Skilled Trades

Considering a Career in the Skilled Trades

Blue collar workers once took pride in their accomplishments, but for the last few decades, work in the trades has unfairly been deemed “beneath” white collar work. Former Dirty Jobs TV host Mike Rowe tells USA Today that Americans have done an extraordinary job of marginalizing blue collar work these last fifty years. As a result, many high school students […]

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Inspiring Girls to Pursue Vocational Welding Programs

The glass ceiling may still be sometimes hard to crack for female welders and other skilled workers, but thanks to new education initiatives encouraging girls to enter the skilled trades as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, this male-dominated sector may attract more young women workers. Though women’s participation in the skilled […]

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What Does a Metal Fabricator Do?

Metal fabricators cut, shape, position and align different types of metal. They typically work for construction and manufacturing companies while the metals they work with are used to build structures. 1 Here is an overview of the qualifications and skills you need to get a job in this field. Metal Fabricator Qualifications While it is possible to […]

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How to Pass the GED for Trade School

If you don’t have a high school diploma, it is important that you get a general equivalency diploma (GED). Good reading, writing, spelling, science and especially math skills are essential if you are interested in HVAC training, welding classes, mechanical work, electrician training or any other skilled trade. Following are some tips that can help you […]

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Industry Outlook for Ironworkers

Good starting salaries and a projected job growth that’s faster than average can make ironworking a good career choice for those with the right training and qualifications. As the nation’s bridges and highways age, demand will increase for those with the skills needed to build and maintain America’s infrastructure. 1 What Does an Ironworker Do? […]

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3 of the Best Future Jobs You Can Train For Now

As technology and the economy changes, the question arises – which careers can ensure future economic stability? Trade schools offer a faster and less expensive mean of learning the skills necessary for the in-demand jobs of tomorrow. Following is an overview of some of the best future jobs you can train for at Tulsa Welding […]

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Job Prospects in Texas

Most Texans will tell you that they live in the best state in the country. While that statement is an opinion, there are some facts that make Texas an excellent place to start a career. In fact, MoneyRates.com ranked Texas the best place to make a living in 2015.[1] This is especially true for tradesmen, […]

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In Demand Electrician Jobs 2016

The future for electricians is wired for growth in 2016 and beyond. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the need for electricians will grow by 14 percent through 2024—much faster than other sectors. Construction firms specializing in electrical maintenance, installation and system designs need people with electrician training. Surge in Electrician Positions in Energy and […]

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Welders, Windmills, and the Wind Power

From the oil fields of Texas to the deserts of California, the wind power industry has been creating green jobs and helping the nation cut back on its consumption of fossil fuels. Texas leads the nation in wind capacity, breaking its own record with a peak output of 10,296 megawatts on March 26, 2014. That […]

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Booming Demand: Women in Skilled Trades (WIST)

In the 21st century, gender norms about careers are breaking down in a big way. Women are increasingly going into the trades in order to fill the labor gap and pursue work that’s in high demand. How are women in skilled trades (WIST) changing the face of American industry and construction? The Country Needs More Skilled Trades […]

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