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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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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The trades have come a long way from the bad old days when so many tasks required brute force. Everything from power tools to material handling lifts make the jobs much easier than decades ago. Persons of any size or gender now can handle a trade career. Within reason. Although trade work is easier than...

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That big French-sounding word in the headline refers to starting and owning your own business. It’s not an easy thing to do. Entrepreneurs who start a new business typically work 60 hours or more each week for years while earning modest income before success enables them to fully enjoy the fruits of...

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There’s a strange irony to the fact that when people watch classist depictions of blue-collar workers on their TVs or movie theatre screens, they’re only able to do so because skilled workers with a keen understanding of the science of electricity made it possible. The amenities of elite homes, like...

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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:      ·     Outreach Calendar    ...

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In the past several months, Explore The Trades has published a series of articles detailing the need for increased investment in the HVAC and plumbing infrastructure in America. When the average person hears the word “infrastructure,” they think of roads, bridges, tunnels, and even waterways. What...

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“Better to be lucky than good,” is a tongue-in-cheek quip often used to describe favorable bounces while playing golf and other sports. I would also use it to describe prospects for people deciding on a trade career nowadays. A number of economic, demographic and social trends are aligning...

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