Toolbox Chatter

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

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
 

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