Skilled Trades

Are you mechanically inclined? If you enjoy discovering practical solutions and if you want a career working with your hands, then consider career training in the Skilled Trades at FORTIS. The rapid advance of technology will continue to spur opportunities for those educated in the Skilled Trades. You can chose to pursue a trade that can be mastered such as being a welder or an electrician. Or you can chose a route to learn the skills to install, service and repair HVAC equipment and the temperature control machinery used in residential, commercial and industrial heating and cooling systems.

How Have Welding Jobs Changed in the Last 100 Years?

Perhaps the most obvious change is that women now have been accepted into the ranks of welders. One hundred years ago, that would have been unheard-of. Otherwise the actual job of welding – joining two materials together to form a strong and last...
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What Can I Do In Electrical Trades?

If you’re interested in becoming an electrician, you’ll have a wide range of career routes you can follow, from working as an electrical systems technician or an in-home installer to working on high voltage (HV) systems.  Electricians ...
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What Career Paths Exist Within HVAC Technology?

Why should you consider a career in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) sector? Well, for one, job growth continues to be strong for skilled trades – especially for air conditioning specialists with the summer months upon us. Anot...
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How Has Technology Changed the Welding Profession?

Welding has been around for some 2,000 years, beginning with pressure welding in the Bronze Age. To say it has been changed by technological improvements since then would be an understatement. Some of the new technology is designed to help alleviate th...
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Calling All Skilled Trades Workers

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mike Rowe believes in the value of hard work. He’s also a champion of skilled trades, saying America is headed toward a potentially crippling shortfall in people trained to do the jobs four-year college graduates can&...
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Welders, Are You Familiar with These Techniques?

New welding technology constantly is being developed and brought to market. As a result, it’s become more important than ever for welders to keep current with these technologies and the welding techniques they generate. Four techniques that have ...
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How to Become an Electrical Systems Technician

So you want to become an electrical systems technician – do you know what the career actually entails? Electrical systems technicians aren’t exactly electricians, although much of the education and training is similar. Electrical systems tec...
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Reasons For Choosing an HVAC Career

Why become an HVAC technician? Because it’s always nice to be needed. Not only could you be on-the-job in a highly stable career amid a fluctuating economy but, because HVAC jobs aren’t being outsourced, you could also become the next super-...
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America Needs Skilled Workers

President Trump has proposed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan to rebuild America’s old, sometimes crumbling roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects over the next 10 years. The plan faces a number of questions…among them: Does th...
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How to Get Started in Electrical Trades

Electricians are important to everyday life in America. Imagine a world without electricity, if you can. No electrical lights or traffic signals. No home or office air conditioning. No cell phone chargers. That’s just a start, but you get the idea...
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Trends in Welding

Welding is an “old” technique made “new” through the advent of technology. First developed more than three thousand years ago when the Sumerians and Egyptians discovered how to allow copper with silver and time to make bronze, we...
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Space Firms Are Looking for Skilled Workers

NASA may not be the agency it once was, but that doesn’t mean the U.S. space program is dead. Far from it. Florida’s Space Coast region is seeking a new, high-tech workforce to ramp up activity and fill jobs with such companies as SpaceX, B...
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How HVACs are Helping People with Seasonal Allergies

We’ve all been there: the air is filled with pollen and other particulates that damage car finishes and…even worse…afflict people with seasonal allergies. What can be done to alleviate the situation? For cars, a good cleaning and par...
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Trends for Electricians During Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month, established to bring awareness about home electrical safety to families. Throughout the month, electricians are being encouraged to tell their customers to have their electrical equipment checked out, cleaned and...
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What Types of Welding Careers Are Hot Right Now?

Call them “welders,” “cutters,” “solderers,” or “brazers”… they’re all pretty much the same and most people simply call them welders. Welding is an “old” career that never really g...
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How to Know if a Career in Skilled Trades is Right for You

Have you ever wondered if pursuing a career in Skilled Trades would suit your style? If you like working with your hands, discovering practical solutions, and making a difference in your community, one of Fortis College and Institutes' Skilled Trades p...
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HVAC Trends for 2018

Heating in the winter and cooling each summer are priorities for most Americans, which are two good reasons why HVAC/R professionals will always be in demand. As we start another New Year, let’s take a look at four trends we expect will top the HV...
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Skilled Workers Needed More Than Ever

“Is America Falling Short on Skills?” That was the question asked by the Iron Workers general president and a construction CEO in a recent joint Forbes guest post. The piece suggested baby boomer construction workers are retiring at a rapid ...
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How Do You Become a Licensed Electrician?

For those who are technically adept and interested in providing electrical services to keep the world going, becoming a licensed electrician can be an excellent career choice. But, before jumping into an education or training program, they need to under...
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Career Paths You Can Take in Welding

The most frequent method for permanently joining metal parts into one piece or unit is through welding. The strength of the bond is such that welding is utilized in a wide range of industrial usages – from making automobiles to toasters…and...
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