top of page

Trades Week

PMI white transparent Logo.png

Our 1-Week Intro 

For Middle School & Early High School

We are excited to introduce our newest program. North Idaho College is rolling out our Trades Week program to those in 8th - 10th Grades (ages 12-15) as an intro to skills and careers. 

We'll cover hand tools, power tools, how to build things, manufacturing, safety, intro to reading plans, and more! 


You'll work in teams as you learn to measure, cut, assemble, build, and work in a production environment. We give a hands-on experience to those new to a shop environment or who want to learn more about what it might be like.  

Is This For Me?

If you want to have fun, build things, do cool stuff, and learn about different manufacturing and trades careers, this is for you. You can also come to try this out if you wonder about taking a shop or exploring manufacturing, engineering, construction, or other types of careers. Come try it out. 


What We Do

Trades Week

We introduce you to the core skills you need to know to explore the trades. Whether you're thinking of manufacturing, carpentry, engineering, mechanics, or anything else - or you just want to check it out - this is a great way to do it. 

This program covers:

  • Intro to hand tools

  • Intro to power tools

  • Safety and shop awareness

  • Production and assembly

  • Using tools to build projects 

  • Quality and consistency 

  • Working with teams

  • Manufacturing multiple products

  • Operating in a full production operation

  • Using materials and designing products

  • Reading blueprints to build projects

  • Working with others to solve problems

  • Figuring out new ideas in a fun environment

You get to learn new things in a hands-on environment. The best part? You keep what you make and see your progress each day.



Here are a few of the specifics about the program:

  • Dates: July 15-19, 2024

  • Time: Daily from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Attendance at all 5 sessions is required

  • Location: North Idaho Campus - Parker Center (Rathdrum)

  • Ages: 12-15, Grades 8-10 (in 2024/25 school year)

  • Price: No Cost to You (just complete the application for consideration)

  • Deadline to Apply: June 10, 2024 

Spots will fill quickly, so sign up today. 


Download Our New Guide!

Check out our new booklet - "Experience Manufacturing." It outlines the Institute, its background, the program's impact, and how we plan to grow. This 28-page guide shares more details about where we've been and where we're going to help better prepare high school graduates for their future. 

What Is The Institute?

bottom of page