Meet Alex Shaw

Tales of the Trades shares 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. Today, we turn the spotlight on Alex Shaw. Small town born and raised, Alex is a skilled welder, artist, and general Jack-of-all-Trades. He joins us to talk about starting off his career and his hopes for the future of his art.

How Much Do Machine Operators Make?

Wondering how much you can make as a machine operator before you decide whether the job is right for you? Here’s an in-depth look at the earning potential of a machine operator.

How to Become an Industrial Mechanic

More than 500,000 industrial mechanics are gainfully employed in the United States. If you’re interested in becoming one, you should know that it’s not something that can happen overnight. Instead, you need to prepare yourself for a few years before you’ll be able to get hired as an industrial mechanic.

Top Areas Hiring Machine Operators

If you’re interested in becoming a machine operator, you need to know where to focus your job search. We’ve put together a list of the best places to look for work as a machine operator.

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Top Machinist Schools & Certifications

If you’re mechanically-skilled and looking for a new career, you might consider becoming a machinist. Machinists work with machine tools like lathes, grinders, and milling machines. Their job is to operate these machines to create precision metal parts. An employee in this role may also be responsible for machine maintenance and installation.

A Day in the Life of a Welder

Before you start investing time and money into becoming a welder, it’s important to fully understand what you’re getting yourself into. Keep reading to learn more.

Skilled Trades Shortages in the Industrial Sector

There’s currently a significant shortage of skilled trade workers both in the industrial sector and beyond. Keep reading to learn why this has happened, what it looks like, and how you might be able to benefit from the shortage moving forward.

Meet VSRA’s Tradespeople of the Year

Tales of the Trades shares 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. Today, we turn the spotlight on the two recipients of the Virginia Ship Repair Association’s Tradesperson of the Year award—Heng Hy and Danual Pearce—representing the best of the best in ship repair.