Skills Canada: Interview With Dominic Devigne (Carpentry)

Full name: Dominic Devigne 

Age: 23

Trade: Carpentry

Current workplace: Ketza Construction

What motivated you to get into this career?

I grew up being encouraged by my family (especially my grandparents) to do things with my hands. Those things translate beautifully into carpentry.

Was there someone who got you excited about this path?

A teacher I had in high school made me think hard about a future in trades and pushed me to explore a route that I enjoyed. I credit him for always pushing me to do better. 

Was there a class in secondary school that helped you be more proficient at the work you do now?

In grade 12, I had already decided that I was going to take the pre-apprenticeship program at Yukon University. With that in mind, I was able to take a lot of electives that allowed me to explore my love of construction and making things.

What is the best part of being in your trade?

What I love most about my trade is the end of a project. Commercial construction can take longer to finish than residential, and I love the process—especially at the end of a job when the whole building is coming together and working. At the end of the project, I can look back at the hard work that I have done. I’ve helped build something I know will be there for a long time. That’s something that I’ll always be able to look back on

What does a regular day look like for you in your job?

It really depends. I can be on a task that’ll take a couple of weeks to a few days, with varying difficulty and complexity. There’s always something to look forward to.

If you met someone who was looking at getting a job in the trades, what piece of advice would you give them?

The trades aren’t going anywhere and there will always be a need for those creating, building and maintaining. Job security and high demand is never a bad thing. Always make sure you are doing your best and never take a good job for granted

How has your trade made your life better? 

The skills that I’m able to learn from just working are irreplaceable. I can help friends with projects at home and build myself whatever I want on my own time.

What is the most-interesting thing/project you have worked on?

The most-fun task that I’ve had at work has been installing cabinets. Being involved in finishing something that everyone will see, every day, and making it look perfect, is always rewarding.

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