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Working As A Skilled Trades Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $50,902

    Average Salary

What Does A Skilled Trades Teacher Do

Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.

Duties

Career and technical education teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans and assignments
  • Instruct students on how to develop certain skills
  • Show how to apply classroom knowledge through hands-on activities
  • Demonstrate and supervise the safe and proper use of tools and equipment
  • Monitor students’ progress, assign tasks, and grade assignments
  • Discuss students’ progress with parents, students, and counselors
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules and safety procedures

Career and technical education teachers help students explore and prepare to enter a specific occupation, in fields such as healthcare or information technology. They use a variety of teaching techniques to help students learn and develop skills related to a specific career or field of study. They demonstrate tasks, techniques, and tools used in an occupation. They may assign hands-on tasks, such as replacing brakes on cars, taking blood pressure, or recording vital signs. Teachers typically oversee these tasks in workshops and laboratories in the school.

Some teachers establish relationships with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide practical work experience for students. They also serve as advisers to students participating in career and technical student organizations.

The specific duties of career and technical education teachers vary by the grade and subject they teach. In middle schools and high schools, they teach general concepts in a classroom and through practical exercises in workshops and laboratories.

In postsecondary schools, they teach specific career skills that help students earn a certificate, diploma, or an associate’s degree, and prepare them for a specific job. For example, welding instructors teach students various welding techniques and essential safety practices. They also monitor the use of tools and equipment, and have students practice procedures until they meet the specific standards required by the trade.

In most states, teachers in middle and high schools instruct one subject within the 16 major career fields, also known as Career Clusters. For example, the career cluster known as architecture and construction includes instruction in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining structures.

Teachers instructing courses in agricultural, food, and natural resources teach topics such as agricultural production; agriculture-related business; veterinary science; and plant, animal, and food systems. For example, they may have students plant and care for crops and tend to animals so that students can apply what they have learned in the classroom.

Career and technical education teachers in hospitality and tourism teach students in subjects such as nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel lodging. For example, teachers may instruct and supervise students in creating menus and preparing food.

Some teach the skills necessary to work as technicians and assistants, such as nursing and dental assistants in health-science occupations.

For information on all 16 major Career Clusters and programs in all other states, visit National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

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How To Become A Skilled Trades Teacher

Career and technical education teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. They also need work experience in the subject they teach. Some teachers, particularly those in public schools, also may be required to have a state-issued certification or license. Requirements for certification vary by state.

Education

Career and technical education teachers in public schools generally need a bachelor’s degree in the field they teach, such as agriculture, engineering, or computer science.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many career and technical education teachers need work experience in the field they teach. For example, automotive mechanics, chefs, and nurses typically spend years in their career before moving into teaching.

Training

Some states require prospective career and technical education teachers to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, prospective teachers gain experience in preparing lessons and teaching students under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

States may require career and technical education teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Requirements for certification vary by state. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Certification typically requires completing a student teaching program and a bachelor’s degree. States usually require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test.

Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development courses to maintain their license. For certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states offer an alternative route to certification for prospective teachers who have a bachelor’s degree or work experience in their field, but lack the education courses required for certification. Alternative programs typically cover teaching methods, development of lesson plans, and classroom management.

In addition to teaching certification, career and technical education teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license or certification may need to have and maintain the same credential. For example, career and technical education teachers who instruct welding may need to have certification in welding.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to become mentors and lead teachers, helping less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Career and technical education teachers must be able to explain technical concepts in terms that students can understand.

Organizational skills. Career and technical education teachers have many students in different classes throughout the day. They must be able to organize their time and teaching materials.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teachers must be patient with each student in their classroom and develop a positive learning environment.

Resourcefulness. Teachers need to be able to develop different ways of presenting information and demonstrating tasks so that students can learn.

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Skilled Trades Teacher Demographics

Gender

Male

81.6%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

81.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.5%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

Arabic

20.0%

German

10.0%

French

10.0%

Hindi

10.0%

Urdu

10.0%

Korean

10.0%
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Skilled Trades Teacher Education

Schools

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

9.1%

Colorado Technical University

6.8%

Spring Arbor University

6.8%

Eastern Michigan University

4.5%

Washington State University

4.5%

Schoolcraft College

4.5%

Northwood University

4.5%

Northern Arizona University

4.5%

Owens Community College

4.5%

Kansas City Kansas Community College

4.5%

Charles Stewart Mott Community College

4.5%

Grossmont College

4.5%

Lansing Community College

4.5%

Bennett Career Institute

4.5%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.5%

Georgia State University

4.5%

Lawrence Technological University

4.5%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Stephen F Austin State University

4.5%

Indian Hills Community College

4.5%
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Majors

Business

29.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

6.3%

Elementary Education

5.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.5%

Project Management

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Mechanical Engineering

3.6%

Precision Metal Working

3.6%

Engineering

3.6%

Management

2.7%

Psychology

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

General Studies

2.7%

Educational Leadership

2.7%

Communication

2.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.1%

Other

28.7%

Associate

14.9%

Masters

13.8%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Skilled Trades Teacher

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Top Skilled Trades Teacher Skills

  1. Skilled Trades
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Heavy Machinery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated and dispatched skilled trades for emergencies and daily operations.
  • Follow Company policy and safety procedures.
  • Managed Building Automation and HVAC systems to eliminate equipment breakdowns by, performing preventive and Predictive measure on all facility equipment.
  • Operate, add, edit programs on Northwood CNC 3 axis mill.
  • Monitor and adjust Preventative Maintenance schedule based off of history or customer concerns.

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