Without construction workers, we wouldn’t have buildings to live and work in. Without plumbers, we wouldn’t have running water with the twist of a faucet. Without electricians, we wouldn’t be able to illuminate a room with the flip of a switch. The skilled trades make modern life possible. And yet, the nation is facing a shortage of skilled trade workers like none we’ve seen before.
From welders and pipefitters who build and repair pipelines to rig operators and drillers who work on oil rigs, jobs in the oil and gas field are a lucrative source of income for hundreds of thousands of Americans. If you’re dependable and aren’t afraid of a little hard work, you can earn a solid living with or without a traditional four-year degree.
The term ‘skilled trades’ is broader than you probably imagined, covering hundreds of positions that call for any number of specialized skills. Regardless of their specialization, however, skilled trades jobs carry with them tremendous earning potential and the chance to carve out a profitable niche for yourself in any number of in-demand industries. Here’s the basics of skilled trades jobs, including which ones pay the most, which are the easiest to break into, and which promise to be the most in demand over the next decade.
The Surehand Spotlight shares some of the many thousands of stories in the skilled industrial trades, shining a bright light on the hard-working tradesmen and women who build, operate, maintain, and ensure the safety of the world we live in. This month, we shine the spotlight on Barbie The Welder, an American metal sculptor from Elmira, New York. Barbie realized her passion after seeing a metal sculptor at work in a major Hollywood movie. Scraping together tuition, she enrolled in welding courses and subsequently obtained a position with a custom metal fabrication shop. Today, she runs her own business as a full time metal sculptor.
Whether your building project is residential, commercial or industrial, safety is paramount. Nondestructive testing, or NDT, plays an essential role in making sure your completed structure is not only safe for its intended use and the people who will be around it, but that it will stand the test of time. Here’s how to find the best NDT technicians for your next build.
Welding is a career that can take you around the world and give you an important role in creating some of the most innovative and essential products we use in our daily lives. But does it pay? We’ll tell you exactly how much you can make as a certified welder, what it takes to become one and where the best jobs in the field can be found.
With precision, skill and a certain X factor, welding can be used to create beautiful, functional things like buildings and bridges. Yet not every welded structure serves a functional purpose; there’s an entire subset of welders who are artists in the true sense of the word, using welding to express imaginative concepts, evoke emotions and make observations about the world we live in. Some have even become internationally renowned for their work. Here are seven of our favorite examples of welding that go beyond practical applications and enter the realm of art.
The car industry is one of the most important ones for our contemporary society. Being able to travel long distances has always been a necessity for humans. We have come a long way from horses and carriages and now have modern cars that do the traveling for us. For a while now, MIG and Spot welding have been staples in the car manufacturing industry. Learn about how these two welding processes are the most reliable ones when working on cars due to their unique ability to weld sheet metal.