Overview: At Your Best Playbooks
AYB Playbooks offer a great deal of valuable content to provide readers a play-by-play approach to building a great career and launching a successful small business in the Skilled Trades.
Each AYB Playbook is intended to be the most comprehensive resource available to provide a brief treatment of each topic presented. Then, readers are provided additional resources that they can use to learn more about related topics.
AYB Playbooks work hand-in-glove with the At Your Best website, where a large inventory of easy-to-use AYB Quick Tools can be accessed to help readers accomplish their objectives.
The Skilled Trades currently covered by AYB Playbooks include:
(The other six AYB Playbooks will be
translated to Spanish in mid-2019)
At Your Best as a CARPENTER
Carpenters are the backbone of the building trades. Carpenters construct, erect, install, and fix frameworks and structures made of wood and other materials. There is always a demand for a skilled carpenter somewhere. No matter the economic situation in any local market, somewhere a potential client is desperate for a skilled, professional carpenter to complete a project. Carpentry is also not a profession that can be easily automated or outsourced overseas.
This AYB Playbook will provide you concrete steps and milestones to build a great career and launch a successful business as a Carpenter.
At Your Best as an ELECTRICIAN
Electricians make the quality and comforts of modern life possible. It is hard to imagine everyday life without the conveniences we enjoy from the power of electricity. So, it is equally hard to imagine our world without skilled electricians. We all rely on lights going on when we flip the switch; on water running when we turn the faucet; on all our appliances and devices working when we want to use them and on almost every other convenience of modern life. Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical power systems wherever they are found.
This AYB Playbook will provide you concrete steps and milestones to build a great career and launch a successful business as an Electrician.
At Your Best as a PLUMBER
Plumbers have an enormous impact on the quality of life and basic functioning of everyone’s lives. When plumbers’ work is done well and operating correctly, everyone is happy and completely unaware of all that went into having everything work “just right.” However, when anything goes wrong - burst pipes, clogged drained, etc. - a plumber cannot arrive fast enough. Given the critical importance and potential issues and costs of improperly completed work, plumbers must be highly trained and skilled.
This AYB Playbook will provide you concrete steps and milestones to build a great career and launch a successful business as a Plumber.
At Your Best as an HVAC/R TECH
HVAC/R Technicians work on the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems that control the temperature, air flow, and air quality in residential, commercial and public buildings. Specifically, the “R” in HVAC/R refers to Refrigeration Technicians that also work on commercial refrigeration systems that store and/or transport perishable foods, medicines, etc..
This AYB Playbook will provide you concrete steps and milestones to build a great career and launch a successful business as an HVAC/R Technician.
At Your Best as a WELDER
Welders join and cut metal to meet an incredibly wide array of extraordinarily critical manufacturing, industrial and construction requirements. The shortage and demand for welders mirrors that being experienced in all Skilled Trades across the United States. Welding and the related Skilled Trades are needed in all types of industries: Construction, Energy, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Automotive, Aerospace, and Industrial Maintenance - just to name a few.
This AYB Playbook will provide you concrete steps and milestones to build a great career and launch a successful business as a Welder.
At Your Best as a MASON
Masons use bricks, concrete blocks, and/or stones to build structures – walls, foundations, walkways, fences, chimneys, or floors – that last. Brickmasons and blockmasons use brick, concrete block, to build and repair structures. Cement masons place and finish concrete for walls and sidewalks, or to make concrete beams, columns, and panels. Stonemasons build stone walls and set stone exteriors and floors using natural-cut and artificial stone. Terrazzo workers create decorative walkways, floors, patios, and panels by pouring, leveling, and finishing the underlying concrete and then create decorative finishes by blending in materials.
This AYB Playbook will provide you concrete steps and milestones to build a great career and launch a successful business as a Mason.
At Your Best as a PAINTER
Painters leave a legacy of their work on nearly every construction or remodeling project that is ever undertaken. Visually, a well-painted wall, room or building leaves an impression that always come back onto the person who did the painting – good or bad. If you’re the painter, your client or your boss will immediately know how committed you are to your craft by simply looking at your work product and the workspace around it.
This AYB Playbook will provide you concrete steps and milestones to build a great career and launch a successful business as a Painter.
At Your Best como CARPINTERO
Los carpinteros son la columna vertebral de la industria de la construcción. Los carpinteros construyen, erigen, instalan y fijan los marcos y estructuras hechas de madera y otros materiales. Siempre hay una demanda de un carpintero experto en alguna parte. No importa la situación económica en cualquier mercado local, en algún lugar un cliente potencial está desesperado por un carpintero profesional experto para completar un proyecto. También carpintería no es una profesión que puede ser fácilmente automatizado o subcontratado en el extranjero.
Este AYB Playbook le proporcionará pasos concretos e hitos para construir una gran carrera y lanzar un negocio exitoso como Carpintero.
AYB Playbooks are intended to help close the Skills Gap by providing folks the concrete steps & milestones to find jobs and build a career as a carpenter, an electrician, an HVAC technician, a mason, a bricklayer, a blockmason, a painter, a welder, or a plumber and then provide them a path to start a small business.