Skilled Trades

What a Welding Career Could Hold for Women

Think welding is a job only men can do? Think again. Women proved they were deft metal fusers when they helped win WWII. The real Rosie the Riveters welded the munitions, ships and airplanes that were pivotal on the front lines.[1] Seventy-three years later, the nation faces a new crisis and needs women to pick […]

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Welding Career Spotlight: Traveling Jobs

Do you like building and fixing things? Want to get paid for doing it? Then you’ve made the right choice by enrolling in a welding training program, because that’s exactly what a career fusing metal could hold for you. But did you know you could ply the trade in exotic countries, out on the open […]

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HVAC Technician Job Outlook in Alaska

If you’re the outdoors type, then you’ll love the rugged beauty of Alaska. With no income or sales tax and some of the highest wages for HVAC techs in the country, The Last Frontier can also be a great place to start your career.[1][2] Here’s an overview of the job outlook, pay and working conditions […]

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HVAC Technician versus HVAC Engineer Career Paths

If you’ve been browsing career opportunities in the HVAC field, then you’re probably coming across these two job titles pretty frequently: HVAC technician and HVAC engineer. Both follow similar lines of work, specializing in working on ventilation systems that can keep people warm in winter and cool in sweltering summer heat. But even with those […]

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What Is Gas Metal Arc Welding?

There is much more to welding than meets the eye. It’s an art form with a lot of different processes. Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) is one of the most well-known and important arc welding processes out there. Developed in the late 1940s, this process is popular in industry thanks to its ease of use, […]

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Introduction to Arc Welding

Welding has so many different applications. Construction, manufacturing, and even space exploration all rely on the strong metal joints welding produces. One reason welding has so many applications is that there are over 100 different types of welding processes.[1] By far the most common process, though, is arc welding. In fact, if you learn to […]

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3 Safety Tips for Beginner Welding Students

So you’ve taken the first steps toward a career in fusing metal and enrolled in welding school. Wise decision! Formal welding training makes your chances of landing a job much likelier.[1] But becoming a metal master is no small feat. Cutting, bending and bonding steel parts doesn’t require just strength, but it also demands a […]

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Wiring With the Stars: Celebrities Who Began as Electricians

Did you know that a surprising number of stars actually got their start as electricians? Celebrities may enjoy fame and fortune, but before achieving notoriety, many of them first worked ordinary jobs. And for many, the skills they gained through working as electricians ended up being valuable when they moved on to the careers they’re […]

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Skilled Trades Careers by the Numbers: The Data You Need to Know

Picking a career in the skilled trades is like picking a career in any other industry: It’s a big decision. You probably (and rightfully) have a lot of questions like these flying through your mind: Will there be jobs waiting when I finish school? How much will I make? Where will I work? Will I […]

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How to Become a Welder and Make It a Successful Career

The American Welding Society predicts that the U.S. will need more than 400,000 welders by the year 2025[1] for one simple reason: The work of welders plays a huge role in creating more than half of the country’s products, from cars to computers to cell phones. [2] If you want to fill one of these […]

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