Introducing MI Trade School

If you’re looking for a career but you have more questions than answers, a stop at may help you find a rewarding and high-paying career in more than 170 skilled trades., first announced in February by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson during his State of the County address, is a one-stop source for information on jobs, training and possible careers in a skilled trade.

It gives valuable information to job seekers who are trying to determine what interests them and where they may have a future in the job world and for parents who may be unsure if learning a skilled trade is a viable option for their child. The site gives an easy-to-read job overview and the needed skills, the type of personality best suited for the jobs, educational requirements, median salary and future job prospects in that vocation.
“This is a useful tool for our customers,” said John Almstadt, manager of Oakland County Workforce Development division, who oversees the county’s nine Michigan Works! service centers. “In the past you had to go to several locations to get information on careers, training and available jobs.  Now it’s in one convenient location.”

The website works in concert with Workforce Development’s Skills Needs Assessment Project, which is working with area employers to identify the skills employers require of their future workforce.

If you’re interested in becoming a manufacturing engineering technologist – someone who develops tools, designs or computer technologies to ensure an efficient manufacturing process – the job opportunities are bright and the median wage is $58,670.

Looking to become a software developer, your future is equally bright and your annual median wage is more than $89,000.

Always wanted to be a baker? You’ll learn that job opportunities are below average and the median annual salary is $23,250.

Manufacturers told Patterson there was no central portal for potential employees to get information on available skilled trades. Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs began working on the site that would be easy to use while providing current data about available employment in skilled trades. A week after its launch, there were more than 4,000 page views recorded.

“Oakland County’s involvement lends the whole initiative a sense of legitimacy,” said Irene Spanos, director of economic development and community affairs. “Employers and employees don’t always know where to go to get this type of information. We’ve put it in a convenient location. “ is also being promoted through Oakland Schools.