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Workforce and Economic Development Center

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology's Workforce and Economic Development Center (formerly Skill Up Fast) offers short-term training programs that prepare individuals for in-demand job opportunities. These programs are ideal for individuals who are looking for a change in career, need skills for employment, or are looking to increase their skills to advance in their current job. Our instructors are experienced in their field, and provide a unique, hands-on curriculum.

Select a program below to learn more about it.

   Production Welding
Facilities Maintenance Technician
Commercial and Industrial Electrical
Commercial and Industrial Plumbing
Commercial and Industrial HVAC


Production Welding Training - Six Weeks


Average first-year base wage: $16-$19/hour

What Do Production Welders Do? 

Professional welders work almost everywhere - automotive, aerospace & aviation industries; bridges & bikes; shipyards, shops & skyscrapers - wherever metal needs adhering, a welder is needed.

 What Will You Learn? 
  • Importance of welding in the modern manufacturing industry
  • Properties of metals
  • Gas, metal arc (GMAW), and Flux core arc welding (FCAW) techniques
  • Safety
Where Will You Work?

The Thaddeus Stevens College welding training class teaches you skills that can be used worldwide, so almost anywhere you want to go, your welding training can take you there! There are many employers in Lancaster and across Pennsylvania that need skilled welders. 

Program Schedule

Production Welding is a six week program that meets weekends, Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 A.M. -3:00 P.M. at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Greenfield Industrial Park Campus.

2021 Program Dates

October 9, 2021 - November 14, 2021
7am - 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays
Greenfield Corporate Center - 1812 Colonial Village Lane, Lancaster

2022 Program Dates

January 22, 2022 - February 26, 2022
7am - 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays
Greenfield Corporate Center - 1812 Colonial Village Lane, Lancaster


Facilities Maintenance Technician Training - 24 Weeks

Average first-year base-wage: $18/hour  

What Do Facilities Maintenance Technicians Do? 

The Facilities Maintenance Technician is multi-skilled and typically performs building maintenance tasks ranging from basic repairs to operating computerized building automation systems. The Facilities Maintenance Technician possesses a variety of trade skills. There is a broad range of opportunities for employment and career advancement in residential, commercial and institutional settings.

What Will You Learn? 

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Facilities Maintenance Technology program provides instruction and training in a number of technical training areas:

  • OSHA Safety 
  • Mathematics; measuring and layout
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Hand tools, portable hand tools, power machinery
  • Carpentry: Interior & exterior wall repair
  • Plumbing systems: rough-ins and fixtures
  • Electrical systems: rough-ins and devices
  • HVAC/R
  • Forklift operations

Certifications include:

  • Ready 2 Work
  • Customer service
  • OSHA - 10 hour safety card
  • Power Actuated Fastener
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Forklift
  • EPA
  • Rigging
  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Certificate

In addition, upon completing the program, participants may have the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education at Thaddeus  Stevens College of Technology.  

Program Schedule

The Facilities Maintenance Program is a 24-week program that meets Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Class location varies throughout the program depending on the trade unit. Class locations include Thaddeus Stevens College main campus on King Street, Lancaster;  the Greenfield Industrial Park Campus, Lancaster; the ABC Training Center, Mount Joy; and the Tec Centro Campus, Lancaster.  

Program Dates

Winter/Spring 2022: January 18 - June 17, 2022       
Summer/Fall 2022: July 18 - December 16, 2022  
Winter/Spring 2023: January 17 - June 12, 2023


Commercial and Industrial - Six Month Programs

The commercial and industrial six-month programs meet Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Tec Centro South West (57 Laurel Street, Lancaster, PA).

Individual Programs

Commercial and Industrial Electrical

Commercial and Industrial Electrical training provides the opportunity to acquire the theory and skills needed to gain employment in the manufacturing, and factory setting as an entry level industrial maintenance technician with basic skills in mechanical systems, and electrical systems.

Graduates of the commercial and industrial electrical program will be able to hit the ground running to maintain, calibrate and trouble shoot equipment most commonly used in today’s high-tech manufacturing facilities.

Skills and safe working habits are developed through hands on projects and learning. The electrical classroom includes tools, equipment and instrumentation typically found in commercial and industrial settings.

Program Dates

Winter/Spring 2022: January 18 - June 17, 2022
Summer/Fall 2022: July 18 - December 16, 2022
Winter/Spring 2023: January 17 - June 12, 2023


Commercial and Industrial Plumbing 

Students in the Commercial and Industrial Plumbing program will learn how to install, repair and maintenance plumbing systems in new and existing commercial and industrial buildings or structures with industrial-grade fixtures, pipes and outlets.

Some of the skills acquired are joining different types of piping materials, and installing and repairing industrial grade pipes, plumbing fixtures, faucets, and water heaters.

Employment opportunities in the commercial and industrial plumbing industry can range from basic office buildings to large-scale buildings/complexes, factories, hospitals, malls and manufacturing facilities.

The plumbing classroom includes tools, piping, fixtures and equipment typically found in commercial and industrial settings.

Program Dates

Winter/Spring 2022: January 18 - June 17, 2022
Summer/Fall 2022: July 18 - December 16, 2022
Winter/Spring 2023: January 17 - June 12, 2023


Commercial and Industrial HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning)

This program prepares the student for the fast-growing, commercial and industrial heating, ventilation and air conditioning field. Students learn current methods of identifying and performing efficiency evaluations on various types of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems for large building or structures such as hospitals, apartment complexes or retail businesses.

Careers abound in a variety of positions as service technicians and installation technicians.

The HVAC classroom includes tools, equipment and instrumentation typically found in commercial and industrial settings.

Program Dates

Winter/Spring 2022: January 18 - June 17, 2022
Summer/Fall 2022: July 18 - December 16, 2022
Winter/Spring 2023: January 17 - June 12, 2023


Next Steps

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For more information about any of the Workforce and Economics Development programs highlighted above, including program start dates, please contact Amy Welsh:   or 717-391-6950.

CareerLink

CareerLink participants may be eligible for scholarships. Enroll in and complete Ready2Work at CareerLink.  Call (717) 509-5613 or visit www.jobs4lancaster.com.