Auto, Diesel, and Wind Energy programs.  

Preparing you with the skills to succeed.

The programs in the Transportation & Energy department emulate the work environment and have high expectations for their students. Employers are looking for excellent work ethic, professionalism, and critical thinking. These soft skills are listed as the number one skill that new employees lack. We expect the same from our students.

The NJC auto and diesel programs follow NATEF standards and are taught by ASE Certified instructors. Students are trained to be employed in entry level positions—and the demand for these new technicians is huge. You’ll step into this program and immediately begin learning about engine maintenance and repair, brakes, hydraulics, electrical diagnostics, preventive maintenance, steering and suspension. What’s best of all is that you’ll get to do live work. The repair shops are well equipped with tools and is constantly being updated to make sure students have what they need in order to learn.

Welding students learn the four main welding processes and supporting skills that they need to enter the manufacturing field after completing their first year. Students that continue into the second year to finish their A.A.S. degree will concentrate on pipe welding and advanced skills that will allow them to enter the industry at a higher level.

Wind Technicians are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the next 10 years. The NJC Wind Technology program sits at the heart of Colorado’s highest concentrations of wind sites. Students learn the safety, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair skills that are required to work on utility scale wind turbines. Graduates of the wind technology program at NJC find that their skillset transfers into many different industries such as industrial automation and advanced manufacturing.

New students start in the fall semester and follow a guided path to graduation. Most technical classes will only be offered once a year so dropping or failing a technical course will likely take an additional 6 to 12 months before graduation. Students that start in the spring semester will be encouraged to take their general education courses, but this will more than likely not reduce the time required to finish the A.A.S. degree. Please contact an advisor for more information.

Programs of Study

Degree Emphasis
What are my options?
Example Classes
(contact advisor for official guides)
Who will my advisor be?
Automotive Technology Example Course List  Layton Peterman 
Diesel Technology Example Course List  Jimmy Atencio
Auto/Diesel Master Tech Example Course List  Peterman/Atencio 
Wind Energy Technology Example Course List Jason Hazlett
Industrial Technology Example Course List  Jason Hazlett 
Welding Technology Example Course List Jason Hill

Degree Descriptions

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares a student for a career and to go directly into the workforce after graduation. The coursework is designed around the needs of the technician in the field and program requirements are updated by an advisory board from industry. General education requirements are tailored around what the student will need in their career. The technical coursework in most A.A.S. programs are usually not transferable to 4 year institutions with a few exceptions. See an advisor for more information.

Certificate Programs
Certificates that are related to the programs in the Transportation & Energy department are designed to give a student specific skills as they progress through the A.A.S. degree path. General education classes may be required for some of these certificates. See an advisor for more information.