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major appliance technician

The Major Appliance Technician program provides students instruction and practical application of knowledge and skills directed toward the repair and service of electrical and gas appliances such as washers, dryers, ranges, microwaves, domestic icemakers, refrigerators, and window air conditioners. Students work on appliances to develop job skills in a workshop setting.  Students are prepared for the Refrigerant Recovery (Type I) Certification (Small Appliance) and the National Technician Certification Examinations upon completion of the course. (Total hours: 1080)

Partners with Whirlpool & Maytag, KitchenAid, Sears, LG, WASH, Best Buy, Coast Appliance Parts, Reliable Parts, K-W Sam-Sung.

Session I: Fall Semester 

Module I: Refrigeration Fundamentals

Module II: Fundamentals Brazing

Module III: Sealed System Recovery

Module IV: Ice Maker Fundamentals

Session II: Spring Semester 

Module V: Basic Wiring, AC-DC

Module VI: Washer & Dryer

Module VII: Ranges & Ovens

Module VIII: Microwaves

Module IX: So. Cal Gas Training

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Course No Days  Time  Location Teacher
60300.019 M - Th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Willow Center G. Ceniceros

Cost: Tuition $3,470, materials $200, books $138, uniform $30, safety glasses $10, insurance $18, and ID badge $5.                                                Total Program Cost: $3,871

For Appliance Repair Services contact (626) 934-2936.


Auto repair students in the workshop   Trade appliance students working on a washing machine 


automotive technician

                  NATEF Certified Program

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

HLPAE is a Certified Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) training institute.

This class provides students the fundamentals required in the automotive services repair industry.  The curriculum includes power train systems (transmission and differentials), suspension and steering, brakes, engine fundamentals and repair, electrical systems and engine performance, fuel systems, emission controls and gas analysis.  The course prepares the student to enter the automotive services industry and introduces the requirements of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Institute Certification. Students can start on any Module 1-4.            (Total hours: 1,080. Takes 4 sessions to complete.)

Cost: Tuition $3,125 ($782 per module), materials $300 ($75 per module), insurance $18, books $175, goggles $7, ID badge $5.            Total Program Cost: $3,630


Session I: Brakes, Suspension & Steering
Session II: Engine Repair & Transmissions
Session III: Electrical & Electronic Systems
Session IV: Engine Performance/Engine Electric

All new students must attend Appraisal - see appraisal details or for information call (626) 934-2801.

Days Time Location Teacher
M - Th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Willow Center,
Automotive Shop
T & W 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Willow Center,
Automotive Shop

For Auto Repair Services contact (626) 934-2932.



combination welder

This Combination Welder program familiarizes students with the skills required to perform basic industrial welding.  The modular format includes theory and practical application in the following main areas; Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Oxy-Acetylene Gas Cutting, Gas Tungsten, Gas Tungsten Arch Welding (GTAW/TIG), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Plasma Cutting. The course emphasizes equipment care and safety and produces entry-level proficient welders who are ready for certification. (Total hours: 1080).

Cost: Tuition $3,220, supplies $400, book $168, insurance $18 and ID badge $5. Students provide their own helmet, gloves, welding jacket & boots from an outside vendor with approval of the instructor.                    Total Program Cost: $3,811

Course No Days Time Location Teacher
60200.019 M - Th 8:00 am -
4:00 pm
Willow Center L. Archie


Person wearing protective helmet welding with torch   Machine operator using a drill


HVAC Service Technician           

The HVAC Service Technician program prepares students for entry-level employment in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC).  The course design provides students with project-based experiences in residential and commercial heating systems.  Technical instruction emphasis is placed on the generation and modification of electricity for HVAC systems, wiring principles, and procedures approved by the National Electrical Code (NEC) operational techniques for ventilation and refrigeration systems, and troubleshooting techniques for refrigeration systems.  At the completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the EPA Universal 608 test to become a Certified Refrigerant Handler. (Total Hours: 600)

Days Time Location Teacher     
M - Th 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm                     Willow Center, Staff


Cost: Tuition $2,040, book $250, insurance $18 and ID badge $5.      Total Program Cost: $2,313




The Electrician training program provides practical instruction on today's electrical systems ranging from basic household wiring to special circuits. This fundamental electrical course is designed to provide a thorough introduction to this career field. According to the U.S. department of Labor, the number of Electrician jobs is projected to increase by 10% through 2029 which is much faster than average. You will be able to learn electrical theory, while coming into the classroom a few days per week for hands-on instruction. Take the first step toward learning a new and exciting skill set by enrolling in the Electrician course. (Total Hours: 300)

Cost: Tuition $300, book $120, insurance $18 and ID badge $5.        Total Program Cost: $443

Days Time Location Teacher     
M - Th 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Willow Center, 107 M. Panahi-pour




Header Machinist and Basic CNC Programmer

Through a grant from the Howmet Aerospace, students will learn to operate a precision Centerless Grinder Header (Rivets), producing fasteners for the Aerospace and Military Industry, in addition to learning basic CNC programming skills.

1st Term:  08/10/21 - 10/28/21

2nd Term: 11/02/21 - 02/10/22

3rd Term:  02/15/22 - 05/19/22

Days  Time Location     Teacher 
T - Th

3:00 pm - 9:45 pm   

La Puente High School,
Room 215
R. Ringle


Water Distribution I and Treatment I

Water Technology Program is designed to prepare students who wish to seek entry level employment in the public water supply industry.  There is a growing need for certified and trained water technology professionals in the area of Water Treatment and Water Distribution.  Water experts project that over the next few years the water industry will see extensive job growth. (Total Hours: 300)

Cost: Tuition $600 ($300 per course), insurance $18, and ID badge $5.    Total Program Cost: $623

Only offered online for FALL.

Days  Time Location     Teacher 
T - Th

8:00 am - 2:30 pm   

Willow Center,
G. King


Aerial view of a water treatment plant

New Students

All new students must attend Appraisal - See link below for details or for information call (626) 934-2801.