Trades and Technology

Highlands College

Trades and Technical

Overview

With a variety of choices for students to study, the Trades and Technical department at Montana Tech encompasses many hands on career options. Students of this department get the advantage of the integration of technology, communications, problem solving and technical skills. Skills learned here are sure to provide occupational growth and lifelong learning.

Associate of Applied Science

Metals Fabrication Technology, A.A.S.

Completion of the metals’ fabrication program prepares you to work in an environment constructing major projects such as utility trailers, pipelines, manufacturing, industrial construction and repairing heavy equipment. You are taught to produce these projects by drawing and following various blueprints, diagrams and specifications. Products progress from the conceptual stage to completion by using arc, gas, MIG, TIG, and plasma welding combined with lathe and milling machine applications.

Construction Technology - Carpentry, A.A.S.

The program’s coursework will provide you with a mix of technical education, general studies, theory and hands-on learning experiences. You will gain the knowledge and ability to draft; read and interpret building codes; estimate the amount of material and time required to construct a building with the use of handbooks, spreadsheets and prevailing wage tables. Students will learn how to layout a building on a site and “attach” the building to the site with concrete footings and foundation walls. Students will progress through all aspects of building.

Civil Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Graduates of this program are prepared to assist professional engineers in a wide variety of projects from transportation, to sewer and water supply, to material testing. The program has a strong math and science foundation reinforced with communications, computers, and area-focused electives. Hands-on training provides you with significant real-world experience while enrolled in the program. This program is an excellent way for anyone interested in the engineering field to receive concentrated training in two years and be ready to enter the work-force.

Certificate of Applied Science

Automotive Technology, C.A.S.

Modern engineering technology and manufacturing have transformed the automobile from a relatively elementary system to a complex mechanical and electronic marvel. This program requires a sound educational background for the technician who must diagnose malfunctions, operate test equipment and correct problems throughout the entire automotive system.

Precision Machining Technology, C.A.S.

Machining technology teaches you both the science and art of machining. This full two-year program is the most complete training you can have so that you may enter the field at the highest level possible. You’ll have opportunities to operate a variety of machine tools and computer numerical control (CNC) machines, read and analyze engineering drawings, and use precision measuring and inspection instruments.

Welding Technology, C.A.S.

In the two-year program you will be introduced to and provided experience in welding fabrication, pipe and structural welding, and aluminum welding. The hands-on welding technology program teaches students how to work in a variety of environments like manufacturing, industrial construction, aerospace, and constructing pipelines. In addition, students will have the ability to test for AWS and API qualification and certification exams after completion of their first and second years of the program.

Pre-Apprentice Line Program, C.A.S.

This one-semester certificate program prepares students to be successful in applying for groundsmen and apprentice positions within the line trade. It was developed in response to a nation-wide shortage of skilled line workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be 23,300 openings for line workers nationally, each year, for the next decade.

Construction Technology - Carpentry, C.A.S.

The program’s coursework will provide you with a mix of technical education, general studies, theory and hands-on learning experiences. You will gain the knowledge and ability to draft; read and interpret building codes; estimate the amount of material and time required to construct a building with the use of handbooks, spreadsheets and prevailing wage tables. Students will learn how to layout a building on a site and “attach” the building to the site with concrete footings and foundation walls. Students will progress through all aspects of building.