Best Skilled Trade Jobs To Learn - Vocational Careers Worth Pursuing | AAI

Skilled Trade Jobs to Pursue in 2020

There’s never been a better time than now to invest in your future: whether you’re starting your career or just looking for a fresh start with vocational careers, 2019 is a great time to take the next step. 

Experience is worth it, especially when you learn at the right school. At Arizona Automotive Institute (AAI), our programs continue to focus on the same trades we’ve supported for over 45 years.

Careers Worth Going Back To School For

Some of the best skilled trades to learn are those you already have a knack for. Aligning your career with your interests is the best way to find careers that are worth it because you know building on your background feels right. However, turning your interests into a career takes the right education and training.

AAI prepares students to enter our core fields through in-depth programs, focusing on hands-on training from industry-experienced instructors. Programs at AAI prepare students for a career, not just a job

Automotive Service Technology

This program gives students a working knowledge of a vehicle’s system and how to assess and repair automobiles. In this hands-on curriculum, students will learn about the major systems of a vehicle. Industry-experienced instructors will guide students through the repair and diagnosis of such systems as engine performance, steering and suspension, brakes and tires, and electrical and air conditioning. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects little or no change in employment growth for automotive service technicians from 2018 to 2028. If you have a love for cars, consider applying for our Automotive Service Technology program. As a graduate of our automotive technician program, you will be ready to pursue your new and exciting career. Depending how you feel about automobiles, this could be a job worth going back to school for.


Combination Welding

This program is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills and techniques to become a combination welder. Students are given the opportunity to work in a hands-on program with machines and various types of metals. Techniques studied include Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Flux Core Arc Welding. 

Welders earn a median salary of $41,380 per year.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,740.* If combining skill and technique with the craft of welding sounds exciting, our Combination Welding program could be for you. New technology and advancement in science means there is always room for continued education in the field of welding. It is an exciting career with many opportunities to explore.


Diesel – Heavy Truck

This is a popular program for students who are interested in working with technology in addition to repair and maintenance. In this program, students will learn from industry-experienced instructors in a hands-on environment on how to perform repairs and maintenance on heavy-duty machinery such as trucks, buses, bulldozers, and cranes. Diesel can be a uniquely interesting field as students get an up-close view of the machines that help America’s economy run on time. If you enjoy working in an ever-changing environment where no two days are the same, consider the Diesel-Heavy Truck program. 

HVAC and Basic Refrigeration

Keeping things cool is very important – and nobody knows this better than HVAC technicians. As one of the fastest growing trades, a career in HVAC and Basic Refrigeration requires skill and critical thinking. Throughout this program, students will learn the skills to perform maintenance and repairs. AAI’s industry-experienced instructors show students how to diagnose and fix heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. 

Specific knowledge is necessary to perform your job duties. Classroom instruction is an important supplement to hands-on training, and AAI’s program includes both parts of this important duo. This includes knowledge of electrical wiring, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. 

As one of the careers in high demand that AAI focuses on, HVAC technicians benefit from learning the skills employers may be looking for. While the job itself can be demanding, the rewards could be beneficial. The median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $47,610 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $76,230.* If you think you fit the criteria, HVAC education could be for you!


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Is a Skilled Trade the Right Career For Me?

Many people find themselves challenged by questions like these. A great way to start working toward choosing a career path is to consider what skills you might already have. Many skills are transferable between industries and there’s almost always a way to incorporate your unique background and skills when finding the right career. 

All that being said, careers might have differing levels of viability in the economy. While financial compensation isn’t everything, it’s important to make sure the career you’d like to focus on has jobs available. Review the data for your fields of interest to see what job expectations look like both now, and over the next several years.

The job market is rapidly evolving, and with it, the key job skills employers may be looking for. However, some skills, like communication and client service, should continue to stand the test of time. At AAI, we teach a number of career-related skills. Some of our programs focus on job search, employability skills, and hands-on career training to separate you from the rest of the pack.

Pursue Your Education at AAI

Any job worth pursuing is worth pursuing at the right school. Come see why AAI’s career school programs are the best in Arizona. Meet with financial aid, industry experienced instructors, admissions, and get a chance to see what makes AAI so unique.

If you are looking for a training center for welding in Arizona or another specific trade, including HVAC, diesel heavy truck training, or automotive service technology, take the first step toward your new career by contacting us today. We can answer your questions and show you why AAI is a respected vocational-technical school in Arizona.