Construction and Trades

Construction Trades

Registration for continuing education classes is done by mail, online or over the phone using a MasterCard or Visa by calling 253.680.7402.

Continuing Education classes are self-supported; therefore, Bates will cancel a class if there are too few participants enrolled to cover the cost of the class. If your withdrawal notification is given at least one business day prior to the first day of class, or the class is canceled, you will receive a 100 percent refund. Bates reserves the right to cancel, reschedule class times and/or dates, or change instructors. We will notify you only if class is canceled.

Spring 2015 Classes (Registration Begins Feb. 19) 

Boiler Fireman/Operating Engineers

Boiler Operator Certification Testing
Class I Chief Operating Engineer, Class II & III Operating Engineer and Class IV and V Boiler Fireman
This certification is required to operate boilers in the City of Tacoma. Bates administers testing monthly at South Campus, 2201 S. 78th Street in Tacoma. For more information regarding Boiler Certification Packet Materials call 253.680.7402.

Operating Engineers Class I and II, STENG 232
Learn the knowledge and skills necessary for supervisory boiler plant operating engineer positions. Upon successful completion of class and required years of experience, students are eligible to take the Class I or II Operating Engineer Certification Exam, which is required to operate in the City of Tacoma, ordinance No. 26951. Text is approximately $200, not included. 

Required Textbook:
Steam Plant Operation, 9th Ed., (ISBN: 0071667962)

Spring Schedule

4231, BSC-E111, Sat, 3/14-6/27, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 6 cr., $475 Canceled

Boiler Fireman Class III and IV, STENG 222
Construct and operate low- and high-pressure steam and hot water boilers, learn safety procedures, and more. Prepare for Boiler Fireman III and IV certification exams, which are required to operate in the City of Tacoma, ordinance No. 26951. Text is approximately $220, not included.

Required Textbooks:
Low Pressure Boilers, 4th Ed. (ISBN: 9780826943651)
Low Pressure Boilers Study Guide, 4th Ed. (ISBN: 9780826943668)
High Pressure Boilers, 5th Ed. (ISBN: 9780826943156)

Spring Schedule

4230, BSC-B107, Sat, 5/2-8/1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 6 cr., $475

Operating Engineer Class I and II, Refresher, STENG 197
This is a refresher course for license renewal. 

Spring Schedule (Registration Begins February 19)
4224, BSC-E103, Sat, 3/14, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 1 cr., $95

4225, BSC-E103, Sat, 5/9, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 1 cr., $95  Date changed to May 30

Boiler Fireman Class III and IV, Refresher, STENG 198
This is a refresher course for license renewal. 

Spring Schedule (Registration Begins February 19)
4226, BSC-E101A, Sat, 3/14, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 1 cr., $95 

4227, BSC-E103, Sat, 5/9, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 1 cr., $95 Date changed to May 30

Building Maintenance

Basic Electricity, BUIMT 086 
Students will learn the fundamentals theories, principles and terminology needed to develop an understanding of electricity. 
Spring Schedule

7619, BSC-B201, Sat, 3/7-5/16, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 40 hrs., $250

Environmental Energy, ENVR 092 
Learn about environmental energy, including quality and filtration, dust control cleaning for a healthy building environment, electrical energy use and conservation, heating conservation and water consumption.  
Spring Schedule

7543, BSC-E208, Sat, 3/7-3/28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 20 hrs., $200

Sustainable Custodial Housekeeping, BUIMT 091
This course gives an overview of housekeeping and custodial functions according to industry standards. This course is suggested for current and future custodians, engineers and maintenance supervisors.  
Spring Schedule

7622, BSC-E208, Sat, 3/7-6/6, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 70 hrs., $475

Electrical Renewal

Electrical Trainee
This series of course may be used towards the 48 hours of basic trainee classes required for electrical trainee certificate renewal. Classes do not need to be taken consecutively.

Electrical Basic Training 1,  CEEC 104
This course will cover the standard for electricity safety in the workplace and basic electrical theory. At the completion of this course, students will be able to: identify electrical hazards; analyze DC circuits; and solve for voltage, current and resistance. 

Spring Schedule

4170, BSC-B502, T, Th, 3/10-3/17, 5:30-9:30 p.m., 12 hrs., $156

Electrical Basic Training 2,  CEEC 105
This course will cover using wire, conduit and box fill tables to determine conductor, raceway and box sizes. At the completion of this course, students will be able to: locate wire tables and correction factors; identify wire sizes; and identify raceway types and sizes. 

Spring Schedule

4171, BSC-B502, T, Th, 3/19-3/26, 5:30-9:30 p.m., 12 hrs., $156

RCW/WAC and Theory,  CEEC 106
This will cover Chapter 296-46B WAC Electrical Safety Standards, Administration and Installation. Chapter 19.28 RCW Electricians and Electrical Installations. At the completion of this course, students will be able to: identify chapters in the RCW/WAC; problem solve safety, license, permit and installation questions; and solve for voltage, current, resistance and power in series and parallel circuits.  

Spring Schedule

4176, BSC-B502, T, Th, 4/21-4/28, 5:30-9:30 p.m., 12 hrs., $156

NEC Inter Art 90 & CH 1-4,  CEEC 107
This course will cover National Electrical Code Article 90: Introductions, Chapter 1: General, Chapter 2: Wiring and Protection, Chapter 3: Wiring Methods and Material and Chapter 4: Equipment for General Use. At the completion of the course, students will be able to: locate definitions; identify wiring and protection; and identify wiring methods and material.

Spring Schedule

4177, BSC-B502, T, Th, 4/30-5/7, 5:30-9:30 p.m., 12 hrs., $156

Journeymen Electrician
These courses are designed for Electrical Administrators, Master Electricians and Electricians. They may be applied towards the 24 hours of continuing education coursework required to renew Electrician certification.

Understanding RCW/WAC, CEEC 102 
4174, BSC-B502, Th, 2/5, 5:30-9:30 p.m., 4 hrs., $52

Spring Schedule

4174, BSC-B502, Th, 5/12, 5:30-9:30 p.m., 4 hrs., $52

Industry Related Code, CEEC 103

Spring Schedule

4175, BSC-B502, T, Th, 5/14-5/21, 5:30-9:30 p.m., 12 hrs., $156


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

HVAC, Basic I, HVAC 093 
This course covers the fundamentals of refrigeration and operation as well as the necessary skills to conduct basic troubleshooting for mechanical and electrical problems. 

Spring Schedule

 7624, BSC-E205, Sat, 3/7-5/30, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 60 hrs., $400 Canceled


Welding, Basic, WELD 055 
For beginning or experienced welders, learn oxyacetylene and arc. This course covers flat and vertical beads on plate, cutting and burning. Arc covers 6010 and 7018 electrodes in horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Click here for supply list.
Spring Schedule

7556, BSC-B311, Sat, 3/7-5/2, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 30 hrs., $250