too long.
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yeah i dont "mind" canadian bacon, ie those slabs of pork etc, i love regular bacon as im sure 95 percent of mankind would if they tried it,.


as far as c of q is concerned, they do allow translators in.. although im not sure how that works lol. but you already seem to have a grasp of the english language, so you may or may not be ok depending on your grasp of nuance in the english language. . .


actually, as a foreigner, you might even be better off. because many of the code questions that come up in the tests are typically asking for only one answer, but most of the time for us natural language speakers, we read a question as something that has a few or many answers. Rather than simply read a question for what it is and answering it.


#CEC_QOC_be****ered lmfao
Like you said, sometimes it's kinda picky to figure out what the questions say. I believe that I must go through the exam without any extra help.
Once I decide to be a trade person in here, I have to stand alone.
Appreciated your concerns and advice.
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i havent seen milk in a bag for 40 years it was a stupid idea especially if only one pitcher type thingy was owned
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Forget the bacon and milk lessons. What you really need to learn is that there are warmer places to live then in Canada.
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You need a snowball to the head. Maybe one with a rock in it.
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You need a snowball to the head. Maybe one with a rock in it.


We used to make the snowball, then take the gloves off and pack it a bit more ... the heat made a nice ice crust around the snowball !
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