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.

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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Differences Among Commercial, Industrial & Residential Electricians

An electrician is an electrician – right? Not exactly.   There are residential electricians, commercial and industrial electricians. Their wiring work will be very different in terms of equipment used, load demands, and energy needs. They a...
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Fun Facts About Welding

A welding career has much more variety than commonly known. As a matter of fact, they have one of the most diverse career paths of any skilled trade profession! If you’re considering joining the welding profession, check out these fun facts about the tr...
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What Are the Top HVAC Tools In the Industry Today?

As “smart” HVAC equipment becomes more efficient, the tools used by HVAC technicians have to keep pace. So, the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (ACHR) News asked its advisory contractors to rank today’s top tools of the trade. Industry-stan...
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Flame Resistant Clothing Helps Protect Electrical Workers

Electricity can be dangerous – everyone knows that. Electrical technicians who work with it every day, however, can sometimes push caution into the background and fail to adequately protect themselves from the dangers of electricity--like not wearing fl...
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HVACR Innovation: Refrigeration Savings Opportunities

During a presentation at this year’s Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Expo, University of Wisconsin-Madison research engineer Daniel Dettmers told attendees that big industrial refrigeration clients are prime candidates for energy-efficiency...
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The Dynamic Industry of Welding Technology

Welding’s history dates back 5,500 years to the Bronze Age when a clever worker learned he could fuse metal alloys together by heating them to their melting point then pounding them together with a hammer. Ever since then, welding technology has had a m...
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HVAC Trends in 2015

Goodway Technologies, which markets and manufactures HVAC maintenance solutions, has come out with its industry predictions for 2015. And it looks like HVAC is headed up! According to Goodway, 2014’s 4th Quarter indicators indicated a rebounding economy...
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Heat Through Air Conditioning? Students Come Up with Cool Idea

In the hotter climate areas of the U.S., keeping cool can become an expensive proposition. Now imagine you live in Singapore where it’s hot and many residents have trouble affording the basics--much less the cost of running their air conditioner all day...
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Extreme HVAC: How “Hot” Is Hot Enough?

The “H” in HVAC refers to Heating, which got some researchers in Wales thinking, “Just how hot can we make it get?” Turns out, they were able to create temperatures that were figuratively “out of this world,” according to a recent Goodway HVAC Blog. Now...
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Save with Climate Control Systems and Smart Energy Electrical Systems

Do you like spending more on energy than you have to? Of course not! Nobody does, and that reason is one of the biggest why automated climate control systems and smart energy solutions are gaining so much popularity today. In addition to being able to s...
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Wasted Attic Heat Being Put to Good Use

By Gary Lyu, Program Director at Fortis College in Salt Lake City Heat tends to rise into home attics, wasting precious warmth during winter and causing air conditioners to work harder in the summer, leaving homeowners with ever-increasing electric a...
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