Indeed... I wish someone had given me a classless talking to about skilled trades when I was a lad, especially the union or guild roles.Classy, Beez.
I'm in construction products marketing today, and I see the average 20'something commercial drywall framer making $100K when it took me 15 years of working and two degrees to make that. The lost income of those 15 years ($100K x 15 = $1.5 million) reminds me that it's important to start making good money when you're young. One of my best mates is a tower crane operator. Out of high school he took a subsidized heavy equipment course through the Ontario government and then continuously upgraded his tickets through gov't sponsored courses as he worked, eventually becoming an apprentice tower crown operator, and then a full operator before he was 30. Now he's making great money because he has a skill that is both in extremely high demand and hard to acquire in a heavily regulated industry.
Here's the pay for an elevator mechanic. With the overtime needed in the GTA you're clearing $100K http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Job=Elevator_Mechanic/Hourly_Rate