Department Chairperson: Jmichael Crank
Automotive Technology, Certificate or Associate of Applied Science
The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare individuals for jobs in maintenance and mechanical repair of cars and light trucks. The occupational competencies are aligned with National Automotive Technical Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards. Post-secondary automotive technology programs are expected to teach eight competency areas: 1)proper tool care and safe work environment, 2) preparing service work orders, 3)repairing electrical/electronic systems, 4)repairing steering and suspension systems, 5)engine performance diagnostics and repair, 6)brake systems, 7)manual drive train and axles, and 8)heating and air-conditioning systems. Students must demonstrate satisfactory competence in each of the eight areas of focus in order to receive their Automotive Technology Certificate. A mechanical aptitude test will be administered to students before admission into the program.
The Carpentry program provides students with job-ready skills for entrance into the residential construction industry. Classes meet each day in indoor or outdoor labs specifically designed for residential construction projects. During the first semester, safety rules, wood identification, technical terminology, proper use of tools, carpentry mathematics, blueprint reading, and residential framing fundamentals are taught. The second semester covers exterior finish, interior finish, drywall, stair building, carpentry mathematics, blueprint reading, and some cabinet making. Each semester students will be required to use skills and techniques learned in the classroom in field projects related to residential construction. These projects will vary each semester based on availability.
Professional Baking (formally Commercial Baking), Associate of Applied Science
The Professional Baking degree program provides students with advanced baking skills for the higher levels of commercial baking in a professional environment. Instruction focuses on a maximum hands-on experience as well as theory and safety. Students will be involved in all aspects of baking preparation including breads, sweet breads, assorted pastries, cakes and cake decorating. The program also includes advanced techniques such as working with spun sugar, chocolate, and design requirements for individual plates used in more formal setting such as banquets, caterings, and fine dining establishments.
Commercial Driver's License, Certificate
This is an entry-level tractor-trailer driver course. The primary goal of the program is to train the student driver to obtain a Commercial Driver license. Supervised training is used as a reliable way of teaching the special skills required to safely and legally operate various types of tractor -trailer combinations (van trailer, tanker, doubles, and triples). The curriculum incorporates general theories of tractor-trailer operation including proper maintenance, pre-trip inspections, daily log requirements, professional tractor-trailer maneuvers (basic skills) and field trips (driving the rig) throughout the Four Corners area. Graduates are employable as professional over-the-road drivers, drivers for local companies, or establish their own trucking company.
The Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program is a six week program. Two sessions are offered each semester. Class size is limited and students are enrolled on a first come, first served basis. Students must be at least 18 years old and possess a current New Mexico driver’s license and a DUI education certificate (if required), current DOT medical card, birth certificate, copy of NM Dept. MVD record, and proof of New Mexico residence (see page 9 for details) before applying to the commercial driver license program. Students who wish to obtain additional certification for hauling hazardous materials must be 21 years of age. After satisfactory completion of this training program, New Mexico state CDL examinations are given on-site.
Construction Technology, Certificate
The Construction Technology program is designed to prepare students for careers in the construction industry. The occupational competencies are aligned with the National Center for Construction Education and Research standards. Construction technology includes units of instruction in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, construction math, plans, specifications, and building codes, facilities maintenance, computer-aided drafting, and welding technology. In addition to obtaining technical skills, students completing the program will have also developed competence in advanced critical thinking, career development, applied academics, and leadership skills required for construction technology occupations. The program uses a delivery system made up of four integral parts: Formal/technical instruction, experiential learning, supervised occupational experience, and the career technical student organization, Skills USA. For their own safety, students are expected to wear protective clothing and steel-toed shoes when attending classes.
Culinary Arts, Associate of Applied Science
The A.A.S. Culinary Arts degree program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in a number of food service industry settings. Students will obtain training in professional cooking and baking so they will understand the demands of product delivery. Students will also receive management training specific to a variety of demands in the industry such as food and beverage management, human resources management, and planning and management of both large and small scale catering and banquet events. Graduates will have gained a better understanding of their own interpersonal communication skills as they relate to both back-of-the-house and front-of-the-house communication demands.
Electrical Trades, Certificate
The Electrical Trades program enables students to develop marketable skills and gain the knowledge needed to excel at various jobs in the electrical industry such as electrician, apprentice lineman, maintenance electrician, and electrical sales.
The electrical trade’s classes meet each day in indoor or outdoor labs specifically designed for practical work experience within the trade. Safety rules, basic electricity, low voltage systems, ground fault circuit interceptors, correct and safe use of tools and equipment, design and installation of various circuits, use of the National Electrical Codes, and the study and practice of safe, efficient, and well-designed electrical systems for residential, commercial, and industrial facilities are the general topics covered in the program.
Students planning to pursue a Journeyman Electrician Certificate through the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department will gain one year of work experience from their electrical theory and lab experience at NTU. In order to improve their chances for acceptance into apprenticeship programs, students are strongly encouraged to take higher level math courses such as MTH 115 and/or MTH 120.
Energy Systems, Associate of Applied Science
The Energy Systems program teaches students the fundamentals of electricity, magnetism, photovoltaic electrical systems, and wind generation. This program emphasize techniques to harness the earth’s renewable energy sources. Students study energy related applications, design, installation, and renewable energy, they learn residential and commercial wiring, programming controls and electrical motors. Students also learn to apply the National Electrical Code (NEC) for safe and reliable electrical installations. Solar street lighting, photovoltaic electrical systems, wind turbine fabrication and installation, and collection of wind resources will also be covered in addition to stand-alone, grid-tied, and net-metering systems. Students explore science, mathematics, technology, and engineering while they study the transformation of mechanical energy to electrical energy. Moreover, the design and construction of photovoltaic, wind, and solar systems will enable students to supplement existing energy needs at home, the communities, and throughout the Navajo Nation.
Industrial Maintenance + Operations, Certificate
Navajo Technical University offers a certificate in Industrial Maintenance and Operations. An industrial maintenance mechanic is a person trained to repair and maintain commercial or industrial machinery in buildings, plants or factories. This program focuses on vibration analysis, electrical troubleshooting, drive system repair and hydraulic, pneumatic system troubleshooting and repair. They also troubleshoot and repair heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, electrical control systems and complete preventive maintenance of other types of machinery. The program is designed to serve the needs of the community, state, and federal agencies and companies in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Upon completion of the program, the students may decide to work, or if they want to further their education, they can transfer their credits to any college of their choice. Graduates of this program should be able to seek gainful employment in companies such as paper mills, saw mills, and the utilities companies.
Professional Baking, Certificate
The Professional Baking program provides students with the basic skills for the entry levels of commercial baking in a professional environment. Instruction focuses on a maximum hands-on experience as well as theory and safety. Students will be involved in all aspects of baking preparation including breads, sweet breads, assorted pastries, cakes and cake decorating.
Culinary Arts, (formally Professional Cooking), Certificate
The Culinary Arts program provides students with the basic knowledge needed for entry into the professional food industry. Instruction focuses on a maximum hands-on experience, as well as theory and safety. Students will be involved in all aspects of meal preparation for the staff, students, and community.
The Welding Technology Program prepares students for work in the field of Welding Technology. In addition to gaining overall understanding of welding machines, weld processes, and hands-on welding proficiency, students develop skills in the areas of blueprint reading, welding symbols, weld inspection, destructive and non-destructive testing, metallurgy, computer-aided drafting along with precision machine tool operations. Students gain knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them fro welding qualification as well as code specifications.