Finding an Auto Repair School: 6 Critical Questions to Ask

The best place to start your search for an auto repair school in Virginia is by visiting the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) to search their list of certified postsecondary schools. NATEF is an unbiased, independent organization that sets very high standards for training programs. If an auto repair school is not NATEF certified, you  [...]

4 Ways Green Technologies are Changing HVAC Jobs

Today’s heating and air conditioning business climate is constantly evolving.  From changing building codes, stricter enforcement of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, and updated equipment technologies, HVAC technicians and HVAC businesses must evolve along with a rippling business climate.  Of course, the movement toward green technologies and green energy is affecting contractors globally, and tighter EPA regulations on HVAC  [...]

What’s The Difference between Torque & Horsepower?

Understanding the science behind an engine lets you better understand how to keep them running longer and get the best performance. Cars have become increasingly complex, but the basics of learning about automotive performance still start with torque and horsepower. These two measurements often push models to the head of the class, but what is  [...]

Shipyard Stats: Here’s Why US Shipbuilding Jobs Will Continue to Grow

We feel safe in thinking you all saw the headline in the Kitsap Sun, “Shipyard Hiring 365 ‘Helper Trainees’’’ because, well, who doesn’t read the leading newspaper of Kitsap, Washington? Okay, so perhaps…perhaps…you do not subscribe to Kitsap County’s largest daily newspaper, but if you’re a fan of maritime welding, you may be familiar with  [...]

Finding a Trade School for Veterans: 5 Questions to Ask

As a military veteran, you might be looking to use your GI Bill to get an education and create better career opportunities. If you’re eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you can get as much as full coverage of your tuition and fees, money for supplies and books, a monthly housing allowance, and more. The tough  [...]

Building Your Automotive Tech Résumé: Can’t-Miss Tips

If you’ve applied for a job, you’ve probably gone through the often-painstaking process of creating a résumé. After graduating from a degree or diploma program, a solid résumé could be the difference in landing that first job. This is especially true for automotive technicians, as employers look for a particular combination of skills, experience, and certifications. If  [...]

6 Practical Pointers for New HVAC Service Technicians

Your first solo service call can seem a little daunting, but fear not.  You can comfortably enter into a service situation with the confidence of a seasoned professional, even just starting out.  Being polite, remembering your progressions as a technician, and making a confident diagnosis of an HVAC system are all necessary traits of a  [...]

What is Expedited Trucking & How Can I Get a Job Doing It?

Suppose you had a sensitive cargo to send halfway across the country—two pregnant boa constrictors, let’s say—how would you ship them? Or 1,000 pounds of pizza dough, or part of the James Webb Space Telescope? You would use expedited trucking, because each load was time-sensitive, fragile, or irreplaceable. You would definitely not use air freight,  [...]

Metal Solid: The History of Welding

Industrial processes include smelting, electrolysis, sawing/cutting, forging, casting, tooling, soldering, die cutting, and welding, among many other skills. Of these, welding is defined as the most economical and efficient way to join two or more metals permanently, making one piece. Welding.com says that welding ranks high among industrial processes and uses more science and variables  [...]