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Pulaski County Area Technology Center

Kevin Cook, Principal
3865 S. Highway 27, STE 101
Somerset, KY 42501
606-678-2998 Phone
606-678-3032 Fax

 2016-2017 School Year

Programs at the ATC offer students opportunities for college credit, career readiness, and job placement.  We continue to be recognized for being in the top 10% for career readiness in the state.  We have been serving high school students for over ten years and look forward to another wonderful school year providing technical instruciton in the following program areas.

Industrial Maintenance

The vision of Industrial Maintenance is to promote safety standards, performance standards, enhance leadership, provide relevant curriculum, and to be vital to the education of all students. Industrial Maintenance is the lifeline of today’s industry. Industrial Maintenance programs will provide a structured yet flexible training program for those interested in developing the technical skills required to keep industry operating. Maintenance technicians will be trained to be proficient in many different areas including plant safety, electromechanical equipment, industrial rigging, reading technical schematics, bearings, lubrication, centrifugal pumps, alignment, piping systems, mechanical drives, hydraulics/pneumatics, industrial electricity, motor controls, vibration analysis, troubleshooting, machining and welding. The field of Industrial Maintenance employs techniques from physics, engineering, and decision analysis for the repair and maintenance of all equipment used in industrial facilities

Average Wage:  $50,440 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Pathway:  Industrial Maintenance Electrical Technician
Courses:  Electrical Principles, Motor Controls, Programmable Logic Controllers, Robotics

JOBS: Electrical Technician, Electrical Supervisor, Electrical Engineer, Maintenance Mechanic-Supervisor-Inspector


Welding is a process which joins materials resulting in a joint which is stronger than the individual pieces of materials.  Welding Technology Curriculum is composed of standards based competencies which incorporates industry and common core standards thus increasing the student’s qualifications toward successful employment. The welding curriculum is nationally aligned and offers industry certifications to assist students in successful job opportunities. 

Average Wage:  $40,040 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Pathways:   Welder-Entry Level, ARC Welder, Gas Metal Arc Welder, Shielded Metal Arc Welder
Courses:  SMAW, GMAW, Cutting Processes, Welding Blueprints, GMAW Groove Lab, SMAW Groove Lab

JOBS: Combination Welder, Ironworker, Certified Welding, Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE), Welding Engineer, Structural Engineer, Pipe Welder

Natural Gas

Natural Gas is clean energy for America with 80-90% of our use domestically produced.  Since 2009, consumption in the United States has steadily grown with approximately 25% of our energy needs coming from natural gas.  Reserves are located throughout the United States and we are one of the top producers of gas, second only to Russia.  In 2007 there was more than 305,000 miles of pipeline across the U.S. The skill set for this industry is large with opportunities continuing to increase along with wages.

Average Wage: $ 57,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Pathway:  Pipeline Technician
Courses: Fundamentals of Natural Gas, Safety, Meter Installation, Service Line Initiation

JOBS: Structural Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Pipeline Technician


Automotive students are provided a standards and performance based education which will lead to highly skilled positions as automotive mechanics.  Students are taught to critically think, communicate, and develop a skill set relevant to the automotive industry.  Today’s vehicles have more technology in them than the first space ships.  As more cars are developed and more people are driving, automotive mechanics are in more demand than ever. 

Average Wage (Mechanic): $ 39,980 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Pathways:  Automotive Engineering, Maintenance and Light Repair
Courses: Maintenance and Light Repair A (engines), B (Brakes), C (suspension and steering), D (electrical)

JOBS: Auto Technician, Service Advisor, Dispatcher, Warranty Clerk, Auto Sales Rep, Service Manager, Automotive Engineer

Health Sciences

Kentucky joins a nationwide shortage of healthcare workers.  The healthcare industry is one of the largest industries in the country with more than 14 million jobs, representing close to 10 percent of the nation’s workforce.  Healthcare professionals work in a variety of settings such as clinics, laboratories, hospitals, and schools, to name a few.  There are lots of challenging careers in our area that are well paying jobs.

Average Wage (Registered Nurse):  $66,220
Pathways:  Pre-nursing, EKG, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician, Allied Health
Courses: Body Structures & Functions, Emergency Procedures, Medical Math, Principles of Health Sciences, Medical Terminology, Pathway Clinicals, Nursing Assistant

JOBS: Doctor, Nurse, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, Psychologist, Radiologist, Surgeon, Veterinarian, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Medical Lab Tech, Phlebotomist, Pharmacy Technician, LPN, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Assistant, Physician’s Assistant


The Construction Technology programs will prepare students for work in new construction, remodel, and energy auditing industries. Course offerings include everything from entry level trades courses, all the way to national certification. Students will train at the career centers, high schools and at real jobsites. Current and traditional building practices are included, while updated and advanced framing techniques, energy efficiency, health and safety, and sustainability methods are emphasized.

Average Wage :  $44,980
Pathways:  Carpenter Assistant, Finish Carpenter Assistant, Residential Carpenter Assistant, Carpentry Track
Courses: Introduction to Construction Technology, Floor and Wall Framing, Ceiling and Roof Framing, Site Layout and Foundations, Exterior and Interior Finish,

JOBS:  Carpenter, Construction Manager, Construction Laborer, Construction Tradesperson, Drywall Installer, Flooring Installer, Furniture Finisher, Production Woodworker

STUDENT PORTAL now available for ATC students


Students can access the Infinite Campus portal for the Area Technology Center by using the following link.

Usernames are student SSID numbers with passwords in the following format:
first initial last initial birthdate
Jane Doe June 20, 1997
Example jd062097

Welcome to the Pulaski Co. Area Technology Center.  









Parents and visitors are welcome to contact the ATC regarding questions and tours.


Automotive Technology:  Gerald Brinson

Construction Carpentry:  Ron Hoff

Health Sciences:  Margaret Boils, RN

Industrial Maintenance: Chris Bell

Natural Gas Pipeline Technician:  Chris Cross

Welding Technology:  Scott Johnson


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