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Career Programs

From fundamental skills to engineering, our training programs and apprenticeships are designed to provide on-demand learning for over 35 occupational pathways. Choose from a wide range of quality skilled trades training programs or work with our team to build your own personalized program by selecting content from over 3,000 courses.

Fundamental Skills

Warehousing and Distribution

The Warehousing and Distribution program teaches the fundamentals needed to become a warehouse worker. Students are taught basic math, safety, and print reading skills in addition to the concepts specific to material handling and warehousing. The program will help warehouse workers become maximally effective and able to safely perform their responsibilities.

Course Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Occupations Trained For: Loader, Material Handler, Warehouse Worker, Picker/Packer, Receiver, Warehouse Clerk, Stockroom Clerk, Stocker

Modules: 42

Length: 297 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 30 weeks

Basic Business Math

The Basic Business Math program covers the principles of business and industrial math, from basic operations through algebra. Upon finishing the program students will understand key concepts including practical measurements, bulk measurement, and fluid measurement.

Course Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Occupations Trained For: All Skilled Trades

Modules: 28

Length: 147 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 15 weeks

Basic Business Writing

The Basic Business Writing program covers the core concepts behind business communication and technical writing. The program teaches report writing, proposal writing, and research skills while improving the overall writing quality of the student.

Course Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Occupations Trained For: All Skilled Trades

Modules: 18

Length: 165 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 17 weeks

Basic Blueprint Reading

The Basic Blueprint Reading programs teaches learners the basics behind how to read blueprints. Key concepts taught in this program include print reading, understanding drawings and schematics, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

Course Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Occupations Trained For: All Skilled Trades

Modules: 19

Length: 124 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 12 weeks

Pre-apprenticeship Training

Our Pre-apprenticeship Training program teaches the key skills workers need to enter an apprentice program across a variety of skilled trades. The program is designed to prepare the learner for the technical elements of an apprenticeship, teaching key skills including industrial math, print reading, and trade-related preparation such as measurement and dimensioning & tolerancing.

Course Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Occupations Trained For: Apprentice (various fields)

Modules: 15

Length: 107 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 11 weeks

Industrial Safety

The Industrial Safety program teaches students how to work safely in a variety of different functions. Workers are taught safety skills for chemical, fire, electrical and several other environments.

Course Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Occupations Trained For: All Skilled Trades

Modules: 9

Length: 40 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 4 weeks

Basic Skills Training

The Quality Control training program covers the basics of quality control in a manufacturing environment, including print reading, operation analysis, quality terminology and an overview of quality control in manufacturing. This program is intended for entry-level workers to get on track to become a quality control technician.

Course Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Occupations Trained For: All Skilled Trades

Modules: 74

Length: 476 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 48 weeks

Construction & Industrial Maintenance

Industrial Painting

The Industrial Painting program prepares learners how to become a painter, either industrial or residential. Beginning with math, hand tools, and measuring, the program then covers pneumatic and power cutting tools as well as specific lessons in painting, plastering and adhesive. In addition, the program also instructs learners on the materials used in engineering environments and key chemistry concepts.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Painter, Painter Helper, Powder Coater, Coater, Industrial Painter

Modules: 33

Length: 205 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 21 weeks

Construction Laborer

The Construction Laborer program will prepare students with the well-rounded skillset they need to become a construction worker. This construction training program teaches a wide array of topics to prepare workers for different fields in the construction industry and to enable graduates to contribute on a variety of projects. Beginning with basic math, tools, prints and drawings, this program covers the different types of engineering materials - metal, wood, and plastic - and their properties. In addition, students will learn surveying and leveling as well as advanced topics including foundations, pavement, highways, steel roof trusses, concrete design, steel building frames, and more.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Construction Worker, Construction Laborer, Construction Technician, Construction Technologist

Modules: 102

Length: 786 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 79 weeks

Carpenter

The Carpenter program is designed to train those with no prior experience on how to become a carpenter. Beginning with basic math and hand tools training, the program moves into several topics on prints, drawings, and GD&T. In the carpenter training program, students will study carpentry materials and their properties as well as specific topics such as roofing, stair building, and millwork.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Carpenter

Modules: 81

Length: 646 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 65 weeks

Electro Mechanical Technician

The Electro Mechanical Technician program provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of industrial maintenance. Beginning with basic math and prints fundamentals, the program moves into key electrical and mechanical concepts such as currents, pumps, and hydraulics. The program also teaches advanced maintenance topics and provides a focus on semiconductors, microprocessors, circuits, PLCs, and more. Upon completion of the electro mechanical technician program, students will have a solid understanding of both mechanical and electrical components of industrial environments and be prepared to conduct maintenance.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Electrical Maintenance Technician, Millwright, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Millwright

Modules: 140

Length: 902 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 90 weeks

Facility Maintenance

The Facility Maintenance program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of how to work as a facilities maintenance mechanic. Beginning with basic math and safety, tools, materials, and prints, students in the program learn the basics of pipefitting, carpentry, and HVAC systems. The program additionally covers advanced topics on common systems like pumps, compressors, and hydraulics to prepare technicians for any type of emergency within a residential or commercial facility.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Building Maintenance Mechanic, Facilities Manager, Facilities Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Technician

Modules: 118

Length: 903 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 90 weeks

Millwright

The Millwright training program teaches the skills needed by a well-rounded maintenance millwright. Beginning with the basic concepts of math, safety, tools, and prints for mechanical trades, the program then progresses to specific maintenance mechanic skills like metal cutting, machine tooling, hydraulics, pneumatics, and belt power. In addition to addressing specific equipment like pumps and rigging, the program also teaches the basics of welding, pipefitting, and industrial maintenance.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Millwright, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Millwright

Modules: 112

Length: 845 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 85 weeks

PHC Trades

Plumber

This program teaches students with no prior knowledge of the occupation how to become a plumber. Beginning with basic math and measurement, the plumber training program covers tools and maintenance concepts as well as the in-depth topics of pipefitting, mechanics, and joining, assembling, and installing pipes. The program rounds out with welding and HVAC basics - core skills to becoming a well-rounded plumber. Upon completion of the program, students will be ready to prepare for the National Standard Plumbing Code exam and begin their career as a plumber.

Penn Foster can also provide the National Standard Plumbing Code book to help students prepare for the exam (at cost).

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Plumber

Modules: 100

Length: 751 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 75 weeks

Pipefitter

The Pipefitter program is designed to provide workers with the skills they need to become an entry-level pipefitter. Beginning with basic math and safety, the program then dives into the basics of electricity, mechanics, print reading and tools. In addition, the training focuses on pipefitting and pipe-related concepts while also teaching several different welding techniques commonly used by pipefitters. This program is less rigorous than the individual Plumber or Welder programs.

Penn Foster can also provide the National Standard Plumbing Code book to help students prepare for the exam (at cost).

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Pipefitter, Steamfitter, Welder Fitter, Pipe Welder, Sprinkler Fitter

Modules: 100

Length: 719 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 72 weeks

HVAC Technician

The HVAC Technician program covers the basics of HVAC systems and concepts, laying the foundations for the learner to become a professional HVAC worker. The program begins by teaching basic math, safety, and the commonly used tools in the HVAC trade before diving into maintenance, prints, and GD&T concepts. In addition, workers will study HVAC-specific topics like pipes, tanks, pumps, air-conditioning systems, electric heating, and gas appliances.

This HVAC tech training does not include any content on specific modern HVAC-R systems, as these tend to be site-specific and varied.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: HVAC Technician, HVAC Installer, HVAC Repairman, HVAC Service Technician, HVAC-R Technician

Modules: 70

Length: 469 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 47 weeks

Engineering & Advanced Programs

Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering program is a full two-year program designed to train workers how to become a electrical engineer. Beginning with basic math, algebra, and logarithms, the program then moves into teaching core electrical and magnetism concepts, both theoretical and practical. These initial topics include currents, transformers, batteries, and alternators before moving into advanced topics like PLCs, electronic systems, and semiconductors. In the electrical engineering training program, students will also gain knowledge on different types of circuits and logic devices, motor control and mechanics, and a variety of specific control-related topics. Lastly, they will complete the program with an understanding of how to troubleshoot electrical systems and devices.

Penn Foster can also provide the latest National Electric Code book to help students prepare for the license exam (at cost).

This program can be taken at any point along the academic journey (minimum 8th grade completion.)

Course Details

Difficulty: Advanced

Occupations Trained For: Electrical Engineer

Modules: 240

Length: 1,565 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 104 weeks

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering program is a full two-year program designed to train workers how to become a mechanical engineer. Beginning with basic math, algebra, and trigonometry, the program then moves into teaching the different types of engineering and fluid mechanics. Additionally, the program focuses on safety topics, fluid and hydraulic power topics, and industrial components such as compressors and pumps. In the final section of the mechanical engineering training, students learn how to maintain these systems, read their instruments, and handle process control. The program also offers several topics for those seeking to move into a supervisory role, like time study and effective writing.

This program can be taken at any point along the academic journey (minimum 8th grade completion.)

Course Details

Difficulty: Advanced

Occupations Trained For: Mechanical Engineer

Modules: 134

Length: 1,167 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 104 weeks

Industrial Engineering

The Industrial Engineering program is a full two-year program designed to train workers how to become an industrial engineer. Beginning with basic math, algebra, and safety instruction, the program then moves into extensive mechanics topics, supervisory topics such as operation analysis and report writing, and key electrical concepts. Additional subjects covered include troubleshooting topics, control systems, microprocessors, fluid and hydraulic power topics, and industrial components such as compressors and pumps. Upon completion of the industrial engineering training, students will have a well-rounded background in electrical, maintenance, and other industrial topics.

This program can be taken at any point along the academic journey (minimum 8th grade completion.)

Course Details

Difficulty: Advanced

Occupations Trained For: Industrial Engineer

Modules: 180

Length: 1,501 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 104 weeks

Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering program is a full two-year program designed to train workers how to become a chemical engineer. Beginning with basic math, algebra, and geometry, the program moves into core chemical engineering training on organic and inorganic chemistry, chemical topics, heat topics, thermodynamics and metallurgy. The program also includes training on quantitative and qualitative analysis as well as chemical engineering-specific topics such as distillation and solvent extraction. Lastly, students finish the program focused on supervisory topics including writing, time study, data logging and the economy.

This program can be taken at any point along the academic journey (minimum 8th grade completion.)

Course Details

Difficulty: Advanced

Occupations Trained For: Chemical Engineer

Modules: 163

Length: 1,524 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 104 weeks

Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering program is a full two-year program designed to train workers how to become a civil engineer. Beginning with basic math, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, the program moves into core civil engineering topics such as surveying, drawing, mapping, and photogrammetry. Additional topics taught include highways and cement and the basics of heat, electricity, steel and building construction. Lastly, students are taught civil engineering courses on water purification, sewerage, and more.

This program can be taken at any point along the academic journey (minimum 8th grade completion.)

Course Details

Difficulty: Advanced

Occupations Trained For: Civil Engineer

Modules: 153

Length: 1,731 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 104 weeks

Drafting and Design

The Drafting and Design program teaches the skills workers need to become a draftsman. Beginning with the fundamentals of math, measurement, prints, physics, and mechanics, the program then moves into advanced lessons on geometrical, projection, and elementary and advanced drawing. This program covers the core drafting topics needed before progressing to computer design; however, it does briefly introduce CAD training (Computer-Aided Drafting and Design).

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Draftsman, CAD Designer, CAD Operator, Drafter

Modules: 48

Length: 1,425 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 104 weeks

Supervisor Training

The Supervisor Training program covers the key concepts workers need to progress to a supervisory level in any industrial, manufacturing, or skilled trades environment. In the program, students learn safety and maintenance supervisor concepts in addition to key writing skills, time study skills, and an overview of quality control concepts. Lastly, the supervisor training program teaches key supervision-specific skills such as planning and organization, motivation, employee relations, and cost control.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Supervisor, Maintenance Supervisor, Manufacturing Supervisor

Modules: 31

Length: 295 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 30 weeks

Electrical

Lineman Training

The Electrical Lineman Training program is designed for those working on electrical wires or telecom lines. In addition to basic math, algebra, and trigonometry, the program teaches core electrical concepts before moving into specialized topics such as rigging, transformers, substations, distribution, transmission, and specific line-relevant tools.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Lineman, Wireman, Field Service Technician

Modules: 92

Length: 722 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 72 weeks

Basic Electrical Training

The Basic Electrical Training program teaches students the fundamentals of working with electricity. The program introduces commonly used tools, AC/DC principles, motors, and electrical safety as well as basic troubleshooting, VOMs, and oscilloscopes. This program is highly recommended for those seeking to understand electricity at a foundational level.

Course Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Occupations Trained For: All Electrical Trades

Modules: 27

Length: 129 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 13 weeks

Electrician Training

The Electrician Training program teaches the entire scope of elements needed to become an electrician. The program begins with an introduction to electrical equipment, circuit breakers, and lamps, including batteries, motors, plugs and fuses as well. It dives into specific topics such as controls for heating and air conditioning as well as key advanced concepts like troubleshooting, control systems, sensors and PLCs.

Penn Foster can also provide the latest National Electric Code book to help students prepare for the license exam (at cost).

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Electrician, Industrial Electrician, Residential Electrician

Modules: 60

Length: 408 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 41 weeks

Electrical Maintenance

The Electrical Maintenance program provides students with the skills they need to work as an electrical maintenance technician. From the beginning, workers learn the basics in math, safety, tools and print reading. The program then progresses into maintenance topics and core electrical topics such as AC/DC circuits, VOMs, and electrical equipment and tools. Students will complete the electrical maintenance training with knowledge on advanced technology topics relevant to electrical repair, including computer networks, sensors, PLCs, and more.

Penn Foster can also provide the latest National Electric Code book to help students prepare for the license exam (at cost).

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Electrical Maintenance Technician

Modules: 128

Length: 757 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 76 weeks

Electronics Maintenance

The Electronics Maintenance program is intended for those with prior experience in electrical maintenance and are seeking a more advanced program. This program jumps directly into electronic systems and semiconductors, covering advanced topics such as robots, motors, and microprocessors. Students will also be taught specific skills relevant to troubleshooting, various control systems, and controllers.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Electronics Maintenance Technician

Modules: 122

Length: 750 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 75 weeks

Electrical & Electronics Maintenance

The Electrical and Electronics Maintenance program provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the skills needed to work as an electrical and instrumentation technician. Combining the subject matter of both the electrical maintenance and electronics maintenance programs, this program package teaches workers the full skillset offered by each program individually.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Electrical & instrumentation Technician

Modules: 250

Length: 1,414 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 104 weeks

Manufacturing

Welder

The Welder program provides users with the comprehensive knowledge they need to become a welder, beginning with the fundamental industrial math before moving into drawing and schematics, electricity, tools, and welding equipment and techniques. This welding training program is a highly robust offering, teaching the full suite of components of welding to develop a more well-rounded welder.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Welder, Cutter, Solderer, Brazer

Modules: 105

Length: 725 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 73 weeks

Welder Helper

The Welder Helper program provides users with the core components of learning to weld. After providing learners with basic industrial math skills, the program teaches the tools and techniques needed for arc welding, SMAW, and gas welding. This program is intended for both those seeking to learn targeted welding skills as well as those with prior welding background who are looking to gain a more formal knowledge of welding.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Welder Helper, Fitter

Modules: 51

Length: 410 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 41 weeks

Machinist

The Machinist training program provides learners with an understanding for machine types, their operation, and the underlying concepts behind machining. The program covers basics in safety, industrial math, measuring, print reading, metal types, and machining processes before moving into mills, lathes, turret lathes, grinding and more. The program is ideal for those looking to learn how to become a machinist. CNC machinist training taught separately.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Machinist, Machine Setter, Set-up Machinist, Press Breakk Operator

Modules: 77

Length: 696 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 70 weeks

Machine Operator

The Machine Operator program teaches the principles of machining, including an introduction to bench work, prints, dimensioning, measuring instruments, and tools. The program is recommended for entry-level workers who do not operate machines, but are responsible for setting up the machine shop, staying safe in the environment, and understanding the tools, processes, and materials behind their work.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Machinist Helper, Machine Operator, Lathe Operator, Mill Operator, Press Operator

Modules: 51

Length: 371 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 37 weeks

Production Worker

This program teaches the fundamentals needed to work in a production environment as well as an overview of key manufacturing concepts to prepare learners for entry-level manufacturing roles. This training for production workers teaches basic math, GD&T, safety and measurement skills as well as a high-level knowledge of currents, heat, maintenance, control systems and control instruments.

Course Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Occupations Trained For: Production Operator, Production Worker, Laborer

Modules: 50

Length: 352 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 35 weeks

Tool & Die Maker

The Tool & Die Maker program teaches the essentials of machining as well as the specific skills needed to become a Tool & Die Maker. Initial topics include metals, industrial math, safety, milling, lathing, and griding before moving into the advanced topics of toolmaking, heat treatment, jogs, dies, and fixtures.

Course Details

Difficulty: Intermediate

Occupations Trained For: Tool & Die Maker, Die Maker, Jig & Fixture Repairer, Tool & Die Machinist, Tool Repairer

Modules: 113

Length: 793 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 79 weeks

Quality Control

The Quality Control training program covers the basics of quality control in a manufacturing environment, including print reading, operation analysis, quality terminology and an overview of quality control in manufacturing. This program is intended for entry-level workers to get on track to become a quality control technician.

Course Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Occupations Trained For: Quality Assurance Technician, Quality Control Analyst, Quality Control Technician

Modules: 30

Length: 206 hours

Estimated Time to Completion: 21 weeks

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