School of Trades and Technology

Would you like a career that fits your special skills and interests? Or maybe you want to explore a career that you've never considered before. The Trades and Technology school at San Juan College offers exciting hands-on career options, integrating technology, communications, problem solving and technical skills in real-world facilities. Get started today!

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Do you like to work on cars and make them look new again? Learn how to remove dents, straighten frames, weld, and paint vehicles in our modern spray booth. At San Juan College, you can earn an AAS in two-years or a certificate in just three-semesters.
The GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) at San Juan College is a college training program that offers a career opportunity as a General Motors service technician. This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology while it provides you with the technical competency at a professional level.
The only cars that don't need the services of someone skilled in automotive technology are in the soapbox derby. An automotive technology associate's degree can not only prepare you as an automotive service technician or mechanic, but it can also start you on the road toward becoming an auto shop supervisor or even owner of your own repair facility.
Learn the latest technologies in fuel systems (carburetion, fuel injection), driveability, electrical systems, heating/air conditioning, transmissions, brakes (including anti-lock systems), and alignment and suspension in our state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot shop. And check out our industry-specific programs for Toyota, Chrysler, and General Motors
Imagine having the satisfaction of building a home that will last for generations. Standing back and being able to say "I built that" is a great accomplishment. If you enjoy working with your hands and take pride in your work, a building trades career could be what you are looking for!
Enroll in one of our Building Trades programs to learn blueprint reading, drafting, estimating, foundations, framing (floor, wall and roof), exterior finish, interior finish, roofing and insulation, and painting. You'll work in one of our well-equipped carpentry shops as well as on a home construction job site.
The College Automotive Program (CAP) is part of a nationwide effort by Chrysler to produce the industry's best automotive technicians. San Juan College, is an ASE/NATEF certified institution in partnership with Chrysler.Classes will begin on odd numbered years during the fall semester.
Are you interested in a career in the beauty industry? Do your friends always ask your advice about hairstyles and fashion? Do you like helping people look their best? Cosmetology may be a perfect fit for you! It's an exciting career that is in high demand.
At San Juan College you can take the complete Cosmetology program or focus on a Barber, Esthetician, or Manicure/Pedicure certificate. We prepare you to successfully pass your state exam and earn your licensure. From there on, the skies the limit!
Do you know your way around an engine? Are you comfortable using hand-tools? Then you might want to become a professional diesel mechanic. You'll be responsible for fixing and maintaining diesel engines and related components, and you'll have the opportunity to work on a wide range of machinery, from cars, trucks, and boats to construction and mining equipment.
The program here at San Juan College covers diesel power trains, hydraulic systems, braking systems, chassis systems, electrical/electronic systems, and air conditioning. And you'll be trained on computer-based diagnostic systems from Caterpillar, Cummins, and Detroit.
This is a rewarding career field with a variety of employment opportunities!
If you're mechanically minded, able to visualize how things should work, and are comfortable with computers, you might be interested in a Drafting and Design Technology career.
Enroll in one of San Juan College's drafting programs. Become a Civil Drafter to prepare drawings and topographical and relief maps used in major construction or civil engineering projects. Or become a Mechanical Drafter who prepares drawings showing the detail and method of assembly of a wide variety of machinery and mechanical devices
Are you physically and emotionally fit? Compassionate and patient? Are you able to handle potentially frightening and dangerous situations when dealing with injured or mentally unstable individuals? The emergency medical technician (EMT) is the first to respond to a scene, such as a car accident, crime scene, heart attack, stroke or natural disaster, where people require immediate medical attention. As an EMT, your job is to assess, stabilize and provide ongoing care to the patient while transporting him or her to a hospital via ambulance or sometimes even helicopter.
San Juan College offers various levels of certification. Check them out to see which one is best for you!
If you're courageous, responsible, service oriented and physically fit, you might find your interest piqued by a career in Fire Science. This is a highly competitive field, so earning your AAS in Fire Science or a Fire Fighting Certificate can help advance you in your career. These programs are for students who are already employed by a local fire and rescue service organization. If you're still waiting for your employment opportunity, go ahead and get started with some of our lower level courses, or join our Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program. And consider becoming a volunteer fire fighter to get your foot in the door.
Are you concerned about the earth? The environment? People and societies? Geographers study all sorts of issues that affect people and the environment. They use their knowledge of physical science, social science, and humanities to help solve many of the problems we face like climate change, natural disasters, poverty and cultural differences. A degree in geography can take you places you might not expect. Career paths include: GIS specialist, urban planning, environmental monitoring, map making, conservation, recreation, and housing and social welfare. It's a major that teaches students a wide-range of skills that are useful for a variety of careers.
Get started at San Juan College with courses in Geography!
Do you have good critical thinking and problem solving skills? Are you computer proficient? Our Instrumentation and Controls Technology program prepares you to be an Instrumentation Technician, Industrial Electrician, Automation Technician, or Instrument & Electrical Technician - no previous electronics experience necessary!
These types of jobs are actually pretty complex and involve installing, maintaining and troubleshooting automatically controlled processes. In the San Juan Basin, instrumentation and controls technicians are in demand to work in jobs ranging from automation technician in the oilfield, refineries to controls technician at the local power plants, and processing plants.
Do you like to working with your hands? What about high-tech computers and machinery? With a degree in Machine Shop Technology, you can become a junior machinist, tool and die maker, moldmaker and maintenance machinist, or a machine operator, quality control analyst, machine tool salesman, or industrial repairman.
At San Juan College, you'll get hands-on experience with traditional and state-of-the-art machinery plus we offer gunsmithing classes.
The Toyota Technican Education Network Program (TTEN) at San Juan College is a college training program that offers a career opportunity as a Toyota Motors service technician. This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology while it provides you with the technical competency at a professional level.
Do you care about animals? Do you enjoy working with your hands? Are you good at decision making? Do you like working with people? Do you enjoy handling a variety of responsibilities?
The credentialed veterinary technician is an integral member of the veterinary healthcare team who has been educated in providing specialized animal nursing care, surgical assistance, and assisting in diagnostic procedures. While the majority of veterinary technicians are employed in private practice, the demand for credentialed veterinary technicians is rapidly expanding to exciting new career opportunities in health related fields.
As a welder, you can work in any number of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. At San Juan College you'll learn how to weld and fabricate steel, along with blueprint reading, metallurgy drafting, and applied mathematics. Our facilities include new, spacious shops and state-of-the-art equipment in TIG, ARC, MIG, pipe beveling and metal fabrication.

For more information, please call Dean, Bill Lewis at (505) 566-3339.