The Technology and Occupational Sciences Department offers a variety of one-, two- and four-year programs. The one- and two-year programs provide students with the knowledge and training necessary to assume skilled or technician-level positions in a variety of service or technical areas. These technical areas include automotive, aviation, collision repair, construction, cosmetology, electrical line technician, heating–air conditioning, hospitality, and industrial maintenance. In addition to offering technical programs traditionally identified with a community college, the department offers baccalaureate degree programs in construction and hospitality management.
The department’s programs are designed to ladder into more advanced programs. Students in two-year certificate and associate degree programs can apply course work completed as part of the one- and two-year programs toward a bachelor’s degree in the School of Technology and Applied Sciences.
The aviation maintenance technology associate degree and certificate programs are accredited by the Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration Certification.
Hospitality management students operate and manage the white tablecloth restaurant Chez Nous during the winter semester as well as the Culinary Cafe during both the fall and winter semesters. In addition, students deliver several outstanding banquet and catering functions throughout the year.
Programs have substantial “hands-on” components; safety is a major responsibility. Students are expected to wear proper foot gear, safety glasses and dress for the lab environment. Tools are required for several programs. Students in AMT, CN, COS, CRT, HM, HV, PT, IM or WD courses are required to provide many of their own hand tools.
All students are required to join the Aviation Purchasing Co-op. This co-op purchases the material and supplies students use in the lab section of the program over the standard two-year period. The purchase price is $50 each semester ($200 total). Students are required to have a basic tool set. Admission to AMT courses is limited to students majoring in aviation maintenance technology.
Building Technology/Construction Management
Students must have a minimum grade of "C" and a grade point average of 2.25 for all technical concentration courses and the construction systems minor program.
The curriculum followed is set by the State of Michigan. Students must complete 1,500 clock hours for this program; attendance is mandatory. Successful completion of this program and the 1,500 requisite clock hours qualifies graduates to take the state board test for licensure in Michigan.
Students in baccalaureate degree programs may apply up to six credits of cosmetology (COS) courses toward graduation unless otherwise prohibited.
Students in associate degree programs may apply three credits of cosmetology (COS) courses toward graduation, and those in certificate programs other than cosmetology may apply two credits of these courses toward graduation unless otherwise prohibited.
Entrance into this program requires a current Michigan license in cosmetology and two years of experience. The State of Michigan requires 500 hours of additional education for this certification.
Liberal Studies: Complete information on the liberal studies requirements and additional graduation requirements, including the health promotion requirement, is in the “Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements” section of this bulletin.
Courses within each major that can be used to satisfy liberal studies requirements are listed with the Roman numeral (in brackets) that coincides with the liberal studies division the course falls under.