Save money and learn a practical new skill by learning the basics of essential trades.

For professionals who take state license exams, you can take advantage of programs that will prepare you to succeed!

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Noncredit Courses

AutoCAD Intro | $239

This is an introduction to Computer Aided Design using the industry-standard software Autodesk AutoCAD and will cover document setup, customizations, two-dimensional drawing, modifications, dimensioning, and document layout for printing.  Competency in Windows operating system is required.
#33404, Truax- Main Building, 10/11-11/15, Tuesday, 6-9 PM

Construction Project Management | $299

This course covers the step-by-step use of all the tools required to work as a construction project manager. Learn all aspects of a construction project from administration contracts to blueprints to project scheduling and beyond.
#33518, Online Live, 10/22-11/4, Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM

Using Power Tools to Build Stuff | $330

In this hands-on experience you will learn how to use power tools to build a couple of projects. This class will focus on safe use of circular saws, jigsaws, table saws, and miter saws. You will also learn about drills and drivers. You will learn how to lay out and build a small 2x4 stud wall, and then learn how to measure, cut, and build a step stool/tool carrier, which you get to take home.
#33618, Commercial Ave, 10/1-11/19, Saturday, 9 AM -12 PM
#33619, Commercial Ave, 10/10-11/28, Monday, 6-9 PM

Basics of Automotive Maintenance | $45

This course will show you the basics for checking and maintaining oil fluid, air filter, brake fluid, antifreeze, tire pressure, air filters and other questions you may have. Approximately half of the class will be presentation, including safety, and the other half will be spent in the lab checking the above fluids and pressures so that you may do it yourself when needed. This course will also help prepare you to discuss issues when you need to take your car to be repaired.
#33962, Truax-Main Building, 11/10, Thursday, 5-8 PM

Becoming a Home Inspector 1 | $299

An initiation into the residential inspection process and the first of two classes to prepare you for taking the State of Wisconsin Home Inspector exam. Includes soils, foundation, exterior roofing, venting, insulation, and construction of a new home.
#33530, Commercial Ave, 8/30-10/18, Tuesday, 6-9 PM

Becoming a Home Inspector 2 | $299

Second and final course preparing the student to take the State exams needed to become licensed. The course details with various elements of a home including plumbing, electrical, and heating systems.
#33531, Commercial Ave, 10/25-12/13, Tuesday, 6-9 PM

Welding Courses

Basic Gas Metal Arc Welding 1 | $279

Students develop manipulative skills on all types of joints in the flat, horizontal and vertical up and down position using short circuiting transfer. Students will perform gas metal arc welding techniques using 1/8" to 1/2" structural fabricated parts, as per AWS code standards. Emphasis is placed on operating gas metal arc welding equipment in a safe manner and determining machine set-up for metal thickness, wire size and speed. Part 1 of 2.
#34047, Truax-Main Building, 9/13-9/29, Tuesday & Thursday, 6-9 PM

Basic Gas Metal Arc Welding 2 | $279

Students develop manipulative skills on all types of joints in the flat, horizontal and vertical up and down position using short circuiting transfer. Students will perform gas metal arc welding techniques using 1/8" to 1/2" structural fabricated parts, as per AWS code standards. Emphasis is placed on operating gas metal arc welding equipment in a safe manner and determining machine set-up for metal thickness, wire size and speed. Part 2 of 2.
#34048, Truax-Main Building, 10/25-11/10, Tuesday & Thursday, 6-9 PM

Basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1 | $279

Part 1 of 2: Introductory course designed to provide the learner with a basic theoretical understanding of the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process. Emphasis is placed on welding safety, equipment set-up/adjustment and developing manipulative skills using the Gas tungsten Arc Welding Process. Welding skills are developed by performing a variety of weld joints in the flat and horizontal position on mild steel and stainless steel. Welding electrode identification, applications and shielding gasses are also addressed.
#34053, Truax-Main Building, 9/12-9/28, Monday & Wednesday, 6-9 PM

Basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2 | $279

Part 2 of 2: Introductory course designed to provide the learner with a basic theoretical understanding of the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process. Emphasis is placed on welding safety, equipment set-up/adjustment and developing manipulative skills using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Process. Welding skills are developed by performing a variety of weld joints in the flat and horizontal position on mild steel and stainless steel. Welding electrode identification, applications and shielding gasses are also addressed.
#34054, Truax-Main Building, 10/3-11/9, Monday & Wednesday, 6-9 PM

Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1 | $279

Part 1 of 2: Advanced course designed to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in the Basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding course. Emphasis is placed on developing advanced skills by performing a variety of weld joints in the flat and horizontal position using stainless steel and aluminum. Time permitting, learners may also perform welding competencies in the vertical up and down positions.
#34055, Truax-Main Building, 10/24-11/9, Monday & Wednesday, 6-9 PM

Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2 | $279

Part 2 of 2: Advanced course designed to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in the Basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding course. Emphasis is placed on developing advanced skills by performing a variety of weld joints in the flat and horizontal position using stainless steel and aluminum. Time permitting, learners may also perform welding competencies in the vertical up and down positions.
#34056, Truax-Main Building, 11/14-11/30, Monday & Wednesday, 6-9 PM

Welding | $279

This course is an introduction to welding technology. Instruction will include arc, wire feed, and oxyacetylene welding, oxy-fuel cutting, plasma ore cutting, soldering, Tig welding and safe operation of all equipment.
#33624, Portage Campus, 9/27-11/1, Tuesday, 6-9 PM

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Professional Development Credentials

Earn a credential to boost your resume or start a new career.

Journeyman and Master Electrician

This digital credential indicates successful completion of a course of study to prepare to take State of Wisconsin Journeyman or Master Exam test.

WI Home Inspection

This digital credential indicates successful completion of a course of study to prepare to take the State of Wisconsin Home Inspector exam. Considered an inspector's guide to the field, a badger earner will learn how to identify problem areas through observation, and gain understanding of home elements of soil, foundation, exterior roofing, insulation, home construction, plumbing, electrical and heating systems.