Trades & Industry

Department Programs

The Trades and Industry division is designed to meet the demand for trained entry level technicians and welders. The program provides training using the latest competency-based curriculum and practical hands-on experience. Students will spend approximately two hours per day in the classroom and four and one-half hours per day performing hands-on training in the labs.

Program Costs

In addition to the semester registration fees and mandatory health insurance:

  • Automotive and Diesel students can expect to spend an approximate total of $4,000 on books and tools per program and approximately $55 per semester for coverall rental.
  • Welding students can expect to spend approximately $475 on books, tools, and equipment for the technical certificate option or $800 for the advanced technical certificate and AAS options.
  • Graduates are required to sit for proficiency exams at the conclusion of their program. Information regarding costs and dates for the exams will be posted in the online catalog and available from the program instructor(s).


Automotive and diesel technicians are needed to repair, service, and overhaul a variety of automotive/light duty trucks, construction, industrial, farm, and trucking industry machines. Automotive and Diesel technicians use complex problem solving skills to perform routine maintenance and diagnostic repairs. It is recommended that applicants possess strong computer skills prior to enrolling in the program. Technicians in training will utilize their mechanical aptitudes as well as strong computer and math skills. Successfully employed technicians may be required to test drive vehicles, to confer with customers, to complete repair orders, and to work in areas where they may be required to bend, stoop, stretch, twist, lift, and/or reach as needed.


The qualified welder can find employment at several levels. Welding is considered a tool or skill by many trades, such as pipefitters, sheet metal ironworkers, boilermakers, bridge builders, fabricating shops, and production lines. A qualified welder uses many skills to join various types of materials using different procedures, equipment, and processes. Strong computer and math skills are a benefit to the qualified welder. Successfully employed welders may be required to confer with customers, to complete work orders, and to work in areas where they may be required to bend, stoop, stretch, twist, lift, and/or reach as needed.

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