Professional Programs

Our Programs

WSCC professional programs offer students the opportunity to explore and achieve more than a trade skill. WSCC students embark on a career path guided by experienced faculty members and mentors. Every day, students can put their skills to work on the job, earn competitive compensation, graduate with little to no debt, and continue their life long journey of learning.

Enrollment Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED Completion Certificate
  • Current valid driver’s license

Program Completion Requirements:

  • Complete all on-the-job learning hours
  • Complete all related instruction coursework and certifications
  • Complete state licensure requirements

Disclaimer: WSCC offers apprenticeship programs approved by the US Department of Labor. It is not a degree-granting institution.

Electrical

Electricians install systems that distribute power from the point of entry in a building to the equipment within a building that uses power.

An Inside Wireperson performs electrical work in commercial and industrial facilities, and the Residential Wireperson performs and maintains electrical systems in homes and other types of residential installations.

**Program on Standby. Not currently offered at WSCC campuses. 

Estimated Cost

  • Tuition $0
  • Material & Equipment Fees $TBD Annually
  • Textbooks $0

 

Program Length:

Inside Wireperson apprentices will receive a minimum of 2,000 hours per year of on-the-job-learning and as well as a minimum of 144 hours per year of related instruction. 

 

Average Salary

  • During Apprenticeship $TBD (Total Compensation)
  • Upon Graduation $TBD (Total Compensation)

Completion Rates 

  • NA (3 Year Average)

Placement Rate

  • NA

Student/Instructor Ratios

  • On-the-Job-Learning: 1 instructor per student
  • Related Instruction: 1 instructor per 20 students

 

Areas of Study

  • Math
  • Science
  • Trade History
  • Code & Blueprint Reading
  • Safety
  • Customer Service

HVAC/R Service

HVAC/R Service Technicians install, maintain and repair, heating ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The demand for this expertise is predicted to grow by more than 30 percent in the next several years. These technicians also perform essential work toward our nation’s goal to improve energy efficiency.

Duties of an HVAC/R Service Tech include cleaning, adjusting and repairing HVAC/R systems, performing warranty services, troubleshooting defective HVACR systems and equipment, performing preventative maintenance by cleaning reheat coils and air handling units, improving air quality, performing emergency repairs and ensuring compliance.

Every day is a new challenge. These challenges include equipment, controls, people or anything in the environment. I always get to learn new products, equipment and concepts that allow me to better myself.

Kurt, HVAC Service Tech

Estimated Annual Cost

  • Tuition $0
  • Fees $208-300
  • Books & Materials $0-50

Average Salary

  • During Apprenticeship $79,644 (Total Compensation)
  • Upon Graduation $109,400 (Total Compensation)

Program Length:

HVAC Technician is a five year program. Students will receive a minimum of 1,700 hours per year of on-the-job-learning and approximately 252 hours per year of related instruction.

 

Completion Rates

  • 86% (3 Year Average)
 
Placement Rate
  • 98%

Student/Instructor Ratios

  • On-the-Job-Learning: 1 instructor per student
  • Related Instruction: 1 instructor per 12 students

 

Areas of Study

  • Math
  • Science
  • Trade History
  • Code & Blueprint Reading
  • Safety
  • Customer Service

Pipefitting

Pipefitters play a significant role in all aspects of mechanical construction and mechanical service, including residential, commercial, and industrial markets. A Pipefitter installs, maintains, and repairs piping systems vital to the operation of many processes, including refrigeration, heating, cooling, steam, controls, and the transportation of liquids/gases. As a Pipefitter you can work on a wide range of projects including power generation plants, oil refineries, bio diesel plants, pharmaceutical plants, chemical plants, hospitals, schools, office buildings, sports complexes, retail stores, manufacturing plants, defense and aerospace industries and more.

Pipefitters must be able to understand theories involved with the transfer of gases and liquids. They must also be proficient in trade related mathematics, trade related science, interpreting construction and control drawings, soldering, brazing, welding, rigging, and pipe fabrication are a few of the skills that are necessary to a successful career. As a Pipefitter Journeyman you can have a very successful career.

The career path for a pipefitter is filled with possibilities. Students can seek positions beyond the position of journeyman as a welder, foreman, general foreman, ACAD detailer, estimator, quality control/quality assurance manager, project manager and mechanical contractor.

I have 20 years of plumbing experience and 10 years of welding experience. I chose a career in plumbing because my Dad was already in the trade and he seemed to enjoy his work. I would do the same thing again if I had too. I like this trade because I like working with my hands and the wage is competitive with those who went to college. I’ve always enjoyed welding and it helps that welders are always in high demand. This trade has helped me support my family very well. The union provides a good wage now and a pension to retire someday.

Eric, Fab Shop Plumber Foreman | Murphy Company

Estimated Cost

  • Tuition $0
  • Material & Equipment Fees $150-208 Annually
  • Books & Materials $50-500

Average Salary

  • During Apprenticeship $78,300 (Total Compensation)
  • Upon Graduation $105,750 (Total Compensation)

Program Length:

Pipefitting is a five year program. Students will receive a minimum of 1,700 hours per year of on-the-job-learning and approximately 252 hours per year of related instruction.

Completion Rates 

  • 83% (3 Year Average)
 

Placement Rate

  • 100%

Student/Instructor Ratios

  • On-the-Job-Learning: 1 instructor per student
  • Related Instruction: 1 instructor per 12 students

 

Areas of Study

  • Math
  • Science
  • Trade History
  • Code & Blueprint Reading
  • Safety
  • Customer Service

Plumbing

Plumbers perform work that is essential to the health and safety of the nation and its citizens. Plumbers install domestic (drinking) water systems, sanitary waste and vent systems, sanitary storm drainage systems, utility piping, natural gas piping and Medical Gas systems. Plumber installations can be in industrial settings, commercial buildings and residential housing. Plumbers complete new construction, remodels, retrofits and service work.

Plumbers are often the first and the last trade on the jobsite. They begin with the underground piping of a building, install the vertical construction and complete the project by setting the fixtures and completing start-up of all plumbing systems in the building. Plumbers also provide service for all plumbing systems, regardless the type of building or home.

The daily responsibilities of a plumber can include installation of any of the systems listed above, with a wide array of different materials including reading and interpreting plumbing system drawings and fixture specifications, fixture installation, troubleshooting and repair of plumbing systems or fixtures, testing, inspecting and repairing of backflow prevention devices, installation, and repair and maintenance of Medical Gas systems.

With a growing focus on green technologies, water conservation and energy efficiency, the demand for plumbers will significantly increase in the coming years.

To me, being a union plumber means pushing through any obstacle, working with pride and integrity. It is up to me to protect the health of my community and set the work standard for other trade-workers.

Beto, Program Director
Estimated Annual Cost
  • Tuition $0
  • Books/Supplies Equipment $50-500
  • Fees $30-300
Average Salary
  • During Apprenticeship $78,404 (Total Compensation)
  • Upon Graduation $106,400 (Total Compensation)

Program Length:

Plumbing is a five year program. Students will receive a minimum of 1,700 hours per year of on-the-job-learning and approximately 246  hours per year of related instruction.

 

Completion Rates 

  • 85% (3 Year Average)
 

Placement Rate

  • 100%

Student/Instructor Ratios

  • On-the-Job-Learning: 1 instructor per student
  • Related Instruction: 1 instructor per 10 students

 

Areas of Study

  • Math
  • Science
  • Trade History
  • Code & Blueprint Reading
  • Safety
  • Piping & Tubing
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Sheet Metal

Sheet metal workers layout, fabricate, install and maintain architectural sheet metal, residential, commercial & industrial HVAC Systems, and sheet metal signs. They also learn skills such as welding, testing and balancing, blueprint reading, detailing, customer service, and project management.

I enjoy learning and working with my hands.

Sheet Metal Apprentice

Program offered at the following campuses:

 

 

 

 

Estimated Cost

  • Tuition $0
  • Fees $0
  • Textbooks $0
  • Exams and Certifications $0

Average Salary

  • During Apprenticeship $81,120 (Total Compensation)
  • Upon Graduation $114,000 (Total Compensation)

Program Length:

Sheet Metal Technician is a four-year program. Students will receive a minimum of 1,800 hours per year of on-the-job-learning and approximately 200 hours per year of related instruction.

Completion Rates 

  • 86% (3 Year Average)
 

Placement Rate

  • 100%

Student/Instructor Ratios

  • On-the-Job-Learning: 1 instructor per student
  • Related Instruction: 1 instructor per 12 students

 

Areas of Study

  • Math
  • Science
  • Trade History
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Safety
  • Customer Service