Skilled Trades Pathway


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Skilled Trades is a pathway for students interested in a combination of physical work and academic excellence.  Degrees in this area focus on providing opportunities to build practical skills in the construction field, sustainable building, automotive, welding, or environmental technologies involving wind and sun energies.  


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Will provide students with the skills to pursue a career in the construction trades or in construction management. The student will be instructed through mastery learning components and field study workshops arranged with local contractors.

Possible Careers:

Construction Managers:  AZ $85,890 | US $93,370
Construction and Building Inspectors:   AZ $55,010 | $US 59,700
Civil Engineers: AZ $79,410 | US $86,640

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Environmental Technology

Alternative Energy Technician will provide students with the skills to pursue a career in the Alternative Energy field. The student will be instructed through mastery learning components and field study workshops arranged with local contractors.


Possible Careers:

Environmental Technician:  AZ $45,640 | US $50,560
Wind Energy Project Managers:  AZ $98,540  | US $107,480
Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians: US $49,830

Degree / Certificate:

Environmental Technology (AAS)
Environmental Technology (CERT) (including Solar Technology applications)

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The Automotive Technology Certificate program is designed to help aspiring technicians prepare for a productive career in the automotive industry. Students will learn shop safety awareness and develop the basic technical foundation and skills to repair, service and maintain automobiles for an entry-level automotive service technician and prepare for the ASE – G1 Auto Maintenance and Light Repair certification.


Possible Careers:

Automotive Service Technicians and Maintenance: US $42,010

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The HVACr (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) Certificate provides students with a technical foundation required of an entry-level technician in the growing HVACr Industry. Students will learn the concepts and principles of refrigeration, electrical and mechanical systems through classroom instruction and state of the art technical training systems.


Possible Careers:

HVAC Mechanics and Installers: US $46,440

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Sustainable Green Building

The Associate of Applied Science in Sustainable Green building is designed to educate students comprehensively on the many subjects related to Green Building Categories and related Environmental and occupant issues, Energy Efficiencies and Sustainable Building design considerations.


Possible Careers:

Civil Engineers:  AZ $79,410 | US $86,640
Urban and Regional Planners:   AZ $68,720 | US $73,050
Architects:  AZ $88,590 | US $79,380

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Transfer Degrees

Intended for students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program. These degrees provide a foundation of general education, along with courses chosen to help fulfill lower-division baccalaureate requirements. Students should work with a transfer advisor to ensure all course requirements are met before transferring.

Possible Transfer Degrees:

Construction Technology Management
Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Engineering)
Project Management


AA degrees and certificates emphasize in humanities/social sciences, including a foreign language. 
AS degrees and certificates emphasize in math/science.
AAS degrees and certificates are intended prepare students for employment

Arizona median salaries are obtained from the Arizona Career Information System (AZCIS). Navigate to the career choice by OCCUPATIONS (Hover)/Career Clusters/Titles Index/Desired Career. National median salaries are obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


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Skilled Trades Faculty

Jonathon Begay

Construction Management
P: 928-526-7609

Office:  Fourth Street - B7
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Ken Myers

Construction Technology Management
P: 928-526-7696

Office:  Fourth Street - B7
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