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Trade School Anchorage, AK

The trade school at Charter College, Anchorage offers three programs for students to choose from: HVAC, welding, and an associates degree in applied technology.  The Anchorage campus is located at 2221 East Northern Lights Blvd.

Program length: 10 months

HVAC/R training focuses on the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration systems and prepares students to seek entry-level employment as HVAC/R Technicians.

Students will be trained in:

  • System troubleshooting
  • Maintenance skills
  • Environmental systems

With the job growth, for HVAC installers, expected to grow by 8% through 2022, now is a great time to get HVAC training in Anchorge, AK.1  

Vocational Careers
Job Growth - Alaska


Projected Job Growth (through 2022)1


Heating, Air Conditioning, 
and Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer



Sheet Metal Worker 4%  
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 10%  
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters 17%  
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 18%  

Welding Certificate Anchorage, AK

Program length: 10 months

The 10-month welding certificate program includes hands-on cutting, welding, layout, and fitting skills that are presently used and practiced in today's welding workforce. The program covers how the welding processes work and why certain welding processes are used. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment in fabrication shops and in the construction field. 

Students will be trained in:

  • Welding processes
  • Oxy-fuel cutting
  • Shielded metal arc (SMAW)
  • Gas metal arc (GMAW)
  • Flux core arc welding (FCAW)

Applied Technology Degree Anchorage, AK

Program length: 5 months

The Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technology program, offered at the Anchorage campus, is designed for trade and craft professionals who have competed a certificate or substantial coursework in a trade program such as welding, plumbing, electrician, or HVAC (admission requirements apply). The degree completion program includes coursework in project management and customer service, coursework in oral and written communication, ethics, and advanced office software. Graduates receive training in the professional side of the trade. Upon successful completion of the program, students could be better postioned to advance their careers in their chosen trade.

Program goals:

Apply effective verbal and written communication strategies consistent with the standards and best practices of the Applied Technology professional. Demonstrate knowledge and application of word processing and spreadsheet software as needed in the Applied Technology fields.

  1. Apply critical thinking skills and logic in order to evaluate and solve problems.
  2. Articulate an understanding of the ethical framework and professional code of conduct necessary to make appropriate decisions as an Applied Technology professional.
  3. Analyze and apply project management concepts using project management software.
  4. Apply customer service skills and knowledge necessary to successfully engage and collaborate with customers and clients.

1 United States Department of Labor, O*NET Online Website, retrieved on 5/15/15,