We interviewed Electrician Path founder, Alex Rodriguez, and his team on building an app for current and aspiring electricians looking for their next career opportunity. Alex has been involved with the skilled trades industry since he was a child and created Electrician Path to help millennials and Generation Z break into skilled trades and grow their electrician careers. Alex used Bubble to increase his product's scalability.
What problem does your company solve?
Alex Rodriguez: There are many disparate roads to becoming an electrician. People usually need to find trade union apprenticeships, employer apprenticeships, or trade schools. Electrician Path centralizes this information so that current and aspiring electricians can discover the route that best suits their career objectives.
How does your app work?
Electrician Path provides guidance on applying for certificate and degree programs, as well as joining local unions. Users select a state and browse the available options for becoming an electrician there. For each state, we provide information and job postings from electrical trade schools, non-union electrical contractors, and trade unions. People can learn about pay-scales, special specializations, and current apprenticeship opportunities.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
Alex: My family owns a construction company, so I have been involved in the trades since I was young. During my senior year of high school, I stumbled upon technology and I loved it. I wanted to build software products for those in the skilled trades and construction.. When I first heard about no-code back in 2017, I didn't think much of it. As I tried programming, I started dabbling with no-code and was blown away by the potential, especially with Webflow and Bubble. Bubble allows you to build custom solutions for your products, making it a no brainer choice for us when building Electrician Path.
Nana Adom Mills-Robertson (Contributor): I discovered no-code through Alex. As soon as I started dabbling with it, I was hooked. I believe that platforms like Bubble democratize creation and will lead to a whole suite of new companies that will deliver immense value.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
Alex: No one on our team has a technical background, so we knew that it would be expensive and time-consuming to outsource our product. The no-code platform helps us focus on getting customers. We can iterate and build quickly based on users’ feedback.
What have been your milestones and successes so far?
Alex: So far, we have recruited a handful of contractors and we are working to increase our customer numbers. As a resource-constrained startup, we have used Bubble to increase our scalability and effective user acquisition numbers by focusing on SEO (search engine optimization), which has generated valuable web traffic to our content. Bubble creates a solid SEO infrastructure by producing dynamic pages that can be modified based on what URL parameters are passed.
What are your future plans for your app?
Alex: We are based in Minnesota but are expanding to other states, including Oregon. Bubble helps us scale and automate the inventory of opportunities on the platform. Our goal is to become the career portal for all electricians by providing current and aspiring electricians with the best resources and opportunities available.
Bubble is a leader in the no-code movement. Bubble offers a powerful point-and-click web editor and cloud hosting platform that allows users to build fully customizable web applications and workflows, ranging from simple prototypes to complex marketplaces, SaaS products, and more. Over 400,000 users are building and launching businesses on Bubble - many have gone on to participate in top accelerator programs, such as Y Combinator, and even raise $365M in venture funding. Bubble is more than just a product. We are a strong community of builders and entrepreneurs that are united by the belief that everyone should be able to create technology.