Trades

Construction Trades

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.  

 

 
 

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HVAC Full-Time & Modules

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Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning - Full-Time Program
This is an intensive, adult training day program in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating, and is designed as pre-apprenticeship or mechanic training.  Students successfully completing the program will be equipped to enter the field at the apprentice level. Instruction includes: Introduction to refrigeration and A/C theory; identification and function of electrical components, controls, valves, compressors and evaporators; system assembly, trouble shooting, part repair and replacement; air handlers, A/C systems & ice machines; heating systems theory & installation (gas & oil fired); boiler installation/repair; oil burner/heating systems trouble shooting, repair & installation. Course includes installation of AC and heating units in model homes.  Eye Safety Goggles, Textbooks, EPA Approved Refrigerant Transition & Recovery Certification Exam (Core I, II, III & Universal), and Tool Kit included. Note: Refrigerant Transition & Recovery Certification (EPA) included. Students completing this course will be eligible to take the EPA National Certification Exam. This qualifies you to work in the field nationally. High School Diploma/HSE: Not Required.
This course meets for 300 hours.

Or you can take the program in modules

HVAC 1
This course provides you with an introduction to refrigeration and air conditioning theory, including all aspects of the refrigeration and air conditioning cycle (i.e., how it works and the types of refrigerants and their uses). The textbook included is also used for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 2 & 3. Eye safety goggles included.
This course meets for 30 hours.

HVAC 2
Continue your training by learning basic electrical theory including low and high voltage circuits and electrical controls (starters, time clocks, contractors, thermostats, TXV’s, dryers and relays). Textbook used is the same from Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 1. High School Diploma/HSE: Not Required.
This course meets for 30 hours.

HVAC 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, plus instruction in cutting, flaring and soldering copper tubing.  Eye Safety Goggles included. High School Diploma/HSE: Not Required.
This course meets for 30 hours.

HVAC 4
Finish the AC & Refrigeration course series with air handlers, air conditioning systems and ice machines, with hands-on experience and special topics in refrigeration and air conditioning for advanced students. Eye safety goggles included. High School Diploma/HSE: Not Required.
This course meets for 30 hours.

Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification
Finish the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration course series with air handlers, air conditioning systems and ice machines, with hands-on experience and special topics in refrigeration for advanced students. Textbook (as used in AC1) and eye safety goggled included.  HS Diploma not required.
This course meets for 15 hours.

Additional Offerings

Oil Burner Repair
Oil Burner maintenance mechanics never get left out when it comes to getting a good job. Start with this hands-on introduction to troubleshooting, servicing and repairing oil burners. This course includes instruction on basic systems, electrical requirements, simple controls, installation applications and burner capacities. Textbook and eye safety goggles provided.
This course meets for 30 hours.

Heating Systems Troubleshooting/Repair
This course includes instruction on basic systems, electrical requirements, simple controls, installation applications and burner capacities. Water, Steam and Hydro Air are the most common residential heating systems in use today. Gain an understanding of system components and how they work. Learn to troubleshoot common systems problems. Develop your skills and acquire the techniques necessary to maintain heating systems at peak performance and efficiency. Eye Safety Googles Included.  Certification Eligibility: Southern Westchester BOCES Completion Certificate. High School Diploma/HSE Not Required.
This course meets for 30 hours.

ARC Welding-MIG/TIG

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Arc Welding 1
On the job or as a hobby, welding is exciting as it is practical. Learn and practice tack, flat and vertical position welding in a small class environment. Learn oxyacetylene cutting for weld preparation and fit-up. Eye safety goggles Included. Proper attire required (closed shoes, long pants).
This course meets for 30 hours. 

Arc Welding 2 
Refine and practice techniques learned in ARC Welding 1. New topics include pipe welding, overhead and vertical welding, and oxyacetylene cutting. Eye safety goggles included. Proper attire required (closed shoes, long pants).  This course meets for 30 hours. 

Mig & Tig Welding
Expand your welding skills with the basics of metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. You will gain skills through practice at making smooth butt, tap, tee and corner welds and how to set up the welding machine for various applications.  Eye safety goggles included. Proper attire required (closed shoes, long pants).
This course meets for 30 hours. 

Automotive Programs

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Automotive Service Technician 
Prepare and qualify for entry-level positions with dealers and private shops. Learn the basic systems and advance to maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting. Practice your skills in our fully equipped shop with our professional mechanic/instructor. Training includes shop safety, using lifts and shop equipment, diagnostics, lubrication service, brake, exhaust, suspension and steering, electrical and cooling systems, and engine "tune-up" service. At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to sit for the ASE "Auto Maintenance and Light Repair" certification exam. Eye safety goggles, textbook and materials included.
This course meets for 200 hours. 

Or take the program in modules.

Auto Mechanics1 
Get your motor running with this introductory course using the tools of the trade. Learn shop and lift safety plus systems operation and basic maintenance procedures for lubrication, tires and wheels, cooling, suspension and exhaust systems from our professional mechanic/instructor. Move on to the fundamentals of brakes, charging and ignition systems. Eye safety goggles included. High School Diploma/HSE: Not Required.
This course meets for 30 hours. 

Auto Mechanics 2
Advance your skills and enhance your opportunities for employment. Continue at an intermediate level. Lifts, air tools, tire machines, scan tools, and more. Use the tools of our fully equipped shop in an intermediate course covering diagnosis and components, scan-tool use, wire diagrams, and basic air conditioner theory.
This course meets for 30 hours. 

Auto Mechanics 3
Now continue to the advanced level. Topics will include engine operation, ignition system, clutch and manual transmission, automatic transmission, front wheel operation service, computer systems diagnosis, brakes and electrical troubleshooting. Eye Safety Goggles included.
This course meets for 30 hours.

Automotive Service Excellence Certification Modules
These modules will assist you in going to the next level in the automotive industry by preparing you for the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE) Certification. These classes provide knowledge and hands-on experience to pass the ASE Certification in a specific area. The cost of the official ASE is not included. Modules can be taken in any order. Take one or all five.

MODULE 1 Brakes: Preparation in system parts, operating principles and trouble-shooting techniques. Also included are disk and drum brakes, anti-lock system and traction control.
MODULE 2 Electronics/Electricity: Course includes design operation diagnosis of starting, charging, ignition, lighting and other major systems.
MODULE 3 Steering/Suspension: Complete explanation of various systems before decision of detail instructions for diagnosis in service. Also included maintenance of steering/suspension of systems and wheel alignment.
MODULE 4 Auto Engine Repair: Course includes skills needed to diagnose service, repair engines and related systems.
MODULE 5 Manual Trans and Axles: Overview of the operation, diagnose service for all modern components. It also includes clutches, manual transmission and transaxles.

Each module meets for 21 hours. 

Autobody Repair 1
Fender-bender to major collision damage, the art of auto body repair is a high demand skill. Learn the fundamentals of auto body repair from an expert, including safety, tools, repair methods, paint stripping, sanding, single and two stage paint processes and polishing. Eye safety goggles included. High School Diploma/HSE: Not required.

Carpentry

 

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Construction Trades 1
This is a hands-on course which focuses on measurement and tool procedures/safety, materials calculation, the use of power tools, basic estimating, layout, construction of walls and decking and basic concrete foundation. Eye safety goggles included. High School Diploma/HSE: Not required.
This course meets for 60 hours. 

Construction Trades 2 
This hands-on course builds upon skills learned in the Construction Trades 1 course, or prior basic construction knowledge. Course work will focus on advanced cutting with power tools, construction material/hardware calculations, framing and building door/window openings, rafter installation and building/installing stairs. High School Diploma/HSE: Not required.
This course meets for 60 hours. 

Carpentry 1 
This introductory course provides the student with general knowledge, and develops basic carpentry skills using hand and power tools. Create class projects that require selection of lumber and other materials. Design and build basic projects in class. Safety in the proper use and handling of tools is practiced. Eye safety goggles included. High School Diploma/HSE: Not required.
This course meets for 30 hours. 

Carpentry 2 
This course is geared to the homeowner or anyone who wants to learn the basic principles of construction framing. Course covers framing windows and doors, and drywall installation. Safety in the proper use and handling of tools is practiced. High School Diploma/HSE: Not required. 

Construction Estimating 
This hands-on course will enable students to estimate from blueprints with scale ruler, determine necessary materials and pricing for volume of concrete, linear footage, board footage, square footage, sheeting, sheetrock, etc. and begin determination of costs for man hours/labor (will vary). Textbook from "Reading Blueprints & Plans" used in this course. High School Diploma/HSE: Not required.
This course meets for 15 hours. 

Electricity

 

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Electricity Training 1  
Little or no previous knowledge of trade electricity is required to 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 fully prepare you for an entry level electrical apprentice or Shop Boy positions. Eye safety goggles and textbook included. High School Diploma/HSE: Not Required.
This course meets for 44 hours. 

Electricity Training 2
This in depth course will deal with details in residential house wiring. This course will include general circuitry, layout design and an introduction to NEC code requirements. This course will be a continuation of Electricity Training 1, going into deeper detail in practical and construction applications. Course aimed towards existing helpers and persons who have some knowledge and want to expand deeper into the trade. Instruction will include basic electrical work with A/C and conduit. Course will study Ohm's law, circuit calculations, load calculations, box fill and conduit fill calculations. Textbook included. High School Diploma/HSE: Not required.
This course meets for 44 hours. 

Electricity and Basic Electronics 
A great introductory class for anyone interested in learning 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 electronic circuits and test equipment. Textbook included. High School Diploma/HSE: Not required.
This course meets for 30 hours. 

Plumbing

 

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Plumbing 1
This class covers water supply systems and piping, and includes an introduction to DWV (Drain/Waste/Ventilation) systems.  Learn code terms, technical terms, safety requirements and job site organization.  The correct use of cutting drills and boring tools included.  Practice basic household fixture repair/ troubleshooting techniques.  Learn to solder copper piping and pex piping.  This course will give you a complete understanding of pipe materials/fittings.  Eye safety goggles and textbook included. High School Diploma/HSE: Not required.
This class meets for 30 hours. 

Plumbing 2
Prerequisite: Plumbing 1. Increase your understanding of & practical work with DWV systems & piping.  Learn plumbing math to compute pipe angle offsets/object volumes.  Learn print reading/plan layout & perform DWV system rough-ins.  Layout kitchens/bathrooms to local code and finish with fixture installation.  Begin basic fuel gas code and fixture unit DWV code pipe sizing method plus GPM (Gallons per Minute) flow rules for water supply piping.  Eye Safety Goggles Included. High School Diploma Not Required.
This class meets for 30 hours. 

Plumbing 3 
This course covers fuel gas systems (natural gas & LP) and pipe sizing; an introduction to storm drainage (sewers and piping); storm/sanitary sewers, advanced Drain/Wast/Ventilation systems, grey water, septic systems, sump pumps, indirect and special waste systems and irrigations.  Learn gas pipe sizing by type and BTU requirements.  Information on chimneys/vents, CSST pipe, flow controls, fuel gas pipe and valve identification is covered.
This class meets for 30 hours. 

Plumbing 4 
A full approach to large capacity system sizing using load factor calculations with fixture soil water CFM 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.  Course includes 4th level, hands-on rough-in and finish construction projects.  A section from the Construction rades Math course will also be covered.  Eligible to SWBOCES Certificate of Completion.  Eye safety goggles included.
This class meets for 30 hours. 

Plumbing 5 
This course will cover entry level through advanced wet and dry standpipe and Five sprinkler systems. Topics will include water supply, valves, pumps, FD connections and color codes. Piping systems, testing manual and automatic five suppression devices, equipment and water flow advances will be covered. Continued study of the fuel gas code and plumber code of the State of New York. Advanced topics will include indirect/special waste, combination drain and vent systems, island fixture venting, relief vents and a section from the Construction Trades Mathematic course will be covered.
This class meets for 30 hours.

Plumbing 6
This course includes non-potable water systems, back flow assembly and testing in the DWV; ADA compliance and fixtures, plumbing fixtures for public use, numbers and locations; rules and regulations for CSST 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. Sixth level hands-on and construction trades math topics will also be covered. Prerequisite: Plumbing 5 or extensive experience in the trade.
This class meets for 30 hours.

Standpipe and Sprinkler Systems 
This course covers Standpipe and Sprinkler systems and will prepare you for the NY City Fire/Building Department's S-12, S-13 Certificate of Fitness Holder Exam. Topics include: Testing, inspection, maintenance, components, valves, sprinkler heads, pumps, color codes, alarms, Fire Department connections, impairment procedures and C of F responsibilities. Students will complete this course with a full operational understanding of both of these systems. Note:  Third-party testing fees are the responsibility of the member. 
This class meets for 30 hours.

Blueprints & Plans

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Blueprint Reading and Plans 
This hands-on course will enable students in understanding how to read basic construction blueprints including topics such as scaled ruler, layouts, square footage, area, and materials. Blueprint reading will include formats such as foundation, site, residential, commercial, and elevation. Textbook included. High School Diploma/HSE: Not required.