Introduction to Electronics Lab for Engineers (Mechanical and Industrial)

This class provides an introduction to circuits and electronics for engineers who have a specialty outside electrical engineering (i.e., mechanical, civil, industrial, or environmental).

In a hands-on laboratory setting, this class covers:

  • – Analysis of electrical circuits by use of Ohm’s law,
  • – Network reduction
  • – Node and loop analysis
  • – Thevenin’s and Norton’s theorems
  • – DC and AC signals
  • – Transient response of simple circuits
  • – Transfer functions
  • – Basic diode and transistor circuits
  • – Operational amplifiers
  • – Includes introductory digital electronics and microprocessors/micro-controllers

Students should have approximately two years of Mechanical, Industrial, or Environmental Engineering experience.

Fusion 360 Essentials

Fusion 360 is an emerging  3D computer aided design, manufacturing, and engineering tool that connects your product development process in a single cloud-based platform. This class will provide students with a working knowledge of the Fusion 360 modeling environment and tools.

Topics covered will include:

  • – Sketch creation and constraints in parametric mode.
  • – The various strategies for creating complex free-form geometries in the sculpt environment.
  • – Joining parts into assemblies.
  • – The creation of renders and technical drawings for used to communicate the design into marketing and manufacturing.

Before enrolling in this class, students should have familiarity with Windows or Mac operating systems. A basic understanding of 3D modeling is helpful.

Selecting, Sourcing and Documenting Electronics Components

Avoid the worst case scenario. It cost a lot more to fix problems caused by  procurement challenges and functional limitations than it is to source components correctly the first time. Rigorous selection and sourcing processes can prevent late-stage challenges and keep your production running on time and on budget. This course will discuss how to find electronics components and manage your souring process  to optimize your prototyping or manufacturing process.

This class is designed for those new to the electronic manufacturing, entrepreneurs, start-up companies, and seasoned professionals looking to update their skills.

Solidworks Essentials

Solidworks is in-demand solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program that is used by millions of engineers and designers. This course will teach you to use Solidworks software to generate parametric models of parts and assemblies and how to make plan drawings of those parts.

Skills and commands covered in this course  include:

  • – Sketch entities – lines, rectangles, circles, arcs, ellipses, centerlines.
  • – Sketch tools – offset, convert, trim; Sketch relations.
  • – Boss and cut features – extrudes, revolves, sweeps, lofts.
  • – Fillets and chamfers.
  • – Linear, circular, and fill patterns.
  • – Dimensions.
  • – Feature conditions – start and end.
  • – Mass properties.
  • – Materials.
  • – Inserting components.
  • – Standard mates – coincident, parallel, perpendicular, tangent, concentric, distance, angle.
  • – Reference geometry – planes, axis, mate references.
  • – Drawing views; and Annotations.

Students should have at least one year of mechanical design experience and knowledge of the Windows operating system.


Troubleshooting needs a plan. This requires: understanding the components, analysis to identify the cause, and creativity to discover solutions. This class in electrical troubleshooting and preventative maintenance covers the most commonly performed electrical troubleshooting skills that technicians encounter on a regular basis at work.

Students of all levels will engage in hands-on electrical training in order to quickly and safely bring their skills up to speed and become competitive in the workplace.

Social Data Analytics Apprenticeship

The Social Innovation Data Analyst program prepares you to derive insights from real-world data sets, using the latest tools and methods from computer science, the social sciences, and statistics, and to communicate your findings through speech and writing toward social justice objectives. You will apply computer programming to analyzing data sets from government, non-profits, and industry and also learn to manage data science projects using the latest work-flow and version control methods.

Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) Apprenticeship

Learn drafting with real industry projects, including 2D solar panel installation plans and 3D metal fabrication plans.

This course is designed not only to teach you the basics of using AutoCAD and SolidWorks drafting software, but also to prepare you for the working environment of a computer-aided drafter. You will learn how to transform a concept into a 2D or 3D computer model complete with fabrication drawings. You will learn project management, version control, and handling mistakes and design changes.

Drupal Development Apprenticeship

Update your tech skills to pursue a career in web development!

Learn PHP, theming, site building, version control, and module development.

Drupal is an open source dynamic web platform used in creating complex web, mobile, and device applications. A Drupal developer is able to create new functionality in Drupal-based web sites by writing Drupal modules. By the end of this class, you will have experience building Drupal modules using PHP, understand Drupal’s extensive API hook system, and be able to implement Drupal best practices and basic security, version control, and release management practices when creating new modules.

All of our apprenticeships involve extensive hands-on practice and regular one-on-one feedback from trainers with extensive industry and teaching experience.

Full and partial scholarships are available for all training programs based on need and merit.