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Skilled Trades

The Skilled Trades offer a wide variety of pathways to high-wage, high-demand jobs in Vermont.. According to the McClure Foundation/Vermont Department of Labor study on Most Promising Jobs, two-thirds of the most promising jobs that are available without a college degree are in the skilled trades. Adult education classes at your local Career and Technical Education center can help you find a hands-on skill that suits your abilities and passions.

See our Winter/Spring 2024 classes in Welding and Advanced Manufacturing!

Types of Classes Offered

  • EPA 608/609
  • Heavy Equipment Training
  • HVACR Technician Training
  • Natural Gas Certification
  • OSHA 10
  • Solar Installation
  • Welding

Our Training Centers with Programs and Certifications in Skilled Trades:

HVAC Installer: $25.70/hr (2020)
Heavy Equipment Operator: $19.66/hr (2020)
Welders: $19.67/hr (2020)

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Upcoming Classes

Basics of High Performance Building

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 6, 2024
End Date: March 13, 2024
Class Days: Tuesday,
Time:  5:00 - 8:15

Builders are in colossal demand, now more than ever, and the key lies in high-performance expertise. Embrace the chance to reshape the world through our top-notch High Performance building course. …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Hartford Area Career and Technology Center
Training Type: in-person

Crew Leadership Development: Mentoring Skills to Develop/Retain a Workforce

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: May 1, 2024
End Date: May 8, 2024
Class Days: Wednesday,
Time:  3:45 - 7:45

This course is about learning the approach and skills of leading as separate from managing. Both are important skills in bringing successful completion to a project, but leadership skills at …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Hartford Area Career and Technology Center
Training Type: in-person

Crew Leadership Development: Mentoring Skills to Develop/Retain a Workforce

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 20, 2024
End Date: March 27, 2024
Class Days: Wednesday,
Time:  3:45pm - 7:45pm

This course is about learning the approach and skills of leading as separate from managing. Both are important skills in bringing successful completion to a project, but leadership skills at …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Windham Regional Career Center
Training Type: in-person

Electrical Technician

Type of Class: online
This is a flex class, with ongoing enrollment.
Class Days: Varies,

Become an Electrical Technician Electrical work has some of the best opportunities for career stability, especially for electrical technicians. If you want to start a career as an electrical technician, …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Burlington Technical Center
Training Type: online

Electrical: Type S Electrical Test Preparation

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 15, 2024
End Date: March 18, 2024
Class Days: Monday,
Time:  5:30pm - 8:30pm

The 30 hour SkillTech Type S Electrical Prep course is an excellent way to help you study and prepare to take the certification exam required for Type S Electrical licensure. This course is: approved for 8 hours …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Center for Technology, Essex
Training Type: in-person

Electricians Talk Shop

Type of Class: in-person
This is a flex class, with ongoing enrollment.
Class Days: Wednesday,
Time:  6:00pm - 8pm

  Talk Shop meets the second Wednesday of each month October 11, 2023 – May 8, 2024 The purpose of the Talk Shop series is to cover topics from each …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Windham Regional Career Center
Training Type: in-person

Fundamentals Of Natural Gas

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 18, 2024
End Date: April 17, 2024
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30pm - 8:30pm

This 30 hour course focuses on subjects critical to ensuring the safe and efficient use of natural gas. The subjects will be presented through lectures, videos, demonstrations, and weekly tests. …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Center for Technology, Essex
Training Type: in-person

Introductory Woodworking Course For Women

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 25, 2024
End Date: April 1, 2024
Class Days: Monday,
Time:  5:30pm - 8:30pm

Are you wishing you had woodworking skills but don’t know where to start? Are you looking for gift giving ideas this winter? Would you like to give a special hand …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: St. Johnsbury Academy Adult Education
Training Type: in-person

VOICEOVER GPS PROGRAM

Type of Class: online
This is a flex class, with ongoing enrollment.
Class Days: Varies,

Prepare for your exciting new career in the voiceover industry!  Students will understand and master performance techniques, technical skills, hardware and software used in the field, and procedures and practices …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: St. Johnsbury Academy Adult Education
Training Type: online

WELD-02: SMAW WELDING LEVEL I

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: May 22, 2024
End Date: June 26, 2024
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This course is designed to introduce students to standard welding procedures and thermal cutting (OFC/PAC).  Instruction will focus on developing hands-on proficiency using the SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) process …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Stafford Technical Center
Training Type: in-person

WELD-04: INTRODUCTION TO WELDING PROCESSES

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: April 8, 2024
End Date: May 15, 2024
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This six week session is an introduction to a variety of welding processes commonly used today.  This course is structured to provide a demonstration of the equipment and fundamentals of …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Stafford Technical Center
Training Type: in-person

Welding – Advanced (Work on Qualifying Welds) Select the course with or without the Gear Package

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: May 6, 2024
End Date: June 12, 2024
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30-8:30pm

Previous welding experience is required. Class runs Mondays and Wednesdays, May 6 to June 12, 2023, 5:30 to 8:30 pm (5 weeks).  For financial assistance please contact VSAC at 877-961-4369. Designed for …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Northwest Career & Technical Center
Training Type: in-person

Welding – An Introduction

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 16, 2024
End Date: April 20, 2024
Class Days: Saturday,
Time:  9am - 1pm

During this four week course (one Saturday a week) learn skills in basic electric arc, oxy-fuel, gas metal arc, and gas tungsten arc welding processes, as well as the safety …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: North Country Career Center
Training Type: in-person

Welding – Basic

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 9, 2024
End Date: February 8, 2024
Class Days: Tuesday, Thursday,
Time:  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn skills in basic welding techniques as well as the safety procedures in this 30 hour hands on Basic Welding course.  Teaching can be accelerated depending on the student’s experience. …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Green Mountain Technology & Career Center
Training Type: in-person

Welding – Basic

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: February 12, 2024
End Date: March 11, 2024
Class Days: Monday,
Time:  4:30pm -8:30pm

Basic Welding is a 20 hour hands-on introduction to the proper techniques of welding, brazing and metal cutting using various welding instruments and related tools. Learning the properties of different …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Center for Technology, Essex
Training Type: in-person

Welding – Level II Select with or without a Gear Package

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: February 8, 2024
End Date: April 11, 2024
Class Days: Thursday,
Time:  6 - 9pm

If you choose to purchase the package that includes your own welding gear, the package includes a welding helmet, a cap, MIG gloves, TIG gloves, welding jacket, weld cleaning tool, …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Northwest Career & Technical Center
Training Type: in-person

Welding Basics

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 6, 2024
End Date: April 9, 2024
Class Days: Saturday, Varies,
Time:  varies

Whether you are interested in learning the basics of Welding or interested in practicing and enhancing your Welding skills this workshop could be what you are looking for! This workshop …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Lyndon Institute Adult Career and Technical Education
Training Type: in-person

Woodworking – Basic

Type of Class: in-person
This is a flex class, with ongoing enrollment.
Class Days: Varies,

Designed for those interested in learning the basics of woodworking. Learn the basic techniques and tools needed to get started in woodworking. Classes will be held in our woodshop with …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Hannaford Career Center
Training Type: in-person