Reading is the process of reading written material in the form of sentences and paragraphs to solve problems or complete tasks. This skill is typically associated with reading notes, letters, memos, books, reports or journals and the text in manuals, regulations, specifications, etc. 

Examples of common reading materials in the trades includes:

  • Safety regulations
  • Policies
  • Assembly instructions
  • Company reports
  • WHMIS and MSDS information

Examples of how Reading skills are used by the trades:

Automotive Service Technicians (NOC 7321)  read manufacturers' recall notices and technical service bulletins.
Carpenters (NOC 7271) read building codes to determine the minimum and maximum height of railings and banisters.
Electricians (NOC 7241) read safety rules and regulations governing fall protection and other hazards.
Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics (NOC 7312) read work orders to determine repairs required on equipment.
Industrial Mechanics and Millwrights (NOC 7311) read a variety of operating, troubleshooting and repair manuals.
Plumbers (NOC 7251)  read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the chemical composition of products and possible hazards.



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