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Go Build Georgia Helps Keep Skilled Trades Alive

July 7, 2016
Construction worker.

Indoor plumbing, electricity, smooth roads, air conditioning, hospitals and so many other modern conveniences that we’ve come to expect are in regular need of update and maintenance. Without the help of trade experts, life as we know it would struggle to continue.

Yet while the need for skilled tradesmen grows, less and less people are choosing a career in the trades.

Go Build Georgia, a program of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division, fights to keep skilled trades alive. By encouraging young people to consider skilled careers, this program aims to improve opportunities for craft tradesmen while preparing more highly-skilled employees for businesses.

[Go Build Georgia was replaced by Trade Five in 2016. Learn more at]

Go Build Georgia focuses on 5 industries: manufacturing, industrial construction, transportation, energy and telecommunications. These industries, some of the largest in America, are facing a shortage of workers. With over 80,000 craft job openings and 185,000 new construction tradesmen needed in Georgia every year, our state is no exception.

Four-year degrees are not the only path to success. Industrial and commercial construction workers receive their education hands-on with apprenticeship programs and technical college courses. As a skilled tradesman, you can make a high salary right off the bat while starting into a rewarding career with great potential.

Types of Trade Careers

In the trade industry, you can build a career in one of these areas:

  • Pipefitter
  • Electrician
  • Mason
  • Carpenter
  • Millwright
  • Road Builder/Equipment Operator
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • HVAC Technician
  • Boilermaker
  • Welder
  • Truck Driver
  • Civil Engineer

See a complete list of trade careers and the education required for each in the Go Build Georgia toolbox.

Getting Started

If you’re ready to start your trade career, Go Build Georgia will help you find the education and job opportunities that you need for success! Contact Go Build Georgia to learn about opportunities and connect with employers across the state.


Last updated May 2, 2017.

Rachel Hart

About the Author

Rachel Hart is the User Experience Designer for Digital Services Georgia. On, she makes government material approachable with writing, infographics, videos, and other imagery.

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