How to Get into a Skilled Trade


CCS Construction - Skilled Trade

The demand for carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other construction-related roles is high. However, there are not enough qualified workers to fill these roles. This is one reason you should consider training to work in a skilled trade. You likely will have multiple jobs to choose from that fit your interests and qualifications. The increasing challenges you take on can promote career growth.

Follow these guidelines to enter a skilled trade.

Research Skilled Trades

Learn about the skilled trades that interest you. Some of the top roles include construction worker, carpenter, electrician, general laborer, millwright, operator, pipefitter, pipe welder, plumber, refrigeration tech, and sheet metal/HVAC worker. Determine which one best fits your needs, lifestyle, and goals. Next, learn what the requirements are to find a job in the trade. You may want to talk with people who work in the skilled trade to get a better feel for what they do. Be sure to look up income ranges and career growth as well. Then, create a plan to get started.

Get Educated

Most skilled trade jobs require at least a high school diploma or GED. You may want to take a shop or woodworking class to see which trade you want to enter. Many skilled trades also require certification or an associate degree. Check job postings for the specific requirements for a role you want.

Start Training

A skilled trade job typically requires hands-on experience from an apprenticeship. You should be able to find one through a local employment agency, trade union, training institution, or professional association. Some companies have their own process that provides the on-the-job training and mentorship needed to advance. If certification is required, many employers will work with you as you take vocational classes and gain on-the-job experience. Depending on the trade, it may take 1 to 6 years to complete your apprenticeship.

Gain Experience

The longer you work in a skilled trade, the more experience you gain. This can expand the variety of roles you qualify for. Make sure each job you take allows you to grow your skillset. This way, you can take on bigger challenges to grow your career.

Get Licensed

Working in some skilled trades requires licensing. These requirements vary by state. Most licensing exams focus on building codes, regulations, and ordinances. You may need to complete a specific number of classroom hours and on-the-job training hours to qualify for a test.

Talk with a Recruiter

Whether you have limited experience in a skilled trade or want to transition to another specialty, a recruiter from CCS Staffing can help. See which jobs you want to apply for today.

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