Women Could Close the Skills Gap in Skilled Trades

As technical program educators and manufacturing employers discuss ways to appeal to more high school students, some are turning their attention to women as a potential source of new job candidates. For years women have been slowly but surely entering the field of skilled labor. The same reasons that draw men into the field (hands-on […]

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Industrial Welding Opportunities in Tulsa

Those with a penchant for precision should consider a career in industrial welding. This career is growing fast in parts of the country in response to an increasing need for qualified welders, particularly in the energy sector. As one of the industry’s hotbeds, there are many opportunities to start a career in industrial welding in […]

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Policymakers Fight to Change Perspectives on Skilled Trades

In a Senate hearing on the economy and the state of skilled trade jobs, Mike Rowe (host of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel) pointed out that even while there is a high rate of unemployment in the US, there is also a worker shortage in the skilled labor industry. Rowe goes on to say […]

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How to Search for a Job in the Skilled Trades

With the prevalence of Internet job classifieds, searching for a job is a vastly different process now than it was a couple decades ago. However, this change hasn’t affected industries equally across the board. Some fields, such as IT, do a great deal of job advertising through online job boards and major job websites. However, […]

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How to Search for a Technical Job Before Graduation

After graduating trade school, many new technicians want to get started right away in their first professional position. With the current job market, this may take a little bit of preparation. Searching for a job while still in school can help ensure a quick and easy transition from student to worker. Here are some ways […]

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Opportunities for High School Students in the Skilled Trades

Most people familiar with the public school system are aware of the dwindling opportunities in high school today for students to learn welding, wood shop, and even the time-honored auto shop. Schools are tending to focus on college prep subjects at the expense of skills training programs. However, just as athletes are introduced to a […]

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Benefits of Training for a Career in Pipefitting

For those who love physical work and the opportunity to see the results of their labor, a career in pipefitting may be ideal. Pipefitters are responsible for assembling and repairing pipes of various types and sizes. Installing pipes carrying hot water as well as steams and gases is much like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. […]

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Technical Career Options in Jacksonville

There are many technical career options for those residing in or near Jacksonville, Florida. Some of the more popular options include that of shipfitters, HVAC technicians, and welders. To enter into any of these occupations a person will benefit greatly from attending Florida trade schools to acquire vocational training in Jacksonville. Let’s take a close […]

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Slide Show: Women in Welding Consider Choosing Welding School

Welding is a great career for women who enjoy physical work. Although typically dominated by men, welding can make a rewarding career choice for women as well. Welders are required in a number of different settings, including on pipefitting crews, shipbuilding teams, rail working teams, the oil and gas industry, and various types of construction […]

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Industrial Career Training in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is a major center of industrial and commercial activity, attracting major manufacturing employers like Georgia Pacific Corporation and Ring Power Corporation. Major industries in and around the city include automotive, aviation, machinery manufacturing, and utilities. With the number of manufacturing facilities in the area, Jacksonville also takes preparing its workforce very seriously, overseeing Jacksonville […]

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Tulsa Vocational Programs for Industrial Careers

Tulsa has long been an important industrial manufacturing and oil production area for the United States. Since the early 1920s until World War II, the city was known as the “Oil Capital of the World” (now the title belongs to Houston, Texas). Tulsa remains the 7th largest employer for oil and gas products and services […]

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Train for a Technical Career at Tulsa Welding School

Tulsa Campus At the TWS Tulsa Campus, students can train for a career in the skilled trades through the Professional Welder, Pipefitting, or Associates of Occupational Studies in Welding Technology programs. Hands-on training is a primary feature in all programs, allowing students to start gaining experience early on in the program. Instructors have years of […]

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White Paper: How to Get Started in a Skilled Trade

Skilled trades offer individuals an exciting alternative to a future of office work. Careers in fields like welding, HVACR, pipefitting, and more are not only in high demand but are very rewarding for young workers, who can immediately see the results of their efforts. However, students tracked through most school systems do not have the […]

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Essential Steamfitting Skills

Steamfitters are some of the most in-demand workers in the building trades today. However, to become a seasoned steamfitter and learn the necessary skills for the job, it takes years of classroom and on-the-job training. Those who complete the training can look forward to working in a variety of settings along with good pay and […]

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Skills for Modern-Day Shipfitters

The seas haven’t changed, just the materials and strategies used for producing ships. Today’s supertankers, giant cruise ships, warships and one-man kayaks all rely on the skill and craft of trained shipbuilders and shipfitters. Thousands of years ago, men went to sea with vessels made of animal hides and logs, lashed with fiber- rope and […]

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Most Commonly Used HVAC Tools

For those people who choose a career in the HVAC industry, they must remember that the job would require the utilization of various tools. For beginners who are just starting out in an HVAC training program, the list of tools can become rather overwhelming. Moreover, it may sometimes become tough to determine which tools are […]

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The Future of Shipbuilding

Shipbuilding is traditionally a strong career field to enter. The U.S. Navy has devoted itself to having a fleet of 12 carriers, ensuring work long into the future for shipbuilders. A major source of the gigantic and costly ships is Huntington Ingalls Industries in Mississippi. Huntington has said that it will add at least 1,500 […]

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Advantages of Trade School Education

Students facing decisions about post-secondary education have many alternatives today. One of the growing areas of interest is in trade schools and programs. While trade programs aren’t new, there has been a renewed focus on these for a number of reasons. Similarly, adults considering returning to school find that a trade school can be an […]

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Safe Practices for Welders

Although most welders have taken formal welding classes to get their certifications, bad welding habits may form over time. It is easy to justify taking a safety shortcut for an easy job. Safety directors or shop supervisors should be aware of this tendency and should review the work habits of their personnel on a regular […]

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MIG and TIG Welding Gloves: Tools of the Trade

Safety is always a primary concern while welding. Gloves are an essential component for protecting your hands from hot equipment, sparks, rough or sharp surfaces, and other hazards that are present in welding work. However, there is a wide variety of gear available to welders, so before making a purchase, welders should know what they […]

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