Skilled Trades

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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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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