Toolbox Chatter

The latest news and posts for craftsmen, tradesmen, specialists, and everything in between.

Across the country, temperatures begin to heat up in May, June and July. Homeowners and commercial businesses rely on air conditioning to keep indoor spaces comfortable and cool. However, sunny days bring problems for A/C units that must work overtime all summer long. In fact, technicians who work for HVAC companies may find themselves facing […]

06/25/2019

Auto body shops specialize in repairing damaged cars. In addition to making vehicles safe to drive again, a body shop’s goal centers on revitalizing and fixing cosmetic flaws. Accidents, rust and age often require skilled trade workers to apply a fresh coat of paint. With the help of computerized systems, individuals in the auto body […]

06/06/2019

It’s no surprise that traditional college isn’t for everyone. Millions of students attend college every year, while countless others choose to pursue their goals at a trade school. This is an important, life-changing decision for many individuals and getting it right requires careful consideration.   Choosing to go to trade school over college is a […]

05/23/2019

If I start trade school, which trade should I pursue? Is repairing damaged vehicles the right path for me? Do my interests and strengths align with restoring, painting and welding cars?   Millions of cars, trucks and other automobiles travel America’s roads every day. With so many vehicles on the road, accidents are inevitable. Fortunately, […]

05/09/2019

Is trade school the right choice for me? Do my interests line up with a specific trade? I think I’m interested in HVAC training, but how do I know if heating and cooling school is the right path for me?   If you are considering taking your education, skills and knowledge to the next level […]

04/18/2019

For centuries, plumbing has improved hygiene and provided clean water to homes and businesses. Though the industry isn’t new, plumbing continues to evolve as modern technologies change the way water is delivered, heated, pumped and stored. New plumbing solutions benefit homeowners, business owners and hard-working tradespeople in the plumbing field.   Here are three bathroom […]

04/03/2019

Plumbing has delivered clean water and protected people from disease for centuries, starting with the Roman Empire. Today, plumbing allows people to enjoy the comforts of daily living, including hot water, showers, toilets, dishwashers and washing machines. Similarly, electricity helps power many plumbing appliances in homes, as well as refrigerators, computers, air conditioning systems and […]

03/21/2019

There’s no one size fits all when it comes to school. Some students attend a traditional college to earn a two- or four-year degree. Many others discover a combination of knowledge, skills and technical training is the right path for them. A vocation education at trade school provides students with a variety of positive benefits. […]

03/05/2019

Single parents in college or technical school often wonder how they can accomplish their education goals with a family at home. While it may seem difficult, it’s possible to manage a family, work and trade classes. Here are three back-to-school tips for parents in trade school. Schedule your tasks. Use a calendar. It can be […]

02/15/2019

Since the debut of the Model-T Ford, cars and trucks have transformed America, helping people travel from point A to point B. Today, with more than 253 million vehicles on the road, auto mechanics and auto body technicians have never been more important. These skilled individuals help maintain vehicles, whether they perform routine care under […]

01/08/2019

Is technical school my next step? Should I turn my interest in electrical school into a reality? How do I know if electrical training courses are a good fit for me? These questions are common when you’re determining how—and where—to pursue your education. If you’ve always had an interest in electricity or wondered how it […]

12/06/2018

Cars come in all shapes and sizes and can be as different as the people who drive them. Some people view cars as a blank canvas, and increasingly, mechanics, artists and engineers have transformed their vehicle into a stunning work of art.   Car body art got its start in the 1960s when hippies began […]

11/26/2018

Saying yes to trade school is a commitment that can help you achieve your goals—from learning new skills with your hands to building confidence in your abilities and interests. As you focus on taking your goals to the next level, consider the skills you’ve gained from school, sports, part-time jobs and the military. Think about […]

11/08/2018

Should I pursue my goals of becoming a skilled tradesman? Is the plumbing industry right for me? How do I know if I should follow the plumbing career pathway? It’s normal to ask these questions as you consider the next steps in your career. Perhaps you’ve repaired plumbing or pipefitting work in your home, but […]

10/12/2018

In addition to skills and on-the-job training, a successful tradesperson has a strong work ethic and a professional attitude. Good professional work habits benefit even the most experienced technicians. While you learn skills to enter the trade field, start practicing good work habits while you train or apprentice. On-the-job training exposes you to real-life work […]

09/28/2018

Individuals in the A/C and refrigeration trade keep buildings, offices, stores and homes cool and comfortable. Heating and air conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity and overall air quality. By providing a climate-controlled environment, refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine and other perishable items. In America, most homes and buildings […]

09/13/2018

Welding joins two pieces of metal together using fire and pressure. The process began in prehistoric times, and methods have evolved the welding process throughout history. Today, there are many types of welding careers, including combination welding. Find out if your personality and natural talents lend themselves to a welding career path with the following […]

08/31/2018

As a TV personality, Mike Rowe is best known for hosting “Dirty Jobs,” a series that dives deep inside messy, blue collar jobs and showcases the skilled workers who perform them. On TV, Rowe shines a light on skilled trade jobs, and he’s an advocate for skilled labor in his personal life, too. Learn why […]

08/16/2018

Man’s attempts to stay cool and comfortable during extreme summer heat are well documented. Historical evidence shows attempts by several individuals to control indoor temperatures. For example, the Ancient Romans utilized the aqueduct system to circulate cool water through the walls of their homes. The emperor Elagabalus built a mountain of snow in the garden […]

08/02/2018

If you’re on track to meet your graduation goal, congratulations! Finishing trade school and starting a career in the trade of your choice requires hard work—and a polished resume. At Apex Technical School, our job placement assistance team helps you learn how to create a resume you can send to companies as you prepare to […]

07/16/2018

Should I pursue my passion for cars? If so, is the auto repair industry right for me? And how do I know if this is the right career path to follow?   These are questions you might be asking if you are in the process of choosing a career. Maybe you find yourself drawn to […]

07/05/2018

Staying focused in school isn’t always easy—whether you’re in high school, college, or a vocational trade school program. However, studies suggest that positive thinking can lead to happiness and achievement in school and beyond. Positive thinking is truly a powerful way to keep you on track for success.   Learn how to achieve your goals […]

06/21/2018

Electricity grew popular in the late 19th century, and this demand led to the formation of the electrical profession. In fact, many skilled electricians—such as Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla—became famous for their electrical inventions.   The electrical trade consists of three areas: industrial, commercial and domestic. Throughout history, tradesmen have often specialized in one […]

06/07/2018

If you’re considering going to trade school, you’re probably wondering where to start. Do you research financial aid for trade schools first, or should you find the most interesting vocational training program? To simplify the process, we’ve broken weighing your trade school options down into six simple steps that could take you to the first […]

05/23/2018

What career path should I pursue? What trade am I passionate about? How can I turn my natural skills into a future?   These are all questions you’re probably asking yourself when considering career paths. And if you’re drawn to the construction trade, we want to help you make an informed decision about a construction […]

05/08/2018

Start Your Journey to Learning a Trade at Apex Technical School. Get to know Apex and learn how you can prepare for a hands-on technical education. Check out the infographic to learn more.

02/27/2018

What is a trade school? Trade schools specialize in hands-on training that prepares students for entry-level work. More importantly, trade schools help busy students obtain the skills and experience they want to enter the workforce in a chosen field.   A technical education offers many advantages over an education at a traditional, four-year university. Most […]

01/17/2018

Tradesmen in the construction industry build frameworks and structures, and they rely on wood-working tools to craft and shape their materials. Door frames, stairwells, rafters, and many other residential and commercial building elements are made of wood. Therefore, it’s important for individuals in the construction trade to learn which basic carpentry tools help accomplish daily […]

01/04/2018

Tradesmen in the electrical industry evaluate issues and diagnose problems using math, technical knowledge, blueprints and hands-on training. However, they require basic electrical tools to perform and complete installations and repairs. Discover how common tools for electrical work help many individuals diagnose and correct electrical problems in homes and businesses.   Common Electrical Equipment List […]

12/20/2017

Energy efficient heating and cooling options transform homes and businesses by increasing comfort and usability. Efficiencies in heating, cooling and ventilating can also help save on energy costs and fight global warming by reducing harmful emissions. Therefore, it’s important to understand energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. What Is an Energy-Efficient HVAC System According to Energy […]

12/07/2017

Plumbers assemble, install, and repair pipes used for heating, water and drainage in residential homes and businesses. Often, they face unforeseen circumstances and scenarios in which they must rely on their training, knowledge of the trade, and the tools they have on hand. Therefore, accumulating and maintaining a supply of tools is key for plumbers. […]

11/20/2017

Trade schools—also known as technical schools—are job-focused training programs popular across the United States where students often obtain specialized certificates or degrees in two years or less. Individuals at trade schools often find learning a trade part time to be a rewarding, faster route to pursuing their career goals. How fast can I complete a […]

11/09/2017

Are you ready to take the next step in life by advancing your education? Whether you’re a recent high school grad or looking to switch careers, you must decide: where will I pursue the knowledge and skills I want? There are several paths you can take when choosing the school that’s right for you, and […]

10/31/2017

The HVAC market, which includes domestic and commercial air conditioning and refrigeration systems, is constantly evolving to better produce more efficient and safer home appliances. Refrigerators are no exception. Cooling technology has come a long way since the ice box. Here are some noteworthy refrigeration trends gaining speed in the industry and today’s households. Smart […]

10/09/2017

As a manmade empire, New York City prides itself on its skyline and structures. Behind those structures are the construction workers, carpenters, and architects who built them. Meet some of them who’ve risen to fame through their construction skills. Gamaliel King Gamliel King, a carpenter and grocer who lived in New York in the 1800s, […]

09/18/2017

With all the types of welding, figuring out which tools you need can feel overwhelming. Below, we’ve explained some of the basic welding gear beginners may encounter. Find out what each of them does, along with some factors to consider when learning how to use them.   Welding Machines One of the most essential and […]

09/06/2017

Trade and technical schools in New York provide students with comprehensive, hands-on education and skills to enter the workforce. Whether you pursue a career in the heart of the city, or you take a job in a small town, New York is home to numerous trade schools for ambitious students motivated to advance their professional […]

08/22/2017

Increasingly, homeowners are turning to home alternative energy sources and smart technology to save money on electrical costs. They want electrical technology that is better for the environment and their pocket books. As electrical trends continue to evolve, it’s important to know which innovations are rising to the top of this exciting industry. Residential Solar […]

08/09/2017

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 […]

07/20/2017

When it comes to aesthetics and functionality, homeowners usually look to incorporate what’s trending or hot on the market. Whether a homeowner is building a home or renovating a living space, there are many popular designs and construction materials to fit their unique style. Here are some of the latest trends in the residential construction […]

07/06/2017

If you want to make the most of your trade school education, it’s essential that you take every assignment, workshop, and opportunity seriously. When you start treating trade school like a job, you will be implementing one of the most important student success tips. Learn about how to succeed in school by treating it like […]

06/22/2017

Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were contemporaries, and even rivals, as inventors in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. In fact, Tesla was even an employee of Edison early in his career. While there’s no doubt that Thomas Edison had a more financially prosperous career as an inventor, historians and engineers could argue that […]

06/08/2017

In the male-dominant fields of trade-based careers, women in trades can face doubts about their careers. You might wonder if you’ll be able to succeed, or if anyone will take you seriously. With the right training and commitment to the trade, we believe women are uniquely equipped to succeed in trades like HVAC, automotive repair, […]

05/25/2017

From auto body repair needs to optional cosmetics, the auto body industry draws all levels of interest, from those in the industry to those simply passionate about cars. Wherever you lie on the spectrum, here are a few newsworthy trends driving the field forward. Laser Headlights Laser headlights have been at the top of the […]

05/11/2017

Being a working student is a demanding lifestyle, so prioritizing balance is essential. As you prepare to take on your career goals, you can add some habits to your life that will help you with balancing school and work. If you’re working full time and going to trade school, try these time management techniques. Trim […]

03/31/2017

The plumbing trade is full of famous plumbers who built up their careers like you’re working to do. Use these tips to start your career off on the right foot, and aim to take the trade even further. Sir John Harrington: More is not always better. As noted in our history of the plumbing trade […]

03/14/2017

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your future? Do you get discouraged from achieving your career goals? You are not alone. When motivation runs low, it’s essential to stay focused on what matters. Use these simple strategies to feel motivated more frequently – and work through the times when you don’t. Remember why you’re here. […]

03/02/2017

If you’re considering starting a career in the – welding field, you might be wondering why there are so many types of welding, and how many you should learn. Different types of welding are used depending on the following factors: Tools available Type of metal you’re welding Timeline and setting of the project Quality needed […]

02/17/2017

Are you wondering if hands-on learning works? Adults who choose hands-on learning can reap the following benefits, from a faster education to resume-worthy in school lab/shop experience. 1. Take only the classes you need. Hands-on training programs focus primarily on preparing you for a career. The program curriculum is developed to help build your real-world […]

01/30/2017

Early Invention: 1800s The history of auto mechanics began in 1800s Europe with the creation of the first cars. According to History.com, Europeans perfected the first modern automobile by 1901. These late-1800s makers of cars can be considered the first auto mechanics. They engineered, designed, and built the first successful automobiles, launching a trade for […]

01/15/2017

It’s a common misconception that leadership belongs only to the executives and manager of a company. In fact, those people in management likely started developing their leadership skills at the same time they started their careers – the same place you are now. Leadership skills can be considered synonymous with employability skills; employers want every […]

12/28/2016

While the HVAC trade as we know it today is defined as mechanical systems that help heat, ventilate, and cool (air conditioning) buildings, the modern HVAC system stems from centuries of innovation. Find out how humans first started heating and cooling their buildings, and how HVAC has evolved into an advanced mechanical trade. The History […]

12/14/2016

Welding joins two pieces of material together through high energy. Usually, an extra material is used to join the two pieces, or bases, together. The extra material is often added to make the weld stronger than the base metals so the weld will hold. Find out how the history of welding started, and how types […]

12/03/2016

Construction is one of the first necessary trades in human history. Starting with the Stone Age and moving to today’s advanced construction practices, find out how humans started the construction trade, and how it has transformed. The New Stone Age (9000 BC – 3000 BC) Britannica.com notes that humanity needs construction to survive its environments. […]

11/22/2016

The plumbing trade is advanced – commonly believed to be founded by the Romans’ legendary water bridges. If you’re wondering if you should start to learn plumbing – or how to become a plumber – start with the fascinating history of plumbing below. It Started With the Roman Empire (27 BC – 1453 AD) While […]

11/08/2016

And How to Overcome Them Adult students at trade schools and technical colleges are some of the hardest working individuals with the highest goals; they want to earn their education while providing for themselves and their families. Because their goals are so high, they overcome challenge after challenge along the way. If you’re one of […]

10/28/2016

As a student working while in college or at a trade school, you can wear many hats – you’re a student, a parent, a friend, an employee and more. There are times when two or more of your roles can overlap, and it can become stressful to find time to complete everything. To help you […]

10/24/2016

Dispelling Misconceptions About Entering the Electrical Industry If you’re considering going into the electrical trade, you probably know that it requires industry-specific training. And since virtually everybody uses electricity, the public often forms misconceptions about what those in the electrical trade do every day. Find out what those common misconceptions are, and what’s covered when […]

10/11/2016

Going back to school as an adult can create a unique set of obstacles that may differ from that of a traditional student. Balancing classes and schoolwork, along with a full-time or even part-time job, family commitments and a social life can be a challenge for some students. This can create a mix of emotions, […]

10/03/2016