Last Sunday, I was washing my hands in the restroom of my church, which proved to be a challenge since the sink was practically overflowing. An older woman who has been a member of the church for decades was experiencing similar difficulties, and she commented on the fact that these kinds of problems used to be addressed quickly because there was always someone in the church with hands-on skills – in this case, plumbing. But she pointed out that not as many people are entering those trades anymore, hence our overflowing sink. [Read More]

Why sit in a cubicle all day when you could be cruising on the open road? When you become a truck driver, you’ll be free to see the world. Not just anyone can drive a truck, though. First, you’ll need to complete truck driver training and get your commercial driver’s license (CDL). So what does it cost for CDL truck driving school?

Truck Driver Training Courses
CDL exams are comprehensive, which is why many people pursue CDL training through a community college, vocational technical school, or trucking company. Some states require prospective truck drivers to complete a training course before getting their CDL. Truck driver training courses prepare you for the written CDL test on rules and regulations as well as the practical exam that tests your ability to operate commercial trucks safely.

To ensure that your truck driver training is accepted by local trucking companies, enroll in a course that has been certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) to meet industry standards, which are governed by federal and state regulations. PTDI-certified courses are currently offered at 70 schools in 27 states and Canada. Note that a school may have several truck driving courses, with only one that’s certified by PTDI.

Truck Driving School Costs
The average length of PTDI-certified courses is four to six weeks, though courses may be as short as two weeks or as long as 12 weeks or more. The average cost of PTDI-certified courses is about $4,200, though the cost of truck driving school may be as low as $1,500 and as high as $10,000. Related program expenses that may or may not be included in truck driving school tuition are books, uniforms, and fees for tests, medical exams, and graduation. You’ll also need to pay for the CDL itself; CDL costs range from $25 to $100. Special endorsements such as air brakes, doubles/triples, and hazardous materials may cost between $5 and $45 each.

You may not have to pay the cost of truck driving school on your own, though. If you attend an accredited truck driving school, you could qualify for federal financial aid. Financial aid for truck driving school may also come from the Workforce Investment Act, private student loans, or the school itself. Veterans may be eligible for truck driving school scholarships through the G.I. Bill or the Commercial Driver Training Foundation.
And if you sign an employment contract with a trucking company, the company may reimburse you for the truck driving school tuition. Other truck driving schools may just take the money out of your paycheck over time, so be sure to inquire about the terms of tuition assistance before signing a contract.

Are you ready to explore America? Don’t let the cost of truck driving school and the CDL exams scare you away. If you desire a dynamic career in which there are always new sights to see, learn more about becoming a truck driver today.

How To Become A Construction Manager

Gina L | August 24, 2009

Being a strong leader, a problem solver, and great at planning are perfect skills for a career in construction management. Couple that with the right amount of education and some experience and you have a fulfilling career ahead of you. With construction sites large and small popping up all over the nation, now is a great time to think about a career in this field.

How do I become a construction manager?
To become a construction manager, you must have excellent leadership skills, a college degree, and some work experience. Construction managers typically have bachelor’s degrees in construction science, construction management, building science, or civil engineering. Those interested in a career in construction management can also attend courses and certificate programs at local community colleges. The latest technological advancements in construction have resulted in employers desiring post-secondary education.

Acquiring practical work experience is essential for this field. Work experience is available through apprenticeships, internships, jobs as a construction worker, including carpentry and masonry, and through work in a related field. Having this experience could potentially help construction workers advance to construction managers.

There are more than 100 colleges and universities offering bachelor’s degree programs in construction management, and about 60 colleges and universities offering master’s degree programs in construction management or construction science. Courses for a bachelor’s degree program usually cover project control and development to information technology and everything in between. All of the topics relate to everything that encompasses working and/or managing a construction site or project.

Bachelor’s degree holders don’t always have a degree related to construction when they seek to obtain a master’s degree in construction management or construction science. A variety of undergraduate degrees can serve as a good base for advanced degree programs in construction. In addition to formal education, industry associations offer educational and training programs to complement your construction degree.

Future construction managers should have exceptional oral and written communication skills and the ability to work with many personalities and all types of people. Knowing a foreign language is also becoming increasingly important in the construction field.

What will I learn in construction manager school?
A degree in construction management prepares students for managing all types of construction projects, from commercial buildings to industrial buildings. Students will learn how to adhere to a construction budget, estimating, scheduling, as well as project management and administration.

Possible courses may include intro to architectural engineering and construction management, information to building information modeling, technical composition, building construction materials, construction estimating, specifications and contracts, surveying, construction scheduling, construction equipment management, architectural design, architectural history, and ethics of professional managers and engineers. These courses will be taken along with general education requirements, electives, and a host of science and mathematics courses. Together these courses will provide a comprehensive understanding of what will be expected of you when you become a construction manager.

You will definitely receive a thorough education in what it will take to be a future construction manager. To ensure that you choose the program that is right for you, it is helpful to research the many colleges and universities offering degree programs in construction throughout the country.

Electrician Schools

Gina L | July 13, 2009

If your eyes light up at the thought of working with electricity, then enrolling in an electrician school and starting a new career might be for you! Everyone needs electricity and the demand for electricians is always high, making it one of the professions that is as recession proof as possible.

Turn Yourself on to a New Career in Electrician School
Electricians are responsible for hooking up homes and businesses to the country’s electric grid. They install the wiring, plugs, and fuses that is necessary to make electricity flow. Electricians may focus on homes, or they may be commercial electricians, focusing on businesses, but many do both. Enrolling in one of the electrician schools around the country will give you the skills necessary to do either job.

If focusing on homes and new construction, electricians must use blueprints given to them by the builders. They are responsible for setting all of the boxes, running all of the wires, cables, and switches. They may also coordinate with the electric company to ensure all of the poles and lines are set to turn a customer on. Focusing on commercial projects is not that different, but the jobs may be larger and more complex due to the machinery or technology needed in the building. No matter an electrician’s specialty, they must always follow national safety standards, as well as local code requirements.

One of the many things that electricians love about their work is that it is always taking them to new job sites. They may work indoors or out. Depending on the job, travel may even be involved. Electricians can be self employed, employed by different electric maintenance companies or directly by utility companies.

Electrician school programs will teach students the basics of electricity and its practical applications, how to wire residential, commercial and industrial buildings, as well as instruction in the National Electrical Code. Many electrician school programs are in trade schools and often times, you can begin your electrician school education while still in high school.

Once you complete an electrician school program, you are then qualified to begin an apprenticeship program with a licensed electrician. These apprenticeships generally last four years. Many states require licensure once the apprenticeship is complete.

Electrician Careers Offer a Bright Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in the electrical field is better than average, especially for electricians with a wide array of skills, which can be acquired in electrician school.

Electricians normally enjoy steady employment, although some electricians in the manufacturing and construction industries may experience times of unemployment due to downturns in the economy. However, if you own an electrical business or work in maintenance for individuals or companies, work should remain the same.

The median salary of an electrician is approximately $21 per hour. Electricians owning their own business can make significantly more. Apprentices normally earn about 40 to 50 percent of a licensed electrician.

Turn yourself on to a new career today! Enroll in an electrician school and enjoy the benefits of having a “hot” job!