Cerro Coso Community College

Industrial Technology Certificate

Industrial Technology Certificate

The Industrial Technology Certificate of Achievement

  • Prepares students for entry-level employment as industrial technicians
  • Provides a foundation for further study in electronics, engineering technology, or renewable energy
  • Provides instruction on required basic safety

You can use this:

  • To enhance career opportunities in:
    • Electronics
    • Engineering Technology
    • Renewable Energy
  • To communicate general and technical information effectively in an industrial setting using technical drawings and sketches, oral and written skills, and basic computer skills.
  • To apply mathematical concepts in real world industrial/technical situations.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of basic electrical concepts.
  • To produce practical and theoretical knowledge of tools and equipment, basic machining principles, and basic welding skills.
  • To apply practical and theoretical knowledge of basic welding skills.

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Complete all of the following courses:

Advisory: ENGL C040.

This course is designed for those with little or no computer experience. Learners practice file management, email, instant messaging, Internet browsing and searching. This course includes a brief introduction to industry standard word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation application programs. Computer terminology and identification of fundamental hardware and software applications is introduced. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C040.

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in reading and interpreting technical drawings used in an industrial environment. Principles of technical drawing are introduced along with standard symbols and abbreviations found in industrial drawings, schematics, and diagrams. Students produce technical sketches without the use of instruments. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C040. Advisory: LIBR C100.

In this course which prepares students to take universitylevel classes, students analyze and respond to college-level readings, compose expository and argumentative essays for a variety of rhetorical situations, incorporate outside sources into their writing using proper documentation techniques, and revise for coherence,y, and development. Students write four to five textbased expository essays (total: 3,500 words). 72 hours lecture.

This course introduces the practical mathematical skills needed in a wide variety of trade and technical areas. Basic use of scientific calculators to aid in solving real-world problems is included as well as how to use measuring instruments such as calipers, micrometers, and meters. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: INDE C060.

This course introduces students to the basics of direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) electricity. Students gain a broad understanding of the physics of current flow, circuitry, isolation and grounding, and what causes arcing as circuit parameters change. Students gain hands-on experience in the application of these concepts and apply safe practices to wire circuits and to troubleshoot faults. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course prepares students to identify and properly use a variety of tools and equipment in an industrial environment. Emphasis is placed on safety and the use of the correct tool for a specific task. Students are given hands-on experience with many of the tools and equipment during practical lab exercises and demonstrations. 18 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C040.

This course provides a basic introduction to Machine Shop theory and practice, including setup and operation of the lathe, drill press, horizontal and vertical milling machines, metal band saw, and pedestal grinder. The various uses of hand tools and precision measuring tools, layout techniques, and tool sharpening are studied in practical shop applications. $40 Material Fee. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

In this course students gain practical experience in welding, brazing, soldering, and cutting of steel using oxyacetylene. Topics include safety, metals and their physical properties, setup and use of oxyacetylene equipment, and welding and cutting techniques. $40 Material Fee. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: WELD C101

In this course students gain practical experience in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Metal Inert Gas (MIG) as well as learn safety, welding and identification of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, shielding gasses, bare and flux cored electrodes, and proper selection of welding materials for different applications. $40 Material Fee. 18 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.


All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: Ridgecrest / IWV

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

This certificate requires 25.0 units and will likely take 2 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

25.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $1,150 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,500* for books and supplies

Total cost $2,650 for 2 semesters


25.0 units

at $258 per unit

Equals $6,450 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,500* for books and supplies

Total cost $7,950 for 2 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.

For general questions, contact:

David Villicana
Industrial Arts
Phone: (760) 384-6273
Email: david.villicana1@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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