Positions for Job Seekers with Specific Industrial Skills

One of the best ways to prove to potential employers that you’re the right choice for a job position is to demonstrate your in-depth knowledge, specialized skills, and solid experience in a particular field. Job seekers who have received specific training or certifications stand out from the rest. This proves from the beginning of the hiring process that you already know what you’re doing. TechForce knows how to help candidates find and secure jobs  that put their industrial skills and certifications to good use.

Jobs That Require Specialized Industrial Skills

  • Chemical & Lab Technicians
  • Drivers
  • Plumbers
  • HVAC Technicians
  • Machinists
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Welders
  • Sheet Metal Workers

Finding a Specialized Job with TechForce

TechForce is always looking for talented, skilled workers interested in flexible work. If you have any of the skills, certifications, or licenses listed below, you are a great candidate for finding work with one of our many partner companies. If you don’t currently have any of these licenses or certifications, many of our partners will assist you in gaining these credentials if you show dedication and a drive to succeed.

Chemical & Lab Technician Certifications and Licenses +
To become a certified lab technician, you need a high school diploma or GED, and an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from a community college, vocational school, or university. While certification is not required in the state of Texas, obtaining certification enhances your knowledge and competence, improving your resume, experience, and future prospects for employment and career advancement.You can obtain certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or the American Association of Bioanalysts Board of Registry (ABOR). Learn more here.
Driving Certifications and Licenses +
With the following certifications or licenses, you’re qualified for most driving jobs in the state of Texas. There are three different types of Commercial Driving Licenses (CDLs):

  • Class C CDL – This is the initial license, with B and A following.
  • Class B CDL – This license allows you to drive single vehicles 26,001 lbs or heavier and/or any vehicle as described above towing up to 10,000 lbs. This includes straight trucks, large buses, delivery trucks, and dump trucks.
  • Class A CDL – This license is required to drive any combination of vehicles heavier than 26,001 lbs and/or any vehicle as described above towing another vehicle up to 10,000 lbs. This includes tractor-trailers, flatbeds, and double and triple trailers.
Plumbing Certifications and Licenses +
In the state of Texas, there are four different levels of professional plumber. The higher your level, the higher pay you can expect from plumbing jobs.

  • Plumber’s Apprentice
  • Tradesman Plumber
  • Journeyman Plumber
  • Master Plumber

Everyone must start as an apprentice, but a Tradesman Plumber license is not required to acquire a Journeyman Plumber license. However, to become a Master Plumber, you must hold a Journeyman Plumber license for at least one year, have a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and prove you are a United States citizen with permanent residence.

HVAC Certifications and Licenses +
Before you acquire an ACR License, you must be registered as a Technician. In Texas, to work as an HVAC Technician, you must have an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contactor License.These licenses and registration are acquired through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
Machinist Certifications and Licenses +
To become a machinist, you need a high school diploma or GED. The first step after that is to complete an apprenticeship or a 2-year associate’s degree program. Then, you should acquire the NIMS Certified Machinist credential from The National Institute of Metalworking Skills.
Welder Certifications and Licenses +
To begin a training program at a trade school or community college, you typically need a high school diploma or GED. Texas requires all welders to be certified by the American Welding Society. To obtain your certification you must complete an application, meet minimum physical strength requirements, and pass a hands-on welding test at an accredited worksite in front of a supervisor.
Sheet Metal Worker Certifications and Licenses +
Sheet metal certifications are not required in the state of Texas, but obtaining the available certifications makes your resume stand out from the rest. Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International offers three levels of certification, from Fundamentals of Metal Fabrication to Precision Sheet Metal Operator.
Maintenance Technician Certifications and Licenses +
The Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) is the leading provider of educational opportunities and resources for those working in the maintenance and reliability sector. They offer three certifications:

  • Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP)
  • Certified Maintenance & Reliability Technician (CMRT)
  • Certified Asset Management Assessor (CAMA)

THE CMRP assesses maintenance professionals on five categories of knowledge: Business & Management, Equipment Reliability, Manufacturing Process Reliability, Organization & Leadership, and Work Management.

The CMRT evaluates technicians in four different areas: Maintenance Practices, Preventative and Predictive Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Analysis, and Corrective Maintenance.

The CAMA tests an individual's abilities to be an auditor of asset management systems, not an understanding of maintenance and reliability topics. However, an understanding of these topics is necessary to pass the exam.

These certifications last for three years. To be eligible for these exams, you must have no prior convictions of felonious behavior, and must not have taken the exam within the last six months.


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