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Bring back the handy man – rediscover the wonders of skilled trade

November 07,2010 by: Dallas Browne

Living in a world of technology and scientific breakthroughs, one would think that the only ‘in’ jobs right now are those that require P.h.D.’s in something like nuclear physics or marine biology. Although some part of that is true, not all jobs require scholastic education to make a decent living out of it. And also, in a world of theories and researches and all that intellectual jazz, the hands-on aspect of life is quickly being forgotten. Nowadays, we hire all sorts of professionals to do work for us; like a simple plumbing leak or a squeaky door or faulty wiring. The hands-on approach of the past eras has vanished along with the handy man. This is where trade school comes in.

Skilled trade schools come to the rescue of the office worker who wants to learn a thing or two about different hands-on jobs. This can also be taken up by high school students and even high school grads as a prospective bread-and-butter job.

Training and apprenticeship are the two most important aspects in learning skill trades nowadays as it has been in the past decades. High school kids can apply for apprenticeship as they study and may even get paid while in the program. As usual, the best of the best come from the learned area. The most skillful workers are those who have been trained rigorously in the different aspects of the trade. To make it short, training is a sure fire way to get a high paying job as it will come with a certification of qualification that will serve as a license and a plus sign on your credentials.

Knowing the jobs that you can venture into in skilled trade can be helpful especially if you consider yourself an expert in a certain field of work.

Pipefitters are generally responsible for installing, repairing and assembling of different pipelines. This includes the proper installation of the different pipe shapes and sizes for different purposes. This is very important since the trend nowadays in building styles are the underground utilities installations. Pay range is relatively good when compared to other office jobs.

Structural steelworkers or ironworkers are responsible for fitting the framework of a building with high grade foundations for a better structure. It’s more of metalwork and the ability to properly read the building blueprints is highly expected of these workers. A simple mistake in the metal installation greatly sacrifices the structural integrity of the building. This is very important especially for contractors and builders.

In partnership with the structural ironworker, dry wall fitters come into the picture after the structure is built. They are the ones responsible in fitting drywalls, repairing them. They are even responsible for the ceilings and cover walls in residential buildings and structures. Dry wall installers are also involved in the planning of the wall installations. Applicants for this position are expected to have at least 2 years of work experience for some companies.

These are some options in the skilled trade field. Although, these are but few of the careers paths, many more still await you and other prospective students. This can be a great alternative to clerical or office jobs out there.


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