Pathway: Trades and Technical Studies

Do you like to work with your hands? Do you enjoy figuring out how things work and fixing problems?

The high-demand jobs in Trades & Technical Studies may be a good fit for you.

These programs study mechanics and construction of buildings, automobiles and more.


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Trades & Technical Studies Program

The Trades & Technical Studies Program is designed for students who want to pursue a basic academic foundation. This program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair and maintain an assortment of equipment across numerous careers.

The Pathway Program is a great option for students who want a broad understanding of this area, those who like to build upon their apprenticeship or credit diploma for job growth, as well as those who are unsure which Trades and Technical Studies program is best for them. Students can easily transfer into a specific Trades and Technical Studies program after starting here.


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Automotive Technology Programs

Do you have a love of vehicles? Do you thrive at problem solving? The Automotive Technology program teaches students about engine construction, fuel and ignition systems, power trains, brakes, transmissions, electronic and diagnostic equipment and more. These courses prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exam.

Graduates may work in dealerships as well as independent and franchise shops.


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Craft Brewing Program

Are you intrigued by the process of making hand-crafted beers: the ingredients, the chemistry, the evaluation of recipes? LCCC’s Craft Brewing Program can not only prepare you to work in the brewing industry, but also help you connect with others in the field. The program is offered online with a remote internship requirement. This means you can learn where you live with breweries in your area. 

Graduates may find jobs as assistant brewers in small breweries, brew pubs and larger production facilities.


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Diesel Technology Program

Students in the Diesel Technology program learn how to diagnose, adjust, repair, overhaul, and maintain any type of diesel engine. LCCC partners with Navistar, Volvo Trucks, PACCAR, DTNA and Caterpillar dealerships to stay current and maintain high-tech facilities. Students get hands-on training in addition to learning opportunities in the classroom and online.

Graduates from the program may find work with trucking companies, repair shops and manufacturers both locally and regionally.


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Electrical Technology Program

The Electrical Technology program prepares students to construct, install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical circuits and systems. Students are part of a cohort, remaining with the same peers throughout the program. They also have the opportunity to participate in national competitions, such as Skills USA.

This program provides a route into an electrical apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers or independent electrical contractors.


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HVAC/R Program

Well-trained workers in the energy efficient Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration field are in high demand. This program teaches about HVAC/R installation, repair and maintenance as well as thermal dynamics, fluid dynamics and electrical topics. As the equipment becomes more energy efficient, the importance of understanding the complexities of the equipment becomes more crucial.

Graduates may find jobs as AC technicians, HVAC engineers, HVAC installers and HVAC technicians for private businesses, government entities and construction companies.


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Industrial Maintenance Program

Enjoy working with your hands? Want a broad understanding of machines and electronics? Students in the Industrial Maintenance program learn the technical knowledge and skills to repair and maintain machinery and equipment such as pumps, motors, conveyor systems, production machinery, refinery and pipeline distribution systems. Students are part of a cohort, remaining with same peers throughout the program. They also have the opportunity to participate in national competitions, such as Skills USA.

Graduates of this program may work for manufacturing, construction, maintenance and energy-related companies.


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Plumbing Technology Program

The Plumbing Technology program teaches students about the installation and repair of plumbing systems in residential and small buildings including pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances and fixtures. Students learn to follow diagrams, interpret blueprints and plumbing assembly as well as state codes and requirements. Students are part of a cohort, remaining with same peers throughout the program. They also have the opportunity to participate in national competitions, such as Skills USA.

This program provides a route into a plumbing apprenticeship.


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Welding Programs

Ready to work with fire? Students in the Welding program learn about welding machines, weld processes and hands-on welding proficiency. Students develop skills in blueprint reading, weld inspection and computer-aided drafting. Students are part of a cohort, remaining with same peers throughout the program. They also have the opportunity to participate in national competitions, such as Skills USA.

Graduates from this program may find work as a welder, assembler, machine operator, and construction or manufacturing welding technician.

 


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Wind Energy Program

Wind turbine technicians perform general maintenance, operations and inspections on wind turbines and related facilities. Students in the Wind Energy program learn about electrical systems, mechanical and hydraulic theory, installation and troubleshooting skills. They also learn wind turbine anatomy and systems work together to produce electrical energy. Students have regular access to the on-campus wind energy lab, can climb an operational wind turbine, and visit a blade manufacturing plant among other field trips.

Graduates typically work for energy companies and wind turbine maintenance companies in the west or Midwest regions of the country.