Technical Trades

Northern New Mexico College is pleased to announce two new and enhanced programs in our newly-established Department of Technical Trades — Plumbing and Electrical Technology.

Beginning Fall 2020 students can enroll in certificate and associate degree programs in Plumbing and Electrical Technology. Both programs are approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the New Mexico Higher Education Department, and provide students with college credit while they learn highly marketable skills in these fields.

The plumbing program was developed in collaboration with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters local union 412. Northern’s Electrical Technology program has been offered for many years, but the curriculum has been updated and enhanced in collaboration with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local union 611.

8-Week Classes starting October 19, 2020

  • CRN 14597 PLBT 1000 OSHA 10 for the Construction Industry (1)
  • CRN 14598 PLBT 1001 Use and Care of Tools (2)
  • CRN 14596 ELEC 1140 Electrical Theory I (4)

Degree Programs

Associate in Applied Science, Technical Trades


$110 per credit hour, no fees

Eligible students can also apply state and federal financial aid toward the cost of these programs, including the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, which becomes available this Fall to students pursuing certificate and associate programs. Current high school students can take all classes in either program free of charge as part of Northern’s dual credit offerings.

Both programs are available at the low rate of $110 per credit hour  due the creation of Northern’s Branch Community College, and because of funding provided by Northern’s Mill Levy, which passed last November with the support of local voters.

Frank Loera, DBA
Chair & Instructor
Department of Technical Trades
(505) 747-2227

Dr. Loera has a Doctorate of Business Administration (Specialization in Criminal Justice) from Northcentral University (Prescott, Arizona), a Master in Education in Education Curriculum and Instruction Leadership, a Bachelor in Science, in Administration of Criminal Justice, and coursework in Career and Technology Education.  He has experience in post-secondary education in the trades field, as the Chair of Applied Technology at the University of New Mexico, Gallup, NM, and recently worked at St. John's College, Santa Fe, as the Director of Public Safety.

His parents were originally from Mexico and emigrated to the USA. Dr. Loera is the first in his family to obtain a college degree. Originally from Arizona, he has lived in New Mexico since 2012 with his wife while his youngest daughter is attending college in Arizona. He loves the trails of New Mexico and spends a lot of his spare time hiking. He likes Sci Fi movies and recently started re-writing traditional folk stories.

Job Outlook:

These two programs provide the core skills required for positions in residential and commercial construction, building maintenance, municipal governments operations, and quasi government utility entities such as power companies, water organizations, and marine vessel operations. Additionally, these programs incorporate the fundamental training and education needed to start a business in these trades.

New Mexico Workforce Connection has forecast more than an 11% growth in industry positions in the next few years in New Mexico alone, with over 6600 jobs directly related to these trades. Learn more:

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