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Trade School Vancouver, WA

The vocational/trade school at Charter College Vancouver, WA offers three programs for students to choose from: HVAC training, welding certificate, and a degree completion program in the trades. The Vancouver campus is located at 17200 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Suite 100.

Learn more about job growth for vocational careers in the Vancouver, WA area.

HVAC Training, Vancouver, WA

Program length: 10 months

Charter College Vancouver offers HVAC training that can be completed in less than a year. 

HVAC 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, Refrigeration Mechanics and Sheet Metal Workers.

Students will be trained in:

  • System troubleshooting
  • Maintenance skills
  • Environmental systems

Welding Certificate, Vancouver, WA

Program length: 10 months

Train for your welding certificate in 10 months at Charter College.

The welding certificate 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)

Vocational Careers
Job Growth - Vancouver, Washington


Projected Job Growth (2012-2022)1


Heating, Air Conditioning, 
and Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer



Sheet Metal Worker 30%  
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 31%  
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters 27%  
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 19%  
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 21%  
Machinery Maintenance Workers 11%  
General Maintenance and Repair Workers 15%  

Applied Technology Degree, Vancouver, WA

Program length: 5 months

The Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technology program 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 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.

United States Department of Labor, O*NET Online Website , retrieved on May 15, 2015,