Tom Tanski, electrical and advanced electrical program instructor at Apex

Get to Know Tom Tanski, Electrical & Advanced Electrical Program Instructor

“Teaching is the most rewarding job I ever had, and I can stay involved with the trade I love.”

A Legacy in the Trades

 

Tom Tanski comes from a long line of master craftsmen. His father was a general contractor and master plumber. His maternal grandfather was a union electrician, and many other family members were in construction. “I grew up doing carpentry and plumbing,” Tom says. “As soon as I was old enough to push a broom, I was on a construction site.”

Tom worked as a framing carpenter in his 20s. When he decided to become an electrician, he spent seven years attending night school while working during the day to learn his trade. He rose to the top of the profession and became a foreman, before a freak bowling injury derailed his career. He was 34.

I just picked up a bowling ball, there was a rupture, I had nerve damage and lost fine motor skills in my right hand.

A Fresh Start with Apex

While working as a traveling superintendent, living in hotel rooms across the country, Tom saw an APEX ad looking for teachers for its Electrical & Advanced Electrical program. He wasn’t sure he had the patience to teach, but he went to the interview anyway. That was 14 years ago.

“Teaching is the most rewarding job I ever had, and I can stay involved with the trade I love,” Tom says. “Most tradespeople don’t see themselves as teachers, yet all of us have taught apprentices in the field. We are teachers; we do this all the time. For any tradesperson who has physical limitations like I do, or anyone who has retired from the field but wants to work, this is the perfect career.”

The trades are more technically advanced than most people understand. In the electrical trades, for example, teachers and students alike are at the forefront of technology. Smart homes, next-generation solar technology, and electric car recharging stations all rely on electricity—one of the reasons why career prospects are so great for electricians.

There is so much that is rewarding about teaching for Tom. He can travel anywhere in the country and see buildings his students helped to construct. He loves seeing the moment when students finally grasp a difficult concept. And he loves giving back—one of his students was living in a shelter when he started the program, and now has his own apartment and pays his own bills.

“I was part of changing that student’s life. I never had a job before that offered that kind of reward. There is a pride in knowing you had that impact on someone’s life.”

Interested in changing lives by teaching the next generation of our workforce? Contact us at (212) 645-3300 or apply for an open position below.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

Three construction workers stand on a jobsite, and one holds a yellow hard hat and site plans

Why Learn Construction Skills at a Trade School?

Construction and building professionals help America to grow as well as innovate safer, more environmentally friendly infrastructure. The field is not only a popular choice for trade students, but also an avenue for skills development. Individuals who work in construction or carpentry use a variety of skillsets, from electrical to plumbing, framing and finishing, and more.

If you’re interested in pursuing construction skills training, you may be wondering if trade classes are worth it. We’ll break down the benefits of hands-on technical training to help you decide a path that’s right for you.

Is Construction a Good Career Path?

A Construction & Building Skills student measures wood materials for joinery and carpentry work

Some students find that a trade career is a fulfilling path for them. Construction can be a field that positions an individual to expand his or her skillset and find more opportunities for professional growth. With hands-on training and years of experience, some construction tradespeople may even realize that they want to start their own construction or carpentry business.

Construction classes can introduce students to basic carpentry methods and tools that they can use on jobs once they enter the field. Classes also provide a structured, safety-focused learning environment, where students can ask questions and practice their skills alongside peers who share their passions. Through these experiences, students can gain skills and confidence that they could use in a construction career.

Construction Training Benefits

An Apex student stands on a ladder in front of a large wall that is covered in dry wall

There are many positive reasons to begin construction classes at Apex Technical School if you want to pursue a hands-on career in carpentry, building or construction. Top reasons include:

  • Hands-on training opportunities
  • Introduction to carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and kitchen and bath remodeling
  • Dedicated instructors
  • Classroom and shop learning environments
  • Safety knowledge
  • Practice using tools and equipment of the trade
  • Job placement assistance
  • Supportive admissions staff

Related: A Day in the Life of a Construction Student

Learn Construction & Building Skills at Apex

Ready to take the next step toward your goals? Apex Technical School is here to help! Construction classes are starting soon. Learn more about our Construction & Building Skills program now, or contact us to schedule a visit and see our campus and classrooms.

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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Choosing a Program: Which Trade Is Best for Me?

Trade school is a popular choice for many people who want a career change. It’s also an alternative to community college or traditional university, which typically take two to four years to complete. In comparison, students can complete a trade program and enter the field much more quickly. You may agree that the benefits of trade school are clear—but how do you know which trade to pursue? Read on to learn how to make the right choice.

How do I choose a trade?

A Construction & Building Skills student measures wood materials for joinery and carpentry work

For some students, choosing a trade is easier than determining which vocational school to attend. Other students might have their sights set on a specific technical school, but they’re struggling to narrow down which trade program they want to pursue at that school. What should they do? Successful decision-making starts by breaking the task into manageable steps.

Get started with these three steps, and you’ll be on your way to making a solid choice in no time:

  • Compare

    Evaluate different trade schools based on the programs offered, faculty, hands-on learning opportunities, job placement assistance, and other factors.

  • Research

    Look into the trades that interest you. Research the industry, the day-to-day responsibilities, the tools and the working environment. Consider how a trade aligns with your passions and career goals. Could you imagine yourself in the field?

  • Request

    Contact your top trade schools to ask for more information. Ask questions about the trade programs that interest you, the classrooms and shops where you’d spend time learning, and request a tour of the school so you can feel firsthand if it’s a good fit for you.

Can I take more than one trade program at once?

An Electrical & Advanced Electrical student checks multi-colored wiring in an electrical boxIn some cases, students may want to pursue two trade programs. For example, a student may be interested in enrolling in Apex’s construction and electrical programs. At Apex, we encourage students to focus on one program at a time. Students learn hands-on trade skills, splitting 900 learning hours between the classroom and the shop.

Some students choose to return to Apex to enroll in a second program after they complete their first program. Apex welcomes students to return for more hands-on learning. In fact, some are second-generation students whose parents attended Apex before them.

Related: Tips to Find a Trade School

Find a Trade Program That’s Right for You at Apex

Since Apex Technical School opened its doors in 1961, it has trained tens of thousands of students. Our variety of trade programs offer students a hands-on, quality education. If you’re interested in a career change or pursuing a field you’re passionate about, contact us today. We can help you find a trade program that’s right for you.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

After earning the EPA certification for HVAC, a technician diagnoses and repairs an A/C unit

Refrigerant Certification for HVAC Technicians

If you’re currently an HVAC student or you’re thinking of enrolling in HVAC trade classes, congratulations! This exciting field can be rewarding for many technicians who have a passion for problem-solving, details and working with their hands. However, before you can work with certain types of equipment and products in the HVAC trade, you must earn a special certification. Let’s explore what this certificate is and how you can earn it.

What Is the EPA Section 608 Certificate for HVAC?

An HVAC technician, who received the EPA 608 certificate, repairs a refrigerator in a residential home

The Section 608 certification measures HVAC technicians’ knowledge of handling various refrigeration products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that technicians provide a safe and eco-friendly outcome when they’re working with air conditioning and refrigeration fluids.

What does this mean? The EPA explains:

EPA regulations under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act require that technicians who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of equipment that could release refrigerants into the atmosphere must be certified.

By earning this certificate, technicians demonstrate that they know the proper methods for handling and disposing of fluids that can have potentially harmful effects on the environment.

 

Related: How Long Is HVAC School?

How do I get certified under Section 608?

An Apex Technical School student takes the EPA 608 certification exam on a desktop computer
Technicians must pass an EPA-approved test to earn Section 608 certification. EPA-approved certifying organizations administer the test. The test is comprised of four parts with 25 multiple choice questions in each part. Apex Technical School encourages test takers to study before sitting for the exam.

Learn More About Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Now that you understand how to get the EPA certification for HVAC technicians, it’s time to take the next step in your journey by enrolling in hands-on skills training. Apex offers HVAC classes in the day or evening to fit your schedule. Learn more about the HVAC program at Apex, or contact us now to get answers to your questions.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

Electrician uses a digital meter to measure electrical voltage

Women Electricians in the Electrical Trade

The tide is turning for women electricians. Women make up an increasing percentage of skilled electrical workers. The electrical field can be a personally and professionally rewarding path, especially for women who enjoy being active while they work versus sitting at a desk. Like men, women have the potential to positively impact this industry. Here are a few ways female electricians can make a difference.

Break Down Stereotypes

A female electrician sets up an electricity box on a construction site while using a smartphone
For a long time, the electrical field was considered a man’s job. However, there is nothing inherently masculine about electricity—and women are just as capable of becoming electricians! Still, some women wonder if they can physically handle the day-to-day job. The answer? Yes!

Electricians typically don’t need to lift more than 50 lbs. on the job. As long as technicians are fit and adept, they can do the job regardless of gender. Overall, an electrical career path tends to be more practical than physically taxing. In other words, electricians use technical, hands-on skills and draw from their knowledge of the trade quite often.

As more women pursue hands-on learning and enter this field, they will continue to break down outdated stereotypes.

Contribute to Electrical Training Classes

Diverse environments can improve how students learn. Electrical classes benefit from the perspectives and contributions of female students. Electrical students learn about everything from electrical safety, blueprints, residential wiring, breakers and fuses, grounding, bonding, splicing, currents and outlets. Technician training teaches women on-the-job skills they can use in an entry-level electrical position, whether you’re a recent high school graduate or a woman wanting to change careers.

Related: A Day in the Life at Electrical School

Fill a Unique Need in Residential Electricity

Electrical student wears a ponytail, face shield and gloves to practice installing wiring in her electrical class
Some female customers feel uncomfortable when a man visits their home for a service call. Female electricians have a unique advantage in the residential electrical field—their presence can help put some customers at ease.

Want to Be a Woman in the Electrical Industry?

At Apex Technical School, we encourage all students to follow their passions and work hard to reach their educational and career goals. Women interested in pursuing an entry-level position in the electrical field can get 900 hours of hands-on training in as little as seven months. Want to explore our Electrical & Advanced Electrical program? Learn more now.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

An auto repair technician working in an auto shop garage holds a wrench in her gloved hand

Women Mechanics in the Automotive Industry

Women mechanics make up more of the automotive repair industry than ever before. As increasing numbers of women enter the auto repair profession, many discover that the path is personally or professionally rewarding. Some women who have a passion for cars and hands-on work can find ways to contribute to this exciting industry as automotive technicians. Let’s dive deeper into how women can an impact in the auto repair field.

Following a Non-Traditional Path

While auto repair may be a non-traditional path for women historically, the trade is a good choice for women who are determined, hands-on and detail-oriented. The auto repair trade also gives female automotive technicians the opportunity to help others, as car ownership soars to new heights in the United States and people want mechanics they can trust. Customers need reliable, safety-minded and skilled auto mechanics to work on tires, breaks, suspension systems, axels and more. Just like men, women have the potential to turn their love of cars into a career they’re passionate about.

Related: How to Become an Auto Repair Technician

Automotive Training for Women

A female auto mechanic looks under the hood of a red carFemale mechanic students are starting to take up more seats in automotive training classes, where students learn about everything from automotive engines, chassis work, powertrains, electrical circuits of automobiles, fuel system components, diagnostic techniques and much more. Technician training teaches women on-the-job skills they can use in an entry-level auto repair position, whether you’re a recent high school graduate or a woman wanting to change careers and fine tune your future as a certified mechanic.

From Woman Mechanic to Auto Repair Shop Owner

With the right mix of experience and skills, individuals in the auto trade can make an impact under the car or behind the counter. Some automotive technicians have opened their own auto repair businesses. One example is Patricia Banks, who operates Girls Auto Clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

An auto repair technician working in an auto shop garage holds a wrench in her gloved handThe number of cars on the road is expected to keep rising in the coming decades. Qualified auto technicians will be needed to repair and maintain vehicles, while some may even be inspired to gain the skills to open their own auto shop.

Want to Be a Woman in the Automotive Industry?

At Apex Technical School, we encourage all students to follow their passions and work hard to reach their educational and career goals. Women interested in pursuing an entry-level position in the auto repair field can get 900 hours of hands-on training in as little as seven months. Want to explore our Automotive Service & Repair program? Learn more now.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

An electrician clips the end of a wire with wire cutters

Work Safer with These Electrician Tips

Individuals who work in the electrical field often enjoy a hands-on experience on the job. Electricians require practical skills, the ability to work alone or with others and a passion for problem-solving. The working environment for an electrician may be in a large commercial building or a small corner in a residential home. No matter where electricians apply their skills and knowledge, they should understand and follow electrical worker safety standards.

Electrical safety is critical, whether you’re an electrical student starting training classes or you’ve been working in the electrical field for decades. Safe protocols and gear can protect people, property and things from dangers such as burns, sparks and electrical fires. Explore some electrical safety tips and keep these top-of-mind when you’re handing electrical wiring.

 

Assess the Work Setting

An electrician assesses a breaker box before beginning his repairsWhen an electrician arrives on a jobsite, he or she should pause and gain an understanding of the environment. Where is the electrical box? Are there current dangers, such as smoke or water near electrical currents? If the situation is not an emergency, are there any potential hazards? Incorrectly installed equipment may not be immediately noticeable. Take a few moments to look over the work setting and prepare yourself for the job at hand.

Equip Yourself with Safety Gear

Safety gear is one of the most important parts of staying safe in the workplace. It’s a good idea to keep all your electrical safety gear with you when you travel to jobsites so you aren’t putting yourself at risk. Items like insulated gloves protect your hands from electrical currents, while protective eyewear keeps your vision safe from sparks.

If you are working on a construction project with the potential for falling debris, don’t forget to wear a hard hat to ward off injuries from heavy or sharp objects. Some individuals wear flame-retardant clothing that covers your arms and legs. In the event that an electrical spark starts a fire near you, fire-retardant clothing can keep your skin protected from burns.

Related: Is the Electrical Trade the Path for You?

Use a Multimeter to Test Wires

An electrician uses her multimeter to safely check electrical wiresA multimeter is a handheld electrical tool used to test voltage, resistance and current. This tool may be standard in the electrical trade, but it is important for testing to see if a wire is safe. If the multimeter determines the component is weak enough, you can safely handle or touch the wire during the repair job. Always use a multimeter to test wires; other tools like screwdrivers or wrenches should not be used to check potentially live components.

 

Electrical safety is the first rule of working in the electrical trade. With electrician training, you can help keep your work environment safe and productive. Learn more about the Electrical & Advanced Electrical program at Apex Technical School. Classes are starting soon!

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

A graduate from HVAC technical school inspects an air conditioning unit on a commercial building

How Long Is HVAC School?

HVAC training is a popular option for students who feel inspired by heating, air conditioning and ventilation as a potential career path. However, if you’re motivated to start working in the field quickly, you may be wondering just how long HVAC school takes to complete. Here’s some good news: training classes at HVAC technical school might not take as long as you think.

How Long Does It Take to Get an HVAC Certificate?

At Apex Technical School, students can spend as little as 7 months in the HVAC program. This timeline is long enough to give students 900 hours between the classroom and the shop, while also providing a more direct route to completion than a community college or traditional university, which can take two to four years on average.

Now that you have an answer to the question, “How long is HVAC training?,” let’s explore the benefits an HVAC training program will offer you during that time period.
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Hands-On Experience

In the HVAC program at Apex, students get opportunities to practice hands-on techniques that they can carry with them after graduation. Students learn to maintain and repair domestic and commercial air conditioning and refrigeration systems, electrical controls, major home appliances and gas-fired heating systems. They move from basic courses to more advanced classes, practicing their skills and HVAC theory along the way.

Opportunity to Learn Alongside Others

In addition to gaining hands-on experience in six courses throughout the HVAC training program, students also get the opportunity to learn with like-minded peers who share their interests. Dedicated instructors with field knowledge lead classes and demonstrate technical methods used within the HVAC industry. Through collaboration and instruction, students practice what it means to work through challenges together and independently—just like in the workforce.

Related: How Hands-On Learning Benefits Trade Job Seekers
HVAC technical schools like Apex prepare students with skills for their career path

Preparation for an Entry-Level Position

When you want to break into a new industry, such as the HVAC industry, an entry-level position is an important goal. Apex helps you on your journey to realize that goal by providing a path to learning the HVAC trade and giving helpful resources. From job placement assistance to resume writing tips and interview preparation, support is available at Apex.

Learn More About Our HVAC Technical School

Don’t get cold feet. Take the next step, and learn more about our HVAC program. Explore topics covered in our HVAC classes, request information and more. We’re happy to answer your questions about enrollment, start dates, financial aid opportunities and classes. Simply contact us online to get started.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

A collection of woodworking tools used in carpentry trades lies on a weathered workbench

What Do Carpenters Do? Here’s a Breakdown

A carpenter or builder is a vital contributor to the construction trade. Carpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many work indoors on fine details for cabinetry, walls and even furniture, while other carpenters work outdoors on the skeleton of a building or the temporary bracing for large-scale structures like bridges or sewers.

Woodworkers rely on carpentry tools to craft and shape their materials. Door frames, stairwells, rafters, and many other residential and commercial building elements are made of wood. Therefore, these professionals use basic carpentry tools—from tape measures to table saws—to help accomplish daily tasks.

Types of Carpenters

A commercial carpenter uses a circular saw to cut wood for a window frame at an office buildingLike doctors, there are different types of carpenters. You wouldn’t go to a surgeon for a sore throat, and you wouldn’t hire a cabinetmaker to install door frames for a strip mall. Often, professionals focus on a specific area within the carpentry and building trade. Let’s review some common types of carpenters and explore their specialties.

  • Cabinetmaker

    This carpenter does fine and detailed work, specifically wardrobes, chests and built-in pantries.

  • Joiner

    This carpenter does finish work where exact joints are critical, such as furniture making and model building.

  • Formwork carpenter

    This carpenter creates falsework, or temporary structures used to support a permanent structure until it is complete enough to support itself.

  • Framer

    This carpenter builds the framework of buildings.

  • Trim carpenter

    This carpenter does molding, trim, door and window casings, baseboards and mantels

  • Green carpenter

    This carpenter practices environmentally friendly, energy efficient and sustainable methods and often uses fewer materials to achieve structural accuracy.

3 Industries Where Carpenters Work

A residential carpenter erects the framing for a houseCarpenters can be highly valuable trade workers for several industries. Their hands-on training, attention to detail and knowledge of woodworking make them assets on a jobsite and for growing the nation’s infrastructure. The three main industries that employ carpenters are:

  1. Residential

    Carpenters in the residential construction industry help to build single-family homes, apartments and condos. They assemble the framework and walls, lay flooring and complete finish work, such as built-in cabinetry, moldings, mantels and trim.

  2. Commercial

    Carpenters in this field work on retail stores, malls, office buildings, high-rise buildings and restaurants. They interpret construction plans, build framework and install windows and doors, all using power tools and hands-on skills.

  3. Industrial

    Carpenters who work in the industrial field specialize in large projects like dams, tunnels and sewers. They may provide the temporary bracing, called falsework, required to hold up the structure during construction. Sawing, shaping, installing and repairing comprise some of their common tasks in the industrial industry.

So, You Want to Be a Carpenter?

Now that you know a little more about the carpentry trades and the different types of carpenters, you may have a clearer idea about your future. If your passions include working with your hands or constructing something completely new—carpentry might be a good fit for you! Check out our Construction & Building Skills Program to see what you could learn in 900 hours split between the classroom and the shop.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

A wrench and automotive transmission parts rest on a gray cement floor

What Is the ASE Certification for Auto Mechanics?

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) tests and certifies automotive professionals to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service. The ASE certification signifies that an individual knows how to repair a vehicle without causing further damage.

When drivers take their vehicles to an auto repair shop, they want reassurance that the auto technician has the skills to complete the task at hand. With ASE-certified mechanics, repair shops communicate to customers that they are prepared to meet quality standards.

How do I become ASE certified?

Individuals must meet certain criteria to apply for ASE certification. They must:

  • Show two years of experience in the automotive repair industry
  • Be able to complete and pass the specialty examination, which is only offered twice per year
  • Choose the specialty type of ASE certification they would like to receive — they can become certified in breaks, heating and cooling, and suspension.

Study guides and an online practice test can help individuals prepare to take the ASE certification test. The practice test is an opportunity to experience what the test questions and format will be like prior to taking the exam.
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How long does it take to earn my ASE certification?

The ASE certification test takes 2–2 ½ hours to complete. To qualify to take the test, technicians must first complete two years of qualified work experience in the automotive repair industry. For many technicians in training, this experience starts with hands-on learning at a trade school like Apex.

Apex’s instruction, course of study, facilities, and equipment have been evaluated by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
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Why is the ASE certification important?

The ASE certification gives vehicle owners peace of mind when they take their car to the shop for repairs. More than 250,000 individuals in the U.S. have earned the ASE certification. Auto technicians also benefit from earning the certification, which shows they have the mechanical, electrical and systems knowledge to work on vehicles safely and accurately.

Start Auto Repair Training Today

Consider our Auto Repair Program as one of the ways to kick off your future in automotive repair training. Apex offers hands-on training, split between the classroom and the shop, so students learn automotive theory and technical skills. Classes are starting soon; contact us to speak to our admissions staff and tour the Apex campus.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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Where Do Welders Work?

Companies, factories and construction jobsites need welders to fabricate and repair equipment and building materials. Without metal work like welding, things like infrastructure, commercial products and certain everyday items would not exist.

In fact, welders are greatly responsible for building much of the world around us. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 64% of welders work in the manufacturing industry. Welders can also work in the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Electrical power generation
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Natural gas
  • Railroad
  • Shipbuilding

Let’s dive a little deeper into three of these industries to learn how welders make an impact and what their daily tasks might look like.

Manufacturing

The types of welders who work in the manufacturing industry use welds to create new products or repair old ones. Furniture, mining machinery, agricultural tools and many other everyday items require a welder to heat and join their components together with welds. MIG welding is standard in the manufacturing industry because it is fast and cost effective. A wide range of metal types play a role in the manufacturing of commercial products and equipment, and MIG welding is versatile and flexible enough to handle them.

Related: Common Questions About Welding Training

Auto Industry

An Apex student wears protective gear and practices welding techniques in the shopDid you know that the average car requires thousands of welds? Welding has been, and will remain, a critical process for the automotive industry. Welders play a vital role on auto assembly lines, as well as at dealerships and auto repair shops where welding is required for safe repairs. Workers in these environments commonly use MIG welding or laser MIG welding to create strong bonds between thin metals such as aluminum.

Building, Construction & Infrastructure

An Apex student wears yellow welding gloves and works at a welding bench in the shopGlobally, more than half of all steel is used in commercial and residential construction. With such a great demand for steel in this industry, the need for welding is also strong. From erecting skyscrapers and office buildings to neighborhood homes, apartments and even roads and bridges, welders help construct America. Common types of welding used in building and infrastructure include flux-core welding, MIG welding and plasma arc welding.

 

Could you see yourself pursuing a future in welding? Start your path as a welder at Apex Technical School, where you can learn SMAW, GTAW, GMAW in our hands-on shops and classrooms. Classes are starting soon—contact us to learn more.

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

An electrician repairs home electrical wiring behind a light switch

What Is a Pipefitter and What Do They Do?

Pipefitters are specialist plumbers. They work with high-pressure piping systems, commercial or industrial heating and cooling systems, and some may even maintain fuel delivery systems. Though their roles may seem similar, a pipefitter and a plumber support different scenarios.

A pipefitter handles jobs that have potentially dangerous substances, like chemicals or steam, while a plumber handles jobs that involve water and waste. Learn more about pipefitters below, including a detailed pipefitter job description, a pipefitter tool list and environments where pipefitters may work.

Pipefitter Job Description

Pipefitters design and assemble pipe structures that carry chemicals, steam or liquids. They often work on commercial and/or industrial properties by laying out, assembling, installing and maintaining piping systems. Pipefitters can collaborate with project managers and understand how to read a blueprint that describes piping requirements. They follow building codes and safety standards, and they wear personal protective equipment to stay secure on the job.

How does Apex prepare students for a future in plumbing and pipefitting? Learn about a day in the life of a plumbing and pipefitting student.

Pipefitter Jobsites and Industries

Many industries need skilled pipefitters. Common industries that employ pipefitters include:
Pipefitter wearing orange gloves uses a wrench to repair pipes

  • Local government
  • Natural gas distribution
  • Utility system construction
  • Commercial building construction
  • Industrial building construction

Pipefitters can work at various jobsites, such as utility companies, hospitals, gas plants, waste management settings, heating and air ventilation companies, oil refineries or chemical plants. Depending on qualifications, project need and skill level, certain jobsites might require both pipefitters and plumbers.

Pipefitter Tool List

Pipefitting tools including a wrench and gloves

Pipefitters have hands-on skills and knowledge of piping systems, as well as the tools required to install and maintain these important systems. Some tools that pipefitters may use include:

  • Welder’s gauge
  • Fitter grips
  • Pipefitter’s square
  • Flange aligners
  • Pipe wraps
  • Centering head

While this is not a complete list, these items can help pipefitters to get the job done, whether they work in a commercial or industrial environment.

Want to Start Pipefitting Training?

 If you’re interested in pursuing a career based on hands-on skills, pipefitting might be right for you. Grow your knowledge of plumbing and pipefitting at Apex Technical School. Classes are starting soon, and we’d like to show you our classrooms and shops. Learn more about pipefitting training now, and contact us to schedule a visit.

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

Four construction workers stand together on a jobsite reviewing construction framing terms

House Framing Terminology 101

Construction framing is the process of attaching building materials together to create a structure, like a house, office or apartment. Framing is an important building element, because it must be energy efficient and strong enough to withstand outside forces such as wind, snow, earthquakes, gravity, people and more.

You can start learning house framing terminology to become familiar with all pieces of the structure. If you’re learning construction and building skills, you may have encountered some of these framing terms already. See how well you know important terms involved in building walls, floors and windows.

Wall Framing Terminology

Two students at Apex in the Construction & Building Skills Program learn hands-on in the shop

  • Plates are horizontal boards in a wall connected by studs. A top plate is located at the top of the wall panel, while a bottom plate is located at the bottom of the wall panel.
  • Studs are vertical 2×4 boards in a wall that connect the top plate with the bottom plate. Builders use studs when they construct walls, doors and windows.
  • Headers are horizontal boards used to transfer loads to trimmers (which are also called “jack studs” or short studs around a window or door). Headers are installed over a window or door opening.

Floor Framing Terminology

  • Joists are horizontal boards in a floor. Like studs, they are spaced at equal distances. Joists make up the platform to which wall panels are affixed.
  • Header brand joists connect joists together by wrapping around the joists. They provide stability.
  • Subflooring rests on the joists. It is the bottommost layer and acts as the foundation beneath the finished flooring material, such as hardwood, carpet or tile. Subflooring is usually made from plywood.
  • Girders are the main horizontal supports. Girders hold and stabilize the joists.

Window and Door Framing Terminology

A model house with white siding is constructed by Apex students who learned house framing terminology

  • A sill or saddle is installed under a window. The window rests on the sill or saddle for support.
  • Cripples are vertical boards that support the sill or saddle and the window itself.
  • Trimmers are also called “jack studs.” They are installed vertically from the header to the sill. Trimmers help transfer the load that the header carries.

 

Want to Learn Construction and Building Skills?

It may sound complicated, but construction framing is manageable when builders take it step by step. If you’re passionate about working with your hands and learning practical skills, the Construction and Building Skills Program at Apex might be the right path for you.

Our program teaches students framing terminology as well as electrical, plumbing and kitchen and bath remodeling skills. Ready to learn more? Contact us today! Classes are starting soon.

 

 

 

Sources
https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/house-framing-terms/
https://www.zeelandlumber.com/basic-house-framing-terms-you-need-to-know/

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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Work Safely with These Auto Repair Guidelines

A career in automotive repair can be fun and challenging for individuals who enjoy working with their hands. Automotive work requires technicians to know how to safely use certain machinery and tools, as well as workplace safety habits. Technicians should always take precautions to minimize their risk of injury or accidents. Let’s brush up on some common auto repair shop policies and procedures for a job in automotive service repair.

Wear Personal Protective Equipment

An automotive technician in training wears safety gloves to work on a car
Automotive technicians often wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants to protect from burns, cuts and scrapes. Clothing should fit the body well, because loose garments can get caught in equipment. In addition to clothing, individuals who work in the automotive repair trade should wear protective gear such as safety glasses or goggles and gloves that are chemical resistant to protect their skin.

Maintain a Safety Routine

Individuals who work in an automotive shop can stay safe by incorporating proper procedures into their daily routine. When safety is the standard, you’re less likely to make careless or dangerous mistakes. This starts with knowing your surroundings. Notice something out of place, like liquid on the floor? Clean up water or oil spills right away to reduce the risk of falls.

Label chemicals used in the shop and keep safety data sheets that explain how to handle and store chemicals. In case of a chemical-related emergency, auto mechanics should have easy access to an eye-wash station and know how to turn off the electricity in the shop. Be aware of electrical cords and outlets to prevent scenarios in which an electrical fire could start. Technicians should also know where to find fire extinguishers and understand how to use them in an emergency.

Related: How to Become an Auto Repair Technician

Ask Others for Support

While some mechanics typically have a hands-on trade school or vocational education, they may encounter new tasks or challenges on the job throughout their career. There is always an opportunity to learn more, especially as vehicles evolve with new makes and models. When you’re unsure how to complete a task or you’re doing something for the first time, speak up and ask for help.

Incorrect procedures can cause dangerous situations or serious injuries. It’s also important to speak up if you notice something is malfunctioning or broken, such as a vehicle lift or poorly maintained equipment. Be mindful of coworkers who may not ask for help when they need it; for example, if they attempt to lift more than they can carry, help them safely transport the item.

A mechanic and his manager follow auto repair shop policies and procedures

 

Auto shop safety is the first rule of working in an automotive repair shop. With automotive technician training, mechanics can help keep their work environment safe and productive. Learn more about the Automotive Service Repair Program at Apex Technical School. Classes are starting soon!

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Enrolling in Trade School

How you pursue your education is one of the biggest decisions you can make. Education means something different for everyone. Sometimes it’s a high-school diploma, a four-year college degree, workforce experience, or a hands-on trade program. And it could be a combination! If you’re determined to pursue a vocational program at a trade school in New York, you’ll want to make sure you find a program that will give you the opportunity to meet your goals.

There are many things to consider as you decide to find a trade school that is right for you. Here are the first five questions to ask before enrolling in trade school. Keep reading to find answers to each question below.

  1. What am I interested in?
  2. What vocational programs are available?
  3. Does the trade school offer day and evening classes?
  4. Does the trade school offer job placement assistance?
  5. Does the trade school accept financial aid?
  1. What am I interested in?

    A student learns to repair a car in an automotive shop class
    Before you can answer the question, “What trade school is right for me?” think about what you enjoy doing. What are your interests and passions? What would you be happy to learn more about? If you’ve always enjoyed cars and hands-on repair, you might consider a trade school with an automotive service repair program. Maybe you recently talked to a family member or friend about their HVAC career and could see yourself in a similar role. Examine where your interests lie and consider how you could bring your unique strengths to a trade.

  2. What vocational programs are available?

    After you determine what trade you’re interested in, seek out trade schools in your area with accredited programs. Visit the school’s website to learn about its program offerings. Websites like Apex Technical School’s give a breakdown of each trade program and what students can learn. As you research, it might be helpful to contact the school to ask program-related questions, like start times or what tools students need.

  3. Does the trade school offer day and evening classes?

    Next, find out when the school offers class times. If you work or care for your family during the day, an evening class might be best for you. If you feel most productive during the day, you might want to choose an earlier class time. Your lifestyle and needs play an important part in your educational success, so don’t forget to factor them into your decision.

    Related: The Benefits of Evening Trade School Classes

  4. Does the trade school offer job placement assistance?

    Trade school financial aid forms
    Not all trade schools offer job placement assistance. Schools like Apex want to make sure students have access to helpful materials when they are looking for a job. Find out if the trade school offers help with resumes or preparing for a job interview. Ask if the trade school will help you search for career options that fit your training and goals.

  5. Does the trade school accept financial aid?

    Financial aid can help eligible students cover costs. While applying for financial aid may seem overwhelming at first, some trade schools like Apex help students throughout the entire process. Choose a trade school with financial aid advisors that will offer to meet with you one-on-one to discuss financial aid forms and navigate the process. There are several different types of financial aid programs, and the trade school you choose can work with you to offer the best possible combination of aid, such as Federal Student Aid programs, aid from state programs and other miscellaneous programs.

 

Interested in learning if Apex is a good fit for you? We’re happy to sit down with you to talk about trade school options or answer your questions on the phone. Contact us today; classes are starting soon!

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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Trade Schools vs. Community Colleges

Considering trade school vs. college? Technical skills can offer career options and personal fulfillment, especially if you enjoy hands-on work. If you’re unsure how learning a trade can benefit you or fit into your schedule, explore the top reasons why students choose to enroll in trade school.

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Classes are starting soon! Call us at 212-645-3300 to find out more.

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

 

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New Welding Technologies

Many of the world’s biggest industries—from marine and automotive to mass transportation and more—use welding to create and repair products. Without welding, we would not be able to use many of the items we use every day. Did you know this necessary trade is still evolving since its invention centuries ago? Today, new welding technologies are here or on the horizon for this exciting trade.

Welding Technology History

Welding technology dates back to the Industrial Revolution in 1750. The first type of welding was called forge welding, and it involved heating two metal ends until the material was hot enough to be hammered together. In the centuries since forge welding was invented, welding technology has improved and evolved as an in-demand process. Welding technology is opening even more doors for advancing the field today.

Related: Related: The Benefits of Going to Trade School for Plumbing
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Laser Welding

Laser welding is one of the newest types of welding technology. With laser welding, light energy is converted to heat energy. The high-powered laser instantly melts metals and welds them together. For very thick, dense metals, laser welding should still be used in combination with other welding types. However, the potential is great for laser welding. Scientists are continuing to research and test this new welding technology, and more advancements are expected in the coming years.

Virtual Reality for Welding

Most people think about video games when they hear the term virtual reality, or VR. This technology uses a headset to immerse wearers in a digital experience. Some experts believe that VR can be used to revolutionize prototypes, blueprints for a product, and even welding training. One day soon, welders may be able to view an item in virtual reality to more easily understand the eventual finished product.

A person wears a virtual reality headset, which could one day improve welding processes, prototypes and training

Welding Safety Enhancements

Safe technology is also important for welding processes. Along with advanced welding technologies, like laser welding and virtual reality, the welding field has an eye on the future of welding gear and safety. Technology can help welders make choices that keep them safe on the job, whether they are an entry-level welder or a veteran of the trade.

Thanks to technological advancements, here are some welding safety options:

  • Automated doors
  • Safety light curtains
  • Laser scanners and sensors
  • Pressure-sensitive safety mats
  • Fume extraction systems
  • Air-filtering respirators
  • Insulated clothing

 

Interested in where advanced welding technology is headed? Have a passion for crafting and repairing, or love working with your hands? Welding trade school might be a good fit for you. Explore our welding program now, or contact us by filling out our online form.

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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Tips to Find a Trade School

Looking for a new career path? Unsure what to do after high school? Trade school can be an exciting option that focuses on growing your skills. Unlike a four-year or two-year college, trade school can be completed quickly and without the need to take courses unrelated to your passion (like English literature or geography).

To find the right trade school, start by researching trade schools near you in the New York City area such as Long Island City, Queens and understanding the benefits of trade school. We also recommend finding out as much as you can about these three important indicators.

  1. Hands-On Learning

    An Apex HVAC student and instructor work on wiring in the shop

    If you’re interested in pursuing an education in the trades, you probably enjoy working with your hands. You may even prefer hands-on work to sitting at an office desk. When you want to find a trade school that is a good fit for you, find out if the school has a balance of hands-on shop time paired with classroom time. In the classroom, instructors can introduce theories of the trade, while the shop setting can help you practice techniques that bring theories to life.

    Apex’s trade programs offer a mix of classroom and shop time. Students split 900 certificate hours between these two environments. We offer most courses in day or evening time slots, and students can often finish their program in as little time as seven months! That’s a big benefit of trade school.

  2. Technology and Tools

    When you’re choosing a trade school, visit the campus if possible. This visit can give you the chance to tour the classrooms and shop areas, see the tools and equipment and ask questions about the facilities or technology you may use. The right trade school will give you the opportunity to learn skills using tools and technology that you may encounter in an entry-level position in the industry.

    Related: Benefits of Construction Technology

  3. Job Placement Assistance

    An Apex welding student learns to use a welding torch in the shop

    An education in the trades can be a great path. Think about how you might put your hands-on training to use in an entry-level job. Trade schools often have individuals who meet with you to offer career-related assistance, such as creating a resume, preparing for an interview and searching for a position in the field.

    Here on the Apex campus in Long Island City, New York, we join our colleagues across The Fedcap Group in working to ensure no one is left behind. Helping people get to work is our contribution to counter exclusion and marginalization. We also offer job placement assistance and help students search for career options that fit their training and goals.

Pursue Your Passion at Apex

As you consider your options and learn about trade schools in New York, we invite you to take some time to explore our programs, and learn how financial aid might be available to you. Have questions? Contact us at (212) 645-3300 or by submitting our online form now.

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

A residential plumber wearing black gloves fixes pipes under a sink

Commercial Plumbers vs. Residential Plumbers

Plumbing is nothing more than clogged drains and leaky pipes, right? Not exactly. Plumbing is more complicated than repairing a sink or toilet. Plumbers are skilled in their craft, with hours of hands-on training and diverse experiences. In fact, the plumber who answers a repair call in a neighborhood may not be the same type of plumber who installs new pipes in an office.

3 Differences Between Types of Plumbers

Some plumbers may specialize in residential plumbing (working in single family homes). Other plumbers may specialize in commercial plumbing (working in multifamily apartment buildings, offices or businesses). Each type of plumber should have training and history of the plumbing field; however, each may deal with unique tasks and apply their plumbing knowledge differently. Here are three ways that a commercial plumber may differ from a residential plumber.

  1. Work Schedule

    A residential plumber repairs a faucet on a kitchen sinkWork schedule is one of the first differences between commercial and residential plumbers. Plumbers who work in residential homes usually work a standard eight-hour work day, five days per week. They may be on call for weekend or after-hour emergencies, such as a burst pipe that floods a kitchen in the middle of the night.

    Commercial plumbers, on the other hand, may have more after-hours work. This is because offices or public buildings tend to schedule installations and repairs outside of the traditional eight-to-five working hours, when their employees are at home and it’s easier for plumbers to turn off water access or work more efficiently. Commercial plumbers can also have a more fast-paced schedule than residential plumbers, since many people depend on their repairs or installations.

  2. Environment

    Residential plumbers can often expect to work in the same type of environment each day. Homes typically have several sinks, two or three toilets and a standard patchwork of pipes and drains. Residential plumbers may have to problem-solve to bring old systems up to code.

    Commercial plumbers can face a variety of different environments on the job. The buildings where they work may have multiple floors with many sinks and toilets. Access to pipes may be more difficult, and installation work may take longer or be more complex than in a residential setting.

    Related: The Benefits of Going to Trade School for Plumbing

  3. Pipes and Fixtures

    A red water valve on a blue commercial plumbing pipeThe size and durability of commercial pipes varies from residential pipes. Because numerous people need to access and use commercial plumbing in a large building or apartment complex, commercial pipes are more robust. Commercial offices or multifamily units may also use different types of toilets, such as water-saving toilets, to conserve on utilities while giving residents or employees access to modern or innovative fixtures.

Residential and commercial plumbing may also be subject to different codes and standards. Plumbers and pipefitters must follow building regulations and residential guidelines to ensure safety and compliance. At Apex, students learn about plumbing safety, as well as plumbing history and how to use common plumbing tools and techniques.

 

Find out more about what you can learn in our Plumbing & Pipefitting program now

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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Women in the HVAC Trade

Countless opportunities exist for women in skilled trades, especially in the HVAC industry. According to Women of HVAC, female-owned businesses have increased 1.5 times faster than the national average in the past 20 years, and there has been a similar rise in female HVAC technicians. If you’re interested in pursuing a hands-on education to become a woman in the skilled trades, here’s why the HVAC industry may be the path for you.

Women Succeed in HVAC Programs

Student learning to be a woman in the skilled trades in HVAC class at ApexWomen are often an underutilized resource when it comes to skilled trades. As more baby boomers retire over the next decade, the HVAC industry will need skilled individuals to step into the field and thrive.

Historically, the industry has been male-dominated, but that trend has already started to change as more women pursue HVAC programs at trade schools. Women in HVAC classes at Apex can receive a hands-on education that prepares them for an entry-level position.

Why Women are an Asset in the HVAC Industry

If you’re a woman who enjoys hands-on work, the technical nature of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning field may suit your interests. Women who have strong communication skills also thrive in environments that involve talking with customers, explaining repairs and scheduling maintenance. Plus, some female customers may be more comfortable with a female HVAC technician in their home so you may find that you fill a need for some customers.

 

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How Women Transform Skilled Trades

Women in skilled trades are not only an asset to their industry but also an inspiration to others who aspire to follow in their footsteps. Representation matters, and more female HVAC technicians will show women everywhere that they might find fulfillment in the HVAC trade, too.

Finally, as more women technicians step into the HVAC industry, they have the potential to deepen their knowledge with years of experience and eventually serve as entrepreneurs of their own HVAC company—showing other women that they can contribute to and transform this exciting field.

 

 

Discover Apex’s HVAC Program

Turn your ambitions into reality by learning how you can kickstart your path as a female HVAC technician. Our team is happy to talk to you about women in the HVAC program at Apex or help you schedule a time to come to our campus and learn about enrollment. Get started by visiting our HVAC Program page or contacting us.

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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The Benefits of Evening Trade School Classes

Between family obligations, work and friends, it can be hard to find time to fit trade school classes into your day. But a busy schedule doesn’t have to stop you from pursuing your goals in a trade you’re passionate about. At Apex, students have the option to choose day or night classes. Taking classes in the evening is one of the many benefits of trade school that can help set you up for success. Keep reading to learn why going to trade school at night might be right for you.

  1. You can keep your day job

    A box of different plumbing parts used in night classes at Apex Technical SchoolTrade school students often already have a day job, whether they work part-time or full time. Some are inspired to go to trade school and pursue the hands-on career they’ve always wanted, while others decide to go back to school to try something new. No matter what motivates you, night classes can give you the opportunity to maintain your day job while attending trade school in the evening after work.

  2. You can balance your personal life and school

    When your day shift is over and you head home, you probably enjoy some down time with family and friends. Maybe you pick up groceries for dinner, go to your favorite restaurant or drop by your nephew’s basketball game. Our personal lives are important, and when you attend evening classes at trade school, you can find a balance between personal responsibilities during the day and learning a trade at night.

    Related: 3 Important Life Lessons to Learn in Trade School

  3. You can prepare yourself for class

    Students take night classes for Apex's Electrical programWhen your trade classes don’t start until the evening, you may notice that you have time throughout the day to read about the history of plumbing, practice identifying the different types of electrical wires or organize your toolbox to use in the shop. You can use work breaks or lunch hours to prepare for class and think about techniques you’ll practice in the shop when your shift ends and you head to school.

Contact Apex About Trade School Classes

Trade school classes in the evening can help accommodate many schedules. If you can’t postpone your day job, consider night classes. If you have family responsibilities or want to have moments to study throughout the day, evening classes might be a good fit for your goals. Night classes are starting soon—reach out to our admissions team today to learn more about enrolling.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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Why Hands-On Learning Is Important for Entry-Level Trade Jobs

Practical, hands-on skills are important in many industries, and workers who demonstrate these skills contribute to a healthy economy. While millions of Americans work behind a desk, there are countless Americans who enjoy actively working with their hands and using their technical expertise.

However, a recent analysis from PeopleReady found that there is a skilled trades shortage in America. The shortage is occurring as millions of Baby Boomers retire and leave the workforce. The good news? Some students are choosing trade school instead of traditional two-year or four-year college. By choosing trade school—which can often be completed in as few as 7 months—students can get the hands-on skills they need to enter the workforce faster.

Let’s examine a few reasons why a hands-on education at trade school can set up students for success in their chosen trade.

Problem-Solving Practice

Problem-solving means making choices. And trade workers must make many choices on the job each day. Safety, proper techniques, maintenance and installation approaches all contribute to a tradesperson’s responsibilities. If you enter a trade you’re passionate about, you’ll want to be a strong problem-solver.

Hands-on training can be a key way to become a strong problem-solver because it gives you the opportunity to practice making decisions in the classroom or shop setting so you feel confident and prepared when you start your career. For example, a student in the Electrical & Advanced Electrical program may have to decide what type of wiring is needed to repair a broken fixture. Working hands-on in the shop gives students the opportunity to determine the best way to solve electrical problems.

 

Related: 6 Benefits of Trade School

Mentorship Opportunities

An Apex student in the Construction & Building Skills program learns to assemble walls

In addition to problem-solving practice, hands-on learning provides students with opportunities to learn alongside experienced instructors. As knowledge keepers, instructors at Apex are dedicated to helping students gain technical skills and expand their passion for their chosen trade. Students learn the theory, or the “why,” behind their trade in the classroom. Instructors also mentor students in the shop where theory is put into practice.

Students in the Construction & Building Skills program, for example, work with instructors to construct a model house, learning how to frame walls, install windows and more. Guidance from knowledgeable instructors increases students’ readiness to perform entry-level trade jobs in the field.

 

An Apex student in the Electrical & Advanced Electrical program learns to maintain a fuse box

Safety Training

Safety preparation is one of the most important aspects of a job site, and it’s also one of the benefits that hands-on learning affords students in trade school. At Apex, students learn how to safely use tools, wear safety gear and collaborate carefully in work environments. From handling electrical components to practicing fire safety around welding materials and more, students at Apex get – experience in learning to stay safe on the job. This experience can help students stand out to employers who want safety-minded individuals on their jobsites.

 

 

 

Ready to learn more about trade programs and hands-on education at Apex Technical School? Contact us today to start the conversation.

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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How to Become an Auto Repair Technician

Do you think you want to become an automotive technician? Do you know what it takes to be a mechanic? The automotive service industry is full of talented mechanics who enjoy working on cars and problem-solving. Let’s take a look at three common indicators of success that you can use to guide you on your path to automotive technician training.

Have a Passion for Cars

Two wrenches in an automotive service garageThere are many reasons why car enthusiasts and automotive technicians love cars. They are powerful and practical. Cars are painstakingly designed and tested for their aerodynamic and safety qualities. And cars give you the freedom to go where you want to go. Some automotive technicians developed a passion for cars at a young age, while others grew to love cars over time. No matter how your passion for cars started, you can harness that inspiration to pursue a future doing what you love as a car technician.

Enjoy Hands-On Work

Do you enjoy assembling parts and tinkering with machinery? You’re not alone! Many automotive technicians practiced disassembling toys as children or learned about vehicles by taking the initiative to look under the hood of a car. One thing automotive technicians have in common is their aptitude for hands-on work. Car technicians often work in bustling garages or service departments instead of sitting behind a desk. Enjoyment for hands-on work is helpful for individuals who aspire to become technicians.

 

Related: What Skills Do I Need to Become a Mechanic?

Seek Vocational or Technical Training

Two Apex students in the Automotive Service & Repair program learn to perform maintenance checks on a car

A passion for cars and hands-on work can take you far. But why is vocational school needed? It’s important to gain fundamental automotive skills that can set you up for success in the field. At Apex, the Automotive Service & Repair program offers students the opportunity to learn about auto theory in the classroom and put their knowledge to use by working on cars in the shop.

 

This preparation can make a difference when students enter the field to pursue an entry-level position in the industry. Apex students get a total of 900 hours of theory and hands-on practice that they can use on the job. If you’re interested in how automotive service training can help you achieve your goals, learn more about our program today.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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6 Benefits of Trade School

Considering trade school vs. college? Technical skills can offer career options and personal fulfillment, especially if you enjoy hands-on work. If you’re unsure how learning a trade can benefit you or fit into your schedule, explore the top reasons why students choose to enroll in trade school.

 

Classes are starting soon! Call us at 212-645-3300 to find out more.

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

 

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Test Your Knowledge: Types of Electrical Wiring

When you open a service panel or look behind a light switch, you may see a tangle of cables or a neatly organized arrangement of home electrical wiring. Depending on your knowledge, your perspective changes! When you know a few basic things about residential electrical wiring, you can more confidently find problems and diagnose solutions.

Residential Electrical Questions

Whether you’re an electrical student who is already attending residential electrical wiring classes or you’re thinking about enrolling because you have an interest in the trade, it’s always a good time to test your knowledge and learn something new! Explore the residential electrical questions below to find out how much you know about identifying and understanding the different types of electrical wiring.

 

Related: Residential Electrical FAQs
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What is residential electrical wiring vs. cable?

Electrical wire is a material that conducts electricity, and it is usually made of copper or aluminum. Most residential wires are wrapped in a nonconductive plastic coating. The plastic coating is sometimes called a jacket. A combination of two or more wires is called a cable. These are also wrapped inside a jacket to insulate the wires from touching other objects.

How do you read labels on electrical wiring?

The jacket, or insulation on an electrical wire is stamped with a code. This special code tells you what type of electrical wiring it is, as well as characteristics about its performance. THHN and THWN are the most common types of electrical wire used in residential construction. These letters stand for:

  • T: Thermoplastic, a heat-resistant plastic
  • H: Heat-resistant up to 167F
  • HH: Heat-resistant up to 194F
  • W: Moisture-resistant
  • N: Nylon-coated to resist damage from oil and gasoline

Nonmetallic cables also have codes and lettering on them, indicating the number and size of wires inside the jacket, or plastic coating. Common labels on nonmetallic cables include:

  • Nonmetallic Sheathed Cable (NM-B): Standard for dry indoor locations
  • Underground Feeder (UF): Suitable for outdoors and in-ground
  • Service Entrance (SE): Suitable for above-ground appliances and bringing power from a transformer to a house
  • Underground Service Entrance cable (USE): Suitable for outdoors and in-ground, similar to SE cables

Finally, the numbers on a nonmetallic cable tell you about the wiring size and number of wires inside the jacket. For example, a jacket with “12/2” contains two 12-gauge insulated wires.
Color coded residential electrical wiring

What is cable jacket color coding?

In addition to lettering and numbering, electrical wiring and jackets come in different colors to indicate how to use them. Color coding is a valuable tool in the electrical trade because it makes wires easily identifiable and promotes safer jobsites.

Hot

  • Black
  • Red

Sometimes Hot

  • Blue
  • Yellow

Neutral

  • White
  • Gray

Ground

  • Green
  • Bare copper

Residential Electrical Wiring Classes

Now that you’ve learned more about residential electrical wiring, take your curiosity further. Check out our Electrical and Advanced Electrical program page, and find out if electrical classes are a good fit for your goals. Have questions? Contact Apex to learn more.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

A person interviewing for a skilled trade job

Interviewing for a Skilled Trade Job? Practice These Questions

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians often enjoy a rewarding and hands-on trade. These technicians require practical skills, problem-solving abilities and a passion for technical knowledge about heating, A/C and refrigeration equipment.

Individuals working in this trade should also understand HVAC safety standards. Whether you’re an HVAC student starting training classes, or you’ve been working in the field for years, you can find ways to protect yourself and others from potential hazards. Here are some HVAC safety tips to improve day-to-day operations:

What do you enjoy most about your line of work?

Hiring managers want to know about you and your technical skills and professional work habits. It’s a good idea to provide an answer that shows you have hands-on training. Instead of talking about how you will enjoy the company truck or the flexibility to set your own hours, you may consider discussing topics like working with your hands, solving problems and feeling accomplished that you completed the job on time and on budget.

How did you handle a disagreement at old job?

A trades student learning how to prepare for a job interviewThe interviewer is looking for evidence that you are a self-starter who can make decisions independently but who can also solve problems when they arise. Talk about a time when you and a coworker or customer disagreed about something. Maybe the customer wanted something that was unsafe or not permitted at your place of employment. Discuss how you listened to them patiently and worked to remedy the situation while ensuring no rules or safety measures were broken.

If you can’t think of an example from a job on your resume, you could also give an example of a disagreement you had in trade school. Think back to shop and theory classes—did you know you had the right answer, but a classmate insisted his answer was right instead? Maybe you found out your answer or technique was wrong. Tell the hiring manager how that impacted you, what you learned and how you approach this technique now.

Why do you want to work here?

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While this question may seem easy on the surface, it requires some thought. People need jobs to make money to support themselves and their family—that much is true. However, if a hiring manager asks you this question, that’s not the answer they are looking for. Instead, they want to know why you think you’re the best fit for their specific company.

To answer this question, prepare an answer by completing some research. Before your interview, visit the company’s website. Read about what the company mission—do you believe in that too? Why? Explore their services and offerings. How do those align with your own skills and abilities? Be able to explain why you think this company is the best place for you.

Find Job Placement Assistance at Apex Technical School

Why do students choose Apex? Students say our job placement assistance is one reason. We provide support to students during training and upon program completion. Learn more about how we offer job placement assistance to Apex students by contacting us today.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

An A/C and Refrigeration Program student checks circuits with digital multimeter

Do You Know HVAC Safety?

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians often enjoy a rewarding and hands-on trade. These technicians require practical skills, problem-solving abilities and a passion for technical knowledge about heating, A/C and refrigeration equipment.

Individuals working in this trade should also understand HVAC safety standards. Whether you’re an HVAC student starting training classes, or you’ve been working in the field for years, you can find ways to protect yourself and others from potential hazards. Here are some HVAC safety tips to improve day-to-day operations:

1. Assess the situation

An individual uses HVAC tech service tools, a mobile phone, and a mask on the job
When an HVAC technician arrives at a jobsite, he or she should look around to understand the environment. Where is the HVAC equipment located? How many exits are there? What potential accidents or hazards might be present? Every jobsite is unique, and it’s crucial to evaluate the scene before getting to work. By pausing to reflect on the work setting, HVAC technicians give themselves valuable time to remember HVAC safety tips and act on them.

2. Wear safety gear

In addition to assessing the workspace, HVAC technicians should also ensure that they protect their body from potential accidents, chemical spills, electrical hazards and falls. Some individuals in the HVAC trade wear durable clothes to ensure the skin on their arms and legs doesn’t come into contact with sharp metal edges on air conditioners, heating systems or ventilation shafts. Gloves, protective eyewear and masks can also help increase safety for HVAC workers.

 

Related: Questions Homeowners Ask About HVAC Systems

3. Handle equipment properly

An HVAC technician follows HVAC safety tips on the job

While assessing a job, HVAC technicians can determine what types of heating or cooling appliances are present and what tools or equipment they need to inspect and repair issues. Therefore, knowledge about trade tools is key. In combination with HVAC history and theory, individuals learn hands-on skills in trade school, where they have the opportunity to handle HVAC service tech tools in a shop setting with experienced instructors. This is valuable training for entry-level employment and can go a long way in maintaining HVAC safety standards in the field.

Learn HVAC Safety in Trade School

Do you have a passion for working with your hands? If you enjoy problem-solving and have an interest in heating and cooling repair, learn more about the A/C Refrigeration Program at Apex Technical School. Classes are starting soon, and our Admissions team is scheduling appointments to help answer your questions.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

Students learn about the benefits of trade school in class

Are Trade Schools Worth It?

When trying to determine the next step on your educational or career path, it can be difficult to make a decision that feels right. You might have many questions and few answers. If you’re considering trade school, one of the main questions on your mind is likely, “Is trade school worth it?” To help you find more information to make this decision, we’ve compiled a few reasons why students say they choose to attend trade school.

3 Benefits of Trade School

Trade school can provide valuable benefits for students from a variety of backgrounds and situations. For example, trade school students may be recent high school graduates, single parents, part-time workers, or full-time working individuals who want to go back to school to start a new career path. Whatever your situation or circumstance, you may find that trade school is a good fit for you. Here are a few reasons to think seriously about enrolling in trade school.

Shorter Time to Learn

An automotive trade student knows the benefits of vocational school
Compared to a traditional four-year college experience or two-year community college experience, it takes less time to learn skills at trade school. For example, at Apex Technical School, students can complete their program in as little as seven months. Some students prefer to spend a shorter amount of time in school so they can more quickly enter their field of choice.

 

Related: How Long Is Trade School?

Hands-on Training

A welding shop where students learn hands-on skills at ApexHands-on training is one of the best ways to learn trade skills. By learning how to do trade techniques yourself—instead of simply hearing about them—you are more likely to remember information to use later at a job. Trade school provides students with valuable hands-on opportunities to work in the shop setting and use tools of the trade. Students enjoy studying this knowledge at trade school because they often feel more prepared once they step into the field.

Learn About Theory and Safety

Theory is the “why” behind an approach or idea. In addition to hands-on skills, trade schools like Apex Technical School teach trade theory so students understand why they learn about certain topics or techniques. Theory is grounded in the history of a trade. For example, the history of plumbing goes back thousands of years, and some old ideas are still important to the field today. In addition to theory and history, students at trade school also benefit from learning trade safety. Depending on which program you take, safety procedures may differ. Welding safety gear and guidelines may be different from those in construction—but all safety measures are always important at school and in your career.

Explore Trade School Programs at Apex

Now that you know more about the benefits of vocational school, see if Apex has a program that’s right for you. With several programs to choose from, you may find a path you’re interested in by browsing our programs. Have questions? We’re happy to talk to you. Contact us and we’ll be in touch soon.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

A tablet lies on a wooden workbench with other construction tools used in construction trade school

Benefits of Construction Technology

Advancements in new technology drive the construction industry forward. When you hear “construction technology,” what comes to mind first? Some think about robots that perform human tasks or super computers that manage large amounts of worksite data. However, technology is more than innovative equipment that can accomplish tasks for you. It includes software and machinery—and more traditional devices such as power tools and hand tools.

How Is Technology Used in Construction?

From trade school students to senior management on a construction jobsite, technology can influence productivity, safety and collaboration. Learn more about how technology in the construction industry can help some workers be more efficient.

1. Productivity

Every construction site is different with unique opportunities and challenges. Technology can make it easier for jobsite managers or foremen to streamline processes. With streamlined processes, planning becomes easier. Plus, productivity can increase because workers have clear expectations. Managers can use certain software to manage projects, from scheduling to reporting and more. Mobile apps can help individuals in the construction trade access timecards and work records.

 

Related: 5 Signs a Construction Career Path is Right for You

2. Safety and Training

A construction worker flies a drone on a worksiteSome construction sites implement new technology to improve safety on the job or to enhance onboarding and training. Worker training is important to keep everyone safe, whether workers are using their carpentry skills to build a residential home or operating equipment for a commercial construction project. Training can include learning how to use devices, such as wearable technology, to improve worker safety.

Wearable tech can be added to hard hats, vests and work boots to monitor workers’ health through sensors or their location with GPS. Wearables may also give workers access to a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling them to sign online to review project details. Some construction projects are increasingly using drones to take aerial photos of a project in progress, conduct inspections or identify risks before a hazard occurs.

3. Collaboration

A construction trade school student learns how to use a table sawOn a large or noisy construction site, flexibility is key. Workers may be required to complete solo tasks, then help other crew members finish a related assignment. This type of environment needs collaboration and clear communication to function smoothly. Smartphones and tablets make communication easier and faster. They also enable workers to answer calls, check in on the go and resolve issues quickly.

While devices with screens can make construction work more efficient, it’s important to remember that practical skills and basic tools still power the average worksite. That’s why trade schools like Apex provide valuable, hands-on learning with fundamental tools such as:

  • Hammers and nail pullers
  • Screwdrivers and drills
  • Measuring tapes, rulers and levels
  • Framing squares and speed squares
  • Table saws, chop saws, circular saws and hand saws
  • Chisels and tile cutters

Knowing how to use basic tools of the trade has a huge impact on jobsite productivity and collaboration. You can work smarter when your whole crew has the skills to use tools efficiently.

Learn More About Construction Trade School

Technology can impact a variety of construction processes. Some worksites may use a combination of new technology and traditional technology, such as power tools and hand tools. At Apex, our instructors teach how to use common tools of the trade. Visit our programs page to find out more about the Construction and Building Skills Program at Apex.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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How to Get into Trade School

Is it hard to get into trade school in New York? How do I know if I’m qualified to enroll? How quickly can I finish trade school compared to a traditional four-year college? These are common questions the staff at Apex receive every day. We help individuals who are interested in learning more about trade school find the answers they need and enroll at our school if it’s a good fit. Find out more about the requirements for trade school below.

Vocational School Requirements for Enrollment

Vocational school at Apex Technical School buildingApex has four main requirements for trade school, which include:

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age. We also accept students who are 17 years of age with parental consent. You may be enrolled if you are 16 1/2 years old and have a release letter from your New York State high school.
  2. If you do not have a high school diploma or a GED, you must achieve a satisfactory score on a standardized examination.
  3. You will have an interview with an Admissions Representative at the school to see if Apex is right for you.
  4. You will be given information on the cost of attendance and financial assistance you may be eligible for. After careful consideration and you determine that Apex is right for you, you will sign an enrollment agreement and pay an application fee.

To learn more about the standardized examination, please contact us. We are happy to answer all your questions and want to make sure you get the information you need to make an informed decision about attending trade school. To learn more about transfer hours, visit our Admissions page.

Trade School Program Requirements

When you enroll in one of our seven programs, you’ll get the opportunity to split your time between the classroom and the shop. One of the benefits of trade school at Apex is the 900 hours of instruction and hands-on training students complete before finishing their program. Programs can be completed in as little as seven months.

Our trade programs include:

Is Financial Aid for Trade School Available?

A plumbing student repairs a pipe with a wrenchSome students are interested in financial aid for trade school. Financial assistance can vary from person to person. When you contact our school, you will receive information on the cost of attendance and financial assistance you may be eligible for. If you determine that Apex is right for you, you will sign an enrollment agreement and pay an application fee. You will also learn when your classes start and any other course requirements, such as tools you may receive.

Interested in learning more about enrolling at Apex? Contact us today online or by calling 212-645-3300.

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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The Benefits of Going to Trade School for Plumbing

At our trade school for plumbing, students get entry-level skills and hands-on training they can use on their career path. Learn about three plumbing school benefits that can help equip you to enter the plumbing field.

A Variety of Skills and Locations

A graduate of a trade school for plumbing fixes a sink in a residential homeStudents who go to trade school for plumbing can look forward to learning a variety of skills and using tools to maintain and repair different fixtures. In addition to toilets, plumbing students enrolled in trade school practice working with:

  • Sinks
  • Pipes
  • Water heaters
  • Water supply systems
  • Valves and faucets
  • And much more

Once they enter their career field, some plumbers may work in residential homes, while others may work in commercial buildings. Like an electrical career path, plumbing gives you the chance to experience different settings—maybe a dozen or more in a regular work week. If you’re someone who likes different work environments, plumbing school may be the path for you.

Plumbing School Can Lead to Independence

Do you have family obligations or want scheduling flexibility when it comes to your future career path? Plumbing school can provide the entry-level skills to pursue a career path like plumbing, where some workers have the opportunity to work alone if they so choose. Plumbers who go into business for themselves can set their own hours, which gives them more independence to balance personal responsibilities with their work schedule.

Related: Plumbing and Pipefitting Training: A Day in the Life at Apex

Hands-on Work vs. Sitting at a Desk

A plumbing student repairs a pipe with a wrenchAt a trade school like Apex, we provide plumbing students with instruction that is split between the classroom and the shop. We understand that most plumbers aren’t stuck in an office at a desk all day—instead, they spend their days moving, lifting, repairing and interacting with customers. Many of our students find value in hands-on training in our shop, where they can use plumbing tools, put theory into practice, and work alongside peers and instructors.

Plumbing School Benefits

For many individuals working in the plumbing field, their own trade school experience offered new perspectives and opportunities to learn skills for working in an exciting industry. As you think about whether you have a future in the plumbing industry, keep these top plumbing school benefits in mind:

  • Hands-on training
  • Skills for an entry-level position
  • Opportunity to learn about and handle a variety of fixtures and tools
  • Potential to work on the job, not behind a desk

Apex offers our Plumbing and Pipefitting program, which includes six segments that teach basic plumbing safety, plumbing history, pipe systems, plumbing tools and much more. Find out more about the program now or contact us to get answers to your questions.

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

A person wears safety gear for students at Apex Technical School

Types of Welding Protective Gear

Protection is one of the first things individuals in the welding industry learn about their trade. Welding protective gear can help keep the skin, eyes, hair and face safe from the task at hand. At Apex, we require safety gear for welding students in the shop, where students engage in hands-on learning with welding tools and equipment. Keep reading to learn about the types of PPE required for welding—from professional welding helmets to protective hand gloves and more.

PPE Required for Welding

Welding requires personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep the welder safe from hot metal, bright light and UV radiation. Different types of welding may call for various types of gear. Common types of welding protective gear found in the industry include:

  • Welding helmets
  • Goggles
  • Respirators
  • Fire/flame resistant jackets or aprons
  • Ear plugs
  • Gloves

Why Is Eye Protection Important in Welding?

A professional welding helmet with protective hand gloves Welding protective gear for the eyes helps shield against ultraviolet radiation, flying particles, debris, sparks, intense light, irritation and chemical burns. Eye injuries can occur from bright welding light; therefore, welders should wear helmets fitted with a shade appropriate for the type of welding they are doing.

If a welder is not wearing a welding helmet with an eye shield, he or she should wear safety goggles with side protection to prevent particles and debris from entering the goggles and damaging the eyes.

 

 

Using Protective Hand Gloves for the Skin

A pair of welder's protective hand gloves on a workbenchInsulated gloves protect against electric shock, heat, burns and fires. Protect the wrists and forearms by wearing cuff-style leather gloves with protective sleeves. When kept dry, leather is a good electrical insulator. Gloves also protect the skin against ultraviolet radiation while allowing range of motion and an enhanced grip. According to Engineering 360, three common types of protective hand gloves include:

  • TIG welding gloves – Designed to provide adequate protection and finger sensitivity. Made of goat, cow, or pig hides.
  • MIG welding gloves – Designed to provide maximum protection with some dexterity. Made of pig, cow, or deer hides.
  • Stick welding gloves – Designed to provide the most robust protection. Made of cow or elk hides.

Related: Common Welding Types

Tips for Wearing Protective Clothing

All clothing types aren’t suitable for welding. It’s best to wear clothing made from heavy-weight wool or cotton to protect against ultraviolet radiation and flames. Make sure clothes don’t come into contact with oils or gasoline, as these are combustible and can catch fire easily. Wear high boots to protect the legs, ankles and feet from hot metal sparks.

Do not wear:

  • Jewelry
  • Synthetic materials
  • Torn or frayed clothing
  • Broken or damaged helmet lenses

Learn more about the Combination Welding Technology Program at Apex Technical School by visiting our program page or by contacting us today.

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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Should I Go to Trade School in 2021?

Trade school can give students a sense of personal fulfillment and the opportunity to learn a craft. It can also position you for an entry-level position in your chosen industry. If you’re considering your goals for 2021, trade school might be a good option for you. Let us help you start planning for your future in trade school with an introduction to trade programs and the benefits of trade school in 2021.

What Trades Are There?

Trade school tools on a workbench Skilled trades are an important sector of the workforce and the economy. Tradesmen and tradeswomen keep America strong. However, you might not realize that there are many trades available for you to pursue. Which trade are you interested in? Does it align with your interests and goals? These are a few questions you will want to consider as you think about pursing a trade in 2021.

Here is a list of trade school programs offered at Apex Technical School:

Benefits of Trade School

Trade school offers benefits that vocational-minded students may not get at a traditional two-year or four-year college. For example, trade school is a good choice for students who want to complete their program and enter their chosen field quickly. At Apex, students can complete their program in as little as seven months vs. two or four years at a traditional college.

In addition, trade school provides a hands-on learning environment where students split their time between the classroom and the shop. Instructors teach about real-world scenarios and students become familiar with tools they might use on the job. This hands-on learning focus can help students prepare for an entry-level position with confidence.

Related: 4 Benefits of Hands-on Learning

Will Trade School Be Online in 2021?

Apex students learn the benefits of trade school in a classroom Many schools, colleges and vocation trade schools have reacted quickly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2020 and into 2021. Health departments and government officials have mandated safety protocols in many states. Trade schools like Apex have instituted masking and social distancing to keep students and staff as safe as possible.

Apex has also used distance learning, or online learning, during the pandemic to teach theory classes. Depending on current health guidelines and type of coursework, Apex students may or may not participate in distance learning. To stay up to date with COVID-19 restrictions at Apex, visit our FAQ page.

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

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Study Tips and Tricks for Trade School Students

All of us learn new skills every day. Whether you’re playing a sport, cooking a different meal for dinner or taking a trade class to pursue your education and gain new skills, you’re absorbing new information quickly. This may sound overwhelming, but there are proven ways you can help your brain remember information. Explore these study tips and tricks to learn how to remember what you study in trade school.

Learn How to Take Notes

Note taking is a good way to help your brain remember information you’ll need to use later. Some students like to take notes while they read; some students like to take notes while an instructor speaks. Both approaches can help your brain understand and recall the information when you’re practicing what you learned in the shop or when you’re working in your career.

To take notes, consider using a different color pen to write important terms, such as “arc voltage” in welding or “floor flange” in plumbing. Your brain sees the term in a different color and is more likely to recall it. In addition, don’t worry about grammar, spelling or neat handwriting—instead, focus on the content of the information.

Related: Trade School Tips: How to Be Successful in School

Memorization vs Learning

A student practices study tips and tricks by learning how to take notes

What does it mean to memorize a fact instead of learning it? When your brain memorizes information, it takes it in and holds onto it word for word. You may remember a fact you memorized the night before a test, but weeks later, you could forget it. When you learn something, your brain is less likely to forget that information over time.

With learning, your brain understands new information—instead of simply storing it away in your mind for a short time. Learning allows you to apply ideas to real-life situations, which is very useful in a variety of technical trades where individuals often need to recall information and put it into practice.

Hands-on Studying

Some students learn best with visual information, such as charts, illustrations and diagrams. Some students are kinesthetic learners—which means they learn best with hands-on practice. If you learn by doing, there are a few steps you can take to energize your approach to studying, such as:

  • Chew gum while reading
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Walk around, tap your pencil or bounce a ball
  • Create flashcards

Apex students get the opportunity for hands-on learning in the shop. In addition, you may consider talking about the information you are learning with others.  When you explain how to install a light switch or change a tire to a study group, family member or friend, your brain practices remembering that information.

Be Interested in What You’re Learning

A student gets hands-on studying experience in the auto repair shopFinally, one of the most important ways to remember new information is to enjoy what you’re learning. When you’re interested in the topic, you feel motivated to make it a part of your life—whether it’s learning a new trade, how to speak confidently in front of others, or many other opportunities to expand your skill sets. When you feel driven to learn, you may want to avoid multitasking by placing your phone in your pocket or in another room. Turn off the TV or play your favorite music to help you focus.

 

 

 

At Apex, we are happy to help you find a trade that fits your goals and interests. To learn more about finding a path for your future, contact us today.

 

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

An older vehicle with wood panels needs routine car maintenance

Learning Car Repair for Older Cars

The more you use something, the quicker it wears out and needs repairing. Over time, a driver may put thousands of miles on an engine, which rotates 180,000 times per hour. In addition to the engine, a car’s wheels and bearings also rotate millions of times during their lifespan. But usage isn’t the only factor to consider as a car ages—weather also plays a role. Oxygen, sunlight and moisture break down the plastic and metal that make up the pieces and parts on a car.

With so many aging cars on the roads, it’s important to know about common problems with an old car, as well as when to seek car maintenance. As a trade school student or someone who is interested in car maintenance, you can test your knowledge about car repair below.

Diagnosing Electrical Problems

A maze of wires, fuses and other electrical components lives under the hood of a vehicle. These electrical elements ensure the car runs smoothly and reliably, but they can also have trouble operating as the car, truck or SUV experiences wear and tear over time. Diagnosing electrical problems requires someone who is skilled and qualified in the automotive trade and has the knowledge to safely repair or replace components such as:A person diagnosing electrical problems, holding two spark plugs

  • Dead battery
  • Bad alternator
  • Bad starter
  • Corroded or loose battery cable
  • Blown electrical fuses
  • Failed spark plugs

A Dead Battery

The typical car battery lasts about three years or 50,000 miles. Car batteries die when their amps or electrical currents naturally decrease over time. When this happens, the battery can’t hold a charge. As a car ages, so does the battery. Car batteries should be replaced every 50,000 miles or three years as a preventive measure—even if they don’t show signs of damage. A bad alternator or temperature sensor could also shorten the life of a car battery. Always address these issues when they occur or take the car to a person experienced in the automotive trade.

Grinding or Squeaking Brakes

Like a battery, brakes are intended to wear out after a specified period of use. Old cars may go through multiple brakes over their lifespan. As they are critical for slowing and stopping, brakes should be replaced immediately when they begin to wear out. Squeaking, grinding or a soft brake pedal indicate an issue with a car’s brakes. They should be inspected by a qualified individual skilled in the auto trade.

Related: 5 Auto Repair Questions and Answers

Brittle, Cracked Gaskets

Gaskets in the engine can become brittle and crack with long-term, normal exposure to oxygen. Because gaskets seal fluids, once they crack, they allow fluids to leak out onto the road, driveway or garage floor. Gaskets can be found around the engine, transmission and differentials. A person skilled in automotive repair can evaluate and replace old, worn gaskets.

Rusted or Chipped Paint

A silver car with rust spots above the tire, a common problem with older carsSimilarly, weatherstripping designed to keep moisture out of the vehicle can begin to dry out and crack with age. This can cause rain water to enter into crevices, which leads to rust. Sunlight also fades and weakens paint on already old cars. Paint protects metal cars from the elements—but when it becomes weak, it chips off and exposes the metal beneath.

Vehicles with chipping paint tend to rust quickly because the protective barrier is gone. However, individuals skilled in auto body repair can take steps to apply new paint. They can even use a computerized system to match the original paint color.

The Importance of Regular Car Maintenance

Common problems with old cars should be addressed right away. When they are, it’s possible to extend the lifespan and safety of the vehicle. If you have a passion for cars and vehicle repair, consider pursuing a path in automotive or auto body repair. Apex Technical School offers hands-on training for an entry-level position in the field. Learn more about our program by exploring the courses we offer today.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.
 

A welder repairs a damaged car with automotive MIG welding

How Auto Body Repair Students Use Welding on Cars

Welding is performed in a variety of industries and trades. Some tradesmen and women in the auto body and automotive industries rely on welding to fuse together car parts. Clean, strong welds are an important part of auto body work because they improve a vehicle’s appearance and reliability. Interested in the field of auto body repair? Keep reading to learn more about welding on cars.

What is automotive welding?

Auto body technicians use a variety of automotive welding techniques to complete structural repairs on various vehicles and equipment. They may also design a metal component to improve an existing structure. The most common welding methods for automotive jobs include resistance metal inert gas (MIG) welding, plasma arc welding (PAW) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding.

Learn more about MIG Welding and Other Common Welding Types.

How does a technician use auto repair welding?

An auto body technician may use different techniques and welding tools to complete individual jobs. Some auto body technicians may use welding to fix cracked vehicle panels, damaged fenders, welding exhaust on cars or rusted metal. Some job duties could include:

  • Perform structural repair on vehicles (e.g. repair cracks)
  • Fabricate metal components
  • Improve structural design and integrity
  • Interpret factory diagrams
  • Understand blueprints and sketches
  • Comply with safety regulations

A clipboard with tasks for auto repair welding

What types of welding tools are used for auto body repair welding?

In general, welding is a tool-intensive trade. Auto body welders need the right welding tools and safety equipment to perform the task at hand. Hands-on classes at Apex give students the opportunity to work with tools and put theory into practice. Some auto body welding essentials include:

  • Welder
  • Welding helmet or goggles
  • Gloves
  • Hearing protection
  • Welding curtains
  • Welding clamps

A car's exhaust system under the vehicle

What are some examples of automotive welding?

There are many ways to use welding on cars to repair collision damage or damage due to age. Here are some welding applications for vehicles:

Vehicle Frame or Fender Welding – Vehicle frames and fenders become bent or damages in collisions. A technician may need to cut out the warped piece of metal and replace it with a new piece. He or she can use automotive welding to adhere the new piece of metal and repair the car’s frame or fender safely.

Welding Exhaust on a Car – Exhaust systems can rust and develop holes due to age, moisture and constant use. Some auto body technicians can cut the exhaust pipe, clamp the pieces, apply spot welding and complete the weld.

Wheel Welding – This type of welding on cars is helpful to repair wheels damaged by potholes, which often crack metal wheel frames. Some auto body welders can repair the wheel frame using a TIG welder.

Learn More About Automotive Welding at Apex

Welding is a useful skill for an auto body technician who wants to pursue working in auto body repair or automotive mechanics. Are you interested in learning more about the Auto Body Repair program at Apex? Explore our program to find out more about our auto body classes.

 

 

Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

Components needed for rewiring a house wall socket

Residential Electrical FAQs

Electrical problems can be unsettling for most homeowners. Electricity powers many appliances in the home—and when it’s not working, it can be an inconvenience. Some electrical issues can also pose a potential fire hazard. These should be addressed right away by an electrician. In fact, all electrical problems, from a short circuit to rewiring a house, should be handled by a qualified individual with electrical skills and knowledge. Check out these common questions homeowners might ask about the electricity used to power items in their homes. 

What uses the most electricity in your home?

This basic electrical question is one of the first questions homeowners may ask. Residential energy consumption is the third-largest use of energy in the United States. These are the 10 most common sources of electricity consumption in 2019, as projected in the Annual Energy Outlook 2020: 

  1. Space cooling
  2. Space heating
  3. Water heating
  4. Refrigeration
  5. Lighting
  6. Clothes dryers
  7. Televisions
  8. Computers
  9. Furnace fans
  10. Freezers

Sometimes, homeowners don’t know when appliances are actively consuming electricity in their homes. In fact, some appliances use electricity even when they are switched off or not in use! These include printers, microwaves, routers and modems, and gaming consoles. 

Why does aoutlet spark when I plug in a device or appliance?

It’s normal to see the occasional small flash of electricity when you plug in a lamp, hair dryer or other appliance. However, if there is a spark every time you use the outlet—there might be a problem. The outlet could be short circuiting. Short circuits break down insulation and wires, and they are a potential fire hazard. An individual who works in the electrical trade can help diagnose the problem and recommend a solution. 

Why are plugs falling out of my wall outlet?

An electrician helps install a home electrical outlet

Over time and with frequent use, the outlet loosens and wears down. When this occurs, homeowners should have it fixed it right away. Like outlets that short circuit, loose outlets can spark too. These sparks are a potential fire hazard. If a socket is worn out, it is best to replace it right away to stay as safe as possible. Replacing an outlet requires rewiring part of the home’s electrical wiring. Make sure to call a qualified electrician who has the knowledge and hands-on skills to rewire a house wall socket easily and quickly. 

 

 

My circuit breaker trips all the time. Why?

This likely occurs when you use too many appliances at one time. And it may be an indication that your electrical circuits were not designed or installed correctly. Some powerful appliances, such as refrigerators and clothes dryers, require their own powerful circuits. An electrician can inspect the home’s circuitry to determine if too many appliances share a circuit, and ultimately make repairs to stop breaker trips.

An outlet with too many wires plugged into the socket

What is GFCI protection?

A GFCI outlet is designed to protect against electrical shock if it gets wet. GFCI outlets are required in bathrooms, garages, crawl spaces, basements, laundry rooms and other areas where water is present. They have a test button to turn off the GFCI, and a reset button to turn it back on after it has tripped. Having trouble getting a GFCI outlet to turn back on? Call an electrician who will be able to diagnose and fix the issue. 

Interested in learning if an electrical career path is right for you? Check out this blog post or contact us to learn more about the Electrical & Advanced Electrical program at Apex.

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

HVAC maintenance tools and a scheduling reminder

Questions Homeowners Ask About HVAC Systems

Home Heating and Cooling FAQs

When an HVAC system works, most homeowners don’t think twice about it. When it doesn’t work, they may have many questions about heating and cooling units, energy efficiency and repairs. Here are some questions homeowners might ask when they are considering repair or replacement or trying to learn more about their major home appliances.

What is the HVAC system?

First-time homeowners may be unfamiliar with HVAC systems and might ask individuals in the HVAC trade questions about their purpose and how they work. HVAC stands for heating, ventilating and air conditioning, and they provide heating and cooling for indoor comfort. Air conditioning systems have one unit inside the residence that absorbs heat from the home’s air and one outdoor unit that empties that absorbed heat outside.

Does a larger HVAC system offer better performance?

Some people may wonder if a bigger HVAC system is better than a smaller model. After all, bigger is better—right? According to individuals in the HVAC trade, the answer is no. An HVAC system that is too large for the size of your home uses too much energy. Overly large systems are less efficient and cost more money to run than properly sized units.

Because large HVAC systems require more energy to start up, they may short cycle or turn off and on many times. The result is wasted energy, higher electric bills and lower comfort levels in the home.

HVAC technician replaces an air conditioning filter

How often should I change my filters?

Don’t forget about regular HVAC maintenance. To keep your air conditioner and furnace running smoothly and your energy bills low, replace the air filter on a routine basis. Individuals in the HVAC trade recommend replacing your filter every 90 days. However, there are a few additional factors you may want to consider.

If you have a pet in the home, such as a dog or cat, replace your filter every 30–60 days. Some pets shed more when the seasons change. Consider installing filter replacements in the fall and spring. If someone in the home suffers from asthma or allergies, replace the filter every 20–45 days.

How long do HVAC systems last?

Different types of air conditioners and furnaces have different life expectancies. Typically, the average lifespan is 10–20 years. However, with regular HVAC maintenance, cleaning and refrigerant replacement, some HVAC systems may last up to 30 years. Life expectancies for a variety of HVAC types include:

  • Air conditioners: 10 to 15 years
  • Furnaces and boilers: 15 to 20 years
  • Geothermal: 30 years
  • Water heaters: 10 years
  • Tankless water heaters: 20 years

How do you know if your HVAC system is going bad?

Your HVAC system can experience troubling symptoms, indicating it might be time for repair or replacement.

  1. Unusual smells

  2. Bad odors in your home could indicate motor or wiring problems inside your HVAC system. If the air smells stale or burnt, let the system run for 30 minutes. If the smell persists, call an HVAC specialist. If the air smells moldy, your system may not be draining moisture properly. Schedule a maintenance checkup before drainage issues result in rust build up or health problems.

  3. Slow air flow

  4. Dirty air filters can cause slow or restricted air flow. If changing the filter doesn’t return the air flow level to normal, call an HVAC professional. Long-term restricted air flow can cause compressor failure.

  5. Thermostat problems

  6. The temperature in your home should feel like the temperature reading on the thermostat. When your thermostat reading doesn’t match the temperature in the home, there is likely an issue with your HVAC unit. If your thermostat says 68 degrees but your home feels like 80 degrees, it’s time to schedule a repair.

  7. Noises

  8. Loud or strange noises indicate problems in an HVAC system. Some homeowners report mysterious rattling, whirring, buzzing or clicking sounds coming from their units. Noises may be a symptom of the following issues and should be handled quickly:

    • Refrigerant leaks
    • Loose mechanisms
    • Clogs
    • Compressor failure
    • Broken fan

Air conditioning repair technician uses a drill to make HVAC repairs

Why is my air conditioner running but not cooling my home?

Inadequate air flow is the most common cause of inadequate cooling. When the HVAC system cannot pull air into the system, it cannot recirculate cooled air back into the home. A dirty air filter is often to blame for an air conditioner that doesn’t cool the home.

If this doesn’t solve the problem, check to see if the outdoor unit is covered in dirt, debris or grass. Clean it with a garden hose on a gentle setting. If the unit still doesn’t cool the home, it’s time to call an individual who works in the HVAC trade who can identify and fix the problem.

Interested in learning if an HVAC career path is right for you? Check out this blog post or contact us to learn more about the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program at Apex.

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.
 

Worker makes a site-specific safety plan

How Safety Rules Prevent Construction Jobsite Injuries

Minimize Construction Injuries with a Site-specific Safety Plan

Construction and building sites are bustling, active locations. They can be exciting and energizing places for individuals in the construction and building trade—but they can also be dangerous places for unskilled workers. It’s important that individuals in the construction trade understand how to keep themselves and others safe on site while minimizing their risk of injuries.

 

Follow the Construction Site Safety Plan

A site-specific safety plan is a document that outlines how a general contractor will manage the risks, health and safety requirements at a specific construction or building project. It helps set expectations for everyone working on the construction site. The construction site safety plan is written for all employees at the jobsite so they are aware of hazards and ways they can prevent injuries.

 

Wear Protective Gear

Safety plans include wearing protective gear, such as hard hats, steel-toe boots, gloves, long sleeves and safety goggles. Some workers use ear protection to help shield  high-pitched noises produced by tools and equipment. Respiratory protection safeguards workers who may be working around dust, paint or chemical fumes.

Protective gear is often designed to keep workers safe from debris that may fall from overhead or liquids on the ground that could lead to slips and falls. Some workers may need to complete tasks high off the ground. As a result, they might rely on protection such as harnesses or nets that serve as an extra layer of security.

 

Safety meeting topics discussion between several workers

Attend Safety Meetings and Trainings

Joining safety meetings is one of the best ways to prevent construction jobsite injuries. Safety meetings often occur daily before workers begin their tasks. The project manager may remind workers about safety protocols, make announcements or demonstrate how to use a tool or piece of equipment. Frequent meetings keep safety information fresh and relevant—and workers may be more cautious after they attend a meeting.

Similarly, trainings keep construction and building workers up to date with new methods, tools and industry knowledge. They teach workers how to recognize and minimize jobsite hazards.

 

Helmets and vests in the construction site safety plan

Take Advantage of Technology

Technology can make it easier to communicate on construction sites. Hand-held radios allow workers to talk about plans and safety from a far distance or in noisy environments. Some construction site planners and contractors use unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones, to safely inspect sites and conduct audits.

Smartphones and tablets can give workers access to project data and safety protocols. By using a variety of devices, construction site workers can quickly and safely communicate and call for help if an injury occurs.

Are you interested in learning more about the Construction and Building Skills program at Apex? Explore our program to find out more about our classes.

 

 

Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

A student wearing protective gear practices MIG welding

MIG Welding and Other Common Welding Types

Welding is a process that joins metals by applying heat and pressure. The earliest known examples of welding come from the Bronze Age during the Middle Ages. For thousands of years, welders have transformed base materials into new items or have used their craft to repair old or broken items. Individuals in the welding trade improve their skills with hands-on learning and dedication to the  process of welding.

There are four main types of welding and a variety of uses. With attention to detail and passion for the trade, students can gain the skills and knowledge to enter this exciting industry. How much do you know about the different welding processes? Keep reading to learn how weld operators perform four types of welding.

Apex students learn hands-on arc welding in the shopMIG – Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

MIG welding is a type of arc welding that uses a continuous wire called an electrode. The electrode passes through the welding gun, enters the weld pool and joins two objects together. The welding operator also uses shielding gas that travels through the welding gun and protects against contamination.

MIG welding is one of the most common type of welding. It can be used in the automotive industry for repairing vehicle exhausts, as well as in the construction industry to create homes and buildings. Some advantages of MIG welding include:

  • Higher electrode efficiency
  • Minimal cleanup required
  • Lower heat inputs
  • Reduced welding fumes

TIG – Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

Like MIG welding, TIG welding also uses an electric arc. Welders use an electrode made of tungsten, one of the toughest metal materials found in nature. Tungsten does not dissolve or burn off. Welding can be done with the use of a filler metal or without a filler metal (this process is called fusion).

TIG welding also requires an external gas supply, such as argon or helium. Some advantages of TIG welding include:

  • Ability to weld thin materials
  • Clean, spatter-free welds
  • High degree of purity

A trade student learns a variety of welding types and usesStick – Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

Weld operators use shielded metal arc welding, also called stick welding, for repairs and production. The type of welding uses a consumable and protected electrode, or stick. The stick softens and combines metals by heating them with an arc between a covered metal electrode and the base metal work piece. As the stick melts, its protective cover also melts and shields the weld area from oxygen and other gases that may be in the air.

Stick welding is portable and can be used in many different kinds of environments. Shielded metal arc welding is used in:

  • Construction
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Underwater pipelines
  • Industrial fabrication

Flux-cored – Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW)

Flux-cored arc welding is similar to MIG welding because both use equipment, continuous wire and power supplies. Like MIG welding, this type of arc welding can use a shielding gas. However, some weld operators choose not to use a shielding gas with flux-cored welding.

Weld operators unite a continuous electrode with a base metal. The electrode is a hollow tube filled with flux that is fed through the weld gun and into the weld pool. A flux shield offers protection against the wind when operators are welding outdoors. Some benefits can include:

  • High productivity
  • Excellent weld appearance
  • Ideal for welding ferrous metals

Interested in Learning the Welding Trade?

Think welding could be a good fit for you? Take your interest to the next level by learning more about our Combination Welding Technology program at Apex Technical School. Explore the classes we offer or contact us with your questions today.

 

 

Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.