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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: $27.32/hr (2024)
Heavy Equipment Operator: $23.74 /hr (2024)
Welders: $24.50/hr (2024)

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Upcoming Classes

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

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

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: September 9, 2024
End Date: October 2, 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

HVACR Technician Training Program

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: September 3, 2024
End Date: May 8, 2025
Class Days: Tuesday, Thursday,
Time:  5:30pm - 8:30pm

This program provides students with the opportunity to learn the theory and skills necessary to begin a HVACR career and/or continue to post secondary training. Students will master a variety …

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

Natural Gas/Propane Recertification

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: October 26, 2024
End Date: October 26, 2024
Class Days: Saturday,
Time:  8:00am to 4:30pm

The State of Vermont requires that all natural and LP gas installers renew their certifications every three years. This one day, eight hour course satisfies that requirement and refreshes the …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Center for Technology, Essex
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

Welding – Basic

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: May 28, 2024
End Date: June 25, 2024
Class Days: Tuesday,
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 I Select the course with or without the Gear Package

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: July 15, 2024
End Date: August 14, 2024
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:30pm

If you choose the Gear Package, it includes your own welding gear. The package includes a welding helmet, a cap, MIG gloves, TIG gloves, welding jacket, weld cleaning tool, safety …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Northwest Career & Technical Center
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
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