Should I go into the Trades?

This post is a partial response to a recent chat with Millennial Woes on the issue of the modern university.

Let’s face it, the modern university has become one of the most destructive things to the West out there today, perhaps even worse than the media. Every year millions of white men go in, expecting to get anything from intellectual stimulation, sex with attractive women or improved career prospects. Some of these conditions are more met than others. It’s still very possible to get a good paying job as an engineer (though a note of caution, it is not as guaranteed a thing as some people say), it is still possible to use a university campus to live out romantic and sexual desires (if you can keep away from the SJW anti “rape” police). Honest intellectual discourse? Where have you been for the past 70 years?

What’s a (white) man to do?! Universities are becoming increasingly hostile places for us, even to some extent in STEM fields, through mandatory diversity classes or “women in tech” initiatives. Most of the well-paying unskilled labor jobs have vanished with automation and outsourcing, and spending 40 years in fast food should not be anyone’s dream. Yet for 50 or more years what our society has been telling men is to go to college, get a degree, any degree, and eventually you can land a good paying white collar job and pay your bills. But this isn’t 1975, and you still need to eat. What’s a man to do?

Unless you are severely disabled, or are very good at calculus, looking into blue collar trade work should be strongly considered. While not a perfect answer, it is one potential solution among many.

The first major – and I do mean major – mark in favor of the trades, is that for the most part, you can say whatever you want.

Well, obviously there are limitations. You can’t just go around screaming racial epithets at your coworkers and expect to be employed for very long. On the other hand, most places don’t seem to care very much what you say outside of work regarding Muslims, blacks, etc. Skilled labor is just that: skilled. It is something that needs to be retained and adds tangible value. A generic office dweller can be replaced in an instant by a job-hungry college graduate. A good welder or a good CNC machinist is not something you find very often. If worst comes to worst, you can always start your own business. This is perhaps the biggest advantage; this freedom to say and think what you want on your own time.

Job prospects are pretty good if you are up to date on your technology. For instance, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has this to say about the job outlook for welders (1) :

Overall job prospects will vary with the worker’s skill level. Job prospects should be good for welders trained in the latest technologies. Welding schools report that graduates have little difficulty finding work, and many employers report difficulty finding properly skilled welders. However, welders who do not have up-to-date training may face strong competition for jobs.

Machinists (2):

Job opportunities for machinists and tool and die makers should be excellent, as employers continue to value the wide-ranging skills of these workers. Also, many young people with the right education and personal qualifications needed to become machinists and tool and die makers prefer to attend college or may not wish to enter production occupations. Therefore, the number of workers learning to be machinists and tool and die makers is expected to be smaller than the number of job openings arising each year from the need to replace experienced machinists who retire or leave the occupation for other reasons.

Plumbers and Pipe fitters (3):

Overall job opportunities are expected to be good as some employers continue to report difficulty finding qualified workers. In addition, many plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are expected to retire over the next 10 years, resulting in more job openings. Workers with welding experience should have the best job opportunities.

As with other construction workers, employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is sensitive to fluctuations in the economy. On the one hand, workers may experience periods of unemployment when the overall level of construction falls. On the other hand, shortages of workers may occur in some areas during peak periods of building activity.

However, maintenance and repair of plumbing and pipe systems must continue even during economic downturns, so plumbers and fitters outside of construction, especially those in manufacturing, tend to have more stable employment.

Overall, the outlook is fairly good, though that may change if there is another recession, or more people decide to go to trade school. But overall, for now the employment picture is pretty good compared to some other fields involving Financial Analysts or Lawyers where competition is stiff.

Pay can be decent, especially for people who are good at their craft. Here the trades do fall short. You will still probably make more over a lifetime with a college degree, especially in an engineering field.

Overall, unless you already have a good non-trades job lined up, are good at mathematics or engineering, or have a mental or physical disability, young white males should absolutely look into trades work. The aversion to loud power tools gradually goes away, but more than that it’s an exercise of power. When you go into a generic white collar field for work, you are at the mercy of leftist HR managers. If you are in college you are at the mercy of professors and other leftists since you have no means to sustain yourself or offer much tangible. But most professors will be helpless if their pipes burst, or if they need a part of their car welded. They can scream that you are “racist” all they want, and even try to harm you or get you fired. But at the end of the day, you can do something they cannot. The modern left is built on a foundation of comfort and insulation. These things are possible because of people like plumbers, HVAC technicians, auto mechanics, tool and die makers, carpenters, and so on. If we really wanted to, we could destroy them. They call us evil racists who need to die? We shut off the power. They say our women need to hate our men and should lust after other races? I say we should let their toilets and sinks overflow with the rotten stench of their own refuse. To learn to do something tangible, while not easy, and not always even the best paying compared to some other fields, is in a way, an exercise of power over leftists bastards, who in every other endeavor political, intellectual, and cultural, have kicked us out.

You leftists may have the media and the academy, but you have no idea about plastic injection molding, mold making, welding, joinery, or anything. I build. You can only destroy.


(1) http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm#tab-6

(2) http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/machinists-and-tool-and-die-makers.htm#tab-6

(3) http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/plumbers-pipefitters-and-steamfitters.htm#tab-6

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4 thoughts on “Should I go into the Trades?

  1. I became an engineer and my two brothers became skilled tradesmen, pipefitter and millwright. They got paid to train, I paid for university and only worked in summers. They made more than me while working, especially as they got more experience. They had great retirement packages, I got laid off in my 50’s and could not find any more engineering work. Go trades, it is the most certain decision you will ever make.

  2. Electronics manufacturing may be off-shored cheaply to the third-world, but integrated circuit “chips” will never process high voltages/currents. In the years ahead most human labor will be automated. Learn to design or repair the robots that will put 60% of the white middle-class out of work. Strong electrical, electronics, and/or mechanical knowledge, as well as installation and troubleshooting skills are required for this work.

    In California and elsewhere general education classes and non-science, non-technical majors tend to be packed, wait-listed, or impacted. “Impacted” means there are more students waiting to sign up than there are spots to be filled. Obtain an A.S. degree if you have time, but realize that traditional two-year programs could take three to five years to complete. A four-year engineering program at CalPoly, for example, can take six to eight years. One alternative is to set your sights on acquiring a certificate in one of the technical trades offered by local community college. Strong electrical and electronics knowledge is very beneficial. Enroll in a few welding courses as well and stay in practice. Buy a welder for the garage:

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lincoln-Electric-Handy-MIG-Welder-K2185-1/100596739

    If you’re in SoCal, I strongly recommend Mt. San Antonio Community College’ Electronics & Computer Technology program:
    http://www.mtsac.edu/electronics/

    Free supplemental electronics material (I used this to supplement ground and aviation electronics training in the Marine Corps) may be obtained here:
    Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series
    http://www.fcctests.com/neets/neets.htm

    Prepare for the FCC’s General Radiotelephone Operator License (Elements 1 and 3) at a cost of only $20-$30. Upgrade your GROL and add the FCC’s Ship Radar Endorsement (Element 8):
    FCC License Test Preparation
    http://www.fcctests.com/

    Consider obtaining one or more licenses from the Electronics Technician Association:
    ETA International
    http://www.eta-i.org/electronics.html

    If anybody is interested I’m always available for help.

  3. Another brilliant article Andrew. I could only add to it by suggesting the priesthood as an alternative to the modern world. While that too is an area of increasing degeneration, it offers something to those who want to give something back to the community, want to bring masculinity back to the church, and get a small salary but free accommodation.

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