Thursday Update: EFSC's Palm Bay Campus is open today, with all classes and exams taking place as scheduled. A power outage canceled late afternoon and evening classes and final exams at Palm Bay on Wednesday. Students should check with their instructors for any impact on Wednesday's Final Exam schedules. Updates will be posted here and on social media as needed.

Do you want to know how things work & enjoy working with your hands? Does a high-wage, high-skill career interest you?  

Think about training for a specific trade! Residential and commercial buildings require trained heating and air conditioning mechanics to install, service and repair air conditioning and heating systems. Trained refrigeration mechanics are needed in places such as supermarkets, warehouses, cruise lines, and on trucks and trains used for shipping. Skilled welders are in greater demand than ever! Nearly everything we use in our daily life is welded or made by equipment that is welded. Trained automotive technicians work in dealerships, as fleet operators, automotive specialty shops, mass merchandisers and as independent retailers.

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Our country is at a point in which it needs to reinvent itself, and jobs related to trades will be in high demand.

Welding Technology: Skilled welders are in greater demand than ever! Nearly everything we use in our daily life is welded or made by equipment that is welded. EFSC's Welding Technology program has developed a curriculum in which students are versed in Code Level Welding recognized by the American Welding Society (AWS), American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Society Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Students entering our program are prepared for weld certification testing recognized by AWS. We also prepare graduates for Code Level Welding positions in Aerospace, Marine, Petrochemical, Power Piping and Manufacturing. 

Automotive Technology: The automotive program meets the stringent requirements of ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) and is ASE/NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) master certified in all eight areas of automotive service specialization. All instructors are ASE certified in the areas they teach, and full-time instructors are ASE certified master automotive technicians. The program requires two years to complete and students attend full time classes consisting of approximately 30-40% in lectures and 60-70% in the automotive shop where they learn and practice "hands on" skills.

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology: This program covers the basics of standard industry practice, and includes courses that introduce students to electronics, electricity, blueprint reading, load calculations, theory of temperature control, heat pump technologies, installation, maintenance, and repair as well as other concepts used in the field. The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology (also known as HVAC) program is taught at the Palm Bay and Cocoa campuses.