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Electronics Technician

900 HOURS
25 HOURS PER WEEK
36 WEEKS

Wires and parts interest some people. If you like to work with your hands, have good eyesight and a commitment to precision, this may be a good career for you.

Instructors are field engineers currently employed by local firms to provide the latest trends in electronics, and market demands in this hands-on training program..

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Air Conditioning and Heating I

72 HOURS
7 HOURS PER WEEK
11 WEEKS

Learn areas of comfort cooling including basic air conditioning and heating theory; heating fundamentals and appliances; requirements and controls; circuits, thermostats; schematics, and communications. Includes hands-on instruction in brazing copper piping and fittings. Designed as the first of a two-course program.

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Air Conditioning and Heating II

48HOURS
7 HOURS PER WEEK
7 WEEKS

Focus is on gas and electric heating; cooling fundamentals, components, and installation; heat pumps; general service; Environmental Protection Agency certification, troubleshooting and job search techniques.

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Plumbing I

120 HOURS
7 HOURS PER WEEK
18 WEEKS

Learn source determination, water distribution, waste removal, pressure adjustment, basic physics, technical math, blueprint reading, pipe installation, pumps, welding and soldering, inspection, and applicable codes and standards.

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Plumbing II

120 HOURS
7 HOURS PER WEEK
18 WEEKS

Focus is on the latest adopted Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), which is the model plumbing code adopted by the State of California, and published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). Basic math as it relates to the plumbing trade is also part of this program.


Plumbing III

120 HOURS
7 HOURS PER WEEK
18 WEEKS

Advanced training including the layout, design, and size of piping systems; specialized systems; public relations; tests, coding, and inspections (including solar); plumbing math, and safety requirements. Use saws, rigid chain cutters, thread-o-matics, triangles, T-squares and scales.


Basic Upholstery Skills

250 HOURS EACH
25 HOURS PER WEEK
10 WEEKS

Training and hands-on experience for entry-level employment in the automotive, furniture, and related upholstery industries. Competency standards approved by the industry advisory board.

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Automotive Upholstery

350 HOURS EACH
25 HOURS PER WEEK
14WEEKS

Skills training and hands-on experience for entry level employment in the auto trim and related industry.

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Household Upholstery

250 HOURS EACH
25 HOURS PER WEEK
10 WEEKS

Upholstering footstools, benches, chairs, chaise lounges. Methods of springing, stuffing, covering, cushion-making, study slipcovers when appropriate. Shop practice and theory.

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Shielded Metal Arc Welding I & II

300 HOURS EACH
25 HOURS PER WEEK
24 WEEKS

Provides basic instruction in the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process on steel plates and shapes. Topics include orientation, safety, measuring tools, material types, metal cutting and preparation, and SMAW procedures and practices. Workplace skills including math, communications, and business ethics are integrated into the curriculum. Students successfully completing this course will be prepare for entry-level positions.

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Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc Welding

300 HOURS EACH
25 HOURS PER WEEK
24 WEEKS

An introduction to GMAW and FCAW-G and FCAW-S processes used in the welding industry today. Gain practical experience necessary to safely perform GMAW and FCAW on projects using ferrous materials. Students also gain workplace skills such as math, communications, and business ethics.

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Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I & II

300 HOURS EACH
25 HOURS PER WEEK
24 WEEKS

Techniques and practices are introduced to assist students in welding a variety of materials (ferrous and non-ferrous) including sheet, shapes, and tube stock projects and repairs. Students also gain workplace skills such as math, communications, and business ethics.

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Pipe Welding I & II

300 HOURS EACH
25 HOURS PER WEEK
24 WEEKS

Introduces the principles and practices of the shielded metal arc welding process used in the pipe welding industry today. Learn practical experience welding steel pipes and steel plates to American Welding Society acceptable standards. Students also gain workplace skills such as math, communications, and business ethics.

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Metal Fabrication I and II

300 HOURS EACH
25 HOURS PER WEEK
24 WEEKS

An introduction to the principles and practices of the metal fabrication industry. You will learn practical experience necessary to safely perform metal fabrication projects utilizing a variety of shop power tools, hand power tools, and hand tools required for ferrous and non-ferrous. Plus, you’ll also gain valuable knowledge in basic workplace skills including math, communications, and business ethics.

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