Trades and Technology



In today’s competitive world, it’s essential to have the knowledge, skills and experience to land your dream job, so you can do what you love.  Learn to build an adobe house or a hydroponic greenhouse. Become a water conservationist or alternative fuels expert. Focus on sustainable technologies, building and construction, welding, culinary arts, or interior design. Upgrade your plumbing skills or work in solar energy. Get a food truck up and running or apprentice on a Hollywood film set. Whatever field you choose, SFCC gives you the resources and tools for success. If you can dream it, you can do it at SFCC!

Architectural Design

If you love the world’s great buildings and have a knack for spatial design, SFCC’s Architectural Design Program is for you. Take pre-engineering, design principles and theories, sustainable design or drafting. Learn about building materials, design and illustration software programs, and assembling a professional portfolio. The buildings on the SFCC campus provide study opportunities, from the Trades and Advanced Technology Building, with its LEED Platinum status, to the Health Sciences building, with its elegant biowall.

Building & Construction

Interested in joining or increasing your skills in a specific trade? Want to learn about green building or how to build an adobe home? SFCC can prepare you to land a good-paying job in the building industry, from building sustainable housing and communities to working as an energy inspector, plumber or HVAC technician. Classes emphasize modern green practices, sustainable building materials and passive solar adobe design. Graduates become adobe construction workers, project planners/developers or sustainability coordinators.

Fashion Design

Custom-tailor a career in fashion. Study fashion illustration, ethnic design, textiles and pattern making. Maximize your creative abilities in a career as an apparel or accessories designer, product designer, stylist, buyer, and more. Show your designs in fashion shows in town and in the Visual Arts Gallery on campus. Participate in a yearly trip to the famous Trade Mart in New York City. SFCC is the only public college in New Mexico to offer a certificate in Fashion Design.

Energy Auditor

Learn to diagnose energy, health and safety issues in homes and businesses. Study energy principles and auditing, air leakage, insulation, heating and cooling systems, indoor air quality, and more. Gain the knowledge, skills and abilities required by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. Graduates have the credentials to work in well-paid, challenging and high-demand jobs.

Engineering Technologies

Do you love drawing up plans and working with computer models? Learn how to represent three-dimensional objects and buildings, work with computer-based modeling programs, analyze data and solve drafting and design-related problems in SFCC’s Drafting and Engineering Technologies Program. Improve communication and decision-making skills in a project-oriented, team-based environment. This program prepares you to be a draftsman, scientific field technician, architect’s assistant, construction worker and more.

Facility Technologies

Got a knack for fixing things? Turn that into a lucrative career in the Facility Technologies Program. Become a heating technician, a plumber or part of a building contractor’s team. Increase your technical and trade skills, whether you’re seeking a job or already are employed in the field.


From cars to bridges to buildings, welding is a part of everyday life and there’s a booming demand for skilled welders in New Mexico as well as across the country. SFCC’s Welding Program trains you to work as a welder in an array of industries: pipelines, engine parts, heavy equipment, manufacturing and small- and large-scale construction. Learn welding basics, safety, quality and testing methods. Qualified, experienced instructors train students on the most current welding techniques to meet national certification requirements.


Problem solving and troubleshooting are just some of the skills that professional plumbers possess. Learn to install and upgrade plumbing systems, build new residential and commercial spaces from blueprints, and install and maintain sustainable water catchment and solar hot water systems. Whether you’re entering the field or want to upgrade your abilities, learn everything required to become a professional, from basic plumbing and pipe fitting to repair, the latest technological applications for maintenance and remodeling, and more. Plumbers are in demand, and it’s a well-paid career with opportunities for advancement or owning your own business.

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Learn the tools of the trade to work on existing buildings or design new ones. Get the basics in HVAC operations, from blueprint reading to air movement, distribution, heat load calculations, and more. Stay current on the safety and technical aspects of the operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art HVAC systems. Finish a degree or certificate and get a good-paying job.

Criminal Justice

Prepare for a fascinating career, from fighting cybercrime to law enforcement supervision at the command level. Get a solid introduction to criminal investigations, criminal justice, federal law enforcement, forensic science, and criminal law and procedure. Study police patrol and procedure, ethics, parole, community corrections, and other areas essential for a job in this sector.

Legal Studies

Lay the groundwork for a brilliant career in the courtroom or at a law office. Study introduction to law and the paralegal profession, legal research and writing, the practice and procedure of torts, alternative dispute resolutions, or tribal law and governments. A 16-week internship will help you gain experience in an exemplary law firm in Santa Fe.

Media Arts

High-tech intersects with cutting-edge design in the Media Arts Program. Study 3D animation and game design, graphic and interactive design, audio production, digital imaging, web design, motion graphics, and much more. Learn to create television and movie graphics. Get the skills you need to launch a career as a multimedia artist or join a creative agency.


Prepare for a career as a director, screenwriter, cameraman, sound engineer and more. Santa Fe is a major filmmaking center, attracting film and television productions as well as actors and crews from around the world. One of our students recently worked as a gaffer on the set of the “Longmire” television show; another was an actor on “Lone Ranger.”

Culinary Arts

Participate in experience-based learning in the Culinary Arts Program. Learn cooking basics in state-of-the-art commercial kitchens, how to prep and serve food in the student-run East Wing Eatery or best practices in managing a food truck. Student “cheflings” apprentice with top Santa Fe restaurants and caterers. Experience Italian cuisine and culture through the study abroad program’s annual trip to Italy. SFCC’s chef-instructors have helped students launch restaurant and hospitality careers. Graduates have great job prospects in a variety of positions and environments in Santa Fe, a tourist mecca.

Interior Design

Interested in color, design concepts and spatial layouts? SFCC’s Interior Design Program introduces you to interior design and textiles. Get the skills you need to work as a commercial or industrial designer, design director or set and exhibit designer. SFCC is the only public college in New Mexico to offer an interior design degree. Graduates are eligible to take the national qualifications exam. SFCC Interior Design students frequently win top honors in national competitions.

Sustainable Technologies

Interested in how technology can be used to solve environmental or social issues? Want a degree that is cutting edge? SFCC’s Sustainable Technologies Program puts you at the forefront of a rapidly growing industry and high-demand profession. Sustainable technologies are continuously being developed to address issues that affect the health of our planet: energy production, energy efficiency, water conservation, food production, and more. SFCC stays on top of evolving trends and expands its offerings so you will learn the most current skills to work in renewable energy, water conservation, alternative fuels, and more.

  • Biofuels
    Create ethanol and biodiesel and cultivate algae, a renewable resource that grows well in the Southwest. Study advanced vehicle technologies and sustainable technologies along with biology, chemistry and electrical and mechanical fundamentals. Graduates are ready to work as a sustainability coordinator, plant or lab technician, project engineer/developer, or launch your own business.
  • Greenhouse Management
    Sustainable agriculture practices affect the ecological health of New Mexico and the world. Learn how to revitalize agriculture traditions and apply new techniques to support local food security. Study greenhouse operations, aquaponics and hydroponic systems. Grow hydroponic plants organically from propagation to harvesting. Gain experience in creating a business plan for and marketing a small-scale hydroponic enterprise.
  • Green Building Construction Systems/Skills
  • Like working with your hands, building things and applying the latest technologies? SFCC’s knowledgeable instructors teach traditional construction and computer-aided drafting that emphasize green practices. Get hands-on, relevant and practical experience that will qualify you to land a job at a construction site, building office or as a field technician.
  • Solar Energy
    Learn to work with solar energy systems, from design to installation and troubleshooting. Get grounded in the basics of AC/DC electricity, grid tie applications and solar thermal systems. Graduates will be ready for a great job in solar energy or green building, both of which are exploding in job growth.
  • Water Treatment
    Make a difference here in New Mexico, where water contamination is a problem in rural areas due to poor wastewater treatment systems. Whether you’re already working in the field and need to hone your skills, or you’re interested in joining this growing career sector as a treatment facility operator, you’ll get all the skills you need. This program prepares you for state certification.
  • Water Conservation
    As drought expands across the globe, shrinking the world’s water supply, water conservation has become one of the most important public health issues. Become a leader in this critical field, studying watershed management, water system auditing and evaluation and active water harvesting and distribution systems.

No matter your aspirations in Trades & Technology, SFCC can help you achieve them. Choose your career pathway, and you’re on your way!

  • Associate in Arts – Transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Associate in Applied Arts – Land a great job.
  • Associate in Applied Science – For a successful career.
  • Certificates – Earn more and get a better job — in one year or less.

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