Trade & Technical Dept
NMCC's trade and technical occupations department offers a wide range of programs. Three programs are offered at the associate degree level only: Electrical Engineering Technology, General Technology, and Trade & Technical Occupations. One is offered at the certificate level only: Welding & Metal Fabrication. Most of the remaining programs have two-year associate degree and diploma options, as well as one year certificates.
Most programs are grouped into three major cluster areas. Mechanical trades include Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Technology and Diesel Hydraulics Technology. Electrical/electronics includes Computer Electronics and Electrical Construction. and Maintenance The building trades cluster consists of Computer-Aided Drafting Technology, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Plumbing & Heating, Residential Construction, as well as Welding & Metal Fabrication. In the Precision Metals Manufacturing program students are involved in all aspects of the machining process.
Each program requires a broad-based education centered on a core curriculum including technical specialty and general education courses. The associate degree level requires the most credits for completion and involves more demanding related courses, particularly in mathematics and physical sciences. The diploma level includes general education subjects designed to supplement the students' technical training, while the certificate offerings focus primarily on technical course work. Male and female graduates find that this preparation provides them added flexibility in their careers, enabling them to adapt readily to new task and work environments.