Northwest State Community College

The Engineering Technologies Division at Northwest State Community College is comprised on two distinctly different program areas: The Engineering Technology programs, and the Skilled Trades (Related Trades) programs. The Engineering Technology programs (Mechanical Engineering Technologies or Plastics Engineering Technologies) are traditionally more theory based with practical hands on, and the courses usually has excellent transferability. The Skilled Trades programs (Industrial Electricity or Maintenance Mechanic) are traditionally more hands on based type of programs with job specific skill taught in both the classroom and the lab. These programs will also transfer to a baccalaureate at some universities.

NSCC is proud of its state of the technical labs. The instructors in the Engineering Technologies and Skilled Trades programs are industry practitioners who have a good background in their area of expertise. Most of the instructors that teach in the programs also do a considerable amount of consulting and industrial training for companies all over the United States. This is a tremendous plus for our students. They are taught from a real world perspective.

Entering students can concentrate on an Associate Degree, or on two types of certificate programs. A “Certificate of Completion” is a few classes that is focused on a specific skill set, or a “One Year Certificate”, which is primarily the technical courses from a degree program, or an Associate Degree, which is a 2 year degree program. Any of the three credentials will build the students’ skills to prepare them to work in a specific technical field.

Northwest State also has accelerated programs (16 week) in the areas of Industrial Maintenance and CNC/CAM Technology. These programs are utilized by displaced workers, incumbent workers from industry, and students who wish to obtain a certificate within a short time frame to enhance their employment opportunities.

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Career information from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05 Edition and member schools.