HUDSON, Wisconsin, April 1, 2024 — In a groundbreaking announcement today, FlexTrades, the renowned national manufacturing services provider, has declared its ambitious plan to send 50 skilled tradespeople to Mars in 2025. This unprecedented move marks a giant leap in human exploration and sets the stage for a new era of interplanetary cooperation and development.

The mission, set to last for approximately 90 days, will see FlexTrades technicians embarking on a journey beyond Earth’s bounds to assist in assembling infrastructure for habitation and scientific research on the Martian surface. Leveraging their expertise in manufacturing processes, these technicians will play a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for sustainable living conditions and advancing scientific endeavors on our neighboring planet.

“We are thrilled to announce this historic endeavor,” said Amara Galaxia, Chief of Space Operations (CSO). “Our technicians possess unparalleled skills and experience, and we believe that their contributions will be invaluable in shaping the future of Martian exploration and colonization.”

FlexTrades, acting as both a pioneer and a visionary in this endeavor, will oversee all aspects of the mission, including travel arrangements, lodging, and ensuring the safety and well-being of its personnel throughout their journey to the Red Planet.

“The opportunity to extend our services beyond Earth’s boundaries is a testament to our commitment to innovation and excellence,” added Galaxia. “We are confident that our technicians will rise to the challenge and make significant contributions to the ongoing efforts to unlock the mysteries of Mars.”

While the mission undoubtedly carries its share of challenges and uncertainties, FlexTrades remains undeterred in its pursuit of pushing the boundaries of human exploration and discovery. With meticulous planning and unwavering determination, the company aims to ensure the success of this historic venture and pave the way for future endeavors in space exploration.

As the countdown to 2025 begins, the world eagerly anticipates witnessing the journey of FlexTrades technicians as they embark on an extraordinary odyssey to Mars, leaving an indelible mark on the annals of human history.

Happy April Fools’ Day, from FlexTrades! While we may not be sending technicians to Mars just yet, we’re always ready to tackle new challenges here on Earth. Stay tuned for more fun and exciting content from FlexTrades in the future.

About FlexTrades:

FlexTrades is a premier traveling workforce solutions provider offering bespoke services to manufacturing companies nationwide. Established in 2004, FlexTrades is a leader in deploying skilled industrial and engineering talent to companies experiencing production shortfalls, skills gaps or operational backlogs. FlexTrades leverages its vast network of skilled trade technicians while seamlessly handling all travel logistics, administration, and personnel management to ensure the right talent for each project. The FlexTrades mission is to make a difference every day through its impact on American production. The success of this commitment is evident in the thousands of individuals provided with work that matters and by the ever-growing satisfaction of our clients, technicians, corporate team members, partners, and communities.

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In the early hours of March 28, 1979 the largest nuclear accident the United States has ever seen is about to unfold. At 4:00am, the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station suffers a pump failure and cooling malfunction which leads to a partial nuclear melt down. Fortunately, this partial meltdown did not lead to any loss of life, and the lessons learned have helped to make America’s power plants safer than ever.

Most manufacturing facilities don’t have the potential to devastate an entire region like a full nuclear meltdown could. But the health and safety of employees is at serious risk if safety procedures aren’t followed, or if they aren’t in place to begin with.

A recent article we presented outlines the CDC’s Hierarchy of Controls. At Three Mile Island, the nuclear reaction (the most dangerous part) cannot be eliminated or replaced. Therefore, excellent engineering and administrative controls were in place to isolate the most dangerous effects of the meltdown away from the operators and inspectors monitoring the situation.

Below is a timeline of key events on this day 45 years ago and some of the aftermath.

March 27, 1979 – Setting the Stage

Maintenance efforts to clear resin filters have created a dangerous situation for the plant operators. Water enters air lines through a stuck valve creating a ticking time-bomb that unfolds the next morning.

4:00am March 28, 1979 – The Accident Begins

A pump failure leads to a reactor shutdown. The stuck valve from the previous day does not allow cooling systems to work in the reactor, causing it to quickly overheat. The meltdown has begun as operators are notified with alarms.

7:45am March 28

A small release of radioactive gas is recorded off-site and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is notified.

8:00am March 28

Additional support is needed quickly. Response teams from the NRC, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are mobilized.

9:15am – 11:00am March 28

In Washington DC, President Jimmy Carter is briefed on the accident. Back in Pennsylvania, non-essential personnel are ordered to leave the premises to limit unnecessary exposure.

Afternoon into Evening March 28

In the afternoon, the first air samples are taken by helicopters to monitor radioactivity in the atmosphere. As the day comes to a close, the situation is stabilizing, and the core continues to cool to safer levels.

March 30, 1979

Radiation from an auxiliary building is released which causes a new wave of concerns. Pennsylvania governor Dick Thornburgh is worried for citizens in the area and begins discussing an evacuation plan. Vulnerable citizens within a five-mile radius are advised to leave the area.

March 31 to April 1, 1979

A large hydrogen bubble has been identified inside the pressure vessel that contains the reactor core. If this hydrogen bubble were to breach the pressure vessel, large amounts of radiation could escape. Fortunately, the hydrogen bubble reduced in size, and since there was no oxygen present, there was no risk of explosion.

President Jimmy Carter visits the site.

Mid-April 1979 – Investigations

Two investigations are set in motion. The President appoints a 12-member commission while the NRC forms another group to investigate. The purpose is to identify what happened and determine if there are any health and safety risks for those on-site and in the area.

The President’s commission releases a report several months later. They suggest industry standards be developed to better manage nuclear power plants. It also cites the need for operators to receive better training and closer supervision.

1980’s – Cleanup and Health Studies

In July 1980, over a year after the accident, the first manned entry of the reactor building is done.

Throughout the 1980s, the “head” (roof) of the reactor vessel is removed. Reactor materials are removed and shipped off-site. By 1988, the facility’s license is changed to “possession-only” to enter a state of long-term monitoring.

Epidemiological studies are done to study the health effects of the accident. In 1981, they find that the amount of radiation released was too small to detect any negative effects to those close to the plant. In 1982 and 1988, two different studies find that infant mortality rates were not affected. In 1985 and 1989, two studies find that no significant abnormalities in cancer rates were present either.

1990’s to Today

In the 1990s, the site continues to be decontaminated of radioactive materials and waste.

Additional health studies continue to find that cancer rates did not increase in the area. However, some residents and employees felt psychological stress from the event for up to six years in some cases.

By 2009, the reactor is permanently shut down and defueled, but it will remain monitored for years to come.


As mentioned in the beginning, manufacturers don’t typically face the large-scale environmental and ecological risks of a nuclear reactor melting down, but the risk to life and limb is very real for millions of tradespeople. What lesson can we, as manufacturers, learn from an accident like Three Mile Island?

Engineering controls create safer work environments by separating employees from the source of hazards. Solid administrative controls and sufficient training on them will help employees understand how to work safely, and what to do if something goes wrong.

Sadly, regardless of great safety controls, accidents still happen. When they do, it’s critical that they are reported, and that an investigation is done to determine the root cause. With additional information, updated safety measures and training can be incorporated to prevent a similar accident in the future.

Dear High School Students and Those Considering Your Next Steps,

You’re at a crossroads, facing one of the most significant decisions of your life: What comes after high school? While college is often presented as the primary path, it’s not the only route to a successful and fulfilling career. The world of manufacturing and skilled trades offers a wealth of opportunities that align with the practical, financial and personal aspirations of many young adults.

Quick Entry to the Workforce & Financial Benefits

Entering a trade can provide a faster transition to starting your career, often requiring less time than the four-year commitment to college. Trade programs typically last from a few months to two years, allowing you to gain the necessary skills and start earning sooner. The financial aspect is also compelling. Trade school can significantly reduce educational expenses compared to university tuition, lessening the burden of student debt. For example, the average cost of trade school tuition in the United States is around $5,000 per year, compared to the tens of thousands spent annually on a four-year degree.

Breaking Barriers & Building Futures

Trade school isn’t just for men; it’s a viable and rewarding path for young women who are eager to build a successful career. Women in trades can thrive in environments that value skill, determination and creativity. Pursuing a skilled trade career offers stability, competitive salaries and the satisfaction of hands-on work. The diversity in trades means there are numerous opportunities to find a niche that aligns with personal interests and strengths, from construction and automotive to technology and renewable energy sectors. Women entering the trades are breaking stereotypes, contributing to a more diverse workforce and proving that these careers are not defined by gender but by expertise and passion.

Growing Demand & Job Security

The demand for skilled tradespeople is on the rise, with sectors like manufacturing, construction and green energy experiencing particularly high growth. For instance, solar panel installer positions are projected to grow by 52% through 2030. This demand creates a robust job market and offers job security that is often unmatched in other fields.

Hands-On Learning & Real-World Application

Many of you thrive with hands-on learning and practical application, traits that align perfectly with careers in the trades. Apprenticeship programs offer the opportunity to earn while you learn, gaining real-world experience under the mentorship of seasoned professionals. This approach not only provides a solid foundation of skills but also allows you to apply what you learn immediately, making education both relevant and engaging.

Opportunities for Advancement & Innovation

The trades are not a dead-end path; they offer substantial opportunities for career growth and advancement. With experience and additional certifications, you can progress to supervisory roles, manage projects or even start your own business. The field also encourages innovation, with technology integration offering new ways to work and solve problems, ensuring the trades remain both dynamic and evolving.

Essential to the Economy & Society

Skilled tradespeople play a crucial role in maintaining and advancing our infrastructure and quality of life. From building homes to maintaining energy systems, these careers are essential to society’s functioning and offer a sense of purpose and contribution that is deeply fulfilling.

Pursuing a career in manufacturing and skilled trades is not just a backup plan — it’s a viable, rewarding and often overlooked path to success. It’s about matching your interests and strengths with opportunities that offer not only financial rewards but also job satisfaction and the chance to make a tangible impact on the world.

Embrace the possibilities that lie in the skilled trades, and consider how this path might be the right fit for you.

If you have questions about the skilled trades, feel free to contact the FlexTrades team at any time. We’d be more than happy to offer our support and guidance.

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, stands at the threshold of revolutionizing U.S. manufacturing. Over the next 20 years, additive manufacturing is predicted to transcend its prototyping roots, maturing into a key driver for production across various sectors, including the aerospace, medical and automotive industries. The adoption of additive manufacturing promises to enhance production capacity, facilitate personalized production and streamline supply chains. But will those promises live up to the hype? Let’s find out.

A Decade of Transformation

In the next decade, we will likely witness additive manufacturing becoming more entrenched in traditional manufacturing processes, especially where customization and complex designs are paramount. For instance, in the medical and dental fields, additive manufacturing is poised to further personalize patient care through tailored solutions, enhancing both quality and efficiency. As we move towards 2033, the integration of additive manufacturing across the United States is expected to accelerate, fueled by advancements in materials and digital technologies.

Mid-Term Prospects: 15 Years Ahead

By 2038, additive manufacturing could redefine manufacturing landscapes, with increased adoption driven by its ability to produce complex designs that traditional methods cannot match. However, challenges like high production costs, limited scale in production volumes and technical barriers such as design knowledge and integration with existing manufacturing systems may temper its growth.

The 20-Year Horizon

Looking two decades ahead, the future of additive manufacturing in the U.S. hinges on overcoming current limitations. The evolution of additive manufacturing technology, including advancements in materials and processes, will be crucial. If these challenges are addressed, additive manufacturing could significantly alter the manufacturing ecosystem, enabling sustainable, efficient and localized production models.

Challenges on the Path to Adoption

Despite its potential, several obstacles hinder additive manufacturing’s widespread adoption. The high cost of production, particularly with metal additive manufacturing, and the scale limitations of current machines, pose significant challenges. The technology also faces a skills gap in design for additive manufacturing and concerns about cybersecurity and intellectual property protection.

Embracing the Additive Revolution

For additive manufacturing to reach its full potential, a concerted effort across the industry is necessary. This includes investment in R&D, workforce training and developing new business models tailored to additive manufacturing’s capabilities. As companies navigate these challenges, the integration of additive manufacturing into mainstream production will likely become more prevalent.

FlexTrades’ Vision: Navigating the Additive Landscape

FlexTrades envisions a future where additive manufacturing is seamlessly integrated into U.S. manufacturing processes, driven by innovation and efficiency. To achieve this, we must invest in technological advancements, educate the workforce and foster a culture of continuous improvement and adaptation to new manufacturing paradigms.

What Lies Ahead?

As we ponder the future of manufacturing in the United States, additive manufacturing stands as both a beacon of potential and a challenge to conventional wisdom. Will the allure of digital, customizable and efficient production through additive manufacturing outweigh the hurdles of cost, scale and technical integration? The answer lies in our collective ability to innovate, adapt and embrace the future of smart manufacturing. The journey of additive manufacturing from a niche technology to a cornerstone of industrial production will not only test our resolve but also shape the legacy of U.S. manufacturing in the global arena. 

As we stand at the precipice of a new era, the landscape of American manufacturing is poised for a transformative journey. At FlexTrades, we’ve closely observed the evolving industrial tapestry, weaving predictions for the next 10, 15, and 20 years. The narrative of U.S. manufacturing is one of resilience, innovation and strategic evolution, guided by the imperatives of sustainability, technology integration and workforce development.

The Next Decade: 2023-2033

In the immediate decade, we foresee a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing driven by advanced technologies like AI, robotics and the IoT (Internet of Things). These aren’t just buzzwords but the backbone of what we term ‘smart manufacturing.’ This era will be marked by increased efficiency, reduced waste and heightened customization, catering to a market that values sustainability as much as quality. FlexTrades anticipates a shift towards more localized production models, reducing supply chain vulnerabilities and fostering a ‘made in America’ renaissance.

The 15-Year Outlook: 2023-2038

By 2038, the integration of digital and physical manufacturing spheres will have matured, giving rise to what could be called ‘Manufacturing 4.0.’ The boundaries between industries will blur as cross-sector collaborations become the norm. FlexTrades envisions a manufacturing ecosystem that is not only more interconnected but also more adaptable and resilient to global pressures, be they economic, environmental or political. The role of 3D printing and recycled materials will become predominant, revolutionizing product lifecycle management and reducing the carbon footprint of manufacturing activities.

The 20-Year Future: 2023-2043

Looking two decades ahead, the narrative of U.S. manufacturing will be one of complete transformation. The sector will likely emerge as a global leader in clean and renewable energy-driven production, setting new standards in eco-industrial practices. At FlexTrades, we predict the widespread adoption of zero-emission factories and the integration of circular economy principles as core business strategies. The workforce will be highly skilled, with a strong emphasis on STEM education and continuous learning, ensuring that the human element evolves in tandem with technological advancements.

Change Is On The Horizon:

The journey of U.S. manufacturing is set against the backdrop of innovation, sustainability and a deepening commitment to economic and environmental stewardship. As FlexTrades looks to the future, we are committed to being at the forefront of this transformation, championing the principles of adaptability, efficiency and sustainability. The narrative of American manufacturing is unfolding before our eyes, and it promises a story of revival, resilience and renaissance.

FlexTrades might be considered one of the top travel agents in the United States based upon all the flights, road trips, and hotels we book and advise on year after year for our technicians. As a result, we know the tips and tricks for making travel easier and cheaper, and we’re sharing that list with you.

Tips & Tricks for Travel

Cheap Flights

  1. Don’t choose a destination, then your travel dates, and then find a flight. Rather, first find low-cost flights (from your departure airport) and then decide the destination that intrigues you the most on the dates that work well.
  2. If the above doesn’t work for you, then book your flights with strategy. There are windows of time that seem to work best depending upon whether your flying domestically or internationally.

  1. It used to be said that there were specific days of the week that were better than others when booking a flight but that’s now considered a myth. However, there are days considered cheaper to fly thanks to business travelers.

Departure Days

  1. Google Flights is considered by many as the best way to find flights and there are best practices for using Google Flights too (find them here). But it’s not necessarily the best way to book flights. Always try to book flights directly with the airline.
  2. Finally, if you’re not against credit cards, using an airline credit card can score you additional dollar savings with perks like free checked luggage or complimentary Wi-Fi in addition to lower cost or free flights if you secure enough points or miles.

Cheap Road Trips 

  1. First and foremost, if you’re driving by car, try not to travel on peak traffic days or during peak traffic hours. Peak traffic days like holidays (or even weekends) often bring higher fuel costs (and lodgings costs).
  2. Gas can be one of the biggest costs when traveling by car, but it can also be the easiest way to save money. Google Maps will not only help you plan your route, but you can also view all the gas stations along the way and their current fuel price.


  1. If that’s not your thing, consider a fuel rewards app like Gas Buddy, which helps you not only save money but also earn rewards. And, if it’s helpful, Gas Buddy will calculate an estimate of the cost of fuel for the entire ride, too.
  2. Focus on fuel efficiency. You can do this by driving at the speed at which your vehicle gets the greatest fuel economy (typically around 55 mpg) or by getting a tune up on your vehicle prior to travel.
  3. Whether you have a personal vehicle or not, public transportation is a great alternative to traveling in your car. Whether you do it for your entire trip (Amtrak here we come!) or you do it once you’re at your final destination, you’ll likely find costs are lower than they would be with a vehicle. Public transportation avoids parking fees, fuel costs, and wear & tear on your vehicle. Another plus to public transportation? Seeing everything that’s around you as a passenger, rather than a driver.
  4. Last but not least, save money on food. Here’s some tips and tricks on how to not only eat within budget but also eat well while road tripping.

Cheap Lodging

No matter what type of lodging you prefer, you can always find a good deal on it. There is no need to sleep in your car to save money or blow your budget somewhere to lay your head.  Below are some options to stay within budget but remember, it’s not just about budget it’s also about traveling safely and securely.

  1. Hotels are, of course, great places to stay. Here’s some tips & tricks for finding hotels within your budget and remember to use these best practices when booking a hotel. And don’t forget to earn rewards with hotel chains by signing up for their loyalty programs.
  2. Airbnb or VRBO
    • Some may say these aren’t cost efficient but if you’re real about what you need vs. don’t need and/or where you stay, you can find some budget friendly options!
  3. Hospitality Exchanges
    • This “exchange” allows a traveler to stay in the home of a local either for free or very minimal reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses. As someone using this option, you too, must be willing to host when others need a place to stay.
    • Couch Surfing
    • BeWelcome
  4. Hostels
    • Just like any other lodging, hostels vary in terms of cleanliness, available amenities, and quality. However, they can still be a very budget-friendly lodging option.
  5. Home Exchange
    • Is a great place for this. Additionally, with websites like,, and, you can match with homeowners who need house sitters. For watching over their home, pets, and minor cleaning, you can secure a free place to stay at your intended destination.
  6. Stay on a Farm or at a Monastery
    • Staying at a farm or monastery is definitely a unique approach to lodging but it’s one type of lodging that allows for a lot of learning!

The proof is in the pudding. You don’t have to save money for years on end to travel, rather you can save money while traveling and still get the adventure you’re looking for!

In today’s fast-paced manufacturing sector, keeping up with production demands is a monumental task, especially when faced with a skilled labor shortage. That’s where FlexTrades steps in – your premier partner in bridging the gap between demand and skilled labor availability. With hundreds of skilled tradespeople ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice across the United States, we ensure that your manufacturing processes never skip a beat.

The FlexTrades Advantage:

At FlexTrades, we understand the unique challenges that manufacturing companies and their workforce decision-makers face. The need for skilled labor is more critical than ever, and we provide a seamless solution with our on-demand skilled tradespeople. What truly sets us apart is the zero ramp-up time required by our technicians. Tell us what you need, and consider it done. This level of efficiency and reliability is what makes FlexTrades a cut above the rest.

Our Commitment to the U.S. Manufacturing Industry:

Our mission is clear: to offer unparalleled flexibility and bespoke labor solutions that empower manufacturing companies to meet their production goals efficiently. Whether it’s tackling backlogs, ramping up production times or simply meeting project deadlines, FlexTrades is committed to your success. We take pride in the exceptional feedback from our clients, who commend our workers for their knowledge, work ethic and ability to exceed expectations on every assignment.

Expanding Our Horizons:

In our continuous effort to serve the manufacturing industry better, FlexTrades is excited to promote our engineering services. This expansion means that we’re not just about providing skilled tradespeople; we’re also here to supply experienced engineers ready to address and solve your technical challenges, ensuring your projects are always ahead of the curve.

Engagement and Community:

FlexTrades is more than a labor solutions provider; we’re a community. Engaging through events, webinars, social media and sponsorships, we stay connected and active within the manufacturing industry. Our storytelling approach in marketing reflects our commitment to not just talk business but to share stories of success, innovation and partnership.


FlexTrades is here to redefine how manufacturing companies overcome their biggest hurdle – finding the right skilled labor at the right time. With our no-nonsense approach, you tell us what you need, and we deliver without delay. Our workforce is ready to be your strength, offering flexibility, reliability and excellence.

Embrace the future of manufacturing with FlexTrades. Let’s build success stories together!

Ready to tackle your production challenges head-on? Contact FlexTrades today to learn how our skilled tradespeople and engineers can be the game-changer for your manufacturing needs.

American manufacturers almost unanimously place safety as a top priority, as it should be. In fact, FlexTrades was recognized with a ‘Risk Control Award of Merit’ in 2023. But there are so many hazards in this industry, ranging from slips and falls to hazardous materials and fires. How do companies and employees ensure a safe working environment?


I found this Hierarchy of Controls from the CDC to be a great insight into the key steps that are followed to create a safe working environment. This article is intended to be a high-level look at some of these safety controls and how they apply to a production environment.


Can a toxic chemical be removed from the process? Can heavy objects be kept on the ground to eliminate a lift? Can a process with a sharp tool be done differently to save fingers?

It is always a good exercise to see if any dangers can be physically removed when a manufacturing procedure uses dangerous materials, processes, or tools. If the danger is removed, so is the safety risk. 


If you can’t remove the danger, is there an alternative way to achieve the same result?

For instance, if a process has multiple heavy lifts to join large sub-assemblies, review the workflow to see if those lifts can be done earlier in the process when things are lighter.

When a substitution is done right, you mitigate or prevent known risks without introducing new ones.

Engineering Controls

Engineering controls are intended to separate workers from a known risk. The layout of a workspace, barriers and shields in front of chemicals or dangerous machines, ventilation systems, and safety functions built into machines are all a part of engineering controls.

This is one of the most effective methods of controlling physical hazards because Engineering Controls directly address the source of the hazard.

Administrative Controls

What training does an operator need to safely run a dangerous machine? Are employees adequately rested to properly focus on the job at hand? Is the line speed adjusted to allow proper time for safe operations?

Being exposed to hazards is unavoidable in many manufacturing processes. Controlling how and when a workforce faces that exposure should always be considered. Administrative controls impact training, scheduling, and even access to dangerous materials or machines.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Until robots come to take your job (spoiler: they aren’t), PPE is the last line of defense. Various forms of PPE are intended to protect a user from hazards including physical, chemical, heat & fire, electrical, and others.

The types of PPE used should be chosen carefully to address the hazards specific to the type of work being done. It is also important to keep PPE in good working order by inspecting and replacing worn-out or damaged equipment.


At the end of the day, human errors happen, machines fail in unexpected ways, and the work we do can still be dangerous. Most manufacturers have a Safety Team and many layers of controls in place to eliminate hazards and prevent accidents.

In addition to following safety guidelines, it’s important for individual employees to come to work with focus, pay attention to detail, and speak up if a safety measure doesn’t feel right.

We’re all in this together. Safety should be everyone’s #1 priority.

At FlexTrades, we offer very specialized services to our clients. Our workforce is made up of some of the most skilled tradespeople in the United States. They can walk into a new client facility and, with very little spool-up time, produce an output that meets and exceeds expectations. But our clients aren’t just looking for those incredible skills, they are also looking for a highly motivated workforce who will show up on time every shift.

To accommodate our client’s need for a reliable workforce and accommodate technicians who need time off during a project, we offer RTO (Requested Time Off). But how is that different from PTO (Paid Time Off)?

PTO – Paid Time Off

Most of us are familiar with PTO. Many companies offer their employees PTO as a part of a benefits package. According to this LinkedIn article, the average US employee earns 10 days of PTO per year. Within manufacturing, after 20 years, a veteran employee receives an average of 21 days. Most companies expect employees to give ample notice before using PTO so they can make scheduling adjustments. PTO is intended to allow employees time off for vacations days, sick days, and personal days.

RTO – Requested Time Off

An important part of the service we offer to clients is reliability and high attendance for the duration of a project. But we understand that life isn’t on hold while you’re on a project!

If an employee has a planned event where they know time off will be needed, they can use RTO. For example, if a family member is getting married, or if an important religious holiday happens during a project. We ask our technicians to coordinate with their Technical Recruiter and Project Success Manager to schedule RTO during a project.

RTO is unpaid time off during a project. However, with great pay, guaranteed overtime, and daily per diem for all our positions, FlexTrades employees can comfortably take time off between projects, too.

Flexible Time Off Between Projects

We have some true road warriors who go directly from one project to the next or choose to extend a project multiple times. However, many of our technicians take a well-deserved break between projects. Check out this blog to see some of our tech’s favorite summer activities when they aren’t working.

Technicians who get their insurance benefits through a parent or a spouse often take more than 30 days off between projects.

Those who get their insurance through FlexTrades keep those benefits for 30 days between deployments. To maintain active coverage, they usually begin the next project within 20 to 25 days.

If a technician works with FlexTrades all year, they might accept three or four projects with a break in between each. On average, their number of days off in a year will be significantly more than with a traditional employer over that same period.


Even with the best planning, life can throw a curveball. Unfortunately, a family emergency or a funeral are a reality that can happen at any time. In those difficult times our dedicated Project Success Managers work closely with technicians and clients to arrange special accommodations as needed while mitigating any potential impacts on deployments.


Our ideal candidate is willing to travel and is ready to commit to being available for the duration of a project. But work-life balance is something employees need, and good employers do their best to offer. Whether that is achieved through RTO, PTO, or flexible time off, understanding what benefits are available is a key part of any career decision. 

Are you staring at the calendar realizing that spring break is right around the corner, and you haven’t made any plans yet? Don’t panic! While it might seem daunting to plan a last-minute trip, there are still plenty of fantastic destinations to explore without extensive planning. Whether you’re craving outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply some relaxation time, here are some last-minute travel suggestions for a memorable getaway this spring break.


Scottsdale/Phoenix: Known for its stunning desert landscapes and vibrant city life, Scottsdale and Phoenix offer a variety of activities for every type of traveler. Explore the local cuisine scene with an array of restaurants offering southwestern flavors. For outdoor enthusiasts, hiking trails in the Superstition Mountains and adventures at Saguaro Lake await. Golfers will appreciate the numerous world-class golf courses in the area too. And, of course, no trip to Arizona would be complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.

Sedona: Famous for its red rock formations, Sedona is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Take a stroll through its charming downtown, indulge in some retail therapy, and embark on scenic hikes with breathtaking views.

Sedona, Arizona (1)

Lake Havasu: For a mix of relaxation and adventure, head to Lake Havasu. Marvel at the London Bridge, enjoy water activities like swimming, kayaking, and fishing, or hit the trails for some picturesque hikes.


Copper Mountain: If you’re a fan of winter sports, Copper Mountain is the place to be. With its family-friendly atmosphere and excellent skiing opportunities, it’s perfect for a spontaneous snow-filled getaway.


Maui: Be a beach bum on the stunning shores of Maui. Whether you’re looking to surf, snorkel, or simply soak up the sun, Maui offers endless opportunities for relaxation and adventure. Don’t forget to indulge in some fresh seafood at renowned eateries like Morimoto Restaurant.


Washington, DC: Experience the beauty of spring with a visit to Washington, DC during cherry blossom season. Explore the city’s historical monuments, museums, and vibrant neighborhoods, perfect for history buffs and culture enthusiasts alike.


Duluth: Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, Duluth offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventures and cultural experiences. Hike through Gooseberry Falls State Park, visit the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse, sample local brews at breweries, and enjoy some fishing on the lake.

Gooseberry Falls State Park


Las Vegas: For a lively and entertaining spring break, head to Las Vegas. Experience the excitement of March Madness, catch a spectacular show at the Bellagio, or explore family-friendly attractions on the Strip.

New York:

Saratoga Springs: Immerse yourself in history and culture with a visit to Saratoga Springs. Explore museums, stroll through charming streets, and indulge in local cuisine at cozy cafes and restaurants.

South Dakota:

Black Hills: Discover the natural wonders of the Black Hills region with visits to Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, and Devil’s Tower. Embark on scenic drives, hike through stunning landscapes, and marvel at iconic landmarks.


Gatlinburg: Escape to the Smoky Mountains for a peaceful and rejuvenating spring break. Explore hiking trails, soak in panoramic views, and experience the charm of downtown Gatlinburg.


Austin: Embark on a culinary adventure in the vibrant city of Austin. Take an official or unofficial BBQ and/or taco tour, indulge in mouthwatering flavors at renowned eateries like Cooper’s Downtown and Torchy’s, and soak up the lively atmosphere of South by Southwest for music lovers.


Salt Lake City/Park City: Hit the slopes for some late season skiing in Salt Lake City or Park City. With its world-class resorts and stunning mountain scenery, it’s the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.


Manchester/Dorset: Experience the charm of Vermont with visits to Manchester and Dorset. Explore maple farms, artisan shops, and locally owned galleries, or simply unwind and enjoy some R&R in this picturesque New England setting.

No matter where you choose to go for your last-minute spring break getaway, remember that the best adventures often happen when they’re least expected. Just pack your bags, hit the road, and make the most of your spontaneous travel experience!