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Trades & Industrial Programs

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Today’s modern airplanes depend on a robust set of parts and routine maintenance in order to travel safely. SJVC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program in Fresno is designed to provide students with basic skills that support aviation maintenance and procedures. 

As an Aviation Maintenance Technology student, you’ll have a chance to learn about:

  • Turbine/jet engine systems
  • Propeller & engine systems
  • Basic electricity & electronics
  • Aircraft engine and airframe repair

In as little as 17 months, you could earn a Certificate of Completion or an Associate of Science degree in as few as 22 months. Graduates are eligible to test for an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

SJVC prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

We also offer an Apprentice Program with our partner SkyWest Airlines. The SkyWest Apprentice Program will prepare students to step into coveted mechanic positions with SkyWest’s aircraft maintenance team while enrolled in SJVC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program. Learn more about the Apprentice Program and check out our blog article about it.

Learn more about Aviation Maintenance Technology by visiting our blog stories.

Electrical Technology

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories. Many electricians work alone, but sometimes they collaborate with others. Because this role requires professionals with keen technical skills, SJVC’s Electrical Technology program in Fresno gives you hands-on career training from experienced staff. 

Our Electrical Technology program teaches students about:

  • PLC and motor controls
  • Electrical conduit bending
  • Electrical blueprint reading
  • Safety standards for the electrical industry
  • Electric circuitry and residential, commercial, and industrial wiring

In addition, the program that can be completed in as few as 10-14 months gives graduates the opportunity to become OSHA 10 certified and to sit for the California General Electrician’s Certification Exam. In order to be certified as a General Electrician in the State of California–according to certification standards established by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement–you must pass a certification examination and complete 8,000 hours of work for a C-10 electrical contractor installing, constructing, or maintaining electrical systems covered by the National Electrical Code. 

For additional details, please visit https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ECU/ElectricalTrade.html

SJVC prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R)

Have you thought about pursuing HVAC-R training? San Joaquin Valley College could help get you started! The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) program in Fresno gives students a hands-on approach to learning, as it introduces applications that are directly related to the current industry. 

As a student in our program, you’ll gain entry-level skills in:

  • Electrical theories
  • Heating and cooling principles
  • Mechanical and electrical problem-solving
  • Installation, servicing, and replacement techniques

Earn a Certificate of Completion in as little as ten months or an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 14 months. After completing the program, you’ll have a chance to earn Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 certification as a bonus. 

Maintenance Technician

The Maintenance Technician (or M-Tech) program in Fresno covers topics such as computer programming, electricity, hydraulics, welding, shop mathematics, and blueprint reading. 

Maintenance Technician students at SJVC also learn foundational job roles, such as:

  • Keeping written logs of system health

  • Responding to alerts and requests from site staff

  • Calibrating, installing, and maintaining equipment or machinery

  • Conducting routine inspection and testing of equipment or machinery


Additionally, our hands-on training allows graduates to earn a certificate of completion in as few as seven months or an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 14 months. To learn more about Maintenance technicians, check out our blog stories and resource center.

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Trades Education at SJVC’s Fresno – Trades Education Center

Established in 2019, the Fresno–Trades Education Center (TEC) serves students and employers in Fresno and neighboring communities. Originally an aviation trade school, the campus was founded in 1991 as the Fresno–Aviation campus. It’s now designed to house the Aviation Maintenance Technology, Electrical Technology, HVAC and Maintenance Technician programs.

Trade School Programs in Fresno

The Fresno–Trades Education Center prepares students in Central California for the booming industrial trades. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics(May 2018), between 2018 and 2028 national employment of general maintenance is projected to grow 6%1, with electricians expected to grow by 10%2, and aircraft mechanic and service technician jobs are forecast to grow 3%3

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There are many career options for a well-trained trades professional, including those interested in attending an aviation trade school. If you enjoy a dynamic, hands-on career, then aviation maintenance or working as an electrician may be the right choice for you.

Plus, according to our partner Generation T4, an organization committed to encouraging students to attend trades school, by 2028, there will be 3 million job openings in the skilled trades.

Trades Jobs in 2028

Our industrial and trade school programs are supported by statewide regulators and employers. Our Electrical Technician program is approved by the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and our Aviation Maintenance Technology program is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Department of Transportation and also has an apprenticeship program with SkyWest

Students at our Fresno–Trades Education Center have the opportunity to not only learn the skills they need for a career in Aviation Maintenance, Electrical Technology, HVAC or Maintenance Technology but also get a fulfilling student experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and events, including:

  • Associated Student Body (ASB)
  • Annual celebration of Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) Day on May 24th
  • Barbecues to celebrate the end of midterms
  • Book drives to benefit the United Way
  • Food drives to help local veterans

If you’re in search of reputable trade schools in California, visit SJVC’s Fresno Trades Education Center.

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