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  • Writer's pictureRylee Parsons

Skilled Trades Courses Near McDowell County NC!

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

Starting a career in the trades is easier than you think! There are plenty of classes and programs in the area for those looking to launch their career, enhance their current skills, or looking for a fun career change. We've compiled a bit of information on trade classes from popular colleges and academies near us. There are many other trades programs available in the WNC area so make sure to make this article just one part of your research!


  • Electrical Technician

  • Foundations of Plumbing

  • HVAC

  • Maintenance Technician

  • Quality Inspector

  • Welding


  • WPCC's Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) courses are designed to quickly prepare students and provide hands-on experience for entry-level jobs.

  • No experience or special certifications are required to register.

  • There are currently no ongoing classes. Check their website to stay updated.

  • Students learn how to read blueprints, estimate costs and manage projects. They're trained for real-life scenarios in various sectors of construction.

  • This two-year program is meant to prepare students for any general construction job. You could then qualify for management positions ranging from superintendent and project manager to estimator and inspector.

Other WPCC Trades Courses:

  • Electrical Engineering Technology

  • Sustainable Agriculture

  • Welding

  • Carpentry

  • Construction

  • Electrical

  • HVAC & Refrigeration

  • Machining

  • Masonry

  • Automotive- Collision Repair

  • Plumbing

  • Welding

  • Transport Tech

Train in real equipment on 25 acres of a mock work site. This program can be five days for 10 weeks or you can take just the equipment operator portion for three days for 10 weeks.


  • Masonry

  • Plumbing

  • Carpentry

  • Residential Electrical

  • NC General Contractors CE Course

    • The course contains a two-hour lecture on all things NCLBGC. The other six hours are elective courses in Blueprint for Building Trades and Job Site Safety.

  • HVAC & Refrigeration

  • Construction Technology

  • Electric

  • Trade Essentials

  • This Academy teaches the skills needed for any project involving transporting heavy materials or earthmoving.


Course topics can include:

  • Orientation to the Trade

  • Heavy Equipment Safety

  • Identification of Heavy Equipment

  • Basic Operational Techniques

  • Utility Tractors

  • Grade

  • Introduction to Earthmoving

  • HVAC & Refrigeration

  • Architecture

  • Building Automation

  • Civil Engineering

  • Construction Equipment Systems

  • Construction Management

  • Construction/Carpentry

  • Electrical Systems

  • Surveying

  • Plumbing

  • Welding

  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Tech

  • Learn to operate and repair construction and agricultural equipment while developing the soft skills for professional success. Students graduate from this program ready for entry-level positions.


The next step after taking these courses? The job hunt! JC Property Professionals is always searching for skilled laborers, equipment operators and foremen to join our crews. The learning doesn't stop there - when our operators and laborers are interested in learning more, we provide 1-1 training in the field. Apply today right here!




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