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Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID

Industrial Trades

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Please check the course listing below for upcoming Industrial Trades classes available from Howard College Workforce Training / Continuing Education on the Big Spring Campus. If you are interested in more details about a course or enrolling in a course, please contact us at (432) 264-5131.  Fields of study include:

V Commercial Truck Driving

Length of Training/Requirements:

  • Most prospective truck drivers take driver-training courses at a technical or vocational school to prepare for CDL testing. Driver-training courses teach students how to maneuver large vehicles on crowded streets and in highway traffic. These courses also train drivers how to properly inspect trucks and freight for compliance with regulations. The course at Howard College is 160 hours over 4 weeks. Licensure: Federal and State regulations govern the qualifications and standards for truck drivers. To qualify for a CDL, applicants must have clean driving records, pass written tests on rules and regulations, and demonstrate that they can operate commercial trucks safely. Although many States allow 18 year-olds to drive trucks within their borders, a driver must be at least 21 years of age to cross State lines or get special endorsements. Drivers must pass a physical examination every 2 years. Physical qualifications include good hearing, at least 20/40 vision with glasses or corrective lenses, and a 70-degree field of vision in each eye. They must also be able to distinguish between colors on traffic lights. Drivers must also have normal use of arms and legs and normal blood pressure. People with epilepsy or diabetes controlled by insulin are not permitted to be interstate truck drivers.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Howard College Course includes testing for the Texas CDL License which includes combination, air brake, and hazardous materials.

Licensure/Certification:

  • Texas CDL License. Federal regulations include: drug and alcohol tests, drivers may not use any controlled substances, unless prescribed by a licensed physician, must not have been convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle or a crime involving drugs, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusing to submit to an alcohol test required by a State or its implied consent laws or regulations, leaving the scene of a crime, or causing a fatality through negligent operation of a motor vehicle. All drivers must be able to read and speak English well enough to read road signs, prepare reports, and communicate with law enforcement officers and the public. Many trucking companies have higher standards than those required by Federal and State regulations.

Please call (800) 725-6465 for more information and to sign up.

V Construction

Class: Intro to Construction Core Curriculum (CNBT1301 / CNBT1001)

  • Overview of the construction industry.  Identify types of construction and organizational structures; explain purposes for various construction documents; describe construction office and field responsibilities and operations; identify safety and regulatory agencies; and the various construction crafts and trades.

V Electrical

Class: Electricity Principles (CETT1402/CETT1002) 

  • Principles of electricity including proper use of test equipment, A/C and D/C circuits, and component theory and operations. NCCER certification upon successful completion.

Class: DC-AC Circuits (CETT1409/CETT1009) 

  • Fundamentals of DC circuits and AC circuits operation including Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff’s laws, networks, transformers, resonance, phasors, capacitive and inductive and circuit analysis techniques. NCCER certification upon successful completion.

Class: DC-AC Circuits (CETT1409/CETT1009) 

  • Fundamentals of DC circuits and AC circuits operation including Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff’s laws, networks, transformers, resonance, phasors, capacitive and inductive and circuit analysis techniques. NCCER certification upon successful completion.

Class: Commercial Wiring (ELPT1345/ELPT1035) 

  • Commercial wiring methods  includes overcurrent protection, raceway panel board installation, proper grounding techniques, and associated safety procedures, interpret electrical blueprints/drawings; compute the circuit sizes and overcurrent protection needed for the installation of branch circuits, feeders, and service entrance conductors; explain the proper installation of wiring devices according to the National Electrical Code (NEC)and local electrical codes; demonstrate grounding methods; identify commercial wiring methods including conduit bending; and demonstrate proper safety procedures.

V Heavy Equipment

Class: Heavy Equipment Simulator (HEMR1091)

  • Equipment simulation offered will include large wheel loader, excavator, scraper, and motor grader.  Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.  NCCER certification upon successful completion.

V HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning)

Class: Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HART2049, DMR1023, HART1056)

  • Equipment simulation offered will include large wheel loader, excavator, scraper, and motor grader.  Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.  NCCER certification upon successful completion.

V Hydraulic

Class: Basic Hydraulics (HYDR1305/HYDR1005)

  • Fundamentals of hydraulics including types of hydraulic pumps, cylinders, valves, motors, and related systems. Introduction to hydraulic schematic symbols as related to components.

Class: Basic Hydraulics (HYDR1305/HYDR1005)

  • Fundamentals of hydraulics including types of hydraulic pumps, cylinders, valves, motors, and related systems. Introduction to hydraulic schematic symbols as related to components.

V Welding

Class: Welding Fundamentals (WLDG1021)

  • An introduction to the fundamentals of equipment used in oxy-fuel and arc welding, including welding and cutting safety, basic oxy-fuel welding and cutting, basic arc welding processes and basic metallurgy. NCCER certification upon successful completion.

Class: Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) (WLDG1428/WLDG1028)

  • An introduction to shielded metal arc welding process. Emphasis placed on power sources, electrode selection, oxy-fuel cutting, and various joint designs. Instructions provided in SMAW fillet welds in various positions. NCCER certification upon successful completion.

Class: Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) (WLDG1428/WLDG1028)

  • An introduction to shielded metal arc welding process. Emphasis placed on power sources, electrode selection, oxy-fuel cutting, and various joint designs. Instructions provided in SMAW fillet welds in various positions. NCCER certification upon successful completion.

Class: Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) (WLDG2443/WLDG1043)

  • A continuing of shielded metal arc welding process. Emphasis placed on power sources, electrode selection, oxy-fuel cutting, and various joint designs. Instructions provided in SMAW fillet welds in various positions. NCCER certification upon successful completion.

Class: Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) (WLDG2443/WLDG1043)

  • A continuing of shielded metal arc welding process. Emphasis placed on power sources, electrode selection, oxy-fuel cutting, and various joint designs. Instructions provided in SMAW fillet welds in various positions. NCCER certification upon successful completion.

Class: Introduction to Pipe Welding (WLDG1435/1035)

  • An Introduction to welding of pipe using the shielded metal arc welding process (SMAW), including electrode selection, equipment setup, and safe shop practices.  Emphasis on weld positions 1G and 2G using various electrodes.

Class: Fabrication and Layout (WLDG1017)

Class: Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding (WLDG1030)

V Wind Energy

Class: Intro to Wind Energy (WIND1300/WIND1000)

  • Introduction of the evolution of wind technology, wind farm design, and characteristics of energy sources.  Describe the evolution of wind turbine technology; identify general wind terminology; and explain air flow characteristics and blade efficiencies.

Class: Wind Safety (WIND1302/WIND1002)

  • Introduction to safety procedures and practices relating to turbine towers, includes first aid training and CPR certifications.  Demonstrate rescue procedures; perform climb test; explain rigging procedures; identify electrical safety practices; and describe safety regulatory agency standards.