How are you to know what career you’ll enjoy? It’s sometimes hard to decide since we don’t always have actual work experience to base our decision on. If a certain job interests you or you still haven’t decided, visiting a business and meeting people that work in the midst of it all can be 0inspiring. These visits give you the opportunity to see first hand what the job entails, get feedback, and be part of the work environment. You’ll experience the energy of the workplace and can get an idea of life in that role. A visit to one of the businesses in the Manufacturers’ Open House program may guide you to a career made for you!

Since its debut in 2004, the Manufacturers’ Open House project has allowed 16,684 young people to discover the many positive aspects that manufacturing enterprises offer. Here is a testimonial from an Abitibi-Témiscamingue student last year: “The visit allowed me to discover new employment opportunities and to recommend interesting careers to my friends.” To date, more than 680 businesses in all regions of Québec have allowed many groups of students to have a glimpse of the future. “We learn about new careers and we familiarize ourselves with the work world” mentioned a young person from Centre-du-Québec after a visit last October.




Trades aren’t for students with good grades.
False! Trades often require skills in math, science, analytical thinking, reading and writing.

University is the only post secondary institution that offers a bright future.
Extremely false! Because of the need for a specialized workforce in a number of manufacturing sectors, people that have a vocational or technical diploma are virtually GUARANTEED a bright future, a good salary, and the opportunity to work all over Québec.

Trades offer numerous advancement opportunities.
True. Trades not only lead to employment, but also to careers you can feel passionate about with possibilities to advance to management or start a business of your own!


Besides working on important projects like helping produce and repair goods that we use everyday,0 employees with trades in manufacturing businesses have interesting jobs that require skills often associated with a craftsman. To perform these jobs, they must be, among other things, meticulous, creative and able to visualize the finished product. Numerous sectors also require good computer knowledge and the ability to learn new technology, jobs where the worker must use his/her head. They must evolve with the business and be ready to work with new products.


Here are a few examples of careers in the manufacturing sector that currently offer an average annual salary between $35,000 and $49,000, and where the placement rate is good in Québec:


• Aircraft mechanic and aircraft inspector
• Elevator constructor and mechanic
• Aircraft assembler
• Tool and die maker
• Machine fitter
• Electrical mechanic
• Machinist and machining and tooling inspector
• Industrial engineering technician
• Industrial instrument technician
• Mechanical engineering technician
• Chemical technician




This year, around 5,000 young people from secondary 3 to 5 and from the carrefours jeunesse-emploi program will visit more than 100 manufacturers across Québec.

To take part in a visit to a manufacturing business in your area, talk with a teacher, your guidance councillor or visit the Manufacturers’ Open House website at www.portesouvertes.ca



Marmen Energy http://www.marmen.qc.ca
Sector : windmill production
Careers : welder, mechanic.
Bas-Saint-Laurent (Mantane) and Mauricie (Trois-Rivieres)

Cascades http://www.cascades.com
Sector : pulp and paper, packaging
Careers : laboratory technician, industrial mechanic and maintenance, welder, machinist,
00000i00 electrical mechanic.
Montérégie (Kingsey Falls)

Bridgestone/Firestone http://www.bridgestone-firestone.ca
Sector : tire production
Careers : laboratory assistant, instrumentation technician, inspector/repairer of molds,
00000i00 modification officer (DEP electrical mechanics).
Lanaudière (Joliette)

Kruger http://www.kruger.com
Sector : pulp and paper
Careers : paper machines operator, elevator cart operator, (pulp) processing officer, quality advisor, mechanic.
Eastern Townships (Bromptonville)

Soucy Techno http://www.soucytechno.com/
Sector : rubber and plastic production
Careers : mixing, grinding, binding, and radiator grille operator, laboratory technician.
Eastern Townships (Sherbrooke)

Théo Mineault http://www.theomineault.com
Sector : door, window and kitchen cabinet production
Careers : painter, cabinetmaker.
Outaouais (Gatineau)

Petresa Canada http://www.petresa.ca
Sector : petrochemical
Careers : industrial instrument technician, mechanic, laboratory technician, process operator,
logistics technician.
Centre-du-Québec (Bécancour)

Mecfor http://www.mecfor.com
Sector : Equipment production for the aluminum industry
Careers : welder-fitter, mechanic, electrical mechanic, machinist, design draftsman.
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (Chicoutimi)

Demers ambulances http://www.demers-ambulances.com
Sector : ambulance production
Careers : assembler, welder, draftsman, cutter, inspection coordinator.
Montérégie (Beloeil)

Rio Tinto Alcan http://www.alcan.com
Sector : aluminum
Careers : mechanic, electrician, welder.
Montérégie (Beauharnois and Melocheville factories) and Mauricie (Shawinigan factory)

Thomas & Betts http://www.tnb.com
Sector : electrical connecters and components production
Careers : quality insurance technician, electronics engineer technician, mechanic,
00000i00 tool and die maker.
Montérégie (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu)

CIOT Québec http://www.ciot.com
Sector : stone products production (granite, marble, etc.)
Careers : stone cutter, stone polisher.
Québec city and area (Québec)

Wyeth http://www.wyeth.ca
Sector : pharmaceutical
Careers : machine operator, tuning mechanic, maintenance mechanic, laboratory analyst, scientist.
Montreal (Saint-Laurent)

Gentec http://www.gentec.ca
Sector : electrical materials manufacturer
Careers : assembler, circuit assembler, technician.
Québec City and area (Québec)

Hewitt Équipements http://www.hewitt.ca
Sector : manufacturing machines for forestry and landscaping
Careers : shop technician, electrical mechanic, auto mechanic.
Montreal (Pointe-Claire)

Les entreprises Léo Leblanc et Fils http://www.entreprisesleoleblanc.com
Sector : ship construction and repair
Careers : ship technician and architect, machinist, storekeeper, laminator.
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madelaine (Cap-aux-Meules)

Métal 7 http://www.metal7.com
Sector : Production and coating of metal products
Careers : Machinist, coating employee, welder, mechanic
Côte-Nord (Sept-Îles)

Témisko http://www.temisko.com
Sector : Trailer and semi-trailer production
Careers : Welder, machinist, draftsman
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Notre-Dame-du-Nord)

Bibby-Ste-Croix, division of Tuyauteries Canada http://www.bibby-ste-croix.com
Sector : Metal foundry
Careers : Industrial mechanic, electrician, setter, welder, metallurgy technician
Chaudière-Appalaches (Sainte-Croix)

Barrette-Chapais http://www.barrette-chapais.qc.ca
Sector : Wood processing
Careers : Electrical mechanic, mechanical engineering technician, electrodynamics technician,
00000i00 hydraulic technician
Nord-du-Québec (Chapais)