Over the past two years, the Lake Tahoe and Truckee region have experienced tremendous growth. Whether the increase in population has evolved over all the new resort developments or second homeowners choosing to make their vacation house a prominent home, the end result has impacted the construction business dramatically.
At our architecture firm in Lake Tahoe and Truckee, we are seeing lots of new trends; some are good, some not so good.
The good news is that there is more revenue streaming into our local business. Our hardware stores, lumber yards and concrete operations are running full steam ahead to keep pace with the demand. On the flip side, the lack of skilled trade workers is slowing down the pace, dramatically.
Thus the theme of our blog today ~ “The Value of Skilled Trade Worker”
Throughout the Reno/Lake Tahoe region, there are several colleges that offer an impressive list of classes and degrees for skilled trade. For those seeking a first-time career, or looking for a change of pace, maybe it’s time to register for some summer or fall classes now.
You can make a great living, and fulfill a huge need right here in the Tahoe basin and surrounding Reno and Carson City regions. The list is as impressive as the money that one makes when he or she is educated and certified in any of the trade skills noted below.
- Plumbers and Pipefitters
- Backhoe and other construction equipment operators
- Electrical repairmen
- Tool and die makers
- Forklift handlers, including large capacity forklifts
- Tile and marble setters
- Cement masons and finishers
- Sheet metal workers
- Structural iron and steelworkers
- Crane and tower operators
- Dump truck operators
The closest campus (which offers virtual classes, too) is Western Nevada College. Within their Class Schedule, you can find a wide variety of trade-oriented classes. In addition, if you prefer to work on your own, their list of business and marketing courses can complement your skills and services as a freelance trade specialist.
If you have more of a creative mindset, be sure to check out their classes in Drafting, Architecture, and Design. All of which are ideal if you would rather design a home than building one from the ground, up.
Our entire team at Borelli Architecture firm in Nevada encourages you to take a good look at the value of a trade skill. You can take it anywhere and put some money away to build your own home, too!
James P. Borelli
Lake Tahoe / Truckee