What Are the 7 Trade School Programs at Apex?
There’s no one size fits all when it comes to school. Some students attend a traditional college to earn a two- or four-year degree. Many others discover a combination of knowledge, skills and technical training is the right path for them. A vocation education at trade school provides students with a variety of positive benefits. If you’re interested in attending trade classes, keep reading to learn about our programs.
Automotive Service Repair
At Apex, the automotive service repair program helps students learn to repair vehicles, help vehicles operate safely and get specialized training for an entry-level position. It provides a foundation of technical skills students use to evaluate mechanical systems and make repairs, as well as:
- Fix and maintain the inner parts of the vehicle
- Test major components when a vehicle breaks down
- Work on engines, transmissions and brakes
- Perform basic car care and maintenance, including oil changes
Students spend time in the classroom and shop where instructors incorporate diagnostic procedures, proper tool usage and much more. Auto mechanic classes are often a good fit for individuals who enjoy hands-on learning and have a passion for cars. Discover four signs auto mechanic school is right for you.
Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Appliance/Controls
This vocational program focuses on teaching skills related to repairing and troubleshooting air conditioners, refrigeration systems, electrical control panels, major home appliances and gas-fired heating systems. Students in the HVAC program at Apex learn how to:
- Use the basics of electricity for installation, service and maintenance
- Repair and maintain domestic and commercial units
- Learn about cooling towers, piping and ductwork
- Follow codes and safety practices
HVAC training classes include both basic and advanced segments where students split their learning time between the classroom and shop. Interested in the HVAC field? Learn more about
Auto Body Repair
From preparing a car for body repairs to learning how to weld and retexture plastic, students in this vocational program train to enter the auto body repair industry. Students not only learn to improve a vehicle’s appearance but also:
- Work on collision repairs, windshields and window glass
- Fix structural, safety and cosmetic issues, such as dented doors and bumpers
- Use paint and welding techniques
- Restore older cars damaged by rust and age
In auto body repair classes, experienced instructors teach students techniques for fixing everything from minor to major auto collision damage. Explore the differences between the
Combination Welding Technology
Apex’s trade classes give students hands-on experience and teach a range of welding knowledge. Students learn techniques for welding repair and maintenance as well as how to use some forms of advanced welding equipment. Apex instructors focus on helping students:
- Read blueprints and interpret welding symbols
- Perform the four major welding processes, including SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and FCAW
- Weld plates and pipes in multiple positions
Welding has been used for centuries to join two pieces of material together and continues to be a viable modern career option. Interested in learning if combination welding classes might be a good fit for you? Here are three signs you should consider welding training.
Electrical and Advanced Electrical
This trade school program prepares students to perform a variety of electrical tasks—from reading circuit diagrams and installing wiring for lighting to learning about green energy systems and more. Apex students learn with instructors and peers, study theories in the classroom and get hands-on experiences in the shop. Students training in the electrical program learn to:
- Use basic tools and equipment to repair electrical conductors and components
- Perform splices, bonding and grounding
- Install circuit breakers, fuses and wiring
- Install security systems, fire alarms, intercoms and other electronic systems
Electrical and advanced electrical classes span six segments and help students earn 900 hours of trade school training. Interested in exploring a bright future in the electrical field? Discover four reasons the electrical trade could be the path for you.
Construction and Building Skills
Individuals in the construction and building trade program touch upon a variety of skills—ranging from carpentry and electrical familiarity to plumbing, kitchen and bath knowledge. These tradesmen and women use their hands-on skills to:
- Troubleshoot and repair electrical boxes and fittings
- Frame windows and doors
- Install light fixtures, wiring and countertops
- Use power tools and plumbing blueprints
At Apex, students prepare to enter the construction field by taking six segments of carpentry and building skills classes, as well as learning to build a model house in the shop. Think you might be a good fit? Explore five signs a construction career path is right for you.
Plumbing and Pipefitting
Students in this vocational program learn how to install water heaters, water supply and waste disposal systems found in private kitchens and bathrooms. They also learn the basics and practice real techniques, including:
- Assemble pipe sections, tubing and fittings
- Locate leaks and repair pipes, fixtures and drainage systems
- Follow blueprints, codes and safety specifications
- Use a variety of hand and power tools, levels and other materials
Plumbing classes give students the opportunity to learn how to find the source of a problem, as well as what it takes to solve the problem. Wondering if you’re ready to pursue the plumbing trade? Here are four signs a plumbing career could be a good fit.
*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.
Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.