Serve Your Community in the Skilled Trades

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Military Experience is a Perfect Fit for the Trades

The skilled trades of plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical keep our country running and are essential in keeping our communities safe and healthy. As someone who has served in our military, you have protected the nation and developed leadership skills that play an important role in these careers. Trading your military uniform for that of a service technician is a transition that will bring the same feelings of pride, camaraderie and a heart for serving others. As you being to explore the training requirements for a given trade in your state, keep in mind that requirements vary by state. In some cases, you will receive credit for military service completed. To learn more, contact your state’s licensing board. Learn more about the various career opportunities in the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical trades. Find out how your military skills transfer to civilian jobs.

Benefits of Working in the Trades

Working for a residential plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical (PHCE) service company is a great career opportunity. You’ll need the same foundational skills for both residential and commercial service companies, but, there are differences that make working on the residential side a great fit for many plumbers, HVAC technicians and electricians.

Residential service technicians travel to different homes each day. This gives you the opportunity to see new places and work in a fresh environment almost every day. That’s different than a job with a commercial company, which may have its employees working on one large job for months at a time.

Along with travel, residential service gives you a chance to meet new people every day. Many will be your neighbors. You’ll get to know people in your community.

Unlike commercial work, residential jobs are usually completed within one day. You’ll see your work completed in a short time frame.

The salaries of residential service careers can be excellent, especially for those individuals who enjoy the interactive customer service side of the business. Average salaries are around $65,000 but can climb much higher. Also, the initial costs of training for a trade career is much less than other careers, creating savings for you!

Your work van is your own space. It’s a mobile office and warehouse all in one. Keeping it clean, fully stocked and organized will not only make your job easier, but will provide you with a sense of pride.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a time-tested employee training system that combines job-related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences.

The benefits of going through an apprenticeship are many! Apprentices gain skills and in-depth industry knowledge through paid on-the-job training that puts them ahead of the crowd in their pursuit to a great career.

Most states require aspiring skilled PHCE technicians complete formal education through a trade or technical college. In some instances, students may complete their apprenticeship during school as part of their training. Other times, a license may be obtained in school, then followed by an apprenticeship.

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Military Hiring Resources

Are you a residential service contractor looking to attract top veteran talent to your team?  Check out this resource guide to help get you started.

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The trades offer great pay, benefits, job security and professional satisfaction. Explore The Trades is your complete resource for everything you need to get started and advance your career. Connect with the right people, the right information and get the right answers to get your career in gear!

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Trade Schools and Licensing

Taking vocational classes at a trade school or technical or community college is a great way to get you out of the classroom and working faster. Trade schools offer on-the-job training and allow students to learn the specific skills they need for a successful career in the trades.

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