trades we support

the trade smart difference

Our Trade Smart Ready for Apprenticeship Diploma currently supports you to secure an apprenticeship in one of five trades: plumbing; electrical; carpentry; HVAC and; automotive. These trades were carefully selected because they are in high demand in many areas of the country. Please see below for a brief description of each of the trades. We are happy to provide more detail about any of these disciplines if you are interested, so please reach out below if you would like to learn more.


Plumbers plan, install and repair piping systems, fixtures and equipment used to distribute and/or drain and dispose of liquids and gases, including pneumatics and air-handling systems. They are more than just the person who shows up to fix the toilet, plumbers work on everything from small pipes in an apartment to huge plumbing installations in commercial and large industrial settings.


HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems/Refrigeration) Mechanics work on refrigeration, cooling and combined heating cooling systems including geo-exchange systems in residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional settings. HVAC technicians do everything from planning to the installation and repair of these complicated air handling systems.


Electricians plan, install and repair electrical systems in residential, commercial and large industrial settings. This can include anything from installing a new outlet to massive electrical grids, solar farms and other renewable energy operations and energy storage systems.


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Win one of 15 $500 Trade Smart College scholarships for our May semester. Entering is as easy as filling out the form, connecting with a team member, and we’ll enter you in the draw.


Carpenters construct, renovate and repair structures made of wood, steel, concrete and other materials in residential, commercial and industrial sites. They do much more than simply swing a hammer, and carpenters can be found on every construction jobsite no matter the size.


An Automotive Service Technician performs preventative maintenance, diagnoses problems and repairs vehicle systems in cars and light trucks. Heavy duty truck and coach technicians perform similar tasks on larger units such as trucks, coaches, tractors, and other large pieces of equipment.

Even though these descriptions provide only a partial picture of each trade, you can see that there is enormous diversity within each trade. But despite this diversity, the skills that a person needs to get started in any of these trades are exactly the same. Therefore, all of our students, regardless of the trade they have chosen, are in the same class.

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