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Wednesday, 18 August 2010 13:34

Apprenticeship Connections

 

MUCH OF THIS INFORMATION WAS TAKEN FROM THE U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
2009-2010 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK
www.bls.gov/oco

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND STATE PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION AND CHANGE.  PLEASE CHECK SPECIFIC WEBSITES FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION

APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING STATE & NATIONAL OFFICES

Massachusetts State Office:
Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Charles F. Hurley Building
19 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: 617.626.5409
Website:    http://www.mass.gov/lwd/docs/dat/apprenticeprogdir050809-508.pdf


National Offices:
Office of Apprenticeship Training
Employer and Labor Services
Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
Office of the Administrator
Room N5311
Phone: 202.693.2796
Fax: 202.693.2761
Website: www.doleta.gov/OA/national.cfm

Monday, 16 August 2010 21:29

Career Pathways

PLEASE CHOOSE AND CLICK A CAREER PATHWAY

 

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Monday, 16 August 2010 18:53

Plumbing & Pipefitting

Plumbers are highly skilled, licensed craft persons who perform the design, layout and installation of water supply, sanitary drainage and hydronic heating systems. Learning activities for students include installation practices, science of the trade, blueprint reading, code compliance, cost profiles and business practices for both plumbing and pipefitting. Students are taught to use a variety of hand and power tools, culminating in the extensive participation in the community based work projects, the student house building program and/or the Cooperative education program (when eligible and available). Graduating students receive hours accumulated through the program towards Massachusetts licensing requirements.

Sample Job Titles:  

  • Plumber
  • Pipefitter
  • Steamfitter
  • Pipelayer

Apprentice/Licensure Connections:

  • Length of Apprenticeship: Five (5) years
  • Apprentices must attend 550 hours of classroom hours of training
  • Apprentices must complete 8,500 on-the-job hours to be eligible to sit for the Jorneyman Plumbers Exam.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate
  • Valid Drivers License and Social Security Card

Technical, Apprentice and Higher Education Majors:

  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Water/Wastwater Engineers
  • Supervisors for mechanical and plumbing contractors
  • Independent Plumber and Business Owner
  • Building Inspection

Plumbing and Pipefitting graduates have been employed by the following companies:

  • Cummings Properties, Woburn, MA
  • F.W. Webb
  • Heritage Heating & Plumbing, Stoneham, MA
  • Local 12 Boston Plumbers Union, Boston, MA
  • Seaver Plumbing & Heating, Woburn, MA
  • Hackett Bros. Plumbing & Heating, Lynn, MA
  • Kennedy Mechanical, Inc., Woburn, MA
  • Houghton Plumbing & Heating, Stoneham, MA

Certifications and Career Advancement: Apprenticeship programs generally provide the most comprehensive training available for these jobs. They are administered either by union locals and their affiliated companies or by nonunion contractor organizations. Organizations that sponsor apprenticeships include: the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada; local employers of either the Mechanical Contractors Association of America or the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors; a union associated with a member of the National Fire Sprinkler Association; the Associated Builders and Contractors; the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors; the American Fire Sprinkler Association, or the Home Builders Institute of the National Association of Home Builders.

   CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION

Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA
Industry Certifications available in High School
  • OSHA 10 hour Construction, Safety & Health   
  • Plumbers Apprentice/License Hours  - 1700 hours of practical and 330 hours of code class
  • Corzan FlowGuard Gold Pipe & Fitting Certification
  • VIEGA National Certificate: ProPress and PEX Training
CONTINUED EDUCATION REQUIRED FOR LICENSE RENEWAL - TIERS 1 through 5 - 5 YEAR PROGRAM UP TO 110 HOURS PER YEAR      AVAILABLE THROUGH NE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM.  Must hold active apprentice card.
                                               PLUMBING AND PIPEFITTING:  COURSE OF STUDY
GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #PLX    1.4 CREDITS  Grade 9 students will explore topics including safe use of tools and equipment during an introduction to plastic pipe and fittings, copper pipe and fittings and cast iron pipe and fittings. Drain waste and vent systems along with the water distribution systems will also be reviewed.
GRADE 9 SHOP – COURSE #PLXF-16     4 CREDITS   The Grade 9 course is designed to introduce and orient the student to the plumbing field by performing tasks that a person would experience in the Plumbing field. Students also participate in an introduction to the concepts covered in the 10 hour of OSHA certification examination.
GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #PL2    20 CREDITS   Grade 10 students’ instruction begins with shop safety instructions and lessons in the proper use of tools. Topics to follow include introduction to plumbing blueprints; installing and testing drainage waste and vent piping; installation and testing of water supply piping and installing water heaters and fuel gas systems.
GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #PL2R   5 CREDITS   The purpose of this course is to prepare students for attainment of a license in the plumbing field. Students will study plumbing theory including science, safety, mathematics, and plumbing code compliance.
GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #PL3    25 CREDITS  Grade 11 students will continue to master safety protocols and procedure while being introduced to residential hydronic heating.  Eligible students may participate in off-site projects including the house building program (when available). Students may also be assigned to various shop projects and maintenance projects within the building.
GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #PL3R   5 CREDITS   Eleventh Grade students will learn various methods of installation used in today’s industry. Students will assemble drainage, water, and gas supply systems as prescribed by the Massachusetts State Code.
GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #PL4    25 CREDITS     Grade 12 students will continue to learn advanced shop safety and proper use of tools. Students will continue progression to advanced areas of the plumbing and heating industry. The offsite Cooperative Education Program may be available to eligible students.
GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #PL4R    5 CREDITS    Grade 12 students will learn how to sketch and read mechanical drawings and will design plumbing systems applying all of the competencies learned in tenth and eleventh grades. Grade 12 students will also complete requirements consistent with the Junior/Senior Project.
Monday, 16 August 2010 18:52

Business Technology

The Business Technology Program offers training in areas related to the fast-paced, diverse, and exciting Business Environment. Students will be taught manual and computerized accounting using QuickBooks and TurboTax. They will also receive extensive training in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) and Google Drive. Additionally, computer maintenance, web page development and maintenance, social media, mobile technology, cloud computing, and collaboration platforms will be covered. Students will receive "all aspects of the industry" training featuring law, management, financial literacy, marketing, entrepreneurship, customer service and retail operations via the Northeast School Store. Eligible students may apply for a seat in the Reading Co-Op Bank branch on campus where they receive basic teller training in addition to a supplemental financial literacy program.  All of this training will enable students to be well-rounded employees or entrepreneurs.

Skills: Knowledge: Abilities:
Writing Administrative/customer service Listening and comprehension
Listening English Effectively communication
Problem-Solving Math - arithmetic, statistics Organization
Helpfulness Computers and technology Conscientiousness

 

Personality Traits for Business:

Attention to detail Analytical Thinking                     Independence/Dependability
Integrity Achievement/Effort/Cooperation                      Concern for Others

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:   Upon graduation, students are immediately employable as:

Administrative Assistants Accounting Clerks Office Clerks
Account Managers Bookkeepers Office Administrators
AP/AR Clerks Computer Application Specialists Real Estate Agents
Bank Tellers Customer Service Representatives Payroll Specialists
Computer Support Specialists Sales Representatives Receptionists

 

With additional training and education, students can obtain employment as the following:

Accountants Database Specialists Medical Office Assistants  
Financial Analysts Financial Managers Operations Analyst
Insurance Brokers Legal Assistants Real Estate Brokers  
Market Research Analyst  Marketing Managers Stock Brokers

                                                     

CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION

Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA, DECA

Industry Certifications available in High School:    OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certification

College Credits toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:   

MA State BT Articulation Agreement One or more BT courses at a MA community college
New England Institute of Tech. MGT 127 Accounting 1   4 cr. / MGT 222 Accounting 2  4 cr.
North Shore Community College ACC 101 Basic Accounting   3 cr. / CPS 100 Information Tech & Applic   3 cr.

BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY : COURSE OF STUDY

GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE # - BTX      1.4 CREDITS During the Freshman Exploratory, students will be introduced to word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, presentation application, accounting, online business simulations, finance, law, marketing, management, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, computer hardware and mobile technology. Additionally, there is an overview of high-paying and high-demand job opportunities available in the field.

GRADE 9 SHOP – COURSE # - BTXF-16     4 CREDITS New students will be exposed to all areas of the Business Technology Trade. Students will continue to build on their word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation computer skills. Students will be further introduced to accounting, finance, marketing, management, office administration, and mobile technology. Basic occupational safety will be covered.

GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE # - BT2 20 CREDITS During the sophomore year, students will receive further training in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Powerpoint), marketing, financial literacy, business projects, information technology, and all aspects of the trade. They will be introduced to entrepreneurship using mobile simulations. Computer networking and hardware topics will also be introduced. Occupational safety will be introduced, as well as online safety and security. All sophomores will sit for the OSHA 10-Hour card.

GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE # - BT2R     5 CREDITS This course introduces students to traditional accounting concepts and terminology. It covers in detail the entire accounting cycle from basic transactions to closing entries. Students are also introduced to key information technology concepts. The accounting pertains to a sole-proprietorship service business.

GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE # - BT3     25 CREDITS During the junior year, students will receive intermediate training in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint). They will be introduced to management, retail operations, customer service, basic computer hardware maintenance, automated accounting using QuickBooks, and tax preparation using Turbo Tax. Additional training in computer hardware and maintenance is also featured. More independent work will be given to students to further all aspects of the trade instruction. In the junior year, Business Technology students will begin to manage and operate the school store, thus reinforcing many of the marketing skills acquired previously. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to develop employability skills by working as aides in various offices throughout the building. Select students are chosen to work in the Reading Co-Operative Bank, where they receive additional training in financial literacy, in addition to teller training and hands-on customer service experience. Intermediate occupational safety is covered, as well as online safety and security. Co-op is available during 4 th term.

GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE # BT3R    5 CREDITS In this course, students build upon what was introduced during the sophomore year. Students will receive intermediate training in manual accounting, which will further prepare them for entry-level employment in the business and/or accounting fields. Students will prepare ledgers, payroll reports and financial statements. The accounting pertains to a sales and service partnership.

GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE # - BT4    25 CREDITS During the senior year, key Microsoft Office Suite skills will be reinforced. In addition, they will receive intermediate training in automated accounting utilizing QuickBooks. Business Projects are utilized as a way to further all aspects of the trade instruction. Economics will also be introduced. Students will expected to be able to successfully work both independently and in group settings. Students will be instructed in the use of collaboration software and cloud computing utilizing Google Drive. Further training in computer hardware and maintenance will be offered. Advanced occupational safety is covered, as well as online safety and security. Students will continue to have the opportunity to develop employability skills and real life training by working as aides in various offices and departments throughout the building. Select students are chosen to work in the Reading Co-Operative Bank, where they receive additional training in financial literacy, in addition to teller training and hands-on customer service experience. Seniors will also complete comprehensive business plans of their choosing. Business Technology seniors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of Cooperative Education opportunities if they are qualified. Cooperative Education jobs are available in a variety of fields, as the skills learned throughout the program are highly transferable to many industries. The Business Technology program prepares and strongly encourages our graduates to continue their education at the postsecondary level.

GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE # - BT4R    5 CREDITS An advanced course that will reinforce the concepts learned in the previous two years of related, this course will focus on accounting for a merchandising corporation. Depreciation and inventory valuation will be introduced. The course is designed to prepare students for a college-level Introduction to Accounting Course.

The primary goal of the Metal Fabrication shop is to provide the education necessary for students to become entry-level workers in the metal fabrication, welding, and sheet metal fields. Qualification and certification standards are based on AWS (American Welding Society) guidelines. The Northeast Metal Fabrication program is registered with the AWS as an Educational Institution Member and participates in the AWS S.E.N.S.E​ (Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education) program. This national standard provides guidelines for minimal learning objectives, performance conditions, evaluation, and learning objectives necessary to accomplish welder training.   Students will learn a variety of welding and cutting processes including: Shielded Metal Arc; Gas Tungsten Arc; Flux Cored Arc; standard and dual shield; Gas Metal Arc; Gas Welding. Cutting processes that are taught include: Carbon Arc; Plasma Arc; Flame cutting. As part of the program, students will learn to use state-of-the-art power equipment: shears; bending brakes; rollers; saws; a variety of bench and hand tools. Students will be taught to use these tools to cut, bend, and shape materials such as steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Applications of shop machinery are project based. Shop-related classroom activities include, but are not limited to safe practices; shop math; basic electricity; blueprint reading; weld-symbol identification; and weld theory; as well as career related writing and communication skills. Additionally, students are given 10 hours of OSHA training and receive an OSHA safety certificate upon successful completion of the exam. The shop and related curriculum are correlated and exceed AWS recommendations. Students who complete the training program pass seven workmanship qualification tests using a variety of welding and cutting processes, pass two welder certification tests, and achieve a minimum score of 70 on the written examination, will be issued a national certificate from the AWS.

Sample Job Titles:

  • Body Welder
  • Spot Welder
  • Steel Welder
  • Underwater Welder
  • Metal Fabricator

Technical, Apprentice and Higher Education Majors:

  • Welding Engineering Technology
  • Welding Engineer
  • Advanced Welders, Cutters and Welder Fitters
  • Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • Pipefitters and Steamfitters
  • Sheet Metal Fabricator

Certifications and Career Advancement:   The Certified Welder (CW) program tests welders in procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal and chemical refinery welding industries. There is a provision to test to a company-supplied or non-code welding specification.  Sheet Metal Workers: Certifications related to sheet metal specialties are offered by a wide variety of associations, some of which are listed in the sources of more information at the end of this statement. Those that complete registered apprenticeships are certified as journey workers, which can help to prove their skills to employers.  Sheet metal workers can choose one of many specialties. Workers can specialize in commercial and residential HVAC installation and maintenance, industrial welding and fabrication, exterior or architectural sheet metal installation, sign fabrication, and testing and balancing of building systems.  Welders can advance to more skilled welding jobs with additional training and experience. For example, they may become welding technicians, supervisors, inspectors, or instructors. Some experienced welders open their own repair shops. Other welders, especially those who obtain a bachelors degree, become welding engineers.

                          CONNECTION TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA
Industry Certifications available in High School:                                         
  • OSHA 10 hour Construction, Safety & Health
  • American Welding Society (AWS) Welder Certificate (can earn hours toward certification)
College Credits   toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with Statewide Articulation Agreements with Chapter 74 Appoved Programs:  
  • Local 7 Iron Workers
  • Local 532 Pipefitters
  • Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship Program
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 17

PREPARATION FOR ADVANCED WELDER CERTIFICATION AND MOTORCYCLE WELDING AND FABRICATION AVAILABLE THROUGH NE ADULT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

METAL FABRICATION:  COURSE OF STUDY

GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #MFX    1.4 CREDITS​ Grade 9 exploratory students will be introduced to trade orientation; personal and shop safety; basic shielded metal arc welding; and ornamental fabrication.

GRADE 9 SHOP- COURSE #MFXF-16   4 CREDITS Students will continue to study personal and shop safety; basic shielded metal arc welding and ornamental fabrication. The students will also be introduced to shop math, the ruler, basic metal arc welding and oxyacetylene welding and cutting

GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #MF2    20 CREDITS Grade 10 students learn welding shop safety as it relates to newly introduced topics and competencies including but not limited to oxyacetylene (welding ,brazing and cutting ), shielded metal arc welding, layout and fixtures, hand rolling, hand tools, material handling, power shear, powered ironworker, and gas metal arc welding.

GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #MF2R    5 CREDITS During the Grade 10 related course, students continue to study Oxyacetylene Welding and Shielded Metal Arc with nationally recognized Hobart materials including safety precautions for oxyacetylene welding and cutting and shield metal arc, in conjunction with AWS ​SENSE ​Workmanship Qualification standards, Destructive testing using AWS standard bend testing, and Destructive testing using AWS standard brake testing. The students will also prepare for successful completion of the OSHA 10 hour construction program certification.

GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #MF3    25 CREDITS Grade 11 students will continue to learn welding shop safety as they experience lessons in Gas tungsten arc welding (steel, stainless and aluminum). Students will develop skills with Basic and CNC brake operations, powered rollers, cut off milling, plasma arc cutting, carbon arc cutting, advance metal forming, metal finishing, OSHA certification, and fabricating projects from blueprints. Understanding and compliance with welding code is emphasized.

GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #MF3R    5 CREDITS Grade 11 students study: Shielded Metal Arc Welding Advanced #2 and continue all position welding. Instruction in surfacing of steel, macro etching welds, guided bend-testing welds, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding is provided. Fundamentals of application, all position welding practice on mild steel, all position welding practice on aluminum is also addressed. The students will also be introduced to the plasma cam and will begin their work on the Junior/Senior Project.

GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #MF4   25 CREDITS Grade 12 students will learn flux core arc welding, dual shield welding, basic metallurgy; testing and inspecting methods and procedures, hardfacing, pipe welding (up and down), pipe fitting layout, CNC plasma cutting, portable welding, and structural and maintenance welding. Grade 12 students will strive for completion of the AWS S.E.N.S.E. program requirements.

GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #MF4R    5 CREDITS Highlights of the Grade 12 related curriculum includes a review and expansion of safety procedures and health precautions, as well as information on all position welding using dual shield, Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging, The students complete work on their Junior/Senior Projects culminating in an oral presentation. 

Average Salary* (Boston) $52,490
Average Salary* (U.S.)     $42,400     * According to KUDER.COM

Sample Job Titles:  Computer Support Specialist/Technician, Desktop Support Specialist, Information Technology Technician (IT Technician), Networking Technician

Technical and Higher Education Majors:   Due to the wide range of skills required, there are many paths of entry to a job as a computer support specialist or systems administrator. Training requirements for computer support specialist positions vary, but many employers prefer to hire applicants with some formal college education. A bachelors degree in computer science or information systems is a prerequisite for some jobs; other jobs, however, may require only a computer-related associate degree. And for some jobs, relevant computer experience and certifications may substitute for formal education. For systems administrator jobs, many employers seek applicants with bachelors degrees, although not necessarily in a computer-related field

Career Advancement:   Beginning computer support specialists usually work for organizations that deal directly with customers or in-house users. Support specialists may advance into positions in which they use what they have learned from customers to improve the design and efficiency of future products. Job promotions usually depend more on performance than on formal education. Eventually, some computer support specialists become software engineers, designing products rather than assisting users. Computer support specialists in hardware and software companies often enjoy great upward mobility.

                            CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION
                               
                               CERTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE IN HIGH SCHOOL
                                              OSHA G10 OSHA GENERAL INDUSTRY
                                                                 COMPTIA A+
                                                           COMPTIA NETWORK +
                                 MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION (XP)(MCP) EXAM 70-270
                                 MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION (2K)(MCP) EXAM 70-210
College: Articulated Cours/Number                    Possible Credits                 What you earn
     Bunker Hill Community College
CIT 182 PC Hardware                                                                               3                                          Tuition Credit
    Ben Franklin Institute of Technology
CT III Computer Concepts  and                                                                7                                           Tuition Credit 
CT 212 PC Maintenance and Management
    North Shore Community College
CPS 130 - Computer Hardware                                                                 3                                           TuitionCredit
CPS 134 - Introduction to Computer Networking                                      2                                           Tuition Credi
 
PREPARATION FOR COMPTIA A+ TEST PREPARATION AVAILABLE THROUGH NE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

Course Plan

Monday, 16 August 2010 18:47

HVAC & Refrigeration

The Northeast Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration program teaches the skills essential to the entry-level technician. The HVAC/R program incorporates a blend of interactive lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises to develop meaningful knowledge and skills that students can put to immediate use on the job. Small class size ensures a free flow exchange of real world experiences with state of the art products and emerging theories. Hands on sessions in our fully equipped lab allow students to hone their operating and troubleshooting skills.

Sample Job Titles: 

  • Air Conditioning Service Technician
  • Commercial Service Technician
  • HVAC Mechanic/Technician
  • Oil Burner Installer/Mechanic/Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician

Technical and Higher Education Majors: 

  • Sheet Metal Apprentice
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Installations Project Manager
  • Dispatcher

HVAC graduates have been employed by the following companies:

  • Brooks and Brooks HVAC
  • Better Comfort Systems HVAC
  • SG Torrice HVAC
  • National Mechanica Service HVAC
  • Excel Mechanical Service HVAC

Certifications and Career Advancement. Technicians often specialize in either installation or maintenance and repair, although they are trained to do both. They also may specialize in doing heating work or air-conditioning or refrigeration work. Some specialize in one type of equipment—for example, hydronics (water-based heating systems), solar panels, or commercial refrigeration. Some technicians also sell service contracts to their clients. Service contracts provide for regular maintenance of the heating and cooling systems and they help to reduce the seasonal fluctuations of this type of work.  Throughout the learning process, technicians may have to take a number of tests that measure their skills.  HVACR technicians who have at least 1 year of experience performing installations and 2 years of experience performing maintenance and repair can take a number of different tests to certify their competency in working with specific types of equipment, such as oil-burning furnaces. These tests are offered through the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, HVAC Excellence, Carbon Monoxide Safety Association, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Safety Coalition, and North American Technician Excellence, Inc., among others. Employers increasingly recommend taking and passing these tests and obtaining certification; doing so may increase advancement opportunities.   Advancement usually takes the form of higher wages. Some technicians, however, may advance to positions as supervisor or service manager. Others may move into sales and marketing. Still others may become building superintendents, cost estimators, system test and balance specialists, or, with the necessary certification, teachers.

CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION

Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA

Industry Certifications available in High School:

  • OSHA 10 hour Construction, Safety & Health Certification
  • EPA 608 Refrigerant Certification  (recommended)
  • EPA 609 Refrigerant Certification  (optional)
  • R410 Refrigerant Certification  (ESCO)   (optional)
College Credits toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:
MA State Agreement HVAC One or more HVAC courses
Massasoit Community College HVAC111 Basic Electricity and Control Theory
HVAC223 HVAC Service Procedures
New England Institute of Tech. AH110 Basic Refrigeration (7 credits)

AH111 Basic Refrigeration Lab (3 credits)

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration : Course of Study

GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #HVX    1.4 CREDITS The HVAC/R Exploratory Program is designed as a one week overview of the several disciplines within this trade. Students will explore the many career opportunities in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration fields.

GRADE 9 SHOP – COURSE #HVXF-16    4 CREDITS Grade 9 students will be taught: Safety in the Shop, Refrigeration Fundamentals, Compressors, System Components, Basic Piping, Basic Electricity, Test Equipment & Methods, and Refrigerators

GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #HV2    20 CREDITS Grade 10 students will develop skills in Residential Energy Systems, New Construction, Building Envelope, Ventilation, Window Units, Motor Controls and Drives, Five Wire Thermostats and Blueprint Reading.

GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #HV2R    5 CREDITS The purpose of this course is to prepare the HVAC/R student with the knowledge of theoretical background that applies to the basic principles of the industry. The course of instruction will provide a sound basis for the student to gain the necessary entry level skills. In the sequence of courses, this course is the first in a sequence of three. Students will be introduced to the following topics: Tools and Equipment, Tubing and Piping, Heat, Theory, Refrigeration and Refrigerants, OSHA, Domestic Refrigeration and Electrical Controls.

GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #HV3    25 CREDITS Grade 11 students will develop skills in: Commercial Refrigeration, Advance Controls, Split Systems, Water Chillers, Reclaiming and Recovery License, Water Towers, Pneumatic Controls, Automotive AC License, and Solar Energy.

GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #HV2R    5 CREDITS The purpose of this course is to prepare the HVAC/R student with the knowledge of theoretical backgrounds that applies to the Refrigeration / Air-conditioning aspect of the industry. In the sequence of courses this is the second of the three courses. Students will be introduced to the following topics: 608 Federal Clean Air Act, Junior/Senior Project and Refrigeration System Components, (condensers, metering devices, evaporators, multiple evaporators, pressure switches, compressors, electrical controls, thermostats, etc.).

GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #HV4    25 CREDITS Grade 12 students will develop skills in Steam and Hot Water Boilers, Oil Burners, Oil Storage and Distribution, Boiler Water Chemistry, Gas and Oil Furnaces, Heat and Cooling Load Calculation, Prep for State Oil and Burner Licensing.

GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #HV4R    5 CREDITS The purpose of this course is to prepare the HVAC/R student with the knowledge of theoretical background that applies to the heating aspect of the industry. In the sequence of courses, this course is the third of three. Students will be introduced to the following topics: 410A Refrigerant, Heat Pumps, Gas and Oil Heating, Calculating Heat Loads, (all in the light commercial and residential areas.)

Monday, 16 August 2010 18:46

Health Assisting

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the US with a demand for multi-skilled health occupation employees. To meet this challenge, students in the Northeast Health Assistant program study the therapeutic, diagnostic, and administrative areas of the health professions with an emphasis on Nurse Assisting and Medical Office Assisting. Students are given theoretical and practical instruction in the laboratory and clinical experience in area healthcare facilities. The rigorous curriculum is aligned with the standards and requirements of the Department of Public Health and the MA DESE frameworks. Medical related sciences are integrated into the Health Assistant curriculum. These include anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and biology. Medical Terminology, Introduction to Electrocardiography, Introduction to Phlebotomy and a thirty hour Home Care Aide course are taught during the student’s Health Assisting career. The students are prepared to test for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health certification exam for Nurse Assistants. Many Health Assistant students pursue post secondary education to continue their education in Nursing or Allied Health.

Sample Job Titles : 

  • C.N.A. (Certified Nursing Assistant)                       * Medical Assistant
  • Home Health Aide                                                       * Dietary Aide
  • EKG Technician                                                           

Technical and Higher Education Majors:   

  •  Licensed Practical Nurse                                                * Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Medical Administrative Assistant                                  * Nurse Education (2 year R.N.)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant                                    * Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology                                                     * Respiratory Technology
  • Animal Care Specialist                                                      * Veterinary Technology

Health Assisting graduates have been employed by the following facilities:

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital                                                  Mass. General Hospital
  • Chelsea Soldier’s Home                                                                 Wingate Nursing Center
  • Boston Medical Center                                                                   Prospect House
  • East Boston Health Center                                                            Sunrise Healthcare
  • Burlington Eye Associates                                                             Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Bear Hill Nursing Home

College and University Programs:

  • University of Massachusetts:  Lowell
  • University of Massachusetts:  Boston
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Salem State University
  • Regis College

Certifications and Career Advancement:  Health Occupations are some of the fastest growing industries in the US with a demand for multi-skilled healthcare workers. Students in Health Assisting study therapeutic, diagnostic and administrative areas of the health professions with an emphasis on Nurse Assisting and Medical Assisting. Students are given theoretical and practical instruction in the laboratory and clinical experience in healthcare facilities.  Related sciences are integrated into the curriculum including: anatomy and physiology, nutrition and biology. Medical Terminology, Introduction to Electrocardiography, Introduction to Phlebotomy and a 30 hour Home Care Aide course are part of the curriculum.  Students are prepared to test for the MA Department of Public Health certification exam for Nurse Assistants (C.N.A.), and can start working immediately upon licensing. Many Health Assistant students pursue post secondary education to continue their education in Nursing or Allied Health.  Further education and specific instructional programs are needed to prepare individuals to practice as licensed professionals.   

CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION

 Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA, C.N.A. Program is Department of Public Health Accredited

Industry Certifications available in High School:

  •  OSHA for Health Care Industry Certification (G10)                               *  Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  •  American Heart Association BLS, CPR, AED                                           *  Home Health Aide (HHA) 
  •  American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

College Credits toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:

College Course
MA State Agreement with HA  CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant 
MA State Agreement Medical Assisting One or more Medical Assisting courses
North Shore Community College OFT 116 Medical Terminology -  3 credits

ALH134 - Certified Nursing Assistant – 5 credits

BIO108 - The Body in Health and Disease

(HA major and Honors Anatomy & Physiology)

HEALTH ASSISTING:  COURSE OF STUDY

GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY- COURSE# HAX     1.4 CREDITS    The Health Assistant program offers the exploratory student an overview of healthcare professions and the various occupations available in the field. The students are taught safety in the healthcare environment, CPR, first aid, infection control, basic anatomy and physiology, and nutrition. Freshmen participate in a visit to a local Geriatric Adult Day Health Center. Freshman students in Health Assisting study medical math. Medical math is a competence necessary to be successful as a healthcare employee. The curriculum helps prepare the student for the MCAS exam.

GRADE 9 SHOP- COURSE# HAXF-16   4 CREDITS  Freshman students begin their Health Assistant course of studies in the fourth quarter. The goal for the students in the ninth grade is the attainment of introductory knowledge and pre-care skills necessary to begin the Nurse Aide curriculum.  The students volunteer one day each week at an Adult Day Health Center. The Health Assistant curriculum includes roles and responsibilities of the healthcare worker, Introduction to nutrition, introduction to infection control and team /group effectiveness and understanding dementia. Freshman students are introduced to the language of medicine and the three year sequential course of medical terminology. Students begin studying the basic structure of the human body.

GRADE 10 SHOP- COURSE# HA2   20 CREDITS    The tenth grade students begin the Nurse Aide curriculum and work in the skills lab, the clinical setting and the classroom.  The students are immersed in a course of studies which includes Fundamentals of Nurse Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Therapeutic Nutrition, Gerontology, First Aide and computer skills. The students acquire nurse assisting clinical skills through practice in the nursing laboratory and a supervised internship at Chelsea Soldiers HomeFacility.  OSHA Certification, Red Cross, First Aid/CPR/AED.

GRADE 10 RELATED- COURSE# HA2R    5 CREDITS   Medical Terminology is a three year sequential course taught in Health Assisting. The course is designed to give the student the knowledge of medical language. Competency in medical terminology is a necessary skill for employment in the healthcare profession. This is an anatomy and physiology systems based course.   During the sophomore year, students study the structure and function of the human body, medical abbreviations, medical word roots, prefixes and suffixes. Students are taught the anatomy and physiology, diagnostic, therapeutic and pathology terms of the special senses, reproductive and integumentary systems.

GRADE 11 SHOP- COURSE# HA3    25 CREDITS   Junior students participate in a one semester rigorous nurse aide training and review course which includes a lab component. Students apply their skills in the clinical area at Wingate Long Term Care and Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center. Students are under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse instructor. Upon successful completion of the Nurse Assistant course, the student is eligible to take the Massachusetts Certification Exam to be licensed as a Certified Nurse Assistant and placed on the Department of Public Health’s Registry of licensed CNA’ s.  The junior student also participates in a one semester Medical Office Assistant course. Administrative skills and clinical procedures are practiced in the lab and developed in the clinical setting at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.   During the eleventh grade the students also study Introduction to Electrocardiography, and are certified in American Heart Association CPR/AED. Students who successfully complete the Nurse Aide course with a B average are eligible for college credits through our articulation agreement with local community colleges.

GRADE 11 RELATED- COURSE# HA3R   5 CREDITS  During the second year of medical terminology, junior students study the anatomy and physiology, diagnostic, therapeutic and pathology terms of the cardiac, musculoskeletal and urinary systems.  Students begin their research for the Junior/Senior Project graduation requirement.  

GRADE 12 SHOP- COURSE# HA4   25 CREDITS  Seniors in the Health Assistant program participate in a supervised clinical internship three days a week at Whidden Hospital where they develop advanced nurse assisting skills. The students study pathology and treatment of the patient in acute care. Students complete a Home Health Aide course, an Introduction to Phlebotomy course and the NEFE financial curriculum. Senior students in Health Assisting, if eligible, may participate in the Cooperative Education program.

GRADE 12 RELATED- COURSE# HA4R   5 CREDITS  During the third year of Medical Terminology, senior students study the anatomy and physiology, diagnostic, therapeutic and pathology terms of the respiratory, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems. Students work throughout the year researching and completing the Senior Project. Students who maintain an overall B average for the three year course are eligible for three credits from North Shore Community College through the Health Assisting articulation program with the college.

Monday, 16 August 2010 18:45

Graphic Communications Career

DESKTOP PUBLISHING
Average Salary* (Boston)     $45,010
Average Salary* (U.S.)         $35,510      * According to KUDER.COM
PRINTING MACHINE OPERATOR
Average Salary* (Boston)     $35,080
Average Salary* (U.S.)         $31,490      * According to KUDER.COM

Sample Job Titles:  Desktop Publisher, Job Printers, Photographic Processing Machine Operator, Prepress Technician, Printing Machine Operator.

Technical and Higher Education Majors:  Desktop Publisher, Communication Technology, Graphic Design

Career Advancement:   For those who are interested in pursuing a career in desktop publishing, an associate degree or a bachelors degree in graphic arts, graphic communications, or graphic design is preferred.

                              CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION
 
                                      CERTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE IN HIGH SCHOOL
                                      OSHA G10   10 hour General Industry Cerification
                                                                  Print Ed Certification
                                          
                                               COLLEGE CREDITS AVAILABLE IN HIGH SCHOOL
                                                                  Tech Prep Connection
 
  College: Aritculated Course/Number           Possible Credits         What you earn
      Boston University Center for Digital
           Imaging Arts
       No Courses Specifically                           No Credits          $2000.00 tuition reimbursement
       New England Institute of Art
GD 102 Frndamentals of Design                            3                  Tuitionig Credit
       New England Institute of Technology
MWD 112 Digita Graphics                                     3             Tuition Credit towards Associates Degree
MWD 241 Design  3                                              3            Tuition Credit towards Associates Degree
MWD 231 Desktop Publishing 1                             4            Tuition Credit towards Associates Degree      
       North Shore Community College
GRA 116 Electronic Imaging                                  3              Tuition Credit
GRA 118 Digital Page Layout                                 3              Tuition Credit
                                             

                                 

Course Plan

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Electrical

 Students in the Northeast Electrical program will become proficient in electrical wiring, hardware installation and the repair of electrical and related equipment. In addition, the students will become familiar with circuit design, blueprint reading, and the laws and regulations pertaining to the electrical field. Students enrolled in the Electrical program will learn the proper use of hand tools, power tools, hydraulic tools, taps/dies, grinders, and heat tools for bending poly vinyl chloride conduit. They will be introduced to a wide range of specialized wiring within the electrical industry such as fire alarm systems, burglar alarms, signal circuits, television, communications circuits and boilers.   Students who are enrolled in the Electrical program of studies must successfully complete the fundamentals of the electrical curriculum from their sophomore to senior year. The course introduces students to electrical concepts and theories. Upon successful completion of the fundamentals of the electrical course, the students will focus on electrical theory, the National / Massachusetts Electrical Codes, specialty circuits drawing, and mathematics related to the electrical field.

Sample Job Titles:    

  • Electrician
  • Electrical Apprentice
  • Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
  • Lineman
  • Electrical Warehouse Suppliers
  • Telecommunications
  • Data Communication Specialists

Technical and Higher Education Majors:

  • Construction Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Construction Management and Inspection

Electrical graduates have been employed at the following companies or agencies:

  • Interstate Electric, Burlington, MA
  • Joy Electric, Quincy, MA
  • Dodge Electric, Stoneham, MA
  • Mass Electric, Boston, MA
  • IBEW Local 103
  • Ducom Electric, Wilmington, MA
  • Tocco Electric, Winchester, MA
  • Eversource, Boston, MA
  • All Tech Electric
  • Suburban Electric

Certifications and Career Advancement:   Experienced electricians can advance to jobs as supervisors. In construction, they also may become project managers or construction superintendents. Those with sufficient capital and management skills can start their own contracting business, although this often requires a special electrical contractors license. Supervisors and contractors should be able to identify and estimate costs and prices and the time and materials needed to complete a job. Many electricians also become electrical inspectors.

Apprentice/Licensure Connections: • Journeyman:  600 hours of classroom instruction and 8000 hour of supervision over a period of not less than 4 years • Master:  150 hours of classroom instruction and hold journeyman license in good standing with the Board for one year. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians, 239 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114

                                       CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA
Industry Certifications available in High School: 
  • OSHA 10 hour Construction, Safety & Health Certification
  • MA Electrician Apprentice/License        earn hours toward license tier system:  1800 working/300 classroom hours                            
College Credits toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:

College

Course
MA State Engineering Tech Articulation Agreement One or more EL courses at a MA community college
Ben Franklin Institute of Tech. EL 110 - Circuit Theory 1 (DC) - 4 credits
EL127 Design and Layout/NEC 5 credits
EL129 Design and Layout II/NEC II - 5 credits
EL213 Circuit Theory II (AC) - 4 credits

AVAILABLE THROUGH NE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM:  APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING  600 HOUR THEORY CLASS APPRENTICESHIP LICENSING TRAINING TEST PREP  MASTER LICENSURE TEST PREP                  

ELECTRICAL:  COURSE OF STUDY

GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #ELX   1.4 CREDITS​ The Ninth grade exploratory program is a week long introduction to the electrical shop and trade. Students learn shop and hand tool safety. A series of projects designed to mimic common home wiring gives the student a chance to use some of the trade tools and learn with a hands-on approach to basic residential wiring.

GRADE 9 SHOP - COURSE #ELXF-16   4 CREDITS This 9 th grade program is the start of the student’s apprentice training. Students will start the learning process with an introduction to the foundations of the electrical field receiving detailed instruction of safety and tool protocols. ''

GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #EL2    20 CREDITS The tenth grade shop program is a basic introduction to proper use of tools, safety precautions and wiring methods, including but not limited to bell wiring, non-metallic sheathed cable, armored cable, surface metal raceway, electric metallic tubing, and ridge metal conduit wiring methods.

GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #EL2R   5 CREDITS Related and theory training for all grades includes review and mastery of Electrical safety practices, the National Electrical Codes, the Massachusetts Electrical Code, blue print reading, electrical math, science, circuit drawing and electrical theory to correspond with their grade level.

GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #EL3    25 CREDITS The Grade 11 program is structured to include wiring methods consisting of PVC bending, installation and residential services. As with all grade level curriculums, safety and proper use of all tools is reinforced. Eligible students may participate in community based job site activities under the supervision of Northeast instructors.

GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #EL3R    5 CREDITS Related and theory training for all grades include Electrical safety practices, the National Electrical Codes, the Massachusetts Electrical Code, blueprint reading, electrical math, science, circuit drawing and electrical theory to correspond with their grade level.

GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #EL4    25 CREDITS At this level students learn to troubleshoot, trace electrical wiring, circuitry and motor control wiring in the shop. Students utilize their safety training of power tools, ladders, pipe bending and wiring skills during new installations within the school and offsite at community based work sites supervised by Northeast instructors. Network and communication wiring is also learned at this level.

GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #EL4R   5 CREDITS Related and theory training for all grades include Electrical safety practices, the National Electrical Codes, the Massachusetts Electrical Code, blueprint reading, electrical math, science, circuit drawing and electrical theory to correspond with their grade level.

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