Trades Courses

Strengthen your skill set now so you can apply for the job you want!

Much of the current economic development relies on building infrastructure that requires highly skilled workers needed for various jobs in the trades careers. SWBOCES responds to this demand by offering a number of courses at different levels of the trades addressing the specialty areas.  

Courses requiring shop experience are primarily offered at:

map iconSWBOCES Valhalla Campus
Center for Career Services
65 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10605

HVAC Full-Time & Modules

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Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology

Students will receive an introduction to refrigeration and air conditioning theory and will learn to identify and understand the function of electrical components, controls, valves, compressors and evaporators. They will be instructed on system assembly, troubleshooting, parts repair and replacement for air handlers, air conditioning systems and ice machines, as well as learning heating systems theory and the installation and repair of both gas- and oil-fired systems, boilers, oil burners, and heating systems. These courses include the installation of air conditioning and heating units in model homes. This intensive, adult training day program is designed as a pre-apprenticeship or mechanic training. Students will be equipped to enter the field at the apprentice level.

EPA-approved Refrigerant Transition & Recovery Certification Exam (Core, I, II, III & Universal), Supplies and Tool Kit are included. Students who do not pass an exam section may schedule a re-test for an additional $50 when next offered.

Included: EPA-approved Refrigerant Transition & Recovery Certification Exam (Core, I, II, III & Universal), Supplies, Tool Kit

Industry Certification Eligibility: EPA National

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 1 

Learn refrigeration and air conditioning theory, including all aspects of the refrigeration and air conditioning cycle, including types of refrigerants and their uses.


Continue your training with a focus on basic electrical theory, including low and high voltage circuits and electrical controls, such as starters, time clocks, contactors, thermostats, TXV’s, dryers and relays.

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 3

Build a working refrigeration system with all electrical components and a low-voltage A/C circuit board. This hands-on training includes pipe and tubing assembly and instruction in cutting, flaring and soldering copper tubing.

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 4

Learn about air handlers, air conditioning systems and ice machines through advanced, hands-on training. HVAC mechanics should prepare to become certified in recovering and recycling refrigerants.

Refrigerant Transition & Recovery Certification

Prepare for certification in recovering and recycling refrigerants, including the EPA Approved Certification Exam. Tuition covers cost of test. Students who do not pass the initial exam may retest for an additional $50 when next offered.

Industry Certification Eligibility:  EPA Certification (Core I, II, III or Universal)

Oil Burner Repair

Study troubleshooting, servicing and repair of oil burners, including instruction on basic systems, electrical requirements, simple controls, installation applications and burner capacities.

Heating Systems Troubleshooting/Repair

Learn the basic heating systems, electrical requirements, simple controls, installation applications and burner capacities in addition to system components, troubleshooting of common system problems, and the techniques necessary to maintain heating systems at peak performance and efficiency.


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Arc Welding 1

Learn and practice tack, flat and vertical position welding. Gain an understanding of the proper welding rods to use and practice oxyacetylene cutting for weld preparation and fit-up. Proper welding attire is required, including closed shoes and long pants. Limited to 12 students.

Arc Welding 2 

Refine and practice techniques and learn new skills, including pipe welding, overhead and vertical welding, and oxyacetylene cutting. Proper welding attire is required, including closed shoes and long pants. Limited to 12 students.

Mig & Tig Welding

Students will expand their skills by learning the basics of metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Gain skills through practice at making smooth butt, tee & corner welds, setting up a welding machine for various applications. Proper welding attire is required, including closed shoes and long pants. Limited to 7 students.

Automotive Programs

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Automotive Service Technician 

Prepare for entry-level positions with automobile dealerships and private repair shops by learning basic automotive repair, maintenance and troubleshooting. Students will practice skills in a fully equipped shop, instructed by a professional mechanic. Training includes shop safety, use of lifts and shop equipment, diagnostics, lubrication service, brakes, exhaust, suspension and steering, electrical and cooling systems, and engine tune-up service.

Industry Certification Eligibility: ASE Light Maintenance and Repair Certification

Auto Mechanics 1

Learn shop and lift safety, systems operation and basic maintenance procedures for lubrication, tires and wheels, cooling, suspension and exhaust systems. The fundamentals of brakes and charging and ignition systems are also covered.

Auto Mechanics 2

Students will learn to use lifts, air tools, tire machines and scan tools as well as diagnosis and repair of brakes, charging and starting systems, cooling systems, electronic engine components, scan-tool use, wire diagrams, and basic air conditioning theory.

Auto Body Repair 1

Study the fundamentals of auto body repair, including safety, tools, repair methods, paint stripping, sanding, single- and two-stage paint processes and polishing.

Auto Body Repair 2

Learn the finer details of repair methods, paint stripping, sanding, single- and two-stage paint processes, polishing, and using the correct tools.

Auto Body Repair 3

Advanced procedures and techniques include an introduction to MIG Welding, metal fabricating, fiberglass, advanced paint systems and live shop work.

Automotive Industry Certification Preparation Requisite 

Students will advance in the automotive industry by preparing for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. Gain knowledge and hands-on experience in one or more focus areas. Modules can be taken in any order.

MODULE 1  Brakes: Preparation in system parts, operating principals and troubleshooting techniques.
Also includes disk and drum brakes, anti-lock systems and traction control.

MODULE 2  Electronics/Electricity: Includes design, operation, and diagnosis of starting, charging, ignition, lighting and other major systems.

MODULE 3  Steering/Suspension: Complete explanation of various systems before discussion of detailed instructions for diagnosis in service. Also includes maintenance of steering/suspension systems and wheel alignment.

MODULE 4  Auto Engine Repair: Includes diagnosis, service and repair of engines and related systems.

MODULE 5  Manual Transmissions and Axles: Overview of the operation, diagnosis and service of modern components, including clutches, manual transmissions and transaxles. 

Industry Certification Eligibility: ASE Certification.




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Carpentry 1 provides general instruction to develop basic carpentry skills, including safe and proper use of hand tools. Students design and build class projects and select lumber and materials.

Carpentry 2 is for those such as homeowners who want to learn basic principles of construction framing, windows and doors and installing drywall.

Construction Modules

Get hands-on experience in the building trades and enhance skills and knowledge with multi-trade course modules geared to entrepreneurs and construction industry professionals. These modules must be taken in order.

Module 1: Tools and Supplies (60 hours/20 sessions) covers Measurements and Measuring Tools, Safe Use of Hand-held Power Tools, Demolition Work, Construction Carpentry, Windows, Exterior Doors, Roofing Repairs and Siding.

Module 2: Focus on advanced cutting with power tools, construction material/hardware calculations, framing and building doors and windows, rafter installation and building/installing stairs.

Module 3: Remodeling, (45 hours/15 sessions); Learn about Dry Wall and Ceilings; Cabinets, countertops and shelves; Tile work; and flooring finish work.



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Electricity Training 1  

Learn and practice wiring, circuits, use of tools, diagnostic procedures, safety precautions, reading diagrams and local requirements. Continue training with voltage and amperage calculations, circuit breaker panels and feeders to sub-panels with related service entry equipment, bending conduit, special purpose outlets for dishwashers, clothes dryers and ovens. This course will prepare students for entry-level electrical apprentice or shop boy positions. Electrical trade experience is required.

Electricity Training 2

Study in-depth residential house wiring, including general circuitry, layout design and an introduction to NEC code requirements. Delving deeper into material covered in Electricity Training 1, students will learn practical and construction applications. Course aimed at helpers and those who want to advance in the trade. Instruction will include basic electrical work with A/C and conduit. Course will cover Ohm’s law, circuit calculations, load calculators, box fill and conduit fill calculations.

Electricity and Basic Electronics

This introductory class covers the fundamental theory of electricity and basic electronics. Topics include voltage, current, resistance, capacitance and inductance theory. Learn the application of Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s law and the theoretical operation of semiconductors, fundamental electronics circuits and test equipment.

NCCER Electrical

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) electrical program is a nationally recognized, comprehensive curriculum that complies with U.S. Department of Labor standards for apprenticeship. It provides the necessary training, skills and knowledge needed for students to be successful in this expanding field. NCCER certification provides prospective employers with the assurance of a qualified and properly trained workforce, with high-level skills that are applicable nationwide. Entry level career options that are available to NCCER-certified candidates include such roles and specialties as:

  • Electrical Apprentice – Residential/Commercial/Industrial
  • Utilities Security/Fire Alarm Installation and Repair
  • Communications Technician
  • Motor Control/Repair.

Industry Certification Eligibility: NCCER Certificate

NCCER Assessment Center

NCCER offers a series of entry- and journey-level written assessments evaluating an individual’s knowledge in specific areas and providing a prescription for upgrade training when needed. 

We currently offer the following Electrical Trade Assessments (in English and Spanish) in:

Commercial Electrician • Electrician Level One • Industrial Electrician

If you are an electrical contractor and want to participate in an apprenticeship program for electrical students, contact us at 914-592-0849.

Apprenticeship is a time-honored approach to finding skilled workers through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Apprentices work full time and produce high-quality work under skilled supervision. They also take related classroom instruction at SWBOCES.




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Plumbing 1

Students will learn water supply systems and piping and receive an introduction to Drain-Waste-Ventilation systems. Code and technical terms, safety requirements and job site organization will be covered. Learn to use cutting drills and boring tools, discuss career path options and learn about water treatment, hot water generators and sizing. Also learn to solder copper and pex piping for water supply systems. Pipe materials and fittings; trap and vent basics, and basic household fixture repair and troubleshooting will be covered.

Plumbing 2

Students will further their understanding and practical work with Drain-Waste-Ventilation (DWV) systems and piping. The class will include an introduction to fuel gas systems, learn plumbing math to compute pipe angle offsets and object volumes, print reading and plan layouts and perform DWV system rough-ins. Students will also learn to lay out kitchens and bathrooms to local code and finish with fixture installation. Course content also includes basic fuel gas code and fixture unit DWV code pipe sizing method plus GPM (Gallons Per Minute) flow rules for water supply piping.

Plumbing 3

Learn natural gas and Liquid Propane fuel gas systems and pipe sizing. Students will be introduced to storm drainage sewers and piping and learn about storm and sanitary sewers, advanced DWV systems, gray water, septic systems, sump pumps, indirect and special waste systems and irrigation systems. Learn gas pipe sizing by type and BTU requirements. Class covers chimneys and vents, CSST pipe, flow controls, fuel gas pipe and valve identification.

Plumbing 4

This course provides a complete approach to large-capacity system sizing using load factor calculations with fixture soil water CFM (Cubic Feet Per Minute) discharge computations. Proper and exact determination of drain and pipe sizing for large and advanced plumbing systems, atmospheric pressure in waste piping and complex venting systems will be covered. The course includes hands-on, rough-in and finish construction projects. A section from the Construction Trades Math course will also be covered.

Plumbing 5

This course covers entry-level through advanced wet and dry standpipe and Fire sprinkler systems. Topics include water supply, valves, pumps, fire department connections and color codes. Piping systems, testing manual and automatic fire suppression devices, equipment and water flow advances will be covered, along with continued study of New York State fuel gas code and plumbing code.
Advanced topics include indirect/special waste, combination drain and vent systems, island fixture venting, relief vents and a section from the Construction Trades Mathematic course.

Plumbing 6

Students will learn about non-potable water systems, back flow assembly and testing in the Drain-Waste-Ventilation (DWV); ADA compliance and fixtures, plumbing fixtures for public use, numbers and locations; rules and regulations for CSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing) piping with water inspection and leak detection; pipe for food handling in commercial kitchens; multi-bay sinks and back flow prevention of potable water devices; air gap vs. air break, and deck mounted air gap protection. Hands-on and construction trades math topics will also be covered.

Standpipe & Sprinkler Systems

This course covers Standpipe and Sprinkler systems and will prepare students for the New York City Fire/Building Department’s S-12, S-13, and Certificate of Fitness Holder Exam. Topics include testing, inspection, maintenance, components, valves, sprinkler heads, pumps, color codes, alarms, fire department connections, impairment procedures and Certificate of Fitness responsibilities. Students will gain a full operational understanding of both of these systems.
Note: Third-party testing fees are the responsibility of the student.

Blueprints & Plans

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Blueprint Reading and Plans 

Learn to read, understand and locate required information from a set of standard residential or light commercial plans. Topics include terminology, scaling, floor and foundation plans, elevation, wall sections, site plans, structural framing and mechanical plans.





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OSHA 30-Hour Construction Training Certificate

This course covers the 30 hours of training required by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for an OSHA construction safety and health 30-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. Students must show a current OSHA 10-hour certificate card at first class. 

Industry Certification Eligibility: OSHA 30-Hour Certification