Georgia Skilled Trades

The Trades

Choose a career. Then build one.

In the growing field of craft trades, the possibilities are endless. Trades. Specialties. Specialty trades. But let's face it—too many choices is one heck of a problem to have. So dig in. Explore. And discover the trade that's the best fit for you.

Pipefitter

SOC CODES: 47-2152

PIPEFITTER /
PLUMBER
MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $21.94

PIPEFITTER
Pipe systems are used to transport water, steam, gas, waste and other materials, and pipefitters and plumbers are responsible for keeping these systems in working order. Both install, maintain and repair pipe systems according to specifications and codes, but many tradesmen choose to specialize in either pipefitting or plumbing. Pipefitters work with the high-pressure and low-pressure pipe systems used in manufacturing, the generation of electricity, and the heating and cooling of buildings, while plumbers install and repair water, waste disposal, drainage and gas systems in buildings of all sizes.

TRAITS: ATTENTION TO DETAIL, MATH SKILLS, MANUAL DEXTERITY

Electrician

SOC CODE: 47-2111

ELECTRICIAN
MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $22.32

ELECTRICIAN
Electricians install and maintain the electrical systems and wiring that power the nation’s businesses, factories and homes. These tradesmen use blueprints to determine the locations of circuits, outlets, load centers and panel boards and adhere to local, state and national building codes. When installing, electricians use hand tools such as screwdrivers, conduit benders, pliers and wire strippers. Later, they use ohmmeters, ammeters, voltmeters and other equipment to test connections and ensure that components are compatible and safe.

TRAITS: MANUAL DEXTERITY, BALANCE, PHYSICAL FITNESS

Mason

SOC CODE: 47-2021,
47-2051

MASON
BRICK & BLOCKMASON MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $21.94
CEMENT MASON MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $17.82

BRICK & BLOCKMASON
Masons bind building materials, such as brick, concrete block, cinder block, structural tile and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, floors, fireplaces and other structures.

CEMENT MASON
These masons work with concrete, one of the most durable materials used in construction, to place and finish concrete walls, foundations, beams, columns and panels.

TRAITS: PHYSICAL STRENGTH, MATH SKILLS, DEPENDABILITY

Carpenter

SOC CODES: 47-2031,
49-9044

CARPENTER /
MILLWRIGHT
CARPENTER MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $21.08
MILLWRIGHT MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $22.87

CARPENTER
A carpenter works with wood and other materials to construct and maintain buildings and other structures. Carpenters also may erect scaffolding, build tunnel bracing, construct wooden forms for pouring concrete, or build concrete forms for tunnels, bridges or other projects.

MILLWRIGHT
A millwright installs, assembles and dismantles machinery used by construction sites, factories and power plants. These tradesmen consult instruction manuals and use tools such as levels, hydraulic torque wrenches, micrometers and welding machines to get each machine up and running.

TRAITS: AGILITY, HAND-EYE COORDINATION, PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

Road Builder

SOC CODE: 47-4000

ROAD BUILDER /
EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $21.45

ROAD BUILDER / EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
Road builders and construction equipment operators are responsible for operating the machinery that is used to move heavy materials at construction sites, clear and grade land, build and maintain roads and bridges, dig trenches, spread asphalt, or construct offshore oil rigs. Because road building and the operation of construction equipment is more technologically advanced than in the past, the contractors of today must also be skilled enough to set up and inspect the equipment, make adjustments and perform some maintenance and minor repairs. The equipment they operate may include bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, cranes, rollers, forklifts, air compressors, milling machines and asphalt spreaders.

TRAITS: MECHANICAL APTITUDE, BALANCE, HAND-EYE-FOOT COORDINATION

Sheet metal

SOC CODES: 47-2211,
47-2081, 47-2210,
47-2211, 53-3032

SHEET METAL WORKER /
HVAC TECHNICIANS
SHEET METAL MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $19.37
HVAC MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $19.08

SHEET METAL WORKER
Sheet metal workers fabricate, install and maintain heating and air-conditioning systems, do architectural sheet metal work, construct appliances, heaters and boilers, and perform a variety of other jobs involving sheet metal.

HVAC TECHNICIANS
HVAC technicians are trained to install, maintain and repair heating and air-conditioning systems, which control the temperature, humidity and air quality in most buildings. Some workers specialize in a single area, such as heating, air-conditioning or refrigeration.

TRAITS: MANUAL DEXTERITY, ACCURATE PERCEPTION OF SHAPES AND FORMS

BOILERMAKER

SOC CODES: 47-2011
or 47-5061

BOILERMAKER
MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $26.97

BOILERMAKER
The name “boilermaker” originates from the craft of making, installing and repairing boilers, but that’s not all that these tradesmen do. Boilermakers produce steel fabrications from plates and sections, which means they may also install and repair closed vats and other large vessels that hold and process oil, chemicals, beer and hundreds of other products. In addition, boilermakers may work to install, repair and maintain air pollution equipment, blast furnaces, water treatment plants, smoke stacks, storage and process tanks, fireboxes or hydroelectric power generation turbines.

TRAITS: PHYSICAL STAMINA, MANUAL DEXTERITY, TECHNICAL SKILLS

WELDER

SOC CODE: 51-4121

WELDER
MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $22.45

WELDER
Welding, the process of fastening two pieces of metal together by softening with heat and applying pressure, is a versatile trade that equips welders to work in a variety of industries. Several other construction trades, such as pipefitters, boilermakers and sheet metal workers, incorporate welding skills. Welding is also used to join beams during the construction of buildings, bridges and other structures. These tradesmen often work from blueprints, using their knowledge and training to determine the best way to join the parts.

TRAITS: HAND-EYE COORDINATION, GOOD VISION, PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

TRUCKER

SOC CODES: 53-3032

TRUCK DRIVER
TRUCK DRIVER MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $18.18

TRUCK DRIVER
Truck drivers operate tractor-trailer combinations or trucks of great capacity to deliver goods, livestock or materials in packaged, loose or liquid form. They are skilled in not only driving these large vehicles, but also maneuvering them into sometimes difficult loading and unloading positions. Truck drivers are often responsible for ensuring their equipment is in good working order, and they are always responsible for following safety procedures—especially when transporting dangerous goods or hazardous materials. They must also handle their share of paperwork, including bills of lading, load documentation, logs of working hours and receipts of delivery.

TRAITS: PHYSICAL STAMINA, CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS, ATTENTION TO DETAIL

CIVIL ENGINEER

SOC CODES: 17-2051

CIVIL ENGINEER
CIVIL ENGINEER MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $32.93

CIVIL ENGINEER
A civil engineer ensures that construction jobs are completed in the safest, most efficient and most effective way possible. They plan, design and oversee construction on every kind of project, from offices buildings, airports and bridges to dams, pipelines and railroads. Before a project begins, a civil engineer must analyze the plan, the job site and every step of the process to determine the best way to proceed. They must utilize their extensive knowledge of pertinent laws and regulations to write detailed procedural reports. As construction continues, they oversee and inspect the project to guarantee that all rules, regulations and recommendations are followed explicitly and consistently.

TRAITS: ANALYTICAL SKILLS, ATTENTION TO DETAIL, COMMUNICATION SKILLS, PROBLEM-SOLVING