come one. come all!

Rock the Trades™ is a workforce development initiative that celebrates the American industrial worker—raising awareness of the skilled trades as a fulfilling career path and enabling those who choose to embark upon it


the men and women already working as skilled tradespeople in the energy, manufacturing and construction industries, showcasing their everyday commitment and craftsmanship


middle and high school students, GED holders, college graduates, military veterans and mid-career workers about the skilled trades, lighting the path to begin their journey


those pursuing a career in the skilled trades through scholarships and other awareness, mentorship and enablement programs, partnering with prominent industry stakeholders

The skills gap in the U.S. may leave an estimated 2.4 million skilled manufacturing positions unfilled between 2018 and 2028.

Meet Josh Ferguson

Josh is a 33-year-old renewable industry veteran by day and aspiring woodworker by night. He has always loved woodworking and building in general, but homeownership really fueled the fire behind taking woodworking to another level for him and his business. Josh resides in Northwestern Connecticut with his two boys and wife, and he documents his life, skills, and the behind-the-scenes of his Ferguson Woodcraft projects on his Instagram.

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What is an HVAC Technician?

HVAC technicians play an important role in ensuring that we’re all able to live comfortable lives. It’s their responsibility to install, repair, and maintain refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating systems. Here’s what an HVAC technician does, why they’re so important, and how you could start a career in this industry. 

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Meet Electrician Kendra

Kendra is an Electrical Apprentice in British Columbia, Canada. She grew up in a blue collar family, which led her to take trades classes throughout high school, where she ended up falling in love with electrical. For the past two years, Kendra has been working in electrical with a passion for learning and improving in her trade.

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A Day in the Life of an HVAC Technician

HVAC technicians play an important role in the modern workforce. They help to maintain and install various types of air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration systems. Here’s what a day in the life of an HVAC Technician looks like.

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