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.
Modules are short, topical courses—generally between 5 and 25 clock hours in length. Modules are taken in successive order. Competency-based means students must achieve the minimum score (80, 90, or 100%) to pass the module. Students must pass each successive module before starting the next.
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.
Industrial Trades programs are open Monday through Thursday. Spring and Fall hours are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Summer hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 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. Minimum credit requirements for certificates vary by program. A certificate is required for completion of an associate in applied science in Industrial Trades.
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.