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Business and homeowners depend on trade and technical workers to install, maintain and repair technologies and appliances that they cannot do themselves.

Workers in the trade field are trained to specialize in a particular field so they can master all aspects of it. Specialization with a certain piece of equipment or appliance is very valuable and trade and technical workers’ services are always needed. Examples of trade jobs include electrician, plumber, electronic specialist, construction worker, welder, carpenter, HVAC specialist and surveyor. Good trade workers in the manufacturing industry are highly skilled, punctual, trustworthy and reliable. If you possess these qualities and are ready to start a new career, look into a trade or technical school today!

Below are a few of the top trade careers:

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Electrician

What is an Electrician?

An electrician is someone who installs, repairs, and maintains electrical systems in buildings and homes. Jobs as an Electrician range from residential construction, line worker, industrial, institutional, or a self-employed contractor. An electrician needs to know electrical code specifications and basic construction of a home or buildings to be able to do their work properly. If you’re good with your hands, physically fit, detail oriented and not afraid of heights, a job as an Electrician might be for you!

The Pros & Cons

    Pros:

  • Electricians make a great income, ranging from $55,000-$70,000*.
  • Many enjoy working as electricians because you are on your feet, working with your hands, and able to go to different locations throughout the day and stay active.
  • Being an electrician is also always a needed job since we are dependent on them to repair electricity for our lights, telephones, computers, televisions, and more.

    Cons:

  • Electricians have to work in very different situations, ranging from tight attic spaces, within walls, or outside in any type of weather condition that can make it difficult or unpleasant on occasions.

*According to U.S.Bureau of Labor & Statistics

How do you become an Electrician?

Those who choose to become an Electrician need to enroll in an apprenticeship program that is both classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Usually most education lasts 4-5 years and many, many hours of on-the-job training. Use our search form to find a school near you to receive your Electrician degree.

Plumber

What is a Plumber?

A Plumber is a person who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for water, sewage, and draining in a plumbing system. The duties of a plumber include installing and repairing pipes and fixtures, opening walls and floors, welding and testing for leaks, and preparing cost estimates. A plumber also uses blueprints and designs to help open walls and floors to install, connect, and test pipes. Plumbers are needed in residential or commercial construction, are self-employed, or contracted to work. If you are good with your hands, enjoy problem solving, are physically fit, and a reliable person, you might want to consider becoming a plumber!

The Pros & Cons

    Pros:
  • Plumbers have an active job that keep them on the go, and pay is between $37,000-$72,000* so it is a great stable position to choose for a career.
  • Most plumbers work five days a week for eight hours a day.
    Cons:
  • Some people do not like to work as a plumber because of the conditions.
  • Working with sewage or drainage is not usually a very sterile or clean job.
  • Sometimes plumbers are requested to work overtime during large projects and are on their feet most of the time, so the job can be tiring at times.

*According to U.S.Bureau of Labor & Statistics

How to become a Plumber

Like many other tradesmen, plumbers begin their career as an apprenticeship. While it is not required, graduating from high school is essential if you are interested in the plumbing career. By joining a technical school geared towards plumbing will help you get into a good apprenticeship program. Depending on the state you attend school, you may have mandatory requirements and courses to take before you get an apprenticeship.

Once you finish going to a technical school for plumbing you can join an apprenticeship with a local plumber’s union. Plumbing apprenticeships last typically anywhere from four to five years and has a specific number of hours you need to log.

To learn more about technical schools near you that offer plumbing, go to our search menu.

Carpentry

What is Carpentry?

Carpenters work well with wood and other materials to help complete residential or commercial construction projects. Carpenters need to have the ability to read blueprints, cut wood, and assemble materials. Most carpenters need to do heavy lifting, climb ladders, and stand for long periods of time. If you enjoy problem-solving, details, using your hands and power tools, then becoming a carpenter might be the right career for you!

The Pros & Cons of Carpentry

    Pros:
  • Many enjoy carpentry because you are able to use your hands and be active for your job.
  • Being able to create something of your own is very rewarding for carpenters.
  • Carpenters also make a decent living and are always needed for commercial or residential projects.
    Cons:
  • Carpenters generally do not have a very stressful job, but it can be dangerous at times if you are not careful.
  • Many of the tools and nail guns needed can cause injuries most would not have in other positions.

*According to U.S.Bureau of Labor & Statistics

How to Become a Carpenter

Like many other trades programs, you need to be admitted to a carpentry apprenticeship program that generally lasts 3-4 years. On-the-job training, along with classroom instruction, is included. Most carpenters will need 144 hours of technical training and a tech school and 2000 hours of training in the field. Formal training at a tech school will help you learn building codes, concrete work, blueprint reading, building layouts, and more. To find a school near you, visit our search page for a carpentry program in your area.

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