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NEW is New York City's top training program for women in the trades. After completing NEW's curriculum, graduates enter local apprenticeships or begin nontraditional jobs in the building and construction trades, the utilities and transportation fields, or facilities maintenance and repair.

Skilled blue-collar work is an excellent choice for women who are fit—or ready to get in shape—and who like active, physically challenging work: It offers high wages (a journey-level worker generally earns over $35 per hour); excellent medical benefits; pensions, annuities, and paid vacation time; and the opportunity for further education.

Here are examples of blue-collar career opportunities available to women in the New York metropolitan area.

Jobs in the Building and Construction Trades

  • Boilermaker
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Cement Mason
  • Electrician
  • Elevator Constructor
  • Elevator Repairer
  • Insulator
  • Ironworker
  • Laborer
  • Lather
  • Operating Engineer
  • Painter
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Plumber
  • Roofer
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Stationary Engineer
  • Steamfitter
  • Tile Setter
  • Truck Driver
  • Welder

Jobs in Public Utilities

  • Customer Field Representative
  • Field Technician
  • General Utility Worker
  • Outdoor Lines Constructor

Jobs in Railroad and Construction

  • Bus Operator
  • Carman
  • Coach Cleaner
  • Conductor Trainees
  • Custodian
  • Electrician
  • Machinist
  • Signal Maintainer
  • Track Worker
  • Train Operator

Jobs in Government

  • Highway Maintenance Worker
  • Laborer
  • Motor Equipment Mechanic
  • Sanitation Worker

Jobs in Facilities Maintenance

  • Custodian
  • Porter
  • Custodial Supervision
  • Superintendent's Helper
An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training and related instruction to help workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.