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Career Programs

At the Academy for Career Education, we train our students to be proficient and prepared for the exciting and lucrative vocations thriving in the job market. Students at ACE can explore careers in construction and engineering through contextual, hands-on and rigorous curriculum that prepares them for entry into college, apprenticeship programs, and a lifetime career.

ACE offers five trade and industry career programs: Building Trades, Machining, Diesel Equipment Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD), and Energy Technologies.

Students focus on three-four subjects every nine weeks earning 1.5-2.0 credits. Students may earn college credits while attending high school.

BUILDING TRADES PROGRAM

This class takes place on an actual job site, and teaches students all aspects of residential construction; safety, estimation, plan reading, site work, plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and much, much more. Students get hands-on, real-world experiences as they work in teams to build a residence.

MACHINING TECHNOLOGY

The machine tool technology student at TMCC's machine lab will learn to set up and operate various machining tools to fabricate precision parts for use in many industries. The student will learn blueprint reading, sketching, and identifying exploded view working drawings. Trainees will be instructed in the proper and safe use of highly technical power equipment, such as lathe; drill press; and grinders. Students will also learn to use precision measuring devices to specifications, and have the ability to select the appropriate material for fabrication.

DIESEL EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY

Working in conjunction with Truckee Meadows Community College, students learn to repair and maintain equipment used in construction and transportation. This program also utilizes TMCC's state-of-the-art tools, equipment and facilities, including a variety of high-tech, computerized testing equipment that students use to pinpoint and analyze malfunctions in equipment.

ACE students who successfully complete 3 years in this program may earn a one-year Certificate of Achievement in Transportation Technologies from TMCC. All students earn credits that applies to an AAS degree from TMCC. Meaning these students essentially graduate high school with a full year of college under their tool belts.

COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING AND DESIGN

This program gives students the opportunity to learn computer aided drafting (AutoCAD) teaching them how to create blueprints and detailed drawings of ideas and concepts in 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional formats. These sketches are based on the complex calculations of engineers, land surveyors, architects and even scientists. Students receive training in residential drafting, mechanical drawing, light commercial drafting, structural and commercial detailing, and structural steel drawings.

ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

Solar power, wind generation, geothermal, and energy efficiency aren't just the latest "buzz" words, they make up an evolving sector in the labor force and are all part of the Energy Technologies Program at ACE High School. The career paths are endless in this advanced TMCC dual enrollment program - the only one of its kind in our area. Students in this program have an excellent foundation for careers in the following areas:

  • Solar Systems Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrician Solar Installation Managers and Installers
  • Photovoltaic Production
  • Product Design Engineer
  • System Designers