Florida Gateway College offers six programs designed to provide students with the skills needed to enter a well-paid, in demand occupation in the fields of commercial heating and air conditioning (HVAC), welding, and cosmetology.

Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning, O.C. (HVAC)

Florida Gateway College’s Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning Technology Program prepare students for careers in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Changing markets and technology can cause occupational uncertainty in many fields, but the need for air conditioning and refrigeration is constant. Florida Gateway College can provide you with the tools to start down this reliable career path, stay current with industry trends, and succeed in the field. The program emphasizes a combination of air conditioning and refrigeration theory and practical application necessary for successful employment.

The Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning Technology Program is a 45 occupational credit hours / 1,350 clock-hours occupational program in air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration. Students must complete both the occupational and clock hour requirements to be eligible to graduate from the Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning Technology Program. To meet the demand the Program offer both day and night classes.

According to the U.S Department of Labor, demand for qualified, well-educated HVAC technicians will grow 21 percent through 2022.

HAVC/R students can get Certified as “Employment Ready” by passing 6 HVAC Excellence Competency Exams.  These exams let employers know each student has the passed a nationally recognized third party exam and each student is ready for a career in the HVAC/R field.

Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the HVAC program include:

  • Maintenance technician
  • HVAC technician for commercial contractors

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Cosmetology, O.C.

The Cosmetology program is a certificate program that is designed to provide the training to acquire skills and knowledge necessary to become a licensed cosmetologist. The program is designed to be a one year full-time program with classes meeting Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 – 4:30. New classes start in August and January each year. August classes end in July the following year and January classes end in December of the same year. Students completing the Cosmetology program will be Licensed Cosmetologists after passing the Florida State exam.

FGC’s Cosmetology program has a 90-100% passing ratio for the State Board Exam for licensure taking the test for the first time. According to the Department of Business and Professional Regulations, Florida’s average statewide for first time exam takers is 45%.

Graduates of the Cosmetology program may work as hairdressers, nail technicians, and/or facial specialist in salons, or may be self-employed.

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Facial Specialty, O.C.

The Esthetics (skin care) Specialty classes are offered twice a year with the first class beginning in January and ending in May. The second class starts in August and ends in December. Students completing the Esthetics Specialist course will become Licensed Estheticians.

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Nail Specialty, O.C.

The Nail Specialty classes are offered twice a year with the first class beginning in January and ending in May. The second nail class starts in August and ends in December. Upon completion of the nail specialty course, students will be a Licensed Nail Specialist. Nail specialty studies manicuring/pedicuring techniques, acrylics, gel nails, fiberglass wraps for men and women.

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Welding Technology, O.C.

The Welding Technology program offers training to prepare students to become skilled welders. The total program, including preparation and testing for American Welding Society (AWS) qualification, requires a minimum of 1,050 hours of training. Graduates will be taught techniques that include Oxyfuel Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), and Carbon Arc Gouging (GAC).  Welding processes will consist of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), on plate, as well as blueprint reading and welding symbol interpretation. The program prepares students to meet industry standards in structural welding. Seating is limited. Students are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Students will have access to the latest welding training technologies and welding technologies that include Virtual reality trainers, pulsed mig and pulsed tig welding. Our students are in high demand due to our proven track record with our graduates meeting the job requirements set by employers.

Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Welding program include:

  • Welders are in high demand and our graduates have secured employment opportunities in a number of industries including: building and bridge construction, ship building, rail, fabrication, automotive, oil, natural gas, boilers and pressure vessels, industrial maintenance, excavation and mining industries; just to name a few.

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Advanced Welding Technology, O.C.

The Advanced Welding Technology program offers training to prepare students to become skilled welders. The total program, including preparation for American Welding Society (AWS) qualification testing, requires a minimum of 750 hours of preparation. Graduates will be taught techniques that include pipe fitting, and advanced welding skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes for pipe and heavy wall pipe welding, as well as identifying skills required to work within emerging welding technologies such as pulse welding, submerged arc welding, and robotics, to name a few. The program prepares students to meet industry standards to help secure employment opportunities. Seating is limited. Students are accepted on a first come, first serve basis

Student will have access to the latest welding training technologies and welding technologies that include Virtual reality trainers, pulsed mig and pulsed tig welding. Our students are in high demand due to our proven track record with our graduates meeting the job requirements set by employers.

Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Welding program include:

  • Welders are in high demand and our graduates have secured employment opportunities in a number of industries including: building and bridge construction, ship building, rail, fabrication, automotive, oil, natural gas, boilers and pressure vessels, industrial maintenance, excavation and mining industries; just to name a few.

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