Trade School vs. College: Which Should I Choose?

John Venn invented his Venn Diagram in 1880. The diagram is a classic organizing tool in which two items are compared, one existing in a left circle, another existing in a right circle, and their commonalities existing in the overlap. We can use it even in this computer-driven world to compare two ideas: attending trade  [...]

The Top 7 Destinations for Maritime Welding Careers

Find a globe. We’ll wait. Look at the globe and find America. Consider four areas: inland; coastline; offshore; overseas. With an education as a maritime welder, you could own the world, neatly divided into four areas rich in opportunity and eager for your talents. Maritime Welding Careers Inland—#1 through #3 Maritime welders need not work beside seawater.  [...]

12 Killer Scholarships & Grants for Trade School Students

You might think that scholarships for trade school are hard to find. This is not the case; most states have vast listings of locally available scholarships, lending sources and grants that can be used for vocational schools. Finding an accredited, reputable trade school gets you part of the way to success; locking in a money  [...]

What Does the Future Look Like for Shipyard Welding?

The time: 1920. The place: Cammell Laird Company’s Birkenhead Works, alongside the River Mersey, England. The event: shipyard welders assemble the world’s first all-welded ship, the 620-ton coastal freighter, MS Fullagar. The technique was shielded arc welding, in which the steel welding rods were dipped in asbestos slurry. The ship plied the oceans for 17  [...]

Everything You Should Know About Becoming a Maritime Welder

Looking for an adventurous career that also offers the chance for travel and the potential for earning a good living? Becoming a maritime welder may be the right choice for you. Job opportunities could lead to performing welding on ships and barges in coastal areas domestically and abroad. It’s a challenging job, but the rewards could be significant in  [...]