Brunswick Community College’s Continuing Education, Economic and Workforce Development Department offers educational training for trades that enables individuals to secure a job in a high demand industry. The trades courses are designed for students that are seeking programs that accelerate the development of employability skills and lead to national credentials. Students enrolled in workforce development trades courses can experience a series of interconnected educational training programs that can be completed in six months or less. These trades include:
Auto Mechanic Trouble Shooting
This course prepares individuals for an entry level position as automotive service technicians who inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, electricity, or alternative fuels. Upon completion, students may sit for industry-recognized credentials.
This program is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to become employed in the construction industry. Students will be introduced to light construction building trades. Safety, tool, carpentry, building codes and inspections, and energy efficiency will be covered. Employment Readiness training is embedded in the program and students will have the opportunity to obtain the 10 hour OSHA Card and the NCCER credentials after passing the exams with a 70% or higher.
Construction Blueprint Reading
This course introduces the basic principles of blueprint reading. Topics include line types, orthographic projections, dimensioning methods, and notes. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret basic blueprints and visualize the features of a part.
Carpentry Technician I (Framing & Roofing)
Computer Repair/A+ Certification
This course covers the basic hardware of a personal computer including installations, operations and interactions with software. Upon completion, students should be able to:
Select appropriate computer equipment and software;
Upgrade/maintain existing equipment and software; and
Troubleshoot/repair non-functioning personal computers.
Upon completion, students should be prepared for the CompTIA A+ Certification. HRD Employability Skills are embedded in the course.
This program prepares students for an entry level general maintenance position responsible for basic troubleshooting of electrically powered equipment. Topics include: static electricity, Ohm’s law, DC circuits, magnetism, alternating and direct currents, indicators, transformers, capacitors, and electronic components. Upon completion, students will have a basic understanding of electrical circuits and electronic logic. Students will have the opportunity to obtain the 10 hour OSHA Card and CRC certificate. Course work includes: lecture, handouts, hands-on experience, field trips, and NCCER credentials.
This course will help prepare individuals for the NC Building Contractor’s Licensure Board Certification exam. Class will emphasize codes, cost estimation, blueprint reading, and construction terms. Books are required.
Heating & Air Condition (HVAC) I
The purpose of this course is to prepare students to make a successful start toward becoming craftsman in the HVAC field. The course will familiarize the student with mechanical codes. Course includes lecture, handouts, and hands-on experience. Students will have the opportunity to obtain pocket cards for National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) pocket card and the OSHA 10 Hour upon successful completion of the required exams.
Heating & Air Condition (HVAC) II
Students will receive more in-depth training of the skills learned in HVAC I. This is an NCCER course.
Industrial Facilities Maintenance
This course is designed to teach students the basic fundamental concepts of equipment maintenance related to typical industrial and facilities settings. Students will learn how to maintain, troubleshoot and repair a variety of industrial machinery by understanding the failure systems and the appropriate maintenance and repair procedures.
Machine Technology- Basic Course
This course introduces machining operations as they relate to the metalworking industry. Topics include machine shop safety, measuring tools, job planning, lathe operations, drilling techniques, milling operations , surface grinding, and job layout strategies. The instructors also emphasize machine maintenance, soft skills, and team work. Students will complete an aptitude assessment and have the opportunity to earn third party credentials through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills.
Upon successful completion of the basic course, students will be able to safely perform the basic operations of measuring, layout, manual milling, turning, and drilling.
Machine Technology Registered Paid Apprentice (Optional)
Machine Technology- Apprenticeship 600 hours This course adheres to the standards approved by NC Commerce.
Placement opportunities are limited and depend on employer sponsorship. Students should complete the machine technology basic course before applying.
Machine Technology- Advanced Course
This course serves as a capstone to the machine technology pathway. Students enrolling in this experience should have mastery of safety, soft skills, and manual operations. The instructional team will provide an integrative experience that utilizes computer numerical controlled machines (CNC) that are common in the metalworking, fabrication, and manufacturing industry. Students will be exposed to automated equipment function with precise program commands. The project based lab will require students to produce error free metal components by utilizing CNC milling and turning. Students will also be exposed to three dimensional printing and component design. All parts and projects will be inspected by an independent group of industry professionals. Students will have the opportunity to earn highly sought after third party credentials that are recognized nationally.
This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skilling needed to install/maintain basic plumbing systems, components, appliances, and fixtures through appropriate use of plumbing tools and standard practices. Students will have the opportunity to obtain the 10 hour OSHA Card as well obtain a NCCER credentials after passing exams with a 70% or higher. Course work includes lecture, handouts, and hands-on experience/field trips.
Plumbing & Electrical Tech (Basic Entry Level)
This course is designed to cover procedures for cutting, threading, welding, supporting, testing, and installing complex piping systems.
This course provides instruction on the fundamentals of photovoltaic and Solar Thermal systems. Students will learn design criteria, installation, safety issues, and maintenance of photovoltaic system, construction skills, and applied math skills. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge base for an entry level position with a dealer/installer or other photovoltaic or solar thermal industry company.
Technical Pipe Fabrication I
This course is designed to cover procedures for cutting, threading, welding, supporting, testing, and installing complex piping systems. Topics include pipe setup, cutting/installing gaskets, fluid flow, pipe support methods, piping layout, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to select the proper materials and equipment to safely construct complex industrial piping systems.
This course will prepare students to make a successful start toward becoming a craftsman in the welding trade. Students will learn to use gases and/or welding processes to braze and solder metal parts according to diagrams, blueprints, or written specifications. Students will have the opportunity to obtain pocket cards for a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) pocket card OSHA 10 Hour.
The course will begin where Welding I ended. Students will receive more in-depth instruction in:
Welding material with oxyacetylene equipment;
Using tools to shape and cut metals;
Braze welding with oxyacetylene equipment;
Welding metals with shielded metal arc equipment; and
Understanding welding tests and codes.
This is an NCCER class.