Central Coast residents can fast track their paths into careers projected to experience job growth of at least 15 percent over the next several years. Allan Hancock College is offering five short-tern classes that start the week of March 23 in the areas of welding, machining and electronics. The classes are designed for students looking to explore potential careers and hobbies, or gain valuable knowledge to apply in everyday life.

The courses meet on weeknights on the college’s Santa Maria campus and are eight weeks long. Registration for introductory classes to each growing industry remains open until March 22.

All three industries feature high demand jobs on the Central Coast and throughout California. According to the California Economic Development Department (E.D.D.), the welding industry is predicted to see a 19 percent increase in job demand through 2022. The electronics industry is projected to experience a 22 percent increase, while the demand for machinists is estimated to jump by 15 percent. According to the E.D.D., the median annual salary for a machinist in Santa Barbara County in 2014 was $47,326; the median annual salary statewide for an electronics worker was $61,688; and a welder in Santa Barbara County earned a median annual salary of $49,379 last year.

Hancock is offering two short-term welding course this spring. An introduction to the craft and art of creating metal yard sculptures will be provided in Metal Yard Sculptures (WLDT 316). The basics of ornamental iron work, including fabrication techniques and safety training will be at the center of Ornamental Iron 1 (WLDT 317). The classeses meet on Friday evenings from 6-9:10 p.m. or 6-9:40 p.m. inside the college’s new state-of-the-art welding facility.

“The eight-week welding classes give students a chance to try a particular area in welding or an opportunity to sharpen their skills,” said welding instructor Gabriel Marquez. “The courses allow students to explore their creative side.”

Students can also learn about the fundamentals of electronics in eight weeks. They will study the nature of electricity and the use of testing instruments in a three-unit class called the Fundamentals of Circuit Analysis (EL 118). They may also opt to put the fundamentals they learn in EL 118 to use in the Fundamentals of DC and AC Circuits Lab (EL 119), which is a two-unit course.

“Knowledge of electronics can be applied in every job market and skill set,” said electronics instructor Kevin Keinert. “Every business and home has equipment with some level of electronic device buried inside. Having a basic understanding is beneficial to students and makes them highly desirable to prospective employers.”

The two one-unit electronics courses can be taken concurrently. Both classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for eight weeks. EL 118 runs from 5-6:50 p.m., while EL 119 meetes from 7-10:40 p.m.

Students will be introduced to machine tool technology, as well as learn the uses, capabilities and safe operations of basic machining tools in Machining Fundamentals (MT 179A). The one-unit class meets on Tuesdays from 5:45-9:50 p.m. for eight weeks.

Registration for all classes is now open and continues until the day before the start of the class, which in many cases is March 22.

All students register online via myHancock, which is accessed from the college’s website at www.hancockcollege.edu; click the Student tab, then Register/Add/Drop/Search Classes.

For class details, click the Class Search link on the home page and search for classes beginning in March. Other search options include subject, location, instructor, number of credits and more.

New students and those without a user name and password must first apply for admission to the college, which is a quick and easy process, before registering for classes. To access the online admission application, click Apply & Register and then select the appropriate admission form.

The enrollment fee for California residents is $46 per unit, meaning a typical three-unit class costs $138. Other minimal fees apply.

For registration and other questions, call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3248 or toll free in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, 1-866-DIAL-AHC (342-5242) ext. 3248.