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Skilled Trades & Technical Sciences

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Skilled Trades and Technical Sciences programs provide students the opportunity to explore Automotive Technology, Auto Body Collision and Repair, Construction Technology, Diesel Technology, and Welding. In Skilled Trades and Technical Sciences programs, students learn about the following topics.

Automotive Technology

  • Automotive Systems: Understanding the various systems in a vehicle, including engine, transmission, suspension, and braking.
  • Diagnosis and Repair: Learning diagnostic procedures and repair techniques for common automotive issues.
  • Automotive Electronics: Understanding and working with the electronic systems in modern vehicles.
  • Preventive Maintenance: Learning routine maintenance tasks to keep vehicles in good condition.
  • Shop Safety: Emphasizing safety practices in an automotive repair shop.

Auto Body Collision and Repair

  • Auto Body Repair Techniques: Learning to repair and restore vehicle bodies damaged in collisions.
  • Painting and Finishing: Understanding techniques for painting and finishing repaired surfaces.
  • Frame Alignment: Learning to align and straighten the frame of a damaged vehicle.
  • Estimating and Cost Analysis: Understanding how to assess the extent of damage and estimate repair costs.
  • Shop Safety: Emphasizing safety practices in an automotive repair shop.

Construction Technology

  • Blueprint Reading: Interpreting construction drawings and blueprints.
  • Building Materials and Methods: Understanding various construction materials and methods of construction.
  • Carpentry and Framing: Learning basic carpentry skills and framing techniques.
  • Basic Electrical and Plumbing Skills: Introduction to electrical and plumbing work in construction.
  • Construction Safety: Emphasizing safety practices on construction sites.

Diesel Technology

  • Diesel Engine Systems: Understanding the components and systems of diesel engines.
  • Diagnosis and Repair of Diesel Engines: Learning to diagnose and repair common issues in diesel engines.
  • Hydraulics: Understanding hydraulic systems in diesel-powered equipment.
  • Preventive Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on diesel engines and equipment.
  • Shop Safety: Emphasizing safety practices in a diesel technology workshop.


  • Welding Techniques: Learning various welding processes, including MIG, TIG, and stick welding.
  • Metal Fabrication: Understanding the basics of cutting, shaping, and joining metal.
  • Blueprint Reading for Welding: Interpreting blueprints and specifications for welding projects.
  • Welding Inspection: Understanding quality control and inspection processes in welding.
  • Welding Safety: Emphasizing safety practices in a welding environment.

Learn how these programs support the development of the construction,  manufacturing,  and transportation workforces at the state and national level.