HONORING SKILLED TRADESPEOPLE

Showcasing advocates for the trades—vivid, real-world examples of the deep fulfillment that blue-collar careers can offer

LIGHTING THE PATH

Free resources to help inform anyone interested in starting their journey into the skilled trades

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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 SKILLS GAP IN THE U.S. MAY LEAVE AN ESTIMATED 2.4 MILLION SKILLED MANUFACTURING POSITIONS UNFILLED BETWEEN 2018 AND 2028.

Deloitte | The Manufacturing Institute
2018 SKILLS GAP AND FUTURE OF WORK STUDY

The Tradesman Project

We’ve commissioned internationally-acclaimed metal sculptor and skilled trades advocate Barbie The Welder to create a one-of-a-kind metal art sculpture that reflects what the skilled industrial trades means to her and the tradesmen and -women in the energy, manufacturing and construction sectors. A welder by trade for 14 years and sculptor for the past 8, Barbie is a fierce advocate for the skilled trades and her brothers and sisters currently building, operating and maintaining the world around us. This life-sized sculpture—The Tradesman—will serve as tribute to the contributions and legacy of skilled tradespeople across the country. Follow her progress and learn more.

The Tradesman Project

We’ve commissioned internationally-acclaimed metal sculptor and skilled trades advocate Barbie The Welder to create a one-of-a-kind metal art sculpture that reflects what the skilled industrial trades means to her and the tradesmen and -women in the energy, manufacturing and construction sectors. A welder by trade for 14 years and sculptor for the past 8, Barbie is a fierce advocate for the skilled trades and her brothers and sisters currently building, operating and maintaining the world around us. This life-sized sculpture—The Tradesman—will serve as tribute to the contributions and legacy of skilled tradespeople across the country. Follow her progress and learn more.

Download the Rock the Trades App

Find your next skilled trades job with our help—at no cost to you! Over 50,000 new industrial jobs added monthly. We’ll take the hard work out of your job search, just answer a few questions about your skills, work experience and location, and we’ll connect you with industrial employers hiring now.

Download the Rock the Trades App

Find your next skilled trades job with our help—at no cost to you! Over 50,000 new industrial jobs added monthly. We’ll take the hard work out of your job search, just answer a few questions about your skills, work experience and location, and we’ll connect you with industrial employers hiring now.

EMPOWER A NeW Generation

Purchase our limited edition Rock the Trades gear and enable the dreams of those pursuing careers in the skilled industrial trades. 100% of merch proceeds go to the Rock the Trades Scholarship Program. We’ve established the scholarship to assist learners pursuing an Associate degree or vocational-technical certificate in an Energy, Manufacturing, or Construction trade.

Empower A New Generation

Purchase our limited edition Rock the Trades merch and enable the dreams of those pursuing careers in the skilled industrial trades. 100% of merch proceeds go to the Rock the Trades Scholarship Program. We’ve established this scholarship to assist learners pursuing an associate or vocational-technical degree or certification in an Energy, Manufacturing, or Construction trade.

Like Stickers?

Rock the Trades sure does! And we want to help you proudly fly the RTT flag — on your hardhat, welding hood, toolbox, lunchbox, laptop, whiteboard, beer fridge, wherever…

Like Stickers?

Rock the Trades sure does! And we want to help you proudly fly the RTT flag — on your hardhat, hood, toolbox, lunchbox, laptop, whiteboard, beer fridge, wherever…

BE A GROUPIE

Follow us on our socials for all the latest updates! Stay up-to-date on all the latest happenings with Rock the Trades including news, announcements, giveaways, scholarship information, and more.

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Follow us on our socials for all the latest updates! Stay up-to-date on all the latest happenings with Rock the Trades including news, announcements, giveaways, scholarship information, and more.

Send Us Your Story

Our Tales of the Trades series shares just some of the millions of stories in the skilled industrial trades, shining a bright light on the hard-working tradesmen and women who build, operate and maintain the world we live in. We also focus on the individuals and organizations working hard to advance industrial sectors and ensure their success over the coming decades. If you or someone you know would like to be featured then send us your story!

Send Us Your Story

Our Tales of the Trades series shares just some of the millions of stories in the skilled industrial trades, shining a bright light on the hard-working tradesmen and women who build, operate and maintain the world we live in. We also focus on the individuals and organizations working hard to advance industrial sectors and ensure their success over the coming decades. If you or someone you know would like to be featured then send us your story!

OUR ROCKERS

ROCKERS are vivid examples of the deep fulfillment that a career in the trades can offer—inspirational success stories who’ve built a dedicated following through their commitment, craftsmanship and advocacy for their brothers and sisters in the skilled trades

BARBIE
THE WELDER

Skilled Trades Evangelist
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SEAN
FLOTTMANN

Wizard of Welding
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SARAH
STORK

Whimsical Welding Artist
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JOSH
ZOLIN

Blue is the New White
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CLARISSA
RANKIN

Superstar Trucker
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ALL OUR
ROCKERS

CLARISSA RANKIN

Superstar Trucker MORE →

CLARISSA RANKIN

Superstar Trucker MORE →

CLARISSA RANKIN

Superstar Trucker MORE →

SEAN
FLOTTMANN

Wizard of Welding
MORE →

SARAH
STORK

Whimsical Welding Artist
MORE →

JOSH
ZOLIN

Blue is the New White
MORE →

CLARISSA
RANKIN

Superstar Trucker
MORE →

Skilled Trades Evangelist

Wizard of Welding

Whimsical Welding Artist

Blue is the New White

Superstar Trucker

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