Industrial Trades

The Industrial Trades program design offers an innovative, non-traditional style of training which incorporates competency-based modules, individualized instruction, and self-paced learning. Modules are credit-based and may lead to a certificate or an associate in applied science. Students may also be granted prior experiential learning.

Competency-based Modules

Modules are short, topical courses—generally between 5 and 25 clock hours in length. In some programs, modules must be taken in successive order, where students must pass each successive module before starting the next. Competency-based means students must achieve the minimum score (80, 90, or 100%) to pass the module.

Individualized Instruction

Industrial Trades instruction is instructor facilitated instead of instructor led. Each module contains a list of learning activities which may include reading technical manuals or text books, watching videos, completing online curricula, viewing presentations, completing written exercises, completing hands-on lab activities, and completing written or lab-based assessments. Instructors provide one-on-one instruction to individual students as they work through these learning activities.

Self-paced Learning

The Industrial Trades department is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with each of the program labs open late two nights per week. Students may attend at any time during these hours. Students work through modules and learning activities at their own pace. Students may register for modules at any time during the semester and may take up to one year to complete those modules.


All Industrial Trades modules are credit-based, which means students earn college credit for each module successfully completed. For every 24 hours of instruction, students earn one college credit hour. The credit hours and contact hours for each module are listed on the program outlines/cost sheets. Minimum credit requirements for certificates vary by program. A certificate is required for completion of an associate in applied science in Industrial Trades.

Prior Experience

Students may be granted credit for prior learning or work experience. Many Industrial Trades students have extensive knowledge and skills, which may be equivalent to the knowledge and skills taught at the RMTC. In these cases students may apply for prior experiential credit. Students should discuss all prior learning and experience with the RMTC program instructor prior to enrollment.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the following certificate programs, and other important information, please review the appropriate Gainful Employment Disclosure:

The Gainful Employment Disclosure complies with the Department of Education requirement for disclosure of information about career preparation programs that result in an award at the certificate level. The intention of this information is to help students make informed career and educational choices that may lead to gainful employment. The data provided is based on enrollment from the last award year.