Vocational careers are an excellent option for people looking for a stable and well-paying job, who are not necessarily interested in a four-year degree.
Vocational studies programs prepare graduates for specific trades, crafts and careers. Students obtain general knowledge and hands-on experience in using related materials, equipment, and procedures. They learn the importance of attitude, teamwork and communications skills in order to work in today's modern, team-oriented industrial environments.
Modern automobiles are complex machines requiring service technicians who are highly skilled and knowledgeable about mechanical, electrical, and electronic systems. The Automotive Technology program provides a strong combination of classroom theory and hands-on practice, with courses based on competencies established by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF). The LCC Automotive Technology program is certified by NATEF, a branch of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Certificate of Proficiency (COP)
The Heavy Equipment Preventative Maintenance program prepares students for careers in any industry that utilizes trucks, excavators, bulldozers, vessels or any other industrial equipment utilizing diesel power, hydraulics or other mechanical power transmission devices. This certificate is a shorter route to entry-level jobs.
Prepare for a job as a machinist, millwright, and tool and die maker, or another occupation related to manufacturing through LCC's Machine Trades program. Graduates may work as advanced apprentice machinists, machine operators, or programmers.
Manufacturing industries are in need of skilled production operators and technicians with up-to-date, 21st century skills. Industries that make products from metal, plastics, wood and other materials, as well as those producing solar panels, biofuels, energy, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, semiconductors, and a host of other traditional and green products need employees capable of running and servicing sophisticated machinery. In addition, workers in these industries must understand and practice principles aimed at maintaining safety, improving quality, eliminating waste, and reducing or eliminating the impact of operations on the environment.
Prepare for the state commercial welding examination or qualify for welding jobs in manufacturing, maintenance, or instruction through LCC's welding program. Students must successfully complete the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) Qualification Test before earning a degree in Welding.