Skilled Trades

Why Is an Electrician Considered an Essential Worker?

Your lights. Your computer. Your coffee maker. Electricity powers them all and much, much more, and electricians are the people behind the scenes making it all possible.1 That’s why they’re still clocking in everyday even during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re essential workers.2 Keep reading to see how electricians help power America during national emergencies and […]

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Alternatives to College: Comparing 5 Popular Options to a 4-Year College Degree

Studying at a traditional four-year college is the path to the American Dream, right? Not so fast. While many people do go onto successful careers after university, others drop out or can’t find work after they graduate. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to career preparation. Fortunately, there are other ways to learn the skills to […]

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Tips for Remote Learning

Many of our classes have moved to remote learning. It is a little different than what you have been doing—and we get it. You enrolled in trade school because you wanted to work with your hands and get to know what using real equipment is like. You might be wondering, how are you going to […]

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How to Become an HVAC Tech in Texas

Similar with other professions, there are several steps to becoming an HVAC tech in Texas. Below are 11 steps men and women may take to ply the HVAC trade in the Lone Star State: If in high school still, take vocational education classes. Graduate from high school or obtain a GED. Complete HVAC Training at […]

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Career Outlook for Refrigeration Technicians in Texas in 2020

Texas has the second largest economy in the U.S. and many of its key sectors continue to expand.1 The Lone Star State has new job opportunities for refrigeration technicians. If you are considering a career in refrigeration and are curious about the job market in Texas, keep reading. Are There Jobs for Refrigeration Technicians in […]

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3 Fun Jobs for Women in the Skilled Trades

Do you like to work with your hands? Enjoy being outside as much as possible? Prefer a flexible schedule to a rigid one? Then you may want to consider a career in the skilled trades. The skilled trades can offer plenty of exciting and diverse job opportunities for women and can allow them to earn […]

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The State of Skilled Trades in Oklahoma: 2019- 2020 Update

Are you an Oklahoman or considering moving there? Wondering about the state’s work prospects? Well, they’re pretty good, especially in skilled trades like welding, pipefitting and electrical work. Just look at local news headlines like this one: “20,000 Worker Shortage Predicted By 2028 in Oklahoma.” What’s behind these concerning trends? Even more importantly, how could […]

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How High Is the Demand for HVAC Jobs in Houston?

The demand for HVAC jobs in Houston is high relative to other regions of the country. The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area ranked among the Bureau of Labor Statistics top ten metropolitan districts with the highest employment of HVAC technicians in 2018.1 Learn more about the job outlook for those considering becoming an HVAC technician in […]

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What Is a Trade Job?

A trade job is any occupation typically requiring specialized skills learned through advanced training, rather than a 4-year college or university. Common types of career preparation for trades jobs include vocational training at a trade school, apprenticeship or on-the-job training.[1] Trades jobs in the construction and manufacturing industries are often referred to as “skilled trades.” […]

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The State of Skilled Trades in Texas: 2019-2020 Construction Industry Update

Where might welders, pipefitters, electricians and other skilled tradespeople have some of the best job opportunities in the country right now? The Lone Star State, Texas. Texas continues to be one of the leading states in terms of job growth[1]—particularly when it comes to the construction industry. The sector’s job outlook for 2019-2020 is exceptionally […]

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