Career Focus

What Can You Do With a Skilled Trades Certificate?

Students looking for a pathway to a rewarding hands-on career would find the Skilled Trades a perfect fit. Whether you like to weld or are interested in Heavy Equipment Operation, West Hills has the perfect program of study for you.

What Can You Do With a Skilled Trades Certificate or Course Set?

Students who enter our Skilled Trades program will graduate with the skills necessary to immediately enter a rewarding career or to pursue the professional certification necessary to enter the fields. Our Heavy Equipment Operation Certificate gives you all the necessary tools to operate crawlers, tractors, scrapers, backhoes and other pieces of heavy equipment. Students can enter the job market immediately after they earn the certificate. Our Industrial Maintenance Technology course covers all of the basics of the industrial maintenance field and prepares students to earn a professional certification. Our welding technology certificate also prepares students to earn a professional certification in the welding industry and allows students to walk out ready to become a welder. Our maintenance mechanic course set provides an overview and skills needed to succeed as a maintenance mechanic. All of these programs also include hands-on learning and work experience opportunities.

What Can I Earn?

In 2016, Heavy Equipment Operators made an average of $64,775 a year in California. Industrial Maintenance Mechanics earned an average $57,242 in California in 2016 a year while welders made an average of $39,493 a year in 2016 in California. However, some welders can make much more depending on what projects they take on. 

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