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“This was the best of both worlds. Today, I have a degree, a journeyman certificate and a job that I really enjoy.”


Trade Up to a Great Future

Trading up is as easy as stepping up.

All around you, people always seem to be trading up. They are trading up to get a better mobile phone, an iPod with better features, a nicer car or truck- the list goes on. We all like to trade up for a better life.

So, why can’t you also trade up in a career?

Here is the best news: It is easy for you to trade up from your current job prospects to a career with great benefits! That is what Trade Up is all about. Every person has the opportunity to improve their life.

Trade Up New Mexico is a career development initiative developed and sponsored by the Mechanical Electrical Sheet Metal Contractors Association (MESA) which is focused on helping people like you to explore a career in the construction trades. Jobs and opportunities abound for skilled trades workers on job sites throughout New Mexico.

If you like working with your hands and your mind, are concerned that you might not have the temperament, interest, or money for college, and would you like to earn a paycheck while you prepare for a dynamic career, this campaign, and this web site, are for you.

We hope you'll take some time to learn about the opportunities and rewards that await you as trade worker in New Mexico, and when you are ready to take that next step into a construction trade career, we're ready to help you along the way.

Ready to TradeUp?

Trade Up to plumbing and pipe fitting, sheet metal or electrical trades and earn top wages while getting an education at the same time.

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Already a Journeyman and looking to step up to a union? Find out more.

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