You may have the misconception that having a successful career means sitting behind a desk from 9-5, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you have a knack for mechanical or electrical systems or enjoy thinking through complex functions, you could have a future career in the skilled trades or manufacturing industry.
Through the G3 tuition assistance program, students can receive the training, skills and certifications necessary for a long-term career as an architectural, civil, electrical or communications engineer technician.
Here are some interesting classes you can take if you pursue a degree or certificate in skilled trades or manufacturing:
Exploring Our Earth: Introduction to Remote Sensing
This course introduces material to understand the fundamental physical and mathematical principles and techniques of Remote Sensing. You’ll study how each part of the electromagnetic spectrum is used to gather data about Earth and learn about limitations imposed by satellites, aircraft, and sensors.
Welding Drawing and Interpretation
A career in welding isn’t just about working with a blow torch. In this class, you’ll learn about the fundamentals required for successful drafting as applied to the welding industry, including blueprint reading, geometric principles of drafting and freehand sketching, basic principles of orthographic projection, preparation of drawings and interpretation of symbols.
Site Planning and Technology
There’s a lot that goes into making sure our buildings are safe and up to code. In this course, you’ll study the the impact of building codes and zoning ordinances on site design; storm drainage, grading design, erosion, and flood control, as well as site materials for paving and retaining walls.
Organizational skills are just as important in skilled trades as any other industry. In a construction management course, you’ll be introduced to the philosophy, responsibilities, methodology and techniques of the construction process. You’ll also learn about topics related to the construction and design industries, organizations, contracts, bidding procedures, insurance, taxes, bonding, cost accounting and business methods including basic computer usage, safety and general project management procedures.
If you have a love for cars and you’re ready to make a career out of it, there are several degrees and certificates eligible for G3 that could get you there. In this fundamentals class you’ll learn about the power, cylinder condition, valves and bearings in the automotive engine to establish the present condition, repairs or adjustments.
Computer-Aided Drafting and Modeling
As digital technologies become more prevalent in the skilled trades, it’s important to strengthen your digital skillset. This course teaches computer aided-drafting concepts and equipment designed to develop a general understanding of components of a typical computer aided-drafting system and its operation.
To learn more about G3-approved programs at your local community college, use our College Locator tool and be sent directly to your local community college’s G3 page.