February 4, 2015
What Do HVAC Mechanics Do?

A large range of work leads to specialization. HVAC may be the most complex of the skilled trades. An HVAC mechanic can be responsible for the installation and maintenance of a wide range of commercial and residential heating and cooling equipment, including heat pumps, furnaces, air conditioners, refrigeration...

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They are becoming ever more sophisticated. Peek inside a plumber’s toolbox and you’ll likely find a number of hand tools common to every trade. These include hammers, saws, screwdrivers, pliers, files, chisels, levels, tape measures, flashlights, caulkers, etc. You also would be certain to find more...

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January 6, 2015
What Do Plumbers Do?

Service plumbers work with their brains as well as the tools.   Almost every home owner has a few essentials tools on hand to cope with plumbing emergencies. Most bathrooms will have a plunger nearby to take care of a clogged toilet or slow drain, and many home owners have a pipe wrench on hand...

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Trade work is wherever you find it.   A skilled trade career offers many rewards. One that may or may not appeal to you is the opportunity to live and work in a place other than where you are now living. Good news about trade work is that very few people in our society live […]

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The skilled trades are about more than money.   I knew a plumber who spent time polishing with steel wool all the copper pipe joints he would braze or solder on a given job. This served no useful purpose performance-wise. The water inside would flow no more smoothly and most customers wouldn’t...

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Service work especially demands a clean background.   Life is tough for people who end up in prison. It can be even tougher when they get out and have to fend for themselves when it comes to providing their own food and shelter. Job opportunities are very limited for those with a criminal record....

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But that means opportunity for you!   For the fifth year in a row, the lack of skilled trade workers topped ManpowerGroup’s 2014 survey on the hardest jobs to fill in the U.S. Not only are plumbers, HVAC technicians and electricians in short supply, the situation is growing steadily worse because...

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This trade is more critical than ever.   Skilled electricians always have been in high demand, but the trade is becoming more critical than ever because of the abundance of electronic systems being installed in homes and commercial buildings nowadays. So-called “smart homes” feature a array...

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HVAC jobs entail much responsibility.   HVAC is common industry shorthand for Heating-Ventilating-Air Conditioning. Sometimes you’ll see the acronym as HVAC/R, the R standing for Refrigeration. Refrigeration is quite similar to Air Conditioning in technology and training, so for the sake of simplicity...

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