Trades and Technology

Advanced manufacturing capabilities and new technologies have transformed the skilled trades. Trades and technology workers apply hands-on work and specialty knowledge to create and operate complex machinery, as well as build and maintain infrastructure that is critical to our modern world.


Skilled Trades


Learn to use computer numerical control (CNC), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Careers in CNC/CAD/CAM

  • AutoCAD Technician
  • CAD / CAM Operator
  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Service Technician
  • CNC Setup Technician
  • Drafting Technician/Draftsperson
  • Machine Maintenance Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Specialist

HRAC and Building Systems

Specialize in heating, refrigeration and air conditioning (HRAC) as well as other utility systems.

Careers in HRAC and Building Systems

  • Building Systems Engineering Technician
  • Energy Auditor
  • Energy Systems Operator
  • Facility Operator
  • Heating and Cooling Systems Installer
  • Heating and Cooling Systems Service Technician
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Waterworks Worker


Work hand-in-hand with engineers constructing or modifying parts, tools or pieces of equipment.

Careers in Machinist

  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Setup Technician
  • Drafting Technician/Draftsperson
  • Machine Maintenance Specialist
  • Machinist
  • Precision Machinist
  • Quality Assurance Specialist


Develop the skills to work with a variety of mechanical equipment and to perform a number of services in construction and industrial settings.

Careers in Millwright

  • Construction Millwright
  • Electrical and Millwright Maintenance Manager
  • Hoisting Engineer
  • Industrial Mechanic Millwright
  • Industrial Millwright
  • Machine Builder
  • Overhead Crane Operator
  • Packaging Millwright

Mining and Blasting

Learn about mining techniques, geology and earth resources to prepare for a career in the mining industry.

Careers in Mining and Blasting

  • Blasting Assistant
  • Construction Blaster
  • Construction Drilling Technician
  • Environmental Drilling Technician
  • Geotechnical Drilling Technician
  • Horizontal Directional Drilling Technician
  • Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling Technician
  • Open Pit Blaster
  • Resource Drilling and Blasting Technician
  • Surface Blaster

Tool and Die Making

Develop a wide range of technical knowledge and skills in the field of precision machining.

Careers in Tool and Die Making

  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Machine Maintenance Specialist
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Metal Form (Die) Maker
  • Mould Maker
  • Precision Tool Maker
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Tool Designer