A guide to SFCC’s technical programs

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StateFair_technical_programsA guide to Get your hands on a great career … for less time and money! 

The days when high school graduates could shed their caps and gowns one day and find stable, good paying jobs the next are long gone. Today, college has become necessary for many jobs, especially in manufacturing.

2-3-Automotive Technology-32The good news? There are great careers waiting for students who prefer technical and trade careers. With as few as 16 to 32 weeks invested in education and hands-on skill building, you can be ready to enter the workforce. What’s more, you can continue your education, which leads to even more opportunities and earning power.

SFCC offers seven affordable technical and trade programs that can be completed as Skills Certificates* (SC) or Professional Certificates* (PC), which also are designed to be ladders to Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. You can get into the workforce quickly while continuing to build your knowledge and skills. SFCC prepares you to take industry-specific certification exams that boost career advancement.

Check out these great options. All programs are offered on the Sedalia campus unless otherwise noted.


Automotive Technology

Because engine design and computerized systems are evolving, skilled technicians are in demand. Types of jobs include service technicians, design, engineering, power train, manufacturing, sales, parts, quality control, and operations management.

SFCC’s Automotive Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, which means graduates are more marketable.

Certificate/Degree Credit hours
SC Advanced Driveability 20
SC Automotive Transmission, Drivelines and Axles 16
SC Automotive Chassis 16
SC Automotive Electrical/Electronics and Heating/
Air Conditioning
PC Automotive Technology 52
AAS Automotive Technology 69


Computer Aided Drafting

Like using your mind and technology to create designs? SFCC’s high-tech CAD program uses the latest in hardware and software technology, and the curriculum is infused with science, technology, engineering, and mathematic principles that are a gateway to architectural and mechanical engineering careers. Some CAD classes also are offered at the Lake of the Ozarks campus.

SFCC CAD graduates have found employment at such companies as Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Kiewit, Wallace Architects, and many others.

Certificate/Degree Credit hours
SC Architectural Drafting 16
SC Mechanical Drafting 16
PC Computer Aided Drafting 31
AAS Computer Aided Drafting 64


Construction Technology

2-3-Construction-38The construction industry makes up one of America’s largest economic sectors generating 20 percent of the gross domestic product. This challenging and rewarding career could be for you!

SFCC’s Construction Technology program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. It also is offered at the Lake of the Ozarks campus.

Industrial Technology

Two words—consistent employment. Today’s industries require that maintenance technicians understand complex manufacturing automation and control systems. Through hands-on learning activities, students gain knowledge and skills to maintain and repair various machines and processes with an emphasis in electro-mechanical and Programmable Logic Controllers troubleshooting and programming. Employers offer excellent, high-paying jobs to technically skilled employees responsible for maintaining production equipment. This program also is offered at the Eldon campus.

Certificate/Degree Credit hours
SC Electro-Mechanical Technology 18
PC Total Productive Maintenance Technician 30
AAS Industrial Technology with emphasis in Electrical Maintenance 66


Machine Tool Technology

2-3-Pipe Welding-41 (2)Metal-working related careers such as production, maintenance, machining, fabrication, welding, and others provide steady employment and good wages. SFCC offers broad-based training that provides an excellent foundation for a wide variety of occupations.

Training covers a wide variety of machine tools and parts used in manufacturing. The program prepares you for machining-related occupations, such as manual or computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine operators and programmers, set-up technicians, general machinists, and tool and die makers. Equipment in the machine lab, which includes state-of-the-art CNC machines, is interfaced with the computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-integrated machining (CAM) lab to give you experience in computer-aided manufacturing.

Certificate/Degree Credit hours
SC Machinist Level I 16
SC Machinist Level II 16
PC Machine Tool Technology 33
AAS Metals Technology with emphasis in Machine Tool Technology 66


Renewable Energy Technology

Renewable energy is the wave of the future, and SFCC can help you ride that wave into three areas: biomass, solar and wind. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the fastest-growing segment of the electric power industry is renewable energy. SFCC’s programs are designed to provide you the advanced education and technical skills needed for this exciting career.

SFCC’s Energy Innovation Center, built through public and private partnerships, converts methane gas from a landfill into electricity and includes space for energy development. Biomass students learn how to effectively manage reciprocating internal combustion engines that burn methane gas and to control the plant and other monitoring systems. A campus wind turbine provides hands-on wind electric training, and a solar system provides training in solar electricity.

Certificate/Degree Credit hours
SC Solar Electric Installation 15
AAS Renewable Energy-Solar Electric 66
AAS Renewable Energy-Biomass Energy 68
AAS Renewable Energy-Wind Electric 71


Welding Technology

Job growth and wages for welders are especially high. SFCC’s broad-based training provides an excellent foundation for a wide variety of metal technology occupations and certification opportunities.

Certificate/Degree Credit hours
SC Structural Welding 17
SC Pipe Welding 25
PC Welding Technology (accelerated option available) 31
AAS Metals Technology with emphasis in Welding Technology 66


Faculty profile

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Tammy Hamilton

Tammy Hamilton, Industrial Technology, Emphasis in Electrical Maintenance program coordinator.

Why did you choose a technical career?
I’ve always been intrigued with how things worked. As a child I used to disassemble things to understand how they worked and to learn how to repair them.

In what types of industries have you worked?
I worked in the automotive industry for eight years and in the high-speed food processing industry for five years. For a total of 19 years I worked in durable goods and heating and cooling manufacturing.

Why did you decide to teach?
I have always enjoyed training others. Watching the people I trained grow in their positions and skill sets gave me an extreme feeling of accomplishment.

How are teaching and working in industry similar and different?
As far as similarities, training workers and teaching students involve the same types of hands-on activities. The results are also similar: seeing employees and students gain knowledge and skill sets that help them meet new challenges. The difference is that teaching is more personally rewarding.

Anything else you’d like people to know about you and SFCC’s Industrial Technology program?
During my 13-year career as a plant engineer, I can honestly say I hired SFCC graduates for my maintenance department because of their exceptional skills and preparedness. I was so impressed with SFCC’s program that I felt privileged to join the teaching staff here. It’s a career change I am very proud I made, and I’m excited about continuing to develop the program to meet both industry and student needs.

We provide a great, accelerated 32-week program to earn a PC in Total Productive Maintenance. Students are well prepared for work, and later they can apply it toward an AAS in Industrial Technology.

Student profiles

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Mitchell Holsten

Mitchell Holsten, 2015 AAS in Automotive Technology
“When I finished high school, all I knew was that I liked working with my hands. I checked out several colleges, but SFCC’s program was more comprehensive. When I got a perfect score on the auto brakes midterm exam, I knew this is what I’m good at. I found a job before graduating, but someday, I want to own my own shop and plan to return to SFCC to take more classes.”

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Levi Burchett

Levi Burchett, 2015 Professional Certificate in Welding
“I chose SFCC because it’s close to home and economical. Some schools I considered didn’t include opportunities to earn certifications such as the American Welding Society Certification, but SFCC did. Carl Mounce, one of my favorite instructors, is good at presenting information and demonstrating welding skills. I plan to keep improving and eventually earn my AAS degree.”

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Nathan Barlow

Nathan Barlow, 2015 AAS in Metals Technology with emphasis in Machine Tool Technology, PC in Welding Technology and SC in Machinist Level I
I had a machining job while in high school and learned I needed formal training and certifications to be successful. I chose SFCC for convenience, and their program objectives and goals were clearer than the technical school I thought about attending. I credit instructors Justin Wright and Allen Strange for my success at SFCC. They willingly worked with me outside of class when I needed extra help.”

*Gainful Employment Disclosure: For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed these programs, and other important information, visit www.sfccmo.edu/disclosures

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