Skilled Trades

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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The Skilled Trades Advantage: Why Women Should Consider a Career in HVAC/R

During World War II, the message movies, newspapers, and good old Rosie the Riveter sent women was to do their part to help defeat the Axis powers by entering skilled positions in aircraft and munitions factories. Women did in unprecedented numbers. 1 Once the Allies won the war, many women traded in their tools for […]

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Where Are All the Welding Jobs? These States Have the Highest Employment

The energy industry is expanding, and our infrastructure is aging away. Welders are needed across the country now more than ever. 1 But the job market still varies from city to city, and you, welder, will find more opportunity in some cities versus others. Where you want to live and work is something you will […]

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What Is Stick Welding (SMAW) And Why Does It Matter?

One thing that every professional welder has in common: They all started off learning about stick welding. Stick welding is used in so many fields of the industry 1 —all the time, all over the world. If you want to weld, stick welding is the bedrock. So…what exactly is it? How Does Stick Welding Work? […]

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What Are the Different Types of HVAC/R Careers?

HVAC/R is not a one-size-fits-all career. With job growth for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers (49-9021) set at 14 percent through 2024, 1 the HVAC/R field is also diverse in the types of jobs it offers to people who specialize in this profession, depending on their level of training and experience. Climbing […]

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Electrical Safety for HVAC Technicians

Once you finish your HVAC classes and enter the field, it is likely that you’ll work with electrical equipment and circuits. The installation of an HVAC system and troubleshooting of problems often requires HVAC techs to handle electrical wiring. Understanding electrical safety practices can help protect you on the job. 1 Following is an overview. […]

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How To Become A Licensed Electrician

Are you interested in becoming a licensed electrician? Electricians work in a variety of environments. They must bring a variety of skills, from practical to personal to technical. To work as a licensed electrician, training and getting the work experience may take years. However, in the end, you will be able to work as a […]

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Electrician Tools of the Trade

When you turn on the lights each morning, you have electricians to thank. These professionals keep homes, businesses, and industries powered with the electricity that’s essential to accomplishing everyday activities. They couldn’t make all of this possible without their tools and skills. So, what are those tools and skills that electricians have? What Do Electricians […]

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