July 12, 2017
“It’s getting a little bit too busy in the shop for the number of welders we have,” says Harold Scholz, operations manager of Dynamic Industrial Solutions. “We’ve hired one welder in the last week but we are looking for more.”
The locally owned company likes to hire from Medicine Hat’s pool of qualified journey-level and apprentice-level tradespeople. Many employees are graduates of Medicine Hat College’s apprenticeship trades programs.
Scholz will also be searching for apprentice mechanics to assist in the shop. “The mechanics could use a hand to keep up with the workload,” says Scholz. “We like to hire apprentices because they come to the job with knowledge of the trade.”
Dynamic’s need for welders and mechanics is echoed in local job boards, with Medicine Hat’s fabrication companies posting wanted ads for skilled trades people. Millwrights, mechanics and welders have been listed as needed by employers with listings changing daily.
Medicine Hat’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5% in June 2017, according to the latest labour force estimates, showing remarkable improvement from last year’s unemployment rate of 12.7%.
“Medicine Hat is experiencing growth once again after a significant economic downturn,” says Ryan Jackson, CEO of Invest Medicine Hat. “With the recovery, we see this as an opportunity for qualified tradespeople to find employment.”
Additionally, Medicine Hat is sitting at a lower unemployment rate than the province. According to ATB Financial, Alberta’s June unemployment rate is 7.4%, lower than it has been in over a year.
An uptick in demand for fabrication services could be attributed to Medicine Hat experiencing economic growth in the past year. Meanwhile, Scholz continues to search for new staff who are looking to grow their career in Canada’s sunniest city.