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The Growing Demand for Skilled Trades

November 30th, 2021

Young male apprentice connecting the wires in the distribution board under supervision of a senior electrician

If you’re under the impression that attending a four-year college is the only way to make a good living and find a well-paying job, consider this – many people find success and fulfillment working skilled trade jobs, which are always growing in demand. At Pennco Tech, we offer students a variety of trade programs to help them find secure and rewarding career paths. Here, we discuss the programs Pennco Tech offers and why these fields are in high–demand for qualified candidates.

Automotive Technology

As long as people rely on cars and trucks for means of transportation, this profession will always be in high demand. For most people, this means of transportation is their livelihood and how they get from one place to another. When a person’s car or truck breaks down, it can be crucial they have it fixed quickly to not disrupt their everyday lives. An automotive technology program will teach students how to properly use all the tools of the trade while repairing brakes, steering, suspension, electrical systems, computerized engine diagnostics, and more. Further, as the world moves toward electric-powered vehicles, professionals in the automotive technology field will be more needed than ever.

Collision Repair

With what seems like more and more people on the road, accidents and collisions are bound to happen. This makes collision repair professions very desirable, as skilled technicians are needed everywhere drivers are found. In other words, people will always need quality collision repair services to get their vehicles back on the road and looking great.

Diesel Technology

Like most machinery, diesel engines are not perfect, meaning they can break down or have issues that could lead to serious problems. Professions that service, troubleshoot, and repair diesel engines will always be needed as diesel trucks become more common, especially as the biodiesel industry grows. Diesel technology trade programs teach students the ins and outs of diesel engines, allowing them to properly perform maintenance on trucks, buses, and commercial and industrial vehicles that run on diesel or biodiesel.


As technology advances seemingly every day, electronic devices and building components that rely on electricity grow as well. Because of this advancement, electricians will always be in high demand. People are using more electricity than before, and more electricians are needed to install and maintain these electrical systems. As a result, electrician trade programs can offer students a rewarding profession with relative ease of finding a job after graduation.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC&R)

An HVAC&R technician is someone who services, installs, and maintains heating and cooling units. Most work with both homeowners and business owners. The job opportunities for an HVAC&R technician are endless largely due to the wide range of skills these professionals are certified in, such as:

  • Installation
  • Repair
  • Maintenance
  • Basic design
  • Troubleshooting

With such versatility, there will ways be a high demand for this profession.

Mazda Automotive Program at Bristol Campus

Become a certified technician for a leading manufacturer through our Mazda Automotive Program. Students become armed with extensive real-world experience and Mazda-specific training, positioning them for success as they begin their careers. As Mazda is one of the most popular makes in the world, certified technicians are needed by dealerships and repair shops, who require employees with specific knowledge about these vehicles.  The new Mazda Auto Tech Program offers many incentives:

  • Tuition reimbursement of $5,000 per year*
  • Paid internship
  • $250/month reimbursement for a new car (pick out your car your 1st day of work)*
  • Job opportunities

Medical Assistant

Rapid changes in healthcare have caused the high demand for qualified medical assistants, especially with an always-aging population requiring more treatment. Plus, as advances in medicine are made, more treatments and services are being offered to patients than ever before. These advances have caused an increased demand for qualified medical assistants, even in telemedicine settings.

Pharmacy Technician

Much like medical assistants, pharmacy technicians are seeing an increase in demand due to aging populations and advancements in medicine. Also, pharmacies are offering more and more clinical services, such as administering flu shots, meaning pharmacy technicians will be needed to perform more administrative tasks and are in high-demand.

Plumbing & Heating Technology

With new building construction, there is an increased need for plumbers. Plumbers are needed  for the installation, maintenance, and repair of plumbing and heating systems in residental and commercial projects and are in very high demand.

Enjoy a Satisfying Career in a High Demand Profession

Pennco Tech offers students throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania a variety of programs in high-demand industries. Pennco Tech also offers OSHA Outreach Training Courses such as OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 courses. These courses are instructed by an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer. Each course is geared toward a specific audience and covers a wide range of topics. To learn more about our programs and how we can help you enjoy a rewarding trade career, please contact us today.

‘I got it!!!!!I got it!’, Anthony said as he raced into the Career Services Office. He was talking about his new job. Hired by a former graduate of Pennco Tech, Anthony will begin his new career with a two-day OSHA training course.

Anthony Z. - Air Conditioning/Heating Graduate

I enjoyed all my teachers. They made it interesting and challenging. I enjoyed going back to school at the age of 48! Career Services was a big help to me. Danielle was great. She helped me with my resume and showed me how to apply. I got the job with Dietz and Watson! Pennco Tech was the right choice for me as I get ready to start my career.

Mark E. - Electrician Graduate

I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help…I just got a full time job at Kennedy Healthcare in Stratford, NJ as a Patient Services Representative. Thank you again.

Maria Z. - Medical Assisting Administrative Graduate