Skilled Trades, A.A.S.

The Skilled Trades Program is designed to serve individuals who already have an established background in a skilled trade such as automotive, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, carpentry and welding and who desire to advance their career, through continued education, into a supervisory or management role. The program provides for up to 30 credits to be awarded toward the Associate in Applied Science Degree for a trade or technical certificate completed at the college, and may include equivalent work or training experiences assessed as Credit Prior Learning.  The curriculum includes general education and information technology cores that will develop skills in communication, computer applications and applied science while strengthening problem solving and critical thinking skills essential to career advancement.

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Program Options

Upon successful completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Build on acquired skills and competencies to develop a career ladder that will provide professional advancement in an applicable industry.
  • Apply communication and problem solving skills in situations of increasing responsibility.
  • Apply relevant scientific principles and mathematical operations to workplace situations in skilled trade occupations.
  • Identify general concepts and specific applications in one or more management functions relevant to a skilled trade such as automotive, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, carpentry and welding.


First Semester (15-17 credits)

ENG 100 - Composition I3
CHE 105 - Technical Chemistry3
TCC 111 - Technical Communication3
MAT Elective (3-5 credits)
Skilled Trades Elective (3 credits)

Second Semester (15-17 credits)

ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
MAT Elective (3-5 credits)
Social Science Elective (3 credits)
Humanities Elective (3 credits)
Skilled Trades Elective (3 credits)

Third Semester (15 credits)

DPR 100 - Introduction to Information Technology3
TCS 141 - Construction First Aid/Safety3
Skilled Trades Electives (3) 9 credits

Fourth Semester (15 credits)

Skilled Trades Elective (5) 15 credits

Skilled Trades Electives:
Select any 30 credits of courses from AUT, CPT, ELT, HVA, PLB, TCC or WLD.
(Recommended: Established an "Area of Concentration" by following prescribed Skilled Trades Certificate programs)



Skilled Trades, AAS-09/2014 to Present