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Construction and Manufacturing: Websites

Construction and manufacturing are the processes of making, or building things. Construction is generally associated with the building of objects in an outdoor work environment. Manufacturing is the fabrication of materials in an indoor setting.

Construction and Manufacturing

Building Trades/Maintenance Technology​

These programs are for the student who wishes to enter a building trades (construction or maintenance) career field. They provide entry-level, industry-validated, hands-on training that prepares the student to enter and be successful in the job market.

Studies in the Maintenance Technology AAS degree program include basic shop skills, electrical wiring, plumbing, painting and refinishing (interior and exterior), welding, estimating, blueprint reading, air conditioning/heating and carpentry to include roofing, flooring, walls, doors and windows, cabinets,

The AAS degree program includes additional academic courses. The Building Trades program includes studies in basic shop skills, all aspects of carpentry, masonry and concrete, electrical wiring, plumbing, painting and refinishing, estimating and cabinetry. Specialization (carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, masonry, cabinetry, etc.) or update training is available in either program. Interactive computer-aided training is used to enhance some courses.

NOTE: Level I certificates are designed for the student who wishes to specialize in a "selected" area of the building trades industry.


Explore Academic Programs - Blacksmith

A Blacksmith is a tradesman who fabricates objects out of iron by hot and cold forging on an anvil. Students will be trained in metallurgy on selecting tools, basic tool making and forging, building simple projects, designs and techniques, and history. Students will be instructed on safety guidelines to include proper handling and use of all equipment, both electric and LPG gas. Students will also learn team concepts and working with other Smiths. Both oxy-acetyleen and forge welding will be learned. Our Blacksmithing program will allow students to build several of their own tools for course operation as well as learn the art of forge welding. This program is 120 contact hours. Classes must be taken as a cohort in the order in which they are offered. (30 meetings) (12 CEUs)    

WLDG 1005 Art Metals (Introductory Blacksmithing)
Learn the fundamentals of producing utilitarian and ornamental items in various metals. Develop Skills through the techniques used in fabrication with sheet and/or stock materials including various welding and cutting processes. You will demonstrate basic shop safety; describe basic metallurgical compositions of sheet and/or stock materials; and apply introductory fabrication techniques for production of functional or ornamental metal work.

WLDG 1008 Metal Sculpture (Intermediate Blacksmithing)
Learn techniques and methods of oxy-fuel and electric welding and cutting to produce ornamental and functional items. Develop skills in material forming, welding, brazing, and finishing techniques. Course includes work ethics, artistic styles, and professionalism. Demonstrate basic fabrication techniques and safety practices; demonstrate cold and hot metal forming methods; and demonstrate various welding joining and cutting processes.

View a comprehensive description of Continuing Education's Blacksmith Program. For additional information or to register for the program contact us at 254-526-1586.


Explore Academic Programs - Construction Trades 

Classes in building trades cover several different specialties and are available through associate degree or certificate programs in maintenance technology, carpentry trades, construction trades and building trades. These programs prepare students for the practical aspects of construction work and combine classroom study with hands-on instruction in using tools, handling materials and job-site safety. Students will learn about blueprints, carpentry, residential wiring and electricity, masonry, residential plumbing, cabinetmaking, interior and exterior painting and construction cost estimating.



Explore Academic Programs - Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration Technology 

This associate degree or certificate program provides students a solid foundation for starting a rewarding career in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration field. 

Those with the ability to master the fundamentals in mechanical and electrical theory, maintenance and troubleshooting will find this career very rewarding. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customers with assessment, meeting quality standards for services and evaluation of customer satisfaction is a plus.



 Explore Academic Programs - Welding Technology 

This program is designed to prepare students for a welding career. It provides entry-level, industry-validated, “hands-on” instruction using current technologies and equipment. An associate's degree and multiple certificate programs are available.

The welding industry is one of the largest industries worldwide. The size and diversity of the industry offer many opportunities for interesting, challenging and rewarding careers. Continuing technological changes in the industry demand the welder continue to learn and update knowledge and skills.