Industry & Trades

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Future for Trades Workers

Manufacturing, Transportation, and Construction are not only in-demand but will continue to lead into the future. Idaho is the center for many manufacturing plants for food processing, machines, agricultural tools, and even semi-conductors. But, labor shortages are affecting the entire state and that starts with individual training.

Exploring Manufacturing & Trades

This course aims to provide students with a glimpse into the exciting careers within Manufacturing and Trades. It offers an exploration of various disciplines, allowing students to gain insight into the diverse opportunities available. Students will be introduced to the fascinating realms of Machining, Metal Fabrication, Welding & 3D Printing, providing them with an understanding of these processes and their applications. Furthermore, the course covers the fundamental aspects of Residential, Commercial & Industrial Construction, Plumbing, Electrical work & HVAC systems, offering students an overview of these essential trades. By providing this introductory overview, students will develop a broad understanding of these careers, paving the way to further their future pursuits.

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Introduction to Welding

Instruction is given in three common welding processes: GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding), GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding), and SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding). Students will learn to use different electrodes in/on Aluminum, Carbon Steel, and Stainless Steel and how to use tubular and solid wires with short circuit and spray type wire transfers. Students learn hands-on application for forming Tee, Lap, Butt, and Corner joints and perform welds according to the AWS (American Welding Society) and ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Standards in the Flat, Horizontal, Vertical, and Overhead positions. Supply list provided.

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Welding 1

Introduction for the safety and theory behind the electric arc welding processes. Instruction will include practical hands-on lab time for setup and operation as well as industry recognized safety certification. This course is not intended to lead towards a welding certification, though it may help a student decide if that’s what they wish to accomplish. This course will cover 12 hours in the common welding processes. SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding), FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding), and GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding).

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Apprenticeship Readiness

Apprenticeship Readiness is a class that gives you an introduction to trades and construction. This course includes the following topics: 1) Introduction to the Trades Industry, 2) Employability Skills, 3) Communication Skills, 4) Hand & Power Tools 5) Construction, Electricity, HVAC & Plumbing 6) Construction Math/Drawings, 7) Handling Hazardous Materials, 8) Properties of Wood, 9) Flooring, 10) Carpentry & 11) Personal Protective Equipment. The next step would be an entry level job in construction and/or beginning an apprenticeship program in Electricity, HVAC or Plumbing.

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AutoCAD 1(SolidWorks)

This beginner-level course focuses on introducing students to SolidWorks & building their skills in parametric 3D design & mechanical components. The class is designed specifically for students with no prior experience in CAD Modeling. The main objective of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of 3D Modeling concepts & techniques. The class will begin by covering the fundamentals of conceptual sketching; enabling students to create accurate & precise designs. Additionally, it will explore drawing production; equipping students with the knowledge to effectively communicate their designs through technical drawings. By the end of the course, students will have gained a strong foundation in parametric 3D design & the ability to create detailed drawings using SolidWorks. It is important to note that this class does not qualify students for the certificate. However, it serves as a prerequisite for AutoCAD 2 (SolidWorks), which must be successfully completed in order to qualify for the Certification Test (CSWA).

Commercial Truck Driver

No prior knowledge or experience in truck driving required. This program provides students with an in depth look at the trucking industry and a thorough introduction to long-haul truck driving. It gives basic knowledge & practical skills necessary to take the Class A CDL test. The Class A CDL is administered by the State and can include doubles & triples, tank trucks, and hazardous materials endorsements. You’ll qualify to work in a co-driver/ driver trainee position. This is a 4-week course including 150 clock hours of instruction, 104 hours of class & lab, and 44 hours of behind-the-wheel driving time. The program is divided into 6 courses.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Workforce Training & Continuing Education
(208) 535-5345