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Brunswick Community College Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers educational training for trades that enables individuals to secure a job in a high-demand industry. The trades courses are designed for students that are seeking programs that accelerate the development of employability skills and lead to national credentials. Students enrolled in workforce development trades courses can experience a series of interconnected educational training programs that can be completed in six months or less.

Current courses include those listed below. To register, click on the REGISTER ONLINE button and then enter course name in the Search field. For more information or to inquire about other trades courses, contact the OneStop Center at onestop@ergoboomers.com.

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Blueprint Reading

The student will learn to interpret and read blueprints for both residential and commercial structures. The topics include the basic principles of the blueprint lines, views, symbols, dimensioning procedures and notes. Students will also learn how to price various tasks required for new construction, understand and decipher a variety of trade drawings, and apply methods for material ordering and job cost.

Boat Engine Repair

This course covers two- and four-cycle engines that are used for marine vessel propulsion. Emphasis is placed on design, cooling systems, lubrication systems, and air in-take systems. Upon completion of the program, students should be able to test, troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair marine engine systems.

Building Inspection I

This certification-related course is designed for the Building Inspection I code enforcement official. Course participants will learn a better understanding of Building Code, Residential Code and the Accessibility Code of the NC State Building Code and will be able to apply the codes in the inspection field. With the successful completion of this course, the Law and Administration course and other educational requirements required by the NC Code Officials Qualification Board, students will be eligible to take the Building Level I state exam.

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Building Inspection II

This certification-related course is designed for the education and training of the Building Level II code enforcement official who has the responsibility of inspecting all types of construction up to 60,000 square feet and is built upon the information presented in the Building Level I Standard Inspection Course. Upon completion, course participants will have a better understanding of the Building Code, the Residential Code, and the Accessibility Code of the NC State Building Code and will be able to apply the Codes in the inspection field. In addition, with the successful completion of this course and the Law and Administration course in conjunction with other education and experience requirements specified by the NC Code Officials Qualification Board, course participants will be eligible
to take the Building Level II state examination for inspector certification.


Basic Carpentry:

This course provides instruction related to the core skills used by carpenters in residential and commercial settings. Topics include safety, hand/power tool use, site preparation, measurement and layout, footings and foundations, construction framing, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood.

Advanced Carpentry:

This advanced course is designed to build upon skills learned in previous carpentry courses. Safety, measurement, tools and equipment, products and materials, carpentry and framing, exterior finishing, interior finishing, building codes and inspections, and energy efficiency will be taught through a combination of lecture and project-based activities. Students will have the opportunity to obtain the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certifications upon the successful completion of required exams.


Construction Academy:

Imagine getting paid $750 to take a tuition-free course. If that sounds good, the brand new CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY is calling your name.

This accelerated 10-week course provides hands-on training, mentorship and assistance in finding internships and employment. Students will have the opportunity to obtain an OSHA-10 certification and NCCER certification. Thanks to a grant from the Carolina Association of General Contractors, the course is TUITION-FREE and includes a BONUS OF $750 for completing it. Training begins on Jan. 8, 2024. Seating is limited to 15 students, so act now. Learn more and register TODAY at (910) 755-7320 or onestop@ergoboomers.com.

Basic Construction:
Students will be introduced to light construction building trades. Emphasis will be placed, on safe work practices, personal protective equipment (PPE), tools and the proper and safe use of the tools. This course is designed to provide the student with entry level training to become employed in the light construction industry. The student will have the opportunity to earn NC3 certifications in safety and measuring tools, along with the 10-hour OSHA CARD, and NCCER credentials after passing the exams.

Construction Project Management:
This course will prepare individuals with backgrounds in construction to advance to supervisory or management positions. Such positions may include project manager, superintendent, estimator, supervisor, and inspector. Course work includes safety, planning, scheduling, estimating, blueprint reading, supervision, and building codes. Upon completion of the course, students will be qualified to manage construction projects. This course includes the use of Microsoft Project Management software.

Electrical I Residential

This course prepares students for an entry-level light construction and basic residential electrical installations. Topics include static electricity, OHMs law, DC circuits, alternating & direct currents, indicators, transformers, capacitors, electronic, safety, green building practices, blueprint reading, and regulatory NEC requirements for residential facilities. The skills acquired prepares the student for immediate employment in the electrical field. Student will also have the opportunity to obtain a 10-hour OSHA safety card, NCCER and GreenLee certifications.

Electrical II Commercial

Prerequisite Electrical Tech I. This course Load calculations, conductor selection calculations, practical lighting applications, hazardous locations, overcurrent protection, distribution equipment, transformers, commercial electrical services, motor calculations, voice, data, & video, motor controls. Students will also have the opportunity to obtain NCCER & Green Lee certifications.

Electrical License Renewal

This course provides updates and changes in NEC and any NC amendments, along with coverage of other code content to licensed electricians to be able to obtain the continuing education mandated by the NC Board of Electrical Contractors for License Renewal.

Electrical Lineworker

This course prepares individuals to work as lineworkers in the preparation and repair of electrical utility facilities. This is a 10-week, 400- hour course designed to prepare individuals for a good paying and exciting job as an Electrical Lineworker. Upon completion, individuals will possess the necessary skills for employment in the electrical utility industry. During this training, individuals will be given the opportunity to obtain certifications in: 3m Safety, Competent Person Trenching, as well as CDL permit prep. Students will have interviews after Graduation. Course content to align with learning outcomes defined by the Carolinas Energy Workforce Consortium. Pre-registration requirements: high school diploma or GED, Valid Driver’s license (Must be 18 years of age), and DOT Physical Exam results.

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General Contractor Prep

This course will help prepare individuals for NC Building Contractor’s Licensure Board Certification exam. Class will emphasize codes, cost estimation, blueprint reading, and construction terms. First class will be oriented to assist you with completing your application to NC Building Contractors Licensure Board. Books required. Book list will be provided on first night of class. Books are estimated $300-$500 For info regarding NC Licensing, go to: www.nclbgc.org and www.contractorsseminars.com.


The purpose of this course is to prepare students to make a successful start toward becoming craftsman in the HVAC field. Course will familiarize student with mechanical codes. Students will have opportunity to obtain National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) pocket card as well as OSHA ten hour pocket card upon successfully completion of required exams. Course work includes lecture, handouts and hands-on experience. Book required. Class limited to 12 students.


This course is a continuation of Heating and Air Conditioning I, It is designed to provide the student with advanced skills in the subject matter. The course will venture into a more in-depth study of the Heating and Air Condition industry. You will have the opportunity to obtain your CFC Certification. The course will better familiarize the student with mechanical codes. Pre-registration required for class. This is a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) class. Book required. Class limited to 12 students.

Machine Technology Level I

This course introduces machining operations as they relate to the metalworking industry. Topics include machine shop safety, measuring tools, job planning, etc. This course teaches on lathe operations, drilling techniques, milling operations, surface grinding and job layout strategies. The instructor also emphasize machine maintenance, soft skills, and team work. Students will have the opportunity to earn third-party credentials through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills NIMS. Book required.


This course prepares plumbing technicians for entry level employment. The course focus on the basic installation, maintenance, and repair of plumbing system and components. Topics include safe use of tools, implementation of standard practices, and installation/maintenance of piping, fittings, valves, appliances and fixtures used in plumbing systems. Students have the opportunity to earn OSHA, as well as, NCCER Credentials.


Small Engine Repair

This introductory course will explore basic engine operation, ignition systems, fuel systems, compression systems, and small engine maintenance. Students will experience project based activities, teamwork, and various employer locations.

Solar PV Installer

This course provides instruction on the fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaic systems. Students will learn design criteria, installation, safety issues, and maintenance of photovoltaic systems, construction skills, and applied math skills. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge base for an entry-level position with a dealer/installer Solar Photovoltaic industry. NCCER Certification. Prerequisite Electrical I & II.

Welding I

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to make a successful start toward becoming craftsman in welding trade. Students learn to use gases and/or welding processes and to braze and solder metal parts according to diagrams, blueprints, or written specifications. Students will have opportunity to receive National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) pocket card as well as OSHA 10-hour pocket card upon successful completion of required exams. Book required. Class is limited to 12.


Welding Refresher

Brunswick Community College, is offering a Welding Refresher course during the Summer. This will be a 100% hands on class. If there is an area you need to improve on this is the class for you. Contact onestop@ergoboomers.com or 91O-755-7320 for class dates, times, and additional information.

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