New courses in trades and technical fields 

Published 10:01 am Friday, July 15, 2022

Washington, N.C.— Beaufort County Community College’s Division of Continuing Education is officering a number of high-demand courses–some in the evenings–in technical fields and trades to help students start in a new career or build on their skills. All of these courses are free under the Beaufort Promise. Fundamentals of Carpentry will be offered at Mattamuskeet High School in Hyde County. Four of the courses below are parallel classes, meaning that students who successfully finish the courses can earn “credit for prior learning” if they choose to continue in an associate degree or diploma program.

Auto Detailing Basic (Level 1)  

This evening course covers five major areas of auto detailing: exterior, interior, engine, trunk, and special problems. Core topics include introductions to leather and fabric cleaning, carpet and mat cleaning, material protection, odor neutralizing, marketing strategies, and entrepreneurial skills. These skills are applicable to the detailing of motor vehicles such as cars, boats, motorcycles, and RVs. The class book will be provided, and students will have the opportunity to sit the for IDA Interior Detailing exam (online) at the end of the course for $45. This class takes place on Monday and Thursday evenings starting on September 13.

Fundamentals of Carpentry  

This evening course introduces students to the basics of carpentry, including the tools and materials of the trade, specifications, codes, blueprint reading, and plans. The skills introduced in this class can be applied to home and commercial projects on an introductory level. Students will have the opportunity at the end of the class to gain their OSHA 10 certification. This course takes place at Mattamuskeet High School in Hyde County on Monday and Thursday evenings starting September 13.

Introduction to Marine Woodwork  

This course introduces woodworking techniques common to boat manufacturers and repair yards including setting up and adjustment of tools and equipment. Emphasis is placed on safety, understanding functions and limitations of equipment, project planning, and working accurately and efficiently with sharp tools. Upon completion, students should be able to fabricate basic marine wood components safely and efficiently. This course takes place on Tuesday mornings starting on August 16 at the Beaufort County Skills Center. This is a parallel course, meaning that students can opt to enter the boat manufacturing diploma program and receive “credit for prior learning.”

Introduction to Composites  

Students will learn the fundamental techniques used in working with resins, fabrics, and adhesives, with special emphasis on composite material safety in this evening class. Topics include component resin mixing and application of cores and fabrics, using product data sheets while emphasizing quality control of raw materials and finished products. Upon completion, students should be able to follow a lamination schedule, mix resins within strict parameters, and execute gel coat, solid, and cored panel repairs. This course takes place on Thursday evenings starting August 18 at the Beaufort County Skills Center. This is a parallel course, meaning that students can opt to enter the boat manufacturing diploma program and receive “credit for prior learning.”

CAD I 

This course introduces CAD (computer-assisted design) software as a drawing tool. Topics include drawing, editing, file management, and plotting. Upon completion, students should be able to produce and plot a CAD drawing. This course takes place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting August 16. This is a parallel course, meaning that students can opt to enter the mechanical engineering associate degree or diploma program and receive “credit for prior learning.”

Introduction to Engineering Technology  

This course introduces general topics relevant to engineering technology. Topics include career assessment, professional ethics, critical thinking and problem solving, usage of college resources for study and research, and using tools for engineering computations. Upon completion, students should be able to choose a career option in engineering technology and utilize college resources to meet their educational goals. This course takes place on Monday and Wednesday mornings starting August 22. This is a parallel course, meaning that students can opt to enter the mechanical engineering associate degree or diploma program and receive “credit for prior learning.”