The Construction Technologies programs prepare students for successful careers in multiple construction-related industries. Through industry-relevant curriculum and effective, student-centered scheduling, the programs provide training for entry-level employment and career advancement in fields related to construction management; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; and renewable energy.
An architect is a licensed professional who organizes space. Architects design houses, office buildings, skyscrapers, landscapes, and even entire cities. Architects are trained in many areas, from historic preservation to structural engineering.
Students who complete TMCC's architecture and landscape architecture associate of arts degree programs are eligible to apply to a baccalaureate degree program, including the bachelor's degree program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Transferring students from TMCC would have junior standing at UNLV.
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For experienced building trade employees, the construction management program provides an outstanding career upgrade path. Construction managers plan, direct and coordinate a wide variety of projects including residential and commercial structures, roads and bridges, and industrial plants. Senior managers oversee entire projects, while mid-level managers coordinate individual parts of a larger project. Construction managers are involved in a project from its initial design through its completion and play an important role in the selection and oversight of specialty trade subcontractors. This two-year program prepares you for important management duties such as construction estimating, site supervision, project coordination and contract documents.
With the HVAC emphasis in the Construction Technologies AAS degree, students learn to design and install sophisticated heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. The certificate of achievement in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration trains technicians to install and maintain complex heating, cooling and refrigeration systems in structures of all sizes and functions, from homes to casino resort hotels. The HVAC/R program combines classroom instruction with hands-on practice and provides industry upgrade training on an on-going basis.
Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are driving significant economic growth in the United States. In recent years, these industries generated 8.5 million new jobs nationally.
Nevada is rapidly becoming a leader in the clean energy industry. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, Nevada ranks first in solar resources. The state is also the largest producer of geothermal energy per capita in the nation. Government incentives are also making renewable energy alternatives attractive for commercial and residential buildings. Growth of this exciting new industry, however, depends on the availability of skilled technicians.
Beginning in January 2009, TMCC will offer a new construction technologies associate of applied science degree with an emphasis on renewable energy. It will provide the classroom and hands-on training necessary for renewable energy professionals. Additional non-credit workshops and seminars also will be offered periodically to help working adults upgrade their skills and respond to industry needs.
Check out the performance of the 11kW solar energy system at the TMCC Applied Technologies Center.