The Adult (ACT) Evening Program has been in existence for over 25 years.


CTCCB holds three semesters per year that run approximately 14 weeks each (Spring/Summer/Fall)

Each semester consists of 84 contact hours, and depending when the course is offered, classes meet on either (Monday & Wednesday) and/or (Tuesday & Thursday) evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition, all first semester students must attend a mandatory 14 week NCCER Core course on Tuesday evenings.

Currently, there are 8 levels of Welding, 4 levels of Pipefitting, 6 levels of Instrumentation (3 Instrument Fitter & 3 Instrument Tech), 3 levels of Mobile Crane, 2 levels of Industrial Painting, 2 levels for Construction Site Safety Technician, and 1 level of Scaffolding.

All courses are accredited by NCCER. Upon completion of each craft level, test scores and performance verification’s are transmitted to NCCER. The completed work becomes a part of the student’s individual NCCER transcript record maintained by NCCER’s Registry System.

In addition to NCCER credit, students are concurrently enrolled at Del Mar College for Adult Continuing Education Credit. Enrollment for the adult semesters averages between 325 and 400 students.

Course Descriptions

Pipefitting ▼

Pipefitting I

Plus Core class hours (first semester only)
Orientation to the Trade; pipefitter hand tools; pipefitter power tools; ladders & scaffolds; and motorized equipment.

Pipefitting 2

Piping Systems; drawing and detail sheets; identifying and installing valves; pipefitting trade math; threaded pipe fabrication; socket weld pipe fabrication; butt weld pipe fabrication; and excavation underground pipe installation.

Pipefitting 3

Rigging equipment; rigging practices; standards & specifications; advanced trade math; motorized equipment II; introduction to above ground pipe installation; field routing & vessel trim; pipe hangers & supports; and testing piping systems & equipment.

Pipefitting 4

Advanced blueprint reading; advanced pipe fabrication; stress relieving & alignment; steam traps; in-line specialties; special piping; hot traps; maintaining valves; introduction to supervisory roles.

Welding ▼

SMAW – Semester 1

Plus Core Class hours (first semester only)

Intro. to Shielded Metal Arc Welding
Welding Safety; SMAW – Equipment & Setup; SMAW – Beads and Fillet Welds; Oxyfuel Cutting; Base Metal Preparation.

SMAW- Semester 2

Structural (plate) Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Weld Quality; Shielded Metal Arc Electrodes; SMAW Groove Welds with Backing.

SMAW- Semester 3

Basic (pipe) Shielded Metal Arc Welding.

Joint Fit-Up and Alignment; SMAW – Open V-Groove Welds; Welding Symbols; Reading Welding Detail Drawings; Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging.

SMAW- Semester 4

Advanced Pipe Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Plasma Arc Cutting; SMAW – Open-Root Pipe Welds

SMAW – GTAW -Semester 5

Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Reheating and Post-heating of Metals

GTAW – Semester 6

Intermediate Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Equipment & Filler Materials; Plate

GTAW- Semester 7

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Applications – Hands on practice

GTAW- Semester 8

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Applications – Carbon Steel Pipe

Industrial Painting ▼

This course of instruction prepares individuals for jobs as an entry-level industrial painter with industrial painting contractors in the construction and maintenance industry. Graduates may find suitable employment with painting contractors performing work in industrial facilities. Students will learn about safety procedures, tools, methods, equipment, and materials. Students will also learn procedures for cleaning/stripping, preparation, and the application of coatings to various surfaces and substrates.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform work utilizing methods, equipment, and test instruments used to perform tasks in accordance with the requirements of the various ASTM and SSPC/NACE standards governing quality control and quality assurance. Students completing the required course work will receive a Certificate of Completion from the NCCER.

Scaffold Building ▼

Introduction to the Trade; trade safety; trade tools and equipment; trade math; stationary scaffolds; mobile scaffolds; and suspension scaffolds.

Mobile Crane Operations ▼

Mobile Crane Operations – Semester 1

Orientation to the Trade, basic principles of crane, rigging practices, crane safety, operating a crane, rigging equipment, and rigging practices.

Mobile Crane Operations – Semester 2

Communication, machine power flow, preventative maintenance, wire rope, computer aids/operator aids, load dynamics, and on-site equipment movement.

Mobile Crane Operations – Semester 3

Comprehensive load/capacity charts, hydraulic/telescopic boom assembly & disassembly, advanced operational techniques, lift planning, hoisting personnel, lattice boom assembly and disassembly, and emergency procedures.

Safety ▼

Construction Site Safety Technician – 1 Semester

Introduction to Safety, work-zone safety, steel erection, concrete & masonry, confined spaces & excavations, electrical safety, working from elevations, heavy equipment, forklift, & crane safety, and Introduction to materials handling. Integrates Core curricula modules. (This class does not require the Tuesday night Core Course.

Introduction to Safety Technology, hazard recognition, evaluation, & control, risk analysis & assessment, inspections, audits, & observations, employee motivation, site specific ES&H plans, emergency action plans, JSA’s & TSA’s, safety orientation & training, work permit policies, confined space entry procedures, safety meetings, accident investigation: policies & procedures, accident investigation: data analysis, record keeping, OSHA inspection procedures, ES&H data tracking & trending, and environmental awareness.

Instrumentation ▼

Instrumentation Fitter 1

Hand Tools for Instrumentation, electrical safety, power tools, metallurgy, fasteners, gaskets & packing, lubricants, sealants & cleaners, tubing, piping – 2″ and under, hoses.

Instrumentation Fitter 2

Instrumentation drawings & documents I, craft-related mathematics, principles of welding for instrumentation, panel-mounted instruments, installing field-mounted instruments, raceways for instrumentation, instrument fitter’s math, layout & installation of tubing & piping systems, clean, purge & test of tubing & piping systems.

Instrumentation Fitter 3

Electrical systems for instrumentation; flow, pressure, level, & temperature; drawings & documents II; detectors, secondary elements, transducers, & transmitters; control valves, actuators & positioners; receive, inspect, handle, & piping systems; protective measures for instrumentation.

Instrumentation Technician 4

Process control theory; controllers, recorders, & indicators; relays & timers; switches and photo-electric devices; filters, regulators, and dryers; instrumentation theory; grounding/shielding of instruments; and terminating conductors.

Instrumentation Technician 5

Calibration & configuration; perform loop checks; troubleshooting & commissioning a loop; loop tuning; distributed control systems.

Instrumentation Technician 6

Analyzers & monitors; digital logic circuits; programmable logic controllers; and analyzers.