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How Waldrop’s University Program Is Better than a Trade School


Waldrop can provide the vocational training you need, whether you’re seeking to learn a trade or make a career change in the Greenville and Spartanburg areas. The education you receive will qualify you for high-paying jobs as a plumber or HVAC technician. We’ll explain why our program is a better option than enrolling in a trade school.

Why Choose an Alternative to a Trade School

You’ll receive hands-on training in an academic program, but not on-the-job training unless the program includes an apprenticeship or internship. But even if it does, you’ll likely have to find opportunities outside the school. Class sizes are generally small and you can complete your education in two years or less. Still, this is longer than Waldrop University’s 16-week program.

Going to school for technical training also has the following disadvantages:

  • Technical schools are hard to find
  • Limited grants, loans, and other financial aid options
  • Competition with classmates, especially if the local market is saturated
  • A demanding schedule with few breaks
  • Limited career growth, depending on the program

Waldrop Unversity Delivers a Strong Education and a Clear Career Path

You’re not guaranteed a job when you graduate from a technical school. But when you enroll in the Waldrop University program, you receive vocational training and are guaranteed a job after completing your education. The HVAC and plumbing industries offer some of the most lucrative and fulfilling jobs without a college degree. We’ll help you reach your career goals in a short amount of time.

The qualities we look for include:

  • Effective problem solvers
  • Creative troubleshooters
  • A passion for serving the community
  • A desire for new situations every day
  • A love for working with your hands

What we also offer is a clear career path. In just 16 weeks, you can gain the knowledge and skills to become an apprentice and learn on the job. The next step on the career ladder is a maintenance technician, working directly with customers and helping keep their home systems in top shape. You can then advance to a service professional who diagnoses the causes of system issues and provides the customer with options to resolve them. 

However, Waldrop University doesn’t train you to only become an HVAC or plumbing technician. Your career path can lead to coaching and leadership roles as a director, manager, field supervisor, or trainer.

Start Your Application Today

Begin a direct path to your home services career by attending an informational session or signing up for the Waldrop University program. If you’ve been wondering how to become a plumber or how to become an HVAC technician, you can learn your trade at the Waldrop Campus. Our training leaders will guide you throughout your vocational training. To learn more about Waldrop University, continue browsing, register for more information, or apply now.

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