Home Repair, Auto and Shop

Hands-on instruction from subject-matter experts in special-purpose labs make our repair, woodworking and welding classes very popular with people who want to "do it yourself." Sign up early to reserve your space.

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Basics of Automotive Maintenance

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 learning 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. The class consists of a live web-based meeting as well as videos for reference.

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Home and Auto

Basics of Automotive Maintenance

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.

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Building a House or Addition: Process Overview

Learn the basics of building your own house or addition from a licensed architect and builder who will guide you through the design process and help you apply the knowledge to your own property. You will learn to create a simple site plan as the first step in obtaining a building permit. You will learn about creating construction documents, obtaining bids, and procurement of the materials and services for your project. You will learn options for obtaining professional help during the project and how to decide what steps (if any) you want to do yourself.

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Home Maintenance: Homeowner 101

You bought a home. Now what? This course will provide information on basic home maintenance and simple repairs. Learn how to determine whether a project can be done by the homeowner or when to call a professional. Topics include foundation and basement, outer walls and roofs, interior walls and floors, cabinetry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, insulation and home performance.

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Woodworking and Building

Cabinet and Furniture Making Intro

Through a combination of lecture/demonstration and open work time in the woodworking laboratory students will learn the basic skills of woodworking while working on a project of their own selection. Included will be use of the table saw, jointer, planer, portable power tools, beginning joinery, and material selection.

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Cabinet and Furniture Making Intermediate

Building on the skills learned in the Intro course, students will use the woodworking laboratory to construct projects of their own choosing or design. Additional instruction will be centered on the individual's project and more complex joinery such as mortise, tenons, and dovetails.

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Small Engine Repair

A 10-session experience in troubleshooting and rebuilding small engines. Form theories of 2 and 4-cycle engines are utilized in a “do-it-yourself” approach for disassembly, repair, and installation of new parts. This class has it all. The well-equipped work area has equipment for all rebuilding operations.

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Woodworking: All Levels

This course is for beginning or experienced woodworkers. The course includes discussions on safety as well as demonstrations of the operation of tablesaws, bandsaws, jointers, planers, mitersaws, routers and more. Students work on individual projects.

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Techniques in Woodworking

This course allows the learner access to the operation of traditional woodworking equipment. Students must have prior woodworking experience and the ability to work independently on projects of their own interest. The instructor will guide learners through their projects and oversee safety and the proper use of machinery.

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Use Power Tools & Build Stuff

In this hands-on course, you will learn how to use power tools to build things.  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 layout and build a small 2x4 stud wall, learn to make your own toolbox and sawhorse that you can take home, and many other small hands-on projects.

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Women: Use Power Tools & Build Stuff

You asked for a women's class… you got it! In this hands-on experience for women, 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.

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Welding

Basic Gas Metal Arc Welding 1

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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.

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Basic Gas Metal Arc Welding 2

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.

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Basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1

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.

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Basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2

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.

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Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1

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.

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Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 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.

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Welding

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.

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Registration

To register, obtain the 5-digit class number from the links above and phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2, or login to your account.

No application is needed. If you have never taken a class here before, you can facilitate enrollment by creating a student account.