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The History of Apex Technical School

Learn the Story of Our Leading Trade School in New York

1961: Apex Technical School Was Founded

The year 1961 saw many firsts: the first human to fly in space, the first live broadcast of a presidential news conference, and the first Beatles performance. In the summer of 1961, Apex Technical School opened its doors and began offering courses in Refrigeration and Stationary Engineering. In 1964, we added courses in Air Conditioning. Learn more.

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1961: Apex Technical School Was Founded

The year 1961 saw many firsts: the first human to fly in space, the first live broadcast of a presidential news conference, and the first Beatles performance. In the summer of 1961, Apex Technical School opened its doors and began offering courses in Refrigeration and Stationary Engineering. In 1964, we added courses in Air Conditioning. Learn more.

1977–1979: New Automotive & Welding Programs Launch

Apex developed additional trade school programs with hands-on shop training. In May 1977, students began enrolling in automotive courses to turn their love of cars into a career. By October 1979, students could enroll in welding courses focused on gas and electric welding processes. Learn more.

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1977–1979: New Automotive & Welding Programs Launch

Apex developed additional trade school programs with hands-on shop training. In May 1977, students began enrolling in automotive courses to turn their love of cars into a career. By October 1979, students could enroll in welding courses focused on gas and electric welding processes. Learn more.

1994: Students Enroll in New Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Classes

Since 1994, students have been able to enroll in our Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Appliance/Controls program. Students are taught about the shop environment, equipment and basic skills required of HVAC technicians to service refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. Learn more.

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1994: Students Enroll in New Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Classes

Since 1994, students have been able to enroll in our Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Appliance/Controls program. Students are taught about the shop environment, equipment and basic skills required of HVAC technicians to service refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. Learn more.

2002: New Auto Body Repair Program Launches

Apex began offering auto body repair training in 2002 to teach students about restoring old or damaged vehicles and revitalizing their cosmetic flaws. With the help of computerized systems, individuals in the auto body trade create custom car paint colors to match any original shade. Learn more.

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2002: New Auto Body Repair Program Launches

Apex began offering auto body repair training in 2002 to teach students about restoring old or damaged vehicles and revitalizing their cosmetic flaws. With the help of computerized systems, individuals in the auto body trade create custom car paint colors to match any original shade. Learn more.

2007: Apex Flips the Switch on New Electrical Program

Our Electrical and Advanced Electrical program began in 2007. The program prepares students to perform a variety of electrical tasks—from reading circuit diagrams and installing wiring for lighting to performing splices and installing security systems, fire alarms and intercoms. Learn more.

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2007: Apex Flips the Switch on New Electrical Program

Our Electrical and Advanced Electrical program began in 2007. The program prepares students to perform a variety of electrical tasks—from reading circuit diagrams and installing wiring for lighting to performing splices and installing security systems, fire alarms and intercoms. Learn more.

2008: New Construction Program Starts

We began offering the Construction and Building Skills program in June 2008. It teaches six exciting segments. Students attend carpentry classes where they get a general introduction to the construction trade. Students also attend electrical classes and segments on plumbing, as well as kitchen and bath remodeling. Learn more.

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2008: New Construction Program Starts

We began offering the Construction and Building Skills program in June 2008. It teaches six exciting segments. Students attend carpentry classes where they get a general introduction to the construction trade. Students also attend electrical classes and segments on plumbing, as well as kitchen and bath remodeling. Learn more.

2011: Apex Celebrates 50 Years

Fifty years ago, Mr. Cann dreamed of helping individuals learn skilled trades. His mission was simple: Teach people a trade to give them a better life. In 2011, Apex celebrated five decades of leading the New York community forward in education for hands-on training. We commemorated the occasion with a variety of events and celebrations. Learn more.

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2011: Apex Celebrates 50 Years

Fifty years ago, Mr. Cann dreamed of helping individuals learn skilled trades. His mission was simple: Teach people a trade to give them a better life. In 2011, Apex celebrated five decades of leading the New York community forward in education for hands-on training. We commemorated the occasion with a variety of events and celebrations. Learn more.

2012: Apex Moves to Long Island City, Queens

In 2012, we said goodbye to our long-time location in Manhattan and moved to a spacious 75,000-square-foot building in Long Island City, Queens. Learn more.

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2012: Apex Moves to Long Island City, Queens

In 2012, we said goodbye to our long-time location in Manhattan and moved to a spacious 75,000-square-foot building in Long Island City, Queens. Learn more.

2012: New Plumbing Program Begins

In October 2012, we added our most recent trade program, Plumbing and Pipefitting, with the vision of offering quality, hands-on plumbing training to trade students in New York City. Learn more.

 

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2012: New Plumbing Program Begins

In October 2012, we added our most recent trade program, Plumbing and Pipefitting, with the vision of offering quality, hands-on plumbing training to trade students in New York City. Learn more.

 

2020: Nearly Six Decades of Hands-on Training

With nearly 60 years of technical education and shop training under our belt, Apex is one of the top trade schools in New York City. We look forward to helping students meet their goals for years to come. Classes are starting soon! Call us at 212-645-3300 to find out more. Learn more.

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2020: Nearly Six Decades of Hands-on Training

With nearly 60 years of technical education and shop training under our belt, Apex is one of the top trade schools in New York City. We look forward to helping students meet their goals for years to come. Classes are starting soon! Call us at 212-645-3300 to find out more. Learn more.

 

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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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.

 

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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.

Three New York City construction workers wearing white hard hats and reflective vests

Choosing a Trade: Construction in NYC

New York City is full of incredible views, culture and opportunities. It’s difficult to image a world without America’s most iconic city. Each person who lives, works and visits New York City leaves a unique mark on the community—especially those who dedicate their skills and sweat to crafting the buildings that make up the Big Apple.

It’s true—commercial construction workers have found many reasons to pursue their trade in New York. Can you see yourself pursuing a construction future in the city that never sleeps? Here are three benefits of working in the construction trade in New York City.

 

    1. The city depends on your skills to grow.

New York City neighborhoods need skilled individuals to build offices, schools, roads, hospitals and skyscrapers. Construction projects bring new life to communities by creating infrastructure and economic opportunities for the people who live and work nearby. Individuals in the construction trade also contribute important skillsets that help New York City flourish as a tourist destination by helping erect museums, monuments, shopping centers and public transit facilities. Students who study the residential or commercial construction trade can help expand the development in their city.

    1. You can leave your suit and tie at home.

Do you prefer steel-toe boots to polished loafers? Do ties and stiff collars sound like an uncomfortable uniform? For many construction-minded individuals, formal clothing is unnecessary. New York City construction workers don’t iron their 9 to 5 work clothes each morning, but they do suit up for a hard day’s work. They may wear safety goggles, hard hats, protective footwear, reflective vests and other protective workwear. In New York City, safety is a priority—especially in high-traffic areas, on high-rise jobsites and around pedestrians and heavy machinery.

    1. Hands-on work is satisfying.

Construction projects in New York City—think skyscrapers, roads, bridges, restaurants and apartment buildings—need skilled individuals who enjoy working with their hands.  In the construction trade in New York, craftsmen often don’t sit at a desk in an office building all day. They work with their hands and operate equipment. There are several famous construction workers who contributed to New York’s skyline and structures.

Interested in gaining construction skills for entry-level position in New York City? Contact us to schedule a tour, view our classrooms and ask questions about the construction program.

 

 

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the 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.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was built by trade workers

U.S. Landmarks Built By Tradesmen

Every summer, the United States celebrates its birthday on the Fourth of July. Fireworks and barbeque are a festive way to recognize America’s independence, heritage and cultural landmarks. But a quick look around the nation’s cities and neighborhoods proves our country’s history is still being written—thanks to the trade industry.

 

America’s buildings, bridges, roads, landmarks and homes wouldn’t exist without skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen who are essential to society and the economy. Here’s a look at the trades that built America’s most famous landmarks.

 

Trades Building America

Skilled trade workers keep America running. Individuals in the trade industries have worked together for more than two centuries in America. They install, maintain, repair, engineer and construct buildings we use every day and landmarks that hold cultural significance. Trades people work on construction jobsites, with trade-specific crews such as:

  • Plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters
  • Electricians
  • Stone and brick masons
  • Carpenters
  • Glaziers
  • Welders, cutters and solderers
  • Fabricators
  • Mechanical technicians
  • Roofers

 

Notable U.S. Landmarks in America

 

Trade workers build and maintain every day necessities, such as cars, homes, bridges and schools. Sometimes, their hard work results in well-known landmarks that are recognized and appreciated around the world for their craftsmanship, ingenuity and design. In fact, builders and tradesmen helped construct some of the most famous landmarks in the USA:

  1. Empire State Building – Completed in 1931, this New York City skyscraper took 3,400 tradesmen to build. It stood 1,250 feet and was the world’s tallest building until 1970.
  2. Golden Gate Bridge – This structure spans two miles across the strait where the San Francisco Bay connects to the Pacific Ocean. Opened to the public in 1937, it is the most-photographed bridge in the world.
  3. Hoover Dam – Boulder City, Nevada, was created for 5,000 of Hoover Dam’s trade workers and their families. A total of 21,000 workers helped construct the dam, which became the target of a German bomb plot during World War II. Today, seven million tourists visit each year.
  4. Gateway Arch – St. Louis, Missouri, is home to the Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1965. As the tallest monument and the tallest arch in the world, it required the city to demolish 40 city blocks to make way for its construction.
  5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim Museum in 1959. The New York City building spirals up toward the sky with six stories of white, coiled concrete.
  6. Washington Monument – Standing 555 feet tall, the monument is the tallest in Washington, DC. By law, no other structure may be taller. It was constructed by Thomas Casey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

If you’re interested in pursuing a hands-on trade, explore trade programs at Apex Technical School.

 

 

 

*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.

 

Sources:

https://www.history.com/news/10-surprising-facts-about-the-empire-state-building

https://www.history.com/topics/landmarks/golden-gate-bridge

https://www.history.com/news/7-things-you-might-not-know-about-the-hoover-dam

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/facts-about-st-louis-gateway-arch

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Guggenheim-Museum-art-museum-New-York-City

https://www.nps.gov/wamo/learn/historyculture/index.htm

Technical school students learning the plumbing trade

What is a Technical School?

After high school, many people enter a workforce full of possibilities. Some individuals continue their education at a four-year university, while others choose community college or technical school. If you’re looking for a hands-on learning experience related to a specific career choice, technical school could be for you.

What does a technical school offer?

Technical schools provide a streamlined approach to education, with classes that focus on specific skill sets and knowledge needed for learning a trade.

As you search for the best technical training school for your future, you’ll want to make sure it meets certain requirements and standards. Look for technical school or trade school programs that have these important qualities:

    • Basic trade and labor skills

In a technical training program, students learn the skills they need to succeed without wasting time in classes that are not relevant. Most training programs are taught by individuals with industry field experience.

    • Hands-on career training

A technical school gives you firsthand experience by taking a hands-on approach to learning. Technical school students practice techniques, troubleshooting, and real-world methods of application. This means they get the knowledge and training they need to enter their field with confidence.

    • Day or evening classes

Most technical training programs offer a learning schedule that can work for you. Between family, work, hobbies and planning for the future, students live busy lives. Trade school programs understand that life comes first, and many offer day or night classes.

    • Accreditation

It’s important that your program of choice be fully accredited by the appropriate agency. Not all schools are accredited by a federally recognized association that requires the programs and school administration to meet specific standards.

    • Shorter, more comprehensive programs

Academic programs at traditional colleges and universities tend to span two, four or more years to graduation. At a technical training school, students can gain the hands-on experience they need to flourish in a shorter period. You’ll have the potential to enter the workforce and make your unique contribution faster than students who choose a longer learning path.

    • No general or irrelevant classes

Look for a technical school that has programs focused on specific trades without extra requirements, like general classes. English, history or philosophy don’t teach the hands-on skills you need to practice welding, automobile repair, or plumbing.

Technical Training Programs at Apex Technical School

Learning a trade can be a rewarding way to a new career. At Apex Technical School, where hands-on training is part of its methods, the school can help prepare students to pursue entry-level positions in these areas:

The benefits of hands-on training can help set you up for personal and professional success. A technical school can help you discover how it feels to learn a trade and pursue the career goals you’ve set for yourself.

 

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

Licensed by the New York State Education Department.