Hands-On Learning for Technical Careers

The Manufacturing, Automotive, Construction & Design Technologies Community provides hands-on, practical education for students interested in technical careers. In this community, you will get classroom instruction combined with hands-on lab experiences working with the most current equipment and technology. With a degree or certificate, you will find opportunities in various industries including automotive, aerospace, construction, manufacturing, medical equipment, and more.

 
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Architectural Engineering & Construction Technology

Architectural Engineering & Building Science

Learn sustainable architectural practices and technical concepts used in architectural CAD and building information modeling. Start your career drafting commercial or residential structures.
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Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Learn to test, diagnose, and repair the complex mechanical, chemical, and electronic equipment found in today's motor vehicles. Graduates of this ASE- and NATEF-certified program find jobs in the automotive industry. 
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Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

Master sophisticated 3D printing and scanning technology as well as the latest 2D software. Find a drafting and design career in animation, architecture, construction, and engineering.
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HVAC & Refrigeration

HVAC & Refrigeration

Opportunities for HVAC technicians are boundless. Build your skill set with the fundamentals, then continue in this accredited program for Residential A/C & Heating, Light Commercial A/C & Heating, and Commercial Refrigeration certificates.
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Interior Design

Interior Design

Develop your creative abilities through the study of visual elements and principles of design. You will learn the architecture, CAD, and interior design skills you need for a career as an interior designer or kitchen and bath designer.
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Machining

Machining

Set up, program, and run high-tech machine tools; program parts on CAD/CAM software; determine the most efficient way to make a part; and solve factory and production problems. This program is accredited by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills.
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Energy Technicians working on amp.
Manufacturing & Energy Technology

Manufacturing & Energy Technology

Manufacturers and the clean- and conventional-energy industries need expert technicians. Become a manufacturing production technician, power plant operator, utility engineering technician, brewery process controller, and more.
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Optics Technology

Optics Technology

Learn skills for entry-level positions in manufacturing precision optics, from microscopes to telescopes, eyeglasses to contacts, 3D-projector technology to national defense applications.

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Student learning to weld.
Welding Technology

Welding Technology

Learn nationally recognized skills that make you job-ready. Complete a welding fundamentals certificate to enter the workforce quickly, and then stay or come back later for advanced certificates. Training is available on a virtual welder and robotic welder.
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About Credits and Semesters

  • 1 credit = 1 class hour per week
  • Part time enrollment = 6-12 credits per semester
  • Full time enrollment = 12+ credits per semester / 15 credits recommended
  • For each hour in class, plan on 2 hours of study outside class

Example: For an Associate of Arts degree (60+ credits), if you take 15 credits each semester, you will complete the degree in 4-5 semesters.

15 credits = 15 class hours per week + 30 hours of study outside of class.

Levels of Education

Levels of Education: certificate, associate degree, bachelor's, masters, PhD 

Academic Plans

My Academic Plans (MAPs) help guide you toward completing your degree or certificate.  When you take classes in the order recommended on the academic plan and based on your schedule, you will save time and money. See MAPs.

Community Support

You will be assigned to a Pathways Advisor who is knowledgeable in the community’s fields of study, and is an important part of your success helping you reach your academic goals. The first time you meet your advisor will be at the required New Student Orientation.