Skilled Trades

What Is Trade School?

Career college, vocational school, technical school and trade school are all postsecondary institutions that prepare students for a specific profession. These schools typically take two years or less to complete and award diplomas, degrees and certificates. Trade schools offer hands-on training in skilled trades like HVAC maintenance and repair, welding and electrical work.[1][2] Should I […]

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What Is a Welder Salary in Arizona?

The average national salary for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers in Arizona was $43,480 in 2017, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Welders in Arizona made a mean hourly wage of $20.91 and a median hourly wage of $18.79.[1] Read on to learn what factors influence salary for welders in Arizona and […]

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Skilled Trades versus Tech Careers: Which Is Right for You?

“Truck drivers are in perilously low supply, Silicon Valley continues to struggle to fill vacancies, and employers across the grid are coping with a skills mismatch as the economy edges ever closer to full employment.” -Jeff Cox, CNBC reporter.[1] This excerpt from a CNBC article published last July highlights three issues that should be especially […]

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Skilled Trades Trends: The Role of Vocational Training in the Labor Shortage

What’s the biggest trend in the skilled trades right now? Companies can’t find enough qualified workers. The problem even has a name: the skilled trades shortage.[1] It’s a shame so many younger workers are choosing other fields because there can be many benefits to a career as an HVAC technician, electrician or welder.[2] From healthy […]

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The State of Skilled Trades Jobs in Arizona

“The skilled trades are in particular, I’m told, are increasingly hard to come by. Electricians, welders, machinists are in high demand. And too few Americans pursue these valuable paths.” -Vice President Mike Pence at a board of directors meeting for a manufacturers group in Arizona, March 2019 [1] The Vice President isn’t the only one […]

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7 Tips for a Smoother Transition from Trade School to Career

You’ve completed your HVAC program. Congratulations! That’s a huge accomplishment. Now you’re ready to hit the job market, right? Not so fast… Preparing for a job search after trade school can be a process in itself: from composing a resume and collecting references, to practicing for interviews, to looking for jobs. On top of all […]

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What Is a Maintenance Electrician?

What are your career options after you finish your electrician training program? Electricians ply their trade everywhere from homes to businesses to factories, so you have several career paths to choose from.[1] You could work as a new construction electrician helping to erect houses and office buildings. Taking a position as a power plant field […]

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Green Wiring Jobs: How Electricians Help the Environment

Electricians already play a pretty important role in the world. They keep the lights on in cities and towns across the globe. Their wiring work powers the factories where essential goods like cars and computers are made. And, of course, homes and businesses wouldn’t be able to operate without electricity: appliances, computers and the Internet […]

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Skilled Labor Shortage Alert: Where Are All the Qualified HVAC/R Techs?

The HVAC/R industry has a problem: too many jobs and not enough qualified workers to fill them.[1] This year, 79 percent of construction firms plan to create more positions, but nearly just as many companies are concerned about being able to find and hire workers with the right skills, according to a survey by the […]

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Why Choose RSI for Welding School?

Are you considering welding as a career? It can be a good career move. Skilled trades positions are currently the hardest to fill in the U.S., and a good vocational school is just the place to earn the qualifications to potentially land one.[1] And your timing for entering a welding training program couldn’t be better. […]

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