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 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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Preparing for a Career in Welding

Sometimes described more as an art than a craft, welding is a profession of many facets and levels that plenty of people – male and female alike – find both fulfilling and appealing. Although an ancient craft, welding also is quite modern, c...
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Cooling People Down Is a Hot Commodity

Summer officially arrived on June 21, but America has been experiencing warmer-than-usual weather for months. USA Today reported February saw record warm for 145 million Americans living in 16 states, with average temperatures more than seven degrees ab...
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How Important Is Hands-On Training for HVAC Technicians?

The world is becoming more energy-efficient, with air conditioning, heating, etc. moving toward newer, revised standards. A/C manufacturers, for example, are turning to GWPs (Global Warming Potential refrigerants) as a replacement to hydrofluorocarbon (...
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HVAC News: Keeping Your Air Conditioner Clean Saves Energy

Summer’s approaching … if not already here. Commercial operations will be operating their air conditioners for the next several months – an expense that may account for more than one-fourth of their electrical bills. How can business...
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Mike Rowe Promotes Need for Welders

As the host of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” Mike Rowe is known for working with his hands. He has spent time educating people about electricity, HVAC, and other skilled trades. On his blog, he addresses that what often matters most is a w...
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Building a Career in Construction Management

Former “Dirty Jobs” star Mike Rowe has long advocated the skilled trades as a solid career choice. With America experiencing a growing skills gap, Rowe argues that now more than ever, the path to happiness doesn’t always require a four...
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What an HVAC Technician Does

HVAC-R technicians install, maintain and fix heating, ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning systems that control the air in different types of buildings. Residential homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings and factories are among the build...
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Welding Offers Multiple Career Opportunities

Welding has a history that dates from the Bronze Age when metal fusing was first discovered. Since that time, welding has played a big role in our lives…from what we drive to where we live.   More than half the products made in the countr...
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HVAC Video Tips from Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe is still known as “the dirtiest man on TV,” a reference to his days as host of “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe,” which paid tribute to the men and women who do the jobs the rest of us can’t…or won’t do. A...
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Mike Rowe on Electrical Trades

Nearly everyone remembers Mike Rowe from his TV commercials or his days as host of the popular TV series, “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe.” That program became a tribute to the men and women who filled so-called “dirty” jobs that most...
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Mike Rowe On the Importance of Skilled Trades

Baltimore born and raised, Mike Rowe is many things – a TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor, spokesman and an ardent advocate of skilled tradesmen. While Rowe has nothing against people with a four-year college education, he believes that ...
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Career Benefits of Learning a Skilled Trade

Skilled trade programs are growing in popularity because they meet the needs of students who want a hands-on education.  Most training programs for a career in the trades will lead to job opportunities sooner than programs at a community college or...
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Infographic: The History of Cold Air

There’s no better feeling than walking from the sweltering heat of a sunny, mid-summer day into a cool, air-conditioned building. Ancient cultures didn’t have that luxury, especially if they weren’t one of the wealthy elites of society...
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What Are The Differences Between HVAC Systems?

Planning to become an HVAC technician? Well, plan to keep your thinking cap on and your brain engaged because, in the world of HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning), – there’s no such thing as one size fits all. What Are The Diff...
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Shortages Continue for Skilled Non-Engineering Careers

If you believe the petrochemical industry just needs oil and gas workers, you would be far from accurate. According to an article that appeared in the Houston Chronicle, many companies in the oil and gas sector – especially those that are renovati...
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