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Trade School Career Options
There are an abundance of trades to choose from in vocational schools that offer fulfilling and good paying careers. Maybe you have already chosen one that you have long wished to pursue. For example, perhaps you have always taken pleasure in working on your car and have considered using that ability to make a living as an auto mechanic. Or perhaps a family member has had a prosperous career in a particular vocation or trade and you would like to follow in his or her footsteps. No matter what your motivation is for entering a trade, there is undoubtedly a program available that will provide the training that you require. Below is merely a modest representation of the vocational training programs that are available in Arizona.
- Auto Mechanic
- Heating and Cooling (HVAC) Tech
- Truck Driver
- Aircraft Maintenance Tech
- Lab Tech
- Construction Management
All programs will have differing costs and completion times based upon the vocation, credential earned and school. Some of the programs may be completed in a few weeks, while others will require several months or even two or more years of training. All of these aspects should be considered prior to choosing a trade and a school.
Trade Schools Online
Online schools have become very popular with Arizona students and more and more accredited programs are becoming available. Even though online learning is a very convenient and accessible way to earn a certificate or degree, it may not be the ideal option for all trades or vocations. For instance, training to drive a tractor trailer is not something that you can do online, nor is training how to weld. These are skills that must be acquired through practical training and by doing it, not by studying or watching videos. But certain aspects of the training can be appropriate for online education, such as studying driving and safety regulations for trucking schools or learning about metallurgy or how to read blueprints for welder schools. A number of programs will blend online education with on-campus lab work, such as for HVAC or plumbing schools. So it is crucial to determine before choosing an online school for any vocation if there is an appropriate amount of hands-on training devoted to the curriculum. One means to help establish that a trade school program is both appropriate for online learning and delivers in-depth hands-on training is to confirm that it's accredited by a nationally acknowledged accrediting agency (more on accreditation later). For those vocations that are suitable for training online, it can be a convenient way for those with limited time to acquire a new vocation.