Students are generally taught to install, maintain, repair, and troubleshoot major appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators with ice makers, ranges,dishwashers, and garbage disposals. You'll get hands-on training in using electrical appliance tools and testers. Completers of this course are prepared for entry-level positions in the appliance repair industry. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
The student will learn all aspects of water supply appliances such as electric, gas and power vented water heaters, dishwasher, garbage disposers, and instant hot. Students troubleshoot for broken connections; listen for loud humming or grinding noises, and turn gears or other moving parts. Use of torch and quick connect fittings as needed. Class may include repairing or elements, thermocouples, switches, motors, or other parts. They may have to read wiring diagrams or instruction manuals before doing the repair work. Prerequisite: Basic Appliance Repair or waiver from teacher. Hand tools necessary. Major tools provided. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
Designed to introduce the student to the basic carpentry skills needed to build, repair, and maintain structural and finishing components of buildings. Emphasis will be placed on proper tools and terminology for particular jobs. Learn how to fit joints, erect inside walls, install drywall on ceilings and walls. Also learn basic siding and roofing techniques. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
This course enables students to read and follow schematics/diagrams/rough-in sheets to install or repair plumbing fixtures, to troubleshoot, and make repairs. It also covers identifying pipe and fittings, proper methods for joining all types of pipe and fittings, hanging and securing pipe, and using materials and tools. Emphasis is on all plumbing materials, tools, suppliers, equipment, and methods. Topics include removing, replacing, and repairing plumbing fixtures; new installations; and troubleshooting. Upon completion, students will be able to make plumbing repairs, install plumbing fixtures, and be able to join various pipe and fittings. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
This course is designed to improve the competency level of the participant in the basic and fundamental areas of refrigeration - definitions and terms, the refrigeration cycle of operation, and component recognition. Learn the theory of heat transfer as applied to refrigeration processes including compression, types of refrigerants, regulations and procedures for refrigerant recovery, recycling, reclaiming, and more. Text required. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
This class is a hands-on course on how to clean and maintain major
appliances to save operating costs and possible repair calls.
Instructions and methods of simple checks and fixes that can be done by
the homeowner/small shop owner to help keep appliances running smoothly and properly. This class also acts as a demonstration for those who may be interested in entering the appliance repair field. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
This course will teach the student basic electrical theory and hands-on wiring knowledge. The student will practice repairing cords, plugs, lights and doorbells. Also emphasized are switches and receptacles. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
The objective of this training is to introduce the basics of the refrigeration system as it applies to comfort cooling. This course will cover such topics as: the refrigeration cycle and its components, refrigerant types and issues, and basic building refrigeration systems. What is refrigeration? Learn the technical skills to operate a mechanical refrigeration system from function to installation and more. Learn to install and service all types of cooling equipment. Basic Refrigeration or permission of instructor required. Text required. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
An intensive study of the estimating process, this course includes types of estimates and estimating procedures; types of construction drawings; reading and interpreting scale drawings; specifications that include state and local building code; calculating and processing bids, quotes, and contracts; and a review of math associated with estimating. Additional topics include costs associated with mechanical, structural, interior and exterior finishing; labor, cost codes, and other related costs; and special conditions associated with cost estimating. Text required. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
It is almost inevitable that you will need to patch or repair drywall somewhere in your house. Drywall is easily repaired with virtually no evidence of any of the damage. If you have plaster walls, many of the techniques listed here can be used to repair plaster cracks and holes as well. If you have textured walls, you will first need to follow the procedures to repair the wall, then you can use texturing techniques to match the existing wall surface. Drywall repair falls into 5 categories: 1) Small holes 2) Large holes 3) Cracks 4) Loose tape joints and
5) Nail heads. The materials and tools that are needed will vary depending upon the repair you are tackling. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
Safety and the basic fundamentals of electricity are needed to understand the function and operation of HVAC systems. In this hands-on, performance-based training program, the participant will learn the electric and electronic controls used in connection with mechanical systems and gain a working knowledge of the basic concepts of electricity.The participant will be able to systematically implement procedures to analyze HVAC electrical system operation. Text required. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
Two valuable skills that employers are looking for will be the focus of this course.
Excavation Math covers basic math skills required for site excavation work and includes methods and practice in calculating the areas and volumes of various geometric shapes, as well as formulas and methods used to calculate cut and fill requirements on a job.
The Civil Drawings module explains how to read site plans to calculate cut and fill requirements. Provides instruction and practice in interpreting both roadway and construction site drawings used for excavation and grading work.
This course will focus on gas-fired and oil-fired warm air furnaces and cover the three methods of heat transfer, combustion, types of fuel used, and more. Under supervision, students will monitor and measure manifold pressure on a gas furnace, identify major components of an oil furnace, identify the components on different types of furnaces, and learn cleaning and filter replacement. Text required. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Heavy Equipment Operations Enhanced Site Work and Soils
This enhanced course provides a more in-depth exploration of setting and interpreting grade stakes and will provide information and instructions on controlling surface water and ground water on a job site, as well as the layout of foundations and laying of pipe.
Additionally, understanding soils is an important part of becoming a successful Heavy Equipment Operator. This course will describe soil classification systems and explain how shrink and swell factors affect equipment selection as well as how soil conditions affect equipment performance. Techniques for working with various types of soils will be explained.
For those interested in pursuing a career as a heavy equipment operator, this course will prepare you with essential knowledge and skills in the following areas:
a. Introduction to Earth Moving
This module provides a broad introduction to the process of planning and executing earth moving activities on various types of construction projects. The use of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, scrapers, excavators, and loaders is explained.
b. Grades, Part One
Introduces the concept of preparing graded surfaces using heavy equipment. Covers identification of construction stakes and interpretation of marks on each type of stake. Describes process for grading slopes.
c. Utility Tractors
Covers operation of general utility tractors in the construction industry. Describes duties and responsibilities of the operator, safety rules for operation, the attachment of implements, and basic preventive maintenance practices
This course prepares students to take the Maryland Home Improvement License Examination. A secondary objective is to familiarize students with the home improvement contractor business. Topics include home improvement law, the Door-to-Door Sales Act, labor laws, safety regulations, payroll taxes, statutory liens of real property, business practices, finances, and cost estimating. Text required. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
The first of four Heavy Equipement Operations certification core classes is designed to provide an orientation to the trade including terminology, operations, and career opportunities. The course will cover Heavy Equipment Safety and will provide a comprehensive overview of safety requirements on job sites with emphasis on OSHA, MSHA, and NIOSH requirements. Additioanlly, basic requirements for personal protection, safe equipment operations and maintenance, and HAZCOM will be presented.
Equally important is the Identification of Heavy Equipment with an introduction to the most used pieces of heavy equipment along with descriptions of the functional operation and uses for each piece of equipment, as well as a general description of heavy equipment drive and hydraulic systems.
The course will finish up with Basic Operational Techniques which covers the prestart check of a machine’s hardware (frame, body panels, tires or tracks, and safety equipment), driveline components, hydraulic system components, electrical components and controls. Course material will review machine safety issues and explain how to safely start, move, steer, stop, and shut down different types of machines.
Upon completion of this certification training class, students will be able to work safely when conducting tree-related work and comply with the following safety rules when engaged in tree care operations: wear proper personal protective equipment; briefly explain one effective means for controlling hazards created by
vehicular traffic; describe the importance of basic electrical safety relating to tree cutting and removal; explain and demonstrate safe procedures pertaining to pertinent vehicles, tools, and mobile equipment as authorized by the employer;
and understand and follow safe work practices as defined and implemented by the employer. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
This course is an introduction to basic plumbing repair and maintenance work including identification of plumbing materials, repair and maintenance of plumbing fixture components, replacement of piping, unclogging drainage systems, identification and location of plumbing problems, and assessment of plumbing repair jobs. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
This course will familiarize the student with the basic shop safety, small engine terminology, operation, service, and repair of small engines. The small engine class allows students the opportunity to gain basic knowledge of small engines and the skills necessary to perform maintenance and repair. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.
This course uses a blended mix of instructor-led training and hands-on trainer. You will learn solar-electric system design, installation, and safety procedures. Our hands-on solar trainer covers the common steps of a residential solar electric retrofit. You will learn how to work with DC disconnects, inverters, AC disconnects, and load center/service panels to tie in with the utility. We will also demonstrate the connection of a live solar array feeding power into the grid. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Transcript available.