Power and Trades Pathways Program

Henry Ford College,
DTE Energy,
and other partners are
teaming up to prepare
the next generation of
skilled trades
to lead the way
in the energy industry.

Classroom to career in one year

Are you looking for a rewarding career that requires intelligence, stamina, and creative problem-solving, and does not require 4+ years of college? The Power and Trades Pathways program might be right for you! The program is available to high school graduates who are 17 years of age or older. There is no upper age limit. The program prepares you for a skilled trades career in the energy industry.

What is the program?

The program trains graduates for in-demand job roles within the energy sector and skilled trades such as electric operations, gas operations, construction, and engineer technicians. Six major career pathways are available through the program. Most can be completed in just one year, preparing you to enter directly into a paid apprenticeship program in the field. View career pathways

Demand is high! Within the next 5 to 10 years, half of the current skilled workforce in the energy trades will be eligible to retire. Many more skilled trades workers will be needed in these high-paying professions. View jobs and salaries

The stackable credential training approach teaches the core skills for energy-related skilled trades. You can obtain one or more certifications or degrees over time, thus "stacking" your credentials, which can lead to progressively more complex and high-paying career paths.

We welcome industry partners

If you are interested in hiring skilled graduates from this program, or donating decommissioned equipment, or contributing to the training process, please check out our employers and partners page.

Students work in the skilled trades from the beginning of their time on campus. Find your future at HFC!

Watch other videos about skilled jobs in the energy industry, which you can learn at HFC.


Power and Trades Pathways Benefits to students

The program is open to anyone, and plans are underway to coordinate directly with Veterans Affairs, Returning Citizens Re-entry Programs, and Michigan Works through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  1. Students can explore career paths within the energy industry while earning a usable credential.
  1. Students have the flexibility to change certificate pathways in the program with minimal, if any, lost credits.
  1. Students gain an understanding of the physical aspects of each job role through hands-on labs and career exploration. Students also gain an overview of job discipline and qualification requirements.
  1. Program instructors are industry subject matter experts who understand the field from a hands-on point of view.


Find out more about the Power and Trades Pathways program.

Jobs and Salaries

Program Courses

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