Valley Career & Technical Center
Adult and Continuing Education
PERSONAL ENRICHMENTBeginning Photography
Calling all shutterbugs! If you own a camera and want to improve your photography skills, beginning photography is the class for you! Learn about F stops, shutter speeds , depth of field , picture composition , all the other bells and whistles of cameras. Learn how to successfully and artistically capture precious moments in this high energy class.Intermediate photography, we are taking it to the next level at Valley Career & Technical Center. You will be learning the photography vocabulary and using those new elements to complete homework assignments each week. We will also be working with your computer editing software to produce visual art pieces for display. This is a challenging class for the inspired shutterbug in you.
Introduction to Sewing This class is designed for students who want to learn beginner sewing skills or if it has been quite a while since you have sewed, and you want a refresher course. You begin by learning sewing machine basics, and you will be working on a project in the first class. You will learn to cut fabric using a pattern and printed measurements. The goal is to learn multiple techniques that you can apply to other sewing projects. You will be making a pincushion, pillow covers, a tote bag, and an apron. You will be washing and pressing fabrics at home. As we get further into our course, you may be asked to cut and press at home also. See you in class! Supply List
- Sewing Machine (for beginners a Singer or Brother brand is recommended)
- If you have a machine already; please make sure it works.
- Spool of black thread
- Spool of white thread
- Fabric scissors
- Hem gauge
- Measuring tape
- Seam ripper
- Straight pins (longer ones with color heads are easier to use)
- Notebook/binder to keep your accumulated handouts in order and take notes
Note: Walmart sells a kit that includes the above list with the exception of the sewing machine and the binder.
Intermediate Sewing class will teach more skills. I would request that students have taken the beginner class. The class will be focused on techniques, which can be incorporated into more challenging projects.
- Sewing, inserting elastic. project will be a bag holder
- Curved seams, to include stay stitching, notching and clipping. Project will be a bowl cover.
- Darts-project will be a bowl cozy. we will make one in class and you can make more at home.
- Hemming-measuring, marking, hand and machine hemming.
- Zipper-inserting a centered zipper. Project will be a zipper pouch OR zippered pillow cover.
- How to sew binding on (if we have time)
- Machine cleaning (if we have time)
Other projects MAY include a casserole carrier and a travel jewelry holder if time allows. Supplies needed:
- Sewing machine and the manual
- Basic sewing tools -thread, bobbins, fabric scissors, pencil, tape measure, pins, pin cushion, seam ripper, sewing gauge, hand sewing needles
- Notebook or folder for handouts
I will bring supplies for first night. A list will be given out for each project so students can get the supplies needed.
Water Color in 30 Days Learn to paint watercolor the fast and easy way. In 6 weeks, you will complete at least 6 or more paintings. Learn about techniques, paint application, color mixing, and much more. If this is something you are interested in, this class is for all who with to learn about this wonderful medium. All levels are welcome If you have your own supplies, bring what you have.
Or Supply List (all supplies can be found on Amazon)
- Waterproof fine line black ink pen
- A box of Pan watercolor paints – Artist Grade
- 2 plastic jars for watercolor
- Paper towels
- A #8 round watercolor brush (natural bristles or synthetic)
- 1-inch Hake brush
- Watercolor paper 140lb cold press 9”x12” Canson XL
- Butcher tray palette 7 ½”x11”
New Trends in Water Color A look into the changes in watercolor from techniques for flowers, animals, faces, painting from photos, turn your drawings into paintings, and much more. A NEW WAY of looking at this medium, and for anyone who wants to use watercolor to express themselves This class is what you are looking for.
If you have your own supplies, bring what you have. Or Supply List (all supplies can be found on Amazon)
- Waterproof fine line black ink pen
- A box of Pan watercolor paints – Artist Grade
- 2 plastic jars for watercolor
- Paper towels
- A #8 round watercolor brush (natural bristles or synthetic)
- 1 inch Hake brush
- Watercolor paper 140lb cold press 9”x12” Canson XL
- Butcher tray palette 7 ½”x11”
Cake Decorating This course will include lessons on how to decorate cakes and cupcakes. In this course you will learn how to make buttercream frosting and proper use of a decorating bag, cake preparation and icing coloring. This course is a perfect place to start. Your instructor will show you the right way to decorate step by step; you will share the fun with other students who will encourage you along the way.
Edible Landscaping is the use of fruit and vegetable plants as design features integrated into the traditional landscape design. These plants are used both for aesthetic value as well as the enjoyment of producing your own fresh fruit and vegetables. We will focus on organic growing methods. If you are interested in creating a beautiful and culinary delightful landscape this class is for you!BUSINESS
is designed for the student with a limited or no experience in using this program. Lessons will cover the basic design of the program including the worksheets and workbooks, changing the appearance of a worksheet, organizing a worksheet, worksheet formulas, making the worksheet useful, working with multiple worksheets and working with charts. The student who completes this course should be prepared to take MOS core certification or SAM core certification. A flash drive is recommended for this class and some typing skills are helpful.
Beg. Computer/Introduction to Windows 10This course introduces participants to the use of a computer, using Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 10. In this course, participants will learn how to recognize and customize properties of Windows, and learn to use some of the programs such as a Word File management and organization will be a topic of focus. In addition, participants will learn to create an efficient work environment, clean up their system and will be spend quite a bit of time learning about the internet.Learning OutcomesCreate a document by using Word/Google Docs.Organize the contents of your hard drive using Windows Explorer.Create an efficient work environment by using Control Panel and Accessibility programs.Perform a variety of media tasks by using the Help and Support Center.Clean up your system by using My Computer and the Recycle Bin.Find information on the Internet by using various web browsers.
This course will offer an introductory program to learn basic skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students will learn through simple material that can easily be related to their own experiences.
Behaviors of Successful People/Customer Service
Provide employees with a short training module on what behavior is expected in the work place. Emphasis on punctuality/attendance, co-worker relations, constructive criticism, professional appearance, work quality, work attitude, work ethics and customer service.Introduction to QuickBooksLearn how to use QuickBooks Pro in a hands-on environment. Topics covered include: · accounting basics · invoicing customers and tracking sales · paying bills and tracking payables · bank reconciliations · customization · setting up a company This class if for beginners and is perfect for those returning to the workforce or updating their skills. All attendees will have use of a computer. ** This class is offered in the fall.iPhone Basics
This course will help you get the most out of your iPhone by examining its core applications and using them to their full potential. Subjects to be covered include: optimizing your settings; installing/deleting apps; creating folders; sharing files; using cloud storage; using the various camera modes; troubleshooting basics; and much more!HEALTH OCCUPATIONSCPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS Coding (Beginning CPT/ICD Medical Coding)This course will introduce the student to the fascinating world of medical diagnosis coding. CPT Codes are developed and maintained by the American Medical Association to provide a uniform language which describes medical, surgical and diagnostic services performed by healthcare professionals. This course will enable students to understand and accurately use CPT Codes for medical billing. We will explore the purpose of ICD coding and its relationship to reimbursement. Students will learn basic coding guidelines and how to assign codes based on medical records. Medical terminology as it relates to coding will also be covered.Pre-requisites: Medical Terminology
Advanced CPT/ICD Medical Coding
This course will cover the fundamentals and practices in Medical Coding. The student will learn the rules and principles of Medical Coding.
CPT Codes are developed and maintained by the American Medical Association to provide a uniform language which describes medical, surgical and diagnostic services performed by healthcare professionals. This course will enable students to understand and accurately use CPT Codes for medical billing.
We will explore the purpose of ICD coding and its relationship to reimbursement. Students will learn basic coding guidelines and how to assign codes based on medical records. Medical terminology as it relates to coding will also be covered.
Pre-requisites: Beginning CPT/ICD Medical Coding
Insurance Billing for the Medical Office This course will introduce you to components of practice management software and basic management concepts for the medical administrative staff. The course will also be an introduction to the health insurance industry, billing and insurance terminology, legal issues concerning health insurance billing, as well as learning how medical coding pertains to billing. The course will also cover patient billing and collections, posting payments, claims follow-up and dispute resolution.
CPR and First Aid
The CPR/First Aide Program is a course developed to provide training in the provision of CPR and emergency care for those who are likely to be the first person on the scene of an accident, fire, or medical emergency. The emphasis of the course prepares the responder to address immediate life threats and injuries until trained emergency personnel are available. This training is appropriate for professionals such as teachers, school bus drivers, postal employees, and large segments of industry such as miners or factory workers.
This class provides the skills needed to begin a career in dental assisting. Learn techniques involved in two-handed dentistry. Learn how to educate patients in the need of regular dental care and become an integral part of a successful dental team.
Instructor Led Optician Dispensing
This course will be focused on preparing apprentice opticians to pass the testing to become a licensed optician and succeed in that roll once licensed. The course will cover the theory behind lenses, lens and frame choice, dispensing practices, working with sales reps, vision insurance, and laws affecting practice (HIPAA, Virginia State Code, DPOR Regulations). The class will end with a practice ABO test and review of the test.
Medical Office Specialist This is an introductory course to prepare students for employment in a medical office. You will learn the essentials of medical office flow to include: Patient registration, telephone management, HIPAA, OSHA, medical terminology, a basic understanding of health insurance, an introduction to Procedural & Diagnostic coding, and much more.Nurse AideThis 120-hr. Course includes 80 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction and 40 hours of clinical experience in a long term care facility. The primary purposes of this training program are to prepare the student for employment in a long-term care facility. Provide nursing assistants presently employed in long term care with an in-depth training program. Provide each student with instruction on how to perform uncomplicated long-term care nursing procedures.
Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) are those persons who have completed an approved nurse aide training program, have passed the state competency test, and have been issued a certificate by the Virginia Board of Nursing. “Certified Nurse Aide” is a legal title. Only persons who have met these requirements can use it.
This 12 week, 36 hour course will teach students Pharmacy Technician skills that will be essential in many settings, including hospitals, drug stores, mail order pharmacies and long term care pharmacies. As a Pharmacy Technician, students will learn how to handle medications and work closely with the physicians and patients. You will also learn drug types, dosages, and your role in the healthcare industry. By completing this course, students will be better prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Exam.TRADE AND TECHNICAL
2015 International Plumbing Code
This course is designed to understand requirements set forth in the 2015 International Plumbing Code. We will be studding the entire Code with emphasis on understanding and applying the code successfully in the field. The class will also review key provisions of the CABO/ANSI A117.1-2003 accessibility code governing accessibility standards in the State of Virginia. The main emphasis will be Commercial Plumbing installations and accessibility standards, but we will also cover most residential applications. Upon completion of the course, students will have a working knowledge of these codes & will be familiar with life-safety issues & installation requirements as they relate to Plumbing installations in the State of Virginia.
2015 International Mechanical Code Class
This class will be a chapter-by-chapter review of the 2015 International Mechanical Code, is the adopted code governing mechanical (HVAC) installations in the State of Virginia. The class will concentrate on requirements such as outdoor ventilation air, combustion air, liquid & solid fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents, boilers and water heaters, etc. The class will also review key provisions of the 2015 International Fuel Gas Code, which governs fuel gas installations in the State of Virginia. Upon completion of the course, students will have a working knowledge of these codes & will be familiar with life-safety issues & installation requirements as they relate to mechanical & fuel gas installations in the State of Virginia
Advanced Auto Mechanics This class picks up where the Basic Auto Mechanics class ends. It is designed for that next step in repairing automobiles. Over the course of 12 weeks we will cover; alignment, fuel trim and oxygen sensors, diagnosis with scan tool, clutch technology, introduction into the automatic and manual transmission and differential, and how to use special tools to diagnose vehicles.The curriculum presented in this class is from the James E Duffy Automotive Technology and ASE study guides. This course is presented by an ASE Master Certified Automobile Technician.
Prerequisite: Basic Auto Mechanics.**safety glasses required
Advanced Carpentry – Finish Carpentry
This course is designed to improve the carpenter's trim and finish skills. Areas covered include crown molding, setting and trimming doors (not pre-hung units) stair construction and installation of factory cabinetry. Hard wood flooring and custom deck treatments are also discussed.**safety glasses required
Advanced Carpentry – Framing
Focuses on framing and skills necessary in today's construction. Topics include layout, production techniques, rafters/roof framing, stair layout, etc. Instruction also includes deck construction and finish.**safety glasses required
Advanced Electrical Wiring
This course is a continuation of the Basic Electrical Wiring, emphasizing residential wiring. Topics covered include: Intermediate/Advanced electrical circuit theory, wiring systems, planning of branch circuitry. Use of electrical meters and electrical math and calculations.**safety glasses required
Advanced Machine Shop
This is an advanced course with emphasis on more advanced techniques operating machine tools including lathes and milling machines, as well as surface grinders. Much time will be spent working on practical projects, machine maintenance, job planning and advanced set-up techniques.**safety glasses and safety shoes required
Advanced Plumbing The advanced course is designed to cover the following areas;
- Designing Drainage, Waste, and Vent Systems
- Designing Water Supply Systems
- Installing Cast Iron and Steel Pipe
- Installing PVC, CPVC, and ABS
- Installing Flexible Plastic
- Installing Copper
- Installing Fixtures, Faucets, and Appliances
- Septic Systems
- Storm Water Piping and Sumps
- Gas Piping
- Installing Air Conditioning Systems
- Installing Hydronic Heating
Advanced WeldingThis class goes into more detail with different metal, different positions and weld tests that will prepare you for the Certification. Prerequisites – Textbook, **safety glasses, leather high top shoes (safety toe), leather welding gloves, long-sleeve shirt (leather sleeves or jacket)
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration I
The basic entry-level curriculum will include all the basic HVAC/R knowledge. It will be the starting point and foundation for all students advancing to specific curriculum levels.**safety glasses required
1. Safety will be taught prior to live work being performed. Safety will be an integral part of the training program. All students and visitors will comply with all safety rules and practices.
2. Introduction and history of HVAC/R. (2 hours)
3. Heat transfer and thermodynamics. (4 hours)
4. Pressure and temperature theory. (4 hours)
5. Basic refrigeration cycle and components including residential style refrigeration.
6. Basic electricity – Ohms Law, Electrical components, using meters, reading electrical schematics, and motor theory. (8 hours)
7. Refrigeration types, Recovery/Recycling/Reclaiming. EPA Clean Air Act Section 608. (6 hours)
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration II
Part II from Entry-Level Curriculum
Refrigeration II is a continuation from the Basic-Entry level class that picks up on unit 13 and continues to unit 24 in the same textbook.**safety glasses required
1. Introduction to Automatic Controls. (6 hours)
2. Control Components and Applications. (4 hours)
3. Troubleshooting Basic Controls. (4 hours)
4. Electronic and Programmable Controls. (3 hours)
5. Types of Electric Motors. (3 hours)
6. Application of Electric Motors. (3 hours)
7. Motor Controls. (3 hours)
8. Troubleshooting Electric Motors. (2 hours)
9. Commercial Refrigeration Systems and Controls. (5 hours)
10. Compressors and Expansion Devices. (4 hours)Prerequisite: Air Conditioning & Refrigeration I
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration III
Refrigeration III is a continuation from the Part II-level class that picks up on unit 25 and continues to unit 36 in the same textbook.**safety glasses required
1. Special refrigeration system components.
2. Application of refrigeration systems.
3. Special refrigeration applications.
4. Troubleshooting and typical operating conditions.
5. Electric heat.
6. Gas heat.
7. Oil heat.
8. Hydronic heat.
9. Alternative heating (stoves, fireplace inserts and solar)
10. Indoor air quality.
11. Refrigeration applied to air conditioning.Prerequisite: Air Conditioning & Refrigeration I & II
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration IV
Refrigeration IV is a continuation from the Part III-Level class that picks up on Unit 37 and continues to Unit 50 in the same textbook. The objectives to be included but not limited too are as follows:**safety glasses required
Air distribution and balance (air conditioning)
Controls for air conditioning
Room air conditioning
Chilled-water air conditioning systems
High-pressure, low-pressure, and absorption systems
Cooling towers and pumps
Operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of chilled-water systemsPrerequisite: Air Conditioning & Refrigeration I & II & IIIApprenticeship Group Study
This is a supervised self-study class for apprentices needing certain classes in metallurgy, basic & advanced diemaking, cosmetology, nail technology, etc. This is not instructor-led! Regular attendance is required.
Architectural Blueprint Reading
This is a basic course in reading and understanding architectural blueprints. The main scope of the course will be interpreting the graphic and written language of the various plans and drawings relating to residential and commercial construction.
Auto Body Repair I (Basic Auto Body Repair)
This course trains the students in personal and shop safety and the identification and use of hand and power tools. An introduction to gas and mig welding is covered in addition to the use of the body filler.
**safety glasses and safety shoes required.
Auto Body Repair II
This course trains students in repair of major body damage and complete panel removal and installation procedures and the use of plastic fillers. Additional instruction includes the necessary aspects of starting and operating a body and paint shop. Includes: safety glasses
Introduction to automotive painting
Use and care of equipment
Surface preparation and precautions
Paint problems – causes and cures
Special repair work
Minor paint repairs
**safety glasses and safety shoes required.
AutoCAD 2019 and/or Autodesk’s Inventor 2019
@ Stuarts Draft High School taught by Duane Burtner. Using Autodesk’s AutoCAD 2019, this introductory course is for students interested in using the computer to draw or represent objects. Students will be exposed to the basic commands of two- dimensional computer aided drafting needed to produce and print working drawings.
The Autodesk’s Inventor 2019 class is an intermediate course for students who have had the AutoCAD drawing class as a prerequisite or are proficient using AutoCAD. Students will be exposed to a variety of more difficult drawing assignments as they relate to the world of mechanical engineering. The graphic language and terms used for product design, technical illustration, and how three-dimensional objects are represented in two and three dimensional mediums are the basic objectives of the class. Students will be exposed to complex orthographic and isometric drawings and assemblies. Auxiliary and sectional views as well as creating and manipulate 3-D models are part of the course as well.Auto Painting & Refinishing
This a six-week course including instruction on how to use chromobase and polyurethane enamels, as well as metal treatment, primers, primer surfacers, sealers, fillers, and cleaners. While each course normally has as set curriculum, much of the materials are tailored to your individual needs and concerns. During shop instruction, you gain hands-on experience by refinishing panels and/or automobiles with different paint production. We will discuss the products and their applications, equipment purchase and maintenance, and potential refinishing problems and solutions.**safety glasses required
Basic Auto Mechanics Over the course of 12 weeks this course will cover an overview of the automobile. Every week will be a different class, which will focus on the basic engine, brakes, tires, steering, suspension, electrical, heating and air conditioning, cooling systems, diagnosis, computers, and sensors. This is designed for the person who has little to no experience in the automotive industry, or for someone looking to sharpen their skills. You will learn by instruction in the classroom and hands on in the shop. The curriculum presented in this class is from the James E Duffy Automotive Technology and ASE study guides. This course is presented by an ASE Master Certified Automobile Technician.**safety glasses required
Basic Carpentry Learn to build with wood! In Basic Carpentry, students will develop fundamental carpentry skills through hands-on training. Class exercises will range from wall construction to trimwork, and will emphasize how a solid understanding of basic geometry is central to sound, accurate building practices. Main topics of Basic Carpentry will include safety, measurement and layout, proper tool selection and use, and conventional building materials. Bring your questions! **safety glasses required
Basic Diesel MechanicsThis 12-week course includes 6 sessions covering Diesel Engines & Engine Subsystems; 3 sessions covering Diesel Fuel Systems: Operations and Maintenance, and; 3 sessions covering Preventative Maintenance for Diesel Vehicles.**safety glasses requiredBasic Electrical Wiring
VCTC’s 12 week, 36 hour Basic Electrical Wiring course is geared toward Residential Electrical applications. The course begins by learning Electrical Theory followed by hands on learning in wiring booths.**safety glasses required
Topics covered: Electrical fundamentals
Electrical circuit theory
Planning branch circuitry
Reading blueprintsBasic Machine Shop
This introductory course consists of blueprint reading and interpretation, practical application of semi-precision and precision measuring skills using common precision measuring tools. Emphasis will be placed on shop safety while acquiring skills operating and setting up machines such as mills, lathes, band saws, drill presses, as well as instruction in proper use of common hand tools. Much time will be dedicated to math applications pertaining to the metal cutting industry.**safety glasses required
This basic 36 hour course is designed to give the student a solid foundation of skills, tools, materials, procedures, and safety practices used in today's modern and complex plumbing field. Areas to be covered include;
2. Plumbing Tools
3. Leveling Tools
5. Hydraulics and Pneumatics
6. Print Reading
7. Rigging and Hoisting
8. Building and Plumbing Codes
9. Soldering and Brazing
10. Water Treatment
11. Plumbing Fixtures
12. Piping Materials and Fittings
13. Valves and Meters
14. Water Heaters
This course exposes students to cutting with the oxy-acetylene torch and the plasma cutter and common welding technologies including oxy-acetylene, MIG, & TIG welding. Safety procedures for equipment are also covered.
Requirements – safety glasses, leather high top shoes (safety toe), leather welding gloves, long-sleeve shirt (leather sleeves or jacket)
CFC Section 608
Training and testing class This class is an approved class by the Environmental Protection Agency per the requirements of Section 608 of the Clean Air Act. It is designed to permit the certification of technicians as required by this act. All technicians are required to be certified to purchase or handle refrigerants after November 14, 1994.
The class starts at 8:00 AM with training from a textbook till 11:00 AM then a video will be shown till 12:00 PM. A lunch break is taken till 1:00 PM. Then another video will be shown, and then a review session will be conducted until the time to start the test. The test will start by 3:00 PM and all participants will be given 2 hours to complete the test.
Test break down: Core: 25 questions must correctly answer 18 questions to pass
Type I Certification: Small appliances, 25 questions: 18 correctly answer questions to pass.
Type II Certification: High-pressure appliances, 25 questions: 18 correctly answer questions to pass.
Type II Certification: Low-pressure appliances, 25 questions: 18 correctly answer questions to pass.
All students must pass core to pass any other section. If any other section is failed then just that section that was failed, may be needed to be retested. Certified in: Type I, II, and III the technician will receive a universal certification. This is given to show that a technician is legal to work on all HVACR equipment. These certifications should ensure that the technician knows how to handle the refrigerant in a safe manner without exhausting it to the atmosphere.
A+ Computer Tech Certification
This course offers classroom and lab instruction in the troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of computers needed for the Comptia A+ Certification exam. This instruction is designed to prepare the student for the actual exam, covering: computer hardware, operating systems and software, networking, security, and operational procedures. Practice exams and software tutorials are coupled with classroom lectures and hands-on work to ensure preparation for the exam and establish the foundation skills for an entry-level IT professional.
Computer Aided Drafting & Design
The Computer Aided Drafting & Design Class is an introductory course for students interested in using the computer to draw or represent objects using "AutoCAD 2012". Students will be exposed to the basic commands of 2 dimensional computer aided drafting needed to produce and print working drawings
G and M codes for CNC program controls
Familiarization of CNC control options
Straight line moves
Canned cycles (i.e. Drilling, tapping etc.)
Circular interpolation (including I and J dimensioning)
Practical applications of these issues
By the end of this course the student should be able to read existing CNC programs to determine important variables in those programs and be able to modify them when called upon to do so. Also, the student will be able to write simple programs without the use of a computer aided machining program.
This class is designed to teach the basics of communication as it relates to the workplace. Topics will include written, oral, non-verbal and electronic communication; listening; employer expectations; conflicts and how to resolve them; calming angry customers; and the components of an effective job search. By the end of this class you will:
Have developed a resume
Demonstrate good interviewing skills including wage negotiation
Know how to write a performance evaluation and a business letter
Understand job applications and how to complete them
Be able to understand and deal with criticism
Make a 10 minute presentation to the group
Any additional information the group requests
Cosmetology Program Course Description
Instructor Led Cosmetology Class for Adults
This course is to provide adult students theory and hands on skills training in an effort to make them more marketable to enter an apprenticeship training program with a salon. The placement with a salon could be either during or upon completion of the training. The class will meet each Monday and Wednesday from 5 – 9 p.m. for 15 weeks. This course will satisfy the completion of the required apprenticeship training program theory. Textbook and student kits are provided.
Fundamentals of Electricity/Electronics
A. Introduction to electricity
1. Atomic theory
2. Basic electric circuit components
3. Electric circuit variable characteristics and units of measure
Voltage – volts
Current – amps
Resistance – ohms
Power – watts
4. Basic electrical safety
Fire and explosion
Fock, tag, clear, try, release
B. Direct current (DC) fundamentals
1. Basic circuit configuration
2. Discussion of fundamental laws
3. Basic circuit calculations including circuit configuration and laws
C. Electrical diagrams
4. Schematic symbols
Industrial Bearings and Lubrication
The course concentrates on the type of bearings found in the industrial workplace. Bearing types include journal, roller, ball and thrust. Each bearing's operating characteristic is discussed in detail. Lubricating requirements for each type is provided and additional lubrication information is supplied through handouts. Information concerning bearing housing seals and mechanical shaft seals is presented. Class participants are encouraged to bring failed bearing to class. The class will try to determine the type of bearing failure and make recommendations for corrections.
Industrial Drive Components
This course covers commonly used mechanical drive couplings, plus special couplings, such as shear, torque-limiting, floating, and electrical insulated. Topics also include:
Fundamentals of speed reducers
Types of speed reducers
GearsIndustrial Electricity – Power I
This course is designed to introduce the student to electrical circuits, devices and alternating current concepts which apply to all power classes proceeding. Power I is a prerequisite to Power II, III, IV, and V classes.**safety glasses required
Industrial Electricity – Power II
This course covers the principles and applications of transformers. Typical transformers such as step up, step down, buck/boost, isolation and autotransformers are discussed. Single phase as well as three phase power distribution derived from transformers within the facilities will be discussed.**safety glasses required
I. Introduction to transformers
Transformer inductance and impedance
Calculations of voltage, current, and power
II. Types of transformers
Step up transformers
Step down transformers
III. Transformer applications
Wiring of single phase transformers
Wiring of three phase transformers
Wiring of wye/delta configuration
Wiring of delta/wye configurationIndustrial Electricity Power III
This course discusses the principles and applications of Single phase, Three phase and DC motors. Explains wiring, and operation of motors commonly used. This course also includes troubleshooting techniques for the types of motors discussed.**safety glasses required
I. A/C Motor Concepts
a. Construction of a motor
b. AC Motor Operation
c. Counter electromotive force (CEMF)
f. Synchronous speed
II. Single Phase Motors
b. Split Phase
c. Capacitor Start
d. Capacitor Run
e. Capacitor Start / Run
III. Three Phase Motors
a. Single Voltage Wye connected Motor
b. Single Voltage Delta connected Motor
c. Dual Voltage Wye connected Motor
d. Dual Voltage Delta connected Motor
e. Wound Rotor Motor
f. Synchronous Motor
IV. DC Motors
a. Series DC Motor
b. Shunt DC Motor
c. Compound DC Motor
d. Permanent Magnet DC Motor
Industrial Electricity - Power IV
This course discusses the principles and applications of basic control devices used in commercial/industrial applications. Upon discussion of control devices, students will design and wire basic control circuits.**safety glasses required
1. Electrical symbols and line diagrams
Manual control circuits
Automatic control circuits
Magnetic control circuits
2. Logic applied to line diagrams
Line number reference and numerical cross reference system
Line diagrams – signals, decisions, and action
Logic functions – and, or, and/or, not, nor, and nand logic
Common control circuits
3. AC manual contactors and motor starters
4. Magnetism and magnetic solenoids
Solenoids and solenoid construction
5. AC/DC magnetic contactors and motor starters
Overload protection and overload heater sizes
6. Time delay and logic
Dashpot, synchronous, and solid- state timers
7. Control devices
8. Reversing motor circuits
Reversing AC single phase motors
Reversing three phase motorsIndustrial Electricity – Power V
This course is designed to be a continuation of Power IV with the introduction and system integration of solid-state control devices and solid-state input devices. Upon completion of this course, students will learn how electromechanical and solid-state devices work together in a control system. An introduction to solid-state starters and variable frequency drives will also be discussed if time allows.**safety glasses required
I. Diodes, Rectification and Power Supplies
b. Single-phase rectification
c. Three-phase rectification
d. Zener diodes
II. Input Devices
b. Photoconductive cells
c. Photoconductive diodes
d. Halls effect sensors
e. Pressure sensors
f. Proximity sensors
g. Photoelectric sensors
a. Amplifier gain
b. Transistors as AC amplifiers
c. Biasing transistor junctions
d. Transistor current flow
e. Transistors as DC switches
IV. Integrated Circuits and switching Devices
a. Operational amplifiers
b. AND, OR, NAND, and NOR digital gates
c. Silicon controlled rectifiers
a. Electromechanical relays
b. Solid-state relays
c. ON delay timers
d. OFF delay timers
e. Recycle timers
f. Multifunction timers
Introduces hydraulic systems found in industrial settings. Includes basic fluid power theory and schematic reading, emphasizing the construction, maintenance and repair of hydraulic power systems and devices.
Industrial Piping Systems
This course introduces piping and tubing systems used for all sorts of fluid transport in the plant: hydraulic fluids, steam, liquefied product, refrigerant, and of course, water. Other topics include:
Strainer, filter, and traps
AccessoriesIndustrial Pumps and Valves
Focuses on fundamental construction and application of various type pumps and valves, emphasizing the characteristics and component identification associated with the particular equipment. Features maintenance, troubleshooting and repair to include pump bearings, pump alignment and mechanical seals. Incorporates valve corrective and preventive maintenance as well as valve applications.
This course begins with basic compressed air physics and continues through components and elementary logic understanding.
Introduction to principles of compressed air
Types of compressors
Associated equipment of compressed air
Compressed air control valves
Compressed air cylinders
Compressed air motors
Compressed air piping storageIndustrial Rigging
The course presents the safety concerns in selecting and applying rigging equipment. Rigging equipment includes the crane, sling and sling end attachments. The section on cranes covers chain hoist, wire rope hoist, and gantry cranes. The class concentrates on slings, and how to select the appropriate sling according to load and lifting requirements. Safety includes the inspection of each rigging component, moving a load and visual communication with the crane operator. Scaffolds, ladders and mobile work platforms are discussed related to their use associated with rigging practices.
Industrial SafetyThis course covers: Introduction to OSHA, Safety and Health Programs, Walking and Working Surfaces, Fall Protection, Emergency Evacuation Planning, Fire Prevention and Fire Extinguishers, Personal Protective Equipment, Material Handling, Hazard Communication, Electrical Safety, Machine Guarding, Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space, Noise, Industrial Hygiene, Defensive Driving. Virginia OSHA regulations are reviewed as applicable to the subject. This is an 11 week course in which students who complete all of the requirements will receive a 30 hour OSHA card. To obtain the 30 hour OSHA card students CAN NOT miss a single class.
2015 International Mechanical Code Class This class will be a chapter-by-chapter review of the 2015 International Mechanical Code, which will be the adopted code governing mechanical (HVAC) installations in the State of Virginia. The class will concentrate on requirements such as outdoor ventilation air, combustion air, liquid & solid fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents, boilers and water heaters, etc. The class will also review key provisions of the 2015 International Fuel Gas Code, which will be the adopted code governing fuel gas installations in the State of Virginia. Upon completion of the course, students will have a working knowledge of these codes & will be familiar with life-safety issues & installation requirements as they relate to mechanical & fuel gas installations in the State of Virginia.
Introduction to Solar Energy Systems
Why are solar panels becoming the latest trend in alternate energy? We will examine the basics of solar energy and overview applications of both solar thermal and solar electric systems. Solar thermal system applications include domestic hot water, space heating, and heating for pools and spas. Solar electric system applications include off-grid (battery-based), grid-tied, and grid interactive systems. We will also go through the steps to design and build your own small scale battery based solar backup system. This class is ideal for those with little to moderate-understanding of energy systems. Bring your questions!
About the Instructor: Randy Peltola is the owner and system engineer for Genesis Home and Energy which designs, installs, and services solar systems in central Virginia and is located in Waynesboro. Randy has 20 years of experience as an engineer in the electronic and semiconductor industry. He is a General Contractor and a NABCEP certified PV installation professional. He and his family live on a small farm in Lyndhurst, where he is pursuing his passion for sustainable living.
This course covers the basic principles of blueprint reading and provides the student an opportunity to become familiar with the alphabet of lines, dimensioning, symbols, and abbreviation use. The course objective is that the student will be able to read and understand mechanical blueprints.
National Electric Code
This course has been designed to familiarize participants with basic requirements of the National Electric Code. Emphasis is placed on terminology, wiring methods and materials, conductor sizing, overcurrent protection and branch circuit, feeder and service load calculations. Although primarily focused on the needs of the less experienced, exercises and discussion offer an appropriate review opportunity for veteran tradesmen as well.
This course is an introduction to PLC's and will be primarily based on the Automation Direct family. It will also discuss the other major families of PLC's currently in use today. The introduction will cover the topics of processor memory arrangement and data type structures. It will cover the use of ladder logic in PLC programs and the use of multiple ladder files for ease of breaking down the project code into subroutines that allow the code to be more easily understood. The course will teach you the basic elements of ladder logic and how they are used to create and troubleshoot machine and process controls. The course will show you how to communicate with the PLC and how to use the programming software to get on line with the processor. The course will also introduce you to the Automation Direct structure and the concept of remote I/O. The course will also introduce the various Automation Direct networks that can be used for communications with other networked processors and remote I/O. The course will also give you enough hands on time with the software to be able to get online and understand how to use the programming software to monitor complex PLC code and to make minor adjustments when needed.
Small Engine Repair
Get hands-on training on repairing small engines in this 12 week course.**safety glasses required
You'll learn how to:
•Troubleshoot and repair engine components and systems.
•Work with engines, ignition systems, and electrical circuits.
•Inspect and repair small engine fuel systems.
Technical Math is a general math course designed as a core course for the evening apprenticeship program, but is open to anyone desiring a math course to increase their basic math skills or as a refresher course for people that have not used Math for some time. The course consists of general math starting with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It continues with fractions, decimals, squares, and square roots. The course then moves into algebra applied to real world problems where formulas are used and explained. Finally there is a short introduction to trigonometry with an emphasis on practical application.
The math course is not limited to 12 weeks. Students advance at their own pace and are allowed to take the time to cover the material. Apprentices are given a screening exam on the first class and if they score 85 or better will be given credit for the class. Please bring a calculator for the screening exam.
Certification is a 24-week 3 hour a night class in arc welding only in structural stud or pipe. In this class there are eight 3/8” welds and two 1” welds that must be tested and passed before the certification welds are done; welds will be sent off to a testing firm for certification.Woodworking Design & Fabrication
- Gain experience in safe use of power equipment & hand tools
- Develop the foundation/systematic approach to manipulating equipment & materials to a desired result
- 2 project offerings according to level of experience
- Student will develop material list & shop for materials
- Students encouraged to provide personal hand tools
- Safety glasses required