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.



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.