Skilled Trades

Which Skilled Trades Career Is Right for You?

Have you heard the news? The skilled trades shortage is getting worse. From 2015 to 2018, the number of U.S. employers struggling to find workers with the right skills jumped from 32 percent to 46 percent. That’s nearly half of employers in the country. The skills gap is worst in the trades. Positions for welders, […]

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Should You Go to a Technology Boot Camp or a Trade School?

Have you ever worried about losing your job to a machine? You’re not alone. A recent Pew Research study found that 72 percent of Americans are concerned about a future where robots and computers perform human jobs.[1] But, rather than taking jobs from humans, technology is creating them—and quicker than companies can find workers to […]

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Calling All Gamers: Modern Manufacturing Needs You

Are you one of the 60 percent of young Americans who regularly play video games?[1] Ever consider making a career out of your hobby? Professional gamer is probably the first job title you thought of, right? With only about 2,000 pro gamers in the world, getting paid to play is about as tough as making […]

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Wiring the World: Where You Could Work as an Electrician

Modern life wouldn’t be possible without electricity. It keeps the lights on, the A/C and heat working, and powers the T.V. on game day.[1] Electricians are just as important. They install, maintain and repair the electrical wiring that powers lighting, control and communications systems in businesses, factories and homes.[2] Work for electricians can be found […]

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Are Trade Schools Worth It? Here Are the Benefits

After years of parents and guidance counselors pushing young people toward universities, the nation is experiencing a shift in values. Trade school has taken the spotlight from 4-year colleges as the path to a good career. Whereas 10 years ago honors students set their sights on Ivy League schools, today many of these bright, young […]

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Searching for a New Career in 2019? Consider the Skilled Trades

The New Year can be a great time to make positive changes in your life. Considering that the average person spends more than 90,000 hours in their lifetime at work, starting a new job or switching careers is one of the biggest changes you could make.[1] And with the nation facing a skilled trades shortage, […]

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Where Are the Manufacturing Jobs in the U.S. in 2019?

Contrary to what you may have heard, manufacturing in America is not dead. In fact, this sector is thriving, so much so that a shortage of over two million skilled workers is expected over the next decade.[1] If you’re thinking about becoming a welder or already enrolled in welding training, manufacturing is a sector to […]

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Career Profile: Mobile Welder

You’ve finished your welding program. What’s next? There are many welding career paths to choose from: shipbuilding and repair, motor sports or pipeline installation—to name a few. But if you’re an entrepreneur at heart, you might want to consider becoming a mobile welder. What Is a Mobile Welder? A mobile welder is essentially a small […]

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Talking to Your Parents about Welding School

Are you sold on a career in welding but still need to get your parents on board? If they’re like most parents, your mom and dad will probably want to know how much a welding program costs and, even more importantly, what a career in welding means for your future. Get the facts before you […]

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Basic Terminology for Beginner Electricians: The Words You Need to Know

If you’re thinking of becoming an electrician or you’ve already made the commitment, you have a lot of new words and lingo to learn. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of all the terminology that beginning electricians should know. Terms of the Electrician Trade Just as doctors must understand medical terminology to do their […]

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