Henry Ford College

Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship

The Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Division offers training programs for people employed in skilled industrial occupations (primarily the apprenticeable skilled trades) and for people interested in entry into skilled trades occupations.

Established in cooperation with industry, these programs provide theoretical and practical knowledge and the competencies required to supplement on-the-job training. Programs may vary from a single course that quickly provides specific knowledge and skills to a complete curriculum that provides comprehensive related instruction. Because the programs are employer-based, the Division operates on a plan of three consecutive 15-week semesters in fall, winter, and spring/summer to provide year round instruction.

The Division offers a variety of curricula for apprenticeable and similarly skilled industrial occupations. Each major curriculum consists of developmental, apprenticeship foundation and trade-specific foundation courses. Although generic trade-specific curricula are available for approximately 40 major industrial trade classifications, each sponsoring company can modify the curricula to meet its specific training needs.

Developmental courses are designed to provide instruction in the basic skills essential for entering an apprenticeship. Apprenticeship foundation courses provide an overview of practical skills often required as prerequisites for trade-specific foundation courses, which provide hands-on and theoretical application of trade specific competencies.

Each major curriculum leads to a certificate of completion and verification to sponsoring companies that the apprentice or trainee has completed the required related instruction. A student must complete at least 576 contact hours of course work in an approved curriculum to be eligible for the certificate. Most students can complete a program of instruction in three to four years by attending one to two days or evenings per week, although this varies by curriculum. The names of the major available curricula are listed below:

  • Automotive/Truck Mechanic
  • Die Maker
  • Electrician/Commercial & Residential
  • Electrician/Industrial
  • Industrial Truck Repair
  • Instrumentation
  • Machine Repair/Maintenance
  • Machine Repair/Machinist
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance
  • Metal Model Maker
  • Metal Patternmaker
  • Millwright
  • Plumber
  • Plumber/Pipe Fitter
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Tool Maker
  • Welding
  • Wood Pattern Maker
  • Skilled upgrade courses and retraining courses may be customized to suit the requirements of individual corporate clients. Interested persons should contact the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Division office for additional information at 313-845-6415.

Those who wish to apply for admission to the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Division can visit the 7 Easy Steps to Enroll to get started at HFC. Inquiries of a general nature may be made by telephone. View the Schedule of Classes/Catalog online.

Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Division
Henry Ford College
Technology Building, Room T-172
5101 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1495
Phone: 313-845-6415
Fax: 313- 845-9654

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.