Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training

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Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training

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About the Program

Are you interested in gaining the skills needed to work in building and construction? New construction projects start daily in the Seattle area. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for carpenters is expected to grow by 24% between 2012-2022. Start your construction career by earning a certificate in the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT) program.

Our program includes:

  • Hand tool and power tool use
  • Industrial safety
  • Trades math
  • Forklift operation certification
  • Road flagging certification
  • OSHA 10 certification
  • First Aid / CPR certification

PACT is a formally recognized apprenticeship preparation program by the Washington State Apprenticeship & Training Council.

Admission Policy

Attend an Admissions Workshop and complete the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) to learn if you qualify to get started.

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Flagging and Forklift Certifications

Our flagging and forklift operation classes are part of our PACT program and may also be taken as stand alone classes.

Flagging Certification: Learn how to establish and maintain a safe traffic flow in a construction zone and understand both hazardous and safe behaviors involved in a variety of flagger situations. Students must take a final test to receive their Washington state flagging certification.

Forklift Operation and Certification: Study the functions and parts of a forklift, OSHA forklift regulations, safety habits in forklift operation and the proper picking, placing and moving of a variety of loads. Both the written and drive tests must be taken and passed in order to receive the Washington State three-year forklift operator certification.

Course Planning

11-Weeks (One Quarter)
Prefix Course Credits
MTA 161 Construction Job Readiness 2
MTA 163 Blueprint Reading 2
MTA 164 Industrial First Aid/CPR 0.5
MTA 165 Road Flagging Certification 0.5
MATH 110 Applied Mathematics 3
MTA 167 Construction Trades Training  9
MTA 172 Forklift Operation and Certification 1
MTA 174 Tools and Material ID and Handling 2
MTA 177 Fitness and Nutrition 1
MTA 179 OSHA 10 Safety Certification 1

One quarter, 22 credits

Class Schedule

By the end of the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT) program students should be able to:

  1. Possess life skills such as punctuality, perseverance, positive attitude and work ethic that will assure job success on a construction site.
  2. Possess the qualifications to become indentured in a state-approved construction trade apprenticeship program. These qualifications are specific to each apprenticeship program and may include proficiency with hand tools, power tools, math, interview skills and tool and material identification.
  3. Possess the necessary skills to pass the Washington State Driver’s License exam prior to referral to an apprenticeship program.
  4. Possess basic construction skills such as knowledge of hand tools & power tools, reading a tape measure, lay-out, blueprints and trades math.
  5. Possess basic knowledge of the trades in the construction industry.

Have questions? Amesha Aytch, Program Coordinator will be on hand to answer questions and give an overview of the PACT program.

When: Daily; Student Services Offices
Phone: 206.934.2943

Gainful Employment

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