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Commercial Divers

Work below surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. May conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life.

Continuous Mining Machine Operators

Operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars in a continuous operation.
Apprenticeship: Hydro Operator
Certificate of Achievement
Apprenticeship: Operating
Certificate of Achievement
Apprenticeship: Operating Engineers, Heavy Duty Repairman
AS Degree
Apprenticeship: Operating Engineers, Heavy Duty Repairman
Certificate of Achievement
Apprenticeship: Operating Engineers, Heavy Equipment Operator
AS Degree

Conveyor Operators and Tenders

Control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. May control speed and routing of materials or products.
Advanced Manufacturing
Certificate of Achievement
Advanced Manufacturing
AS Degree
CADD Technology: Manufacturing Industry
AS Degree
CADD Technology: Manufacturing Industry
Certificate of Achievement
Computer Aided Manufacturing
AS Degree

Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

Rig derrick equipment and operate pumps to circulate mud through drill hole.
Energy Technology Petroleum Engineering/Geological Tech
Certificate of Achievement

Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.
Apprenticeship: Hydro Operator
Certificate of Achievement
Apprenticeship: Operating
Certificate of Achievement
Apprenticeship: Operating Engineers, Heavy Duty Repairman
AS Degree
Apprenticeship: Operating Engineers, Heavy Duty Repairman
Certificate of Achievement
Apprenticeship: Operating Engineers, Heavy Equipment Operator
AS Degree

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
Allied Health
AS Degree
Allied Health
Certificate of Achievement
Allied Health Fundamentals
Certificate of Achievement
Allied Health Science
AS Degree
Allied Health: Nursing Assistant II
AS Degree

Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.
Apprenticeship: Hydro Operator
Certificate of Achievement
Apprenticeship: Operating
Certificate of Achievement
Apprenticeship: Operating Engineers, Heavy Duty Repairman
AS Degree
Apprenticeship: Operating Engineers, Heavy Duty Repairman
Certificate of Achievement
Apprenticeship: Operating Engineers, Heavy Equipment Operator
AS Degree

Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

Place and detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials. May perform specialized handling, storage, and accounting procedures. Includes seismograph shooters.

Fallers

Use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.
Forestry
AS Degree
Forestry
Certificate of Achievement
Forestry
AA Degree
Forestry Technician
Certificate of Achievement
Forestry Technician Firefighting Emphasis
Certificate of Achievement

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
Adt: Building Information Modeling (Bim)
AS Degree
Adt: Building Information Modeling (Bim)
Certificate of Achievement
Adt: Interior Building Architecture
AS Degree
Adt: Interior Building Architecture
Certificate of Achievement
Advanced Arc-Semi-Automatic Welding
Certificate of Achievement
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