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The following trade articles offer explanations of different career options, from cabinetmaking to mechanics, and from to drafters to welders and electricians.

Each trade article provides a description of a specific job, its salary, and job outlook, as well as the training you need to make it in the field. These trade articles also offer a list of possible schools or programs where you can receive the proper training.

So check out these trade articles and start building your future trade career!

Aircraft Mechanic - Training & Careers

- According to the Department of Labor, the FAA requires at least 1.5 years of work experience for certification. In addition, most aircraft mechanics have earned a 2 or 4-year degree from an FAA-certified school.... More

Auto Mechanic - Training & Careers

- You'll benefit from studying in a degree program where you will receive both classroom instruction and hands-on training. You'll learn every aspect of automotive repair, troubleshooting, maintenance, analysis, and even invoicing. In addition, you'll learn how to navigate the complicated computer programs that most auto mechanics use when making their... More

Cabinetmaker - Training & Careers

- While it is true that most woodworking professions require little or no academic training, if you want to become successful, you should probably go to school first. Making the cabinets, after all, is only half of the actual business.... More

Collision Repair Technician - Training & Careers

- According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most employers will only hire professionals who have received formal training in automotive repair. This is because today's cars use a tremendous amount of sophisticated computer technology. If you want to flourish as a collision repair technician, you'll need to understand the ins... More

Diesel Mechanic - Training & Careers

- Although many technicians received on-the-job training, the Department of Labor recommends completing a diesel engine training program since newer vehicles are becoming increasingly complex. In addition, many technicians get certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).... More

Drafter - Training & Careers

- If you are interested in pursuing this line of work, many major universities, technical institutes and community colleges offer the necessary coursework. You'll study basic engineering, art, mathematics, physics, and of course, drafting. In addition, you'll learn how to incorporate computer technology into your designs.... More

How to Become a Building Maintenance Mechanic

- A building maintenance mechanic is an all-purpose handyman for an entire building. In order to be successful in this field, you'll need both classroom instruction and hands on experience. Through accreditation, you'll learn basic wiring, plumbing, dry wall, and other related "repair" activities.... More

How to Become an Electrician

- There are several methods for becoming an electrician. The most surefire way is to find an apprenticeship program. An apprenticeship lasts between three and five years and prepares you with the skills he needs for the job. Similar to an apprenticeship program, you may also work as an assistant to... More

HVAC Specialist - Training & Careers

- While training is sometimes undertaken on the job, a technical school education or apprenticeship is often preferred by potential employers. Trade and technical schools as well as community colleges offer thorough HAVC training programs ranging from six months to two years.... More