Articles by tag: trade skills

Denny Baumgart Created a Legacy in the HVAC Industry and So Can You

The ever-evolving HVAC industry calls for constant learning, with its hands-on nature often attracting those who love solving practical problems. Denny Baumgart, VP of Technical Services for Airtight Facilitech, is a lifelong learner and has pushed himself to grow his skills in the HVAC industry. Baumgart chose the heat and air conditioning path over…

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Looking for a Secure Future in an Unpredictable Economy? Become an HVAC Technician

Jonathan Bivens is an HVAC technician at Air Texas Mechanical. He bounced around after high school, trying to find a career that would provide for his family. Thanks to persistent reminders from his uncle, he found out about the possibilities in the field of HVAC. “I have listened to him ever since!” he says….

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Welding: It’s Not Just a Job, It’s a Career

What started as “just a job” turned into a fulfilling career for Vince McGill. Watch as he describes his journey to becoming a welder. It wasn’t easy, his parents wanted him to get a four-year degree. But McGill ultimately found the career that was right for him. Now, he loves what he does.  He…

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Plumbing Industry: Providing Support and Adding Value to Your Employees

After the 2008 recession, unemployment reached a high of 10 percent, double the rate in December 2007 of five percent. In the midst of the economic downturn, James Terry managed to start a plumbing company, GreenTeam. Why and how did Terry decide to start his business at this time, and how has the culture…

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Auto Industry Professionals Weigh Solutions to Persisting Technician Shortage

The demand for workers in the trades continues to outpace the supply at alarming rates. When it comes to the automotive industry, the need for technicians is estimated to be five openings for every active technician. This is a significant increase in the technician shortage from 2021 when the ratio was 2:1 with unfilled…

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Is Higher Ed Support enough for Skilled Trades Education?

Higher education enrollment numbers dipped in the spring semester of 2021, particularly at public, two-year institutions, which saw enrollment drop by 9.5%. That could be concerning for the skilled trades industry, which needs both labor and support for that labor. Innovation might be necessary to help skilled trade education keep pace with the needs of…

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Conversations from The EDGE: How Do We Attract Young Workers to Skilled Trade Industries?

The US student loan debt hovers at $902 billion. Meanwhile, Millennials and Gen Z’ers are unable to find jobs with their four-year degrees. Their debt continues to mount as they work any job to cover the bills. But this common tail doesn’t have to be the norm. Skills tradesmen and craftsmen jobs are out…

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Canadian Advanced Air Mobility
The Future of Transportation is Coming
July 15, 2024

As the aviation industry advances, Canadian Advanced Air Mobility (CAAM) is spearheading the integration of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, drones, and other innovative technologies into Canadian airspace. The need for sustainable and efficient air transport solutions is more critical than ever. The stakes are high, with environmental impacts and economic opportunities…

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Why Hardwired Buttons Outperform Wearable Devices in School Safety
July 15, 2024

In a recent episode of “Secured” with hosts Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive, the conversation revolved around the evolution of safety systems in schools and wearable devices. The discussion highlighted the simplicity of understanding effective systems, using Buc-ee’s gas stations’ success, known for their clean restrooms, as an analogy for consistency and excellence. Matranga…

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Fact or Fiction: Do All Boats Show as AIS Targets on Radar?
July 12, 2024

In this latest episode of Icom’s “Fact or Fiction,” Captain Kelly Gordon tackles a common misconception about marine radar systems: Do all boats show up on radar as AIS (Automatic Identification System) targets? Many believe every vessel on the water appears as those distinctive little triangles on radar screens, representing AIS targets. However, Captain…

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Generative AI in Content Marketing: Why Creativity & Authenticity Will Make it Work
July 11, 2024

Will 2024 be known as the year AI made waves in content marketing? It sure seems so, with recent AI-driven ads from Toys R Us and Under Armour generating significant buzz online. Not just this: Despite having no official ties to the brand, a mock Volvo ad created entirely by AI has also gone…

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