Among the key goals of EERE’s Recovery Act programs is the creation of American jobs through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. This goal brings to mind images of physicists or biochemists working in labs to develop new technologies, or architects and mechanical engineers designing high-performance or green buildings. While Recovery Act projects do require the work of scientists and engineers, they also employ people working in the skilled trades, such as electricians and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanics. Workers in the skilled trades perform vital work in building, installing, renovating, and repairing energy efficient building systems and renewable energy equipment. [More]