I tune in to one of those online neighborhood chat groups where people often exchange referrals for various businesses. Almost every time someone asks the group to recommend a plumber or other trade provider, it is couched in terms such as: “One that charges a reasonable price.” They never...

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At Explore The Trades, we’re passionate about plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical, and bridging the technical talent gap to these trades.   In This Issue: Pat Plumbing, Heating and Air and Washburn Technical University Partner to Build Plumbers Visit Explore The Trades at SkillsUSA National...

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Many men and women who work in the trades have interesting stories to tell — not just because they’ve seen a lot of interesting things on the job, but because they each have unique and diverse backgrounds. The nature of plumbing, electrical and HVAC work allows for people with all professional...

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Many of you reading this already have jobs in other fields than the trades. But you’re reading it because you are dissatisfied with the way you now make a living. In some cases, you may feel underpaid and underappreciated. Others among you may simply be bored with the work you do. Or, maybe you’re...

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Thank you to everyone who supported and attended the Explore The Trades golf tournament fundraiser in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho! Together with industry vendors, local businesses, and contractors, $50,000 was raised to bridge the technical talent gap to the trades of plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical....

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Many of you reading this are in your late teens or early 20s. That is a prime age to enter training for a career in a skilled trade. The purpose of this blog is to help you, as the title of this website makes clear, to “explore the trades.” I’m going to depart from that […]

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At Explore The Trades, we’re passionate about plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical.   Careers in these trades are some of the best in the world and our focus is to bridge the technical talent gap to these essential industries.   In This Issue:      ·     Explore...

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In writing this blog, I follow a variety of construction news sources. Sometimes I need to read between the lines to develop the full meaning of what’s going on. That’s what happened when I came across a recent news story stating that the construction industry will need to attract nearly 650,000*...

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Graduating from high school is a great accomplishment. You worked hard, so take it all in; you deserve it. Preparing for life or a career can be scary, but there are paths you can take that you may not know about. Read on to find out how you can successfully transition from high school graduate […]

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