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Applied Science & Technology Division 
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
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Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science
 
Dean of Applied Science and Technology  Chris Nielsen   
Administrative Assistant Joy Fitts   
Agriculture Kathy Craig  Mike Burris 
Architectural Technology  Kevin Weston  Matt Jackson 
Automotive Technology Shannon Perkins Nigel Thompson
Computer Programming & Computer Science Brad Helm  
Criminal Justice Ron Meek  
Diesel Technology Mike Burris  
Graphic Design Jennifer Tarantino Linsin  
Heavy Equipment Technology Zachary Vahlkamp  
Industrial Electronics & Maintenance Technician Chris Sink Charles Wingo
IT Systems Ricky Robinson Shari Carpenter 
Manufacturing Technology Charles Wingo  
Mining Technology Don McBride Charles Wingo
Office Systems Technology Sarah Bilderbeck  
Oil & Natural Gas Technician Chris Nielsen  
Welding Technology Pete Wilce  

Oil & Natural Gas Technician


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AAS in Oil & Natural Gas Technician

The Oil & Natural Gas Technician program is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required for employment in the petroleum and natural gas industries. The program gives students a broad range of skills essential for technicians who want to work in the petroleum and natural gas service, production, transportation and refining industries.
65 Hours

Certificate in Oil & Natural Gas Technician

The Advanced Oil & Natural Gas Technician option can be stacked on the Oil & Natural Gas Technician certificate for the student wishing only to complete several industry-focused courses. The certificate option provides the student with the knowledge and skills required for employment in the petroleum and natural gas industries but may not want to puruse a degree.
Total Hours: 23

Welding Technology


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AAS/Welding Tech

The Welding Technology AAS will provide welding courses designed to assist welding professionals by expanding their knowledge base, core competencies and general education. Individually, each course addresses specific workplace situations. Additionally, successful completion of all courses offered demonstrates the student's readiness to take the American Welding Society certification examinations.

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Certificates in Welding Technology

Certificate/Advanced Metalworking

This certificate is for those students who are seeking to improve their skills for the metal working industry. Students will increase their skills in the welding, machining, and layout processes that are commonly used in the metal working industry. The skills learned should provide the students with the necessary entry-level skills required by most small to medium metal working job shops.

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Certificate/Advanced Welding Techniques

Welding - Advanced Welding Techniques

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Certificate/Basic Machining

This certificate is for those students who are seeking to improve their skills for the machining industry. Students will learn the fundamentals of machining using lathes and milling machining. The basic fundamentals of setting up the machine, selecting the correct tool, adjusting tool speed, determining depth of cut, and the use of precision measuring tools will be covered.

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Certificate/Pipe Welding Technology

Prerequisite: The Welding Certificate or five years of documented experience as a welder, ability to pass the overhead and vertical-up bend test and permission of the instructor.

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Certificate/Welding Fundamentals

Welding fundamentals.

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Graphic Design


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Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design

Graphic design includes planning, analyzing and creating visual solutions to communication problems. Graphic designers use print, electronic and film media while using a variety of methods such as color, type, illustration, photography, animation and various print and layout techniques. Graphic designers develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports and other publications. They also produce promotional displays, packaging, marketing brochures for products and services, and logos for products and business, and develop signs/signage for systems for design, interactive media, multimedia projects and may also create the opening and closing credits of movies and television programs. Surveys of area businesses indicate a demand for graduates of this two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree program.

67 Hours

Certificate in Graphic Design

The certificate in graphic design contains a sampling of the classes in the degree program. However, students who choose the associate degree option receive instruction in core subjects as well as more robust training in the field with classes like the History of Graphic Design and Digital Illustration, and the choice of electives like Digital Photography and Advanced Web Design.

31 Hours

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Certificate in Graphic Web Design

This certificate will prepare individuals with the necessary skills for entry-level positions in the area of Web Design. The curriculum emphasizes a general knowledge of design elements and principles, typography, color theory, beginning and intermediate Adobe software training, web design applications and mobile platforms in a hands-on learning experience in the laboratory classroom.

18 Hours

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Heavy Equipment Technology


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AAS in Heavy Equipment Technology

A two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program is designed to prepare students for occupations involving the maintenance and repair of heavy duty trucks and equipment. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student should have a thorough knowledge of engine and brake repair, servicing, sales and alignment. Also upon completion, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

72 Hours

Industrial Electronics & Maintenance Technician


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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Industrial Electronics & Maintenance Technician

Learn electronics and maintenance fundamentals, the associated circuitry and components, troubleshooting, and repair of systems. All courses contain a balance of the latest theory and hands-on lab experience that will develop a well-rounded and versatile technician. Students who complete the Industrial Electronics and Maintenance Technician program should be qualified for entry-level positions with a wide variety of industries. The knowledge gained from these courses may enable students who are pursuing a four-year degree to capstone into programs at senior-level institutions. The core technical classes may prove to be very valuable to those persons already employed in industry desiring to upgrade their skills.
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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Industrial Technology

Learn to develop and direct the manufacture and distribution of products. The program is a balanced curriculum of studies drawn from a variety of disciplines relating to the processes, principles of distribution and concepts of industrial management and human relations. Communication skills, humanities and social sciences are studied to develop managerial abilities. Knowledge of physical science, mathematics, design and technical skills gained from the program allow the graduate to cope with technical production problems.

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Certificates in Industrial Electronics & Maintenance Technician

Basic Machining

Improve your skills for the machining industry. You'll learn the fundamentals of machining using lathes and milling machining. We'll also cover the basic fundamentals of setting up the machine, selecting the correct tool, adjusting tool speed, determining depth of cut, and how to use precision measuring tools.

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Industrial Maintenance Technician

Obtain the fundamental set of skills in order to enter the job market quickly. All courses in this certificate can be used in the Industrial Electronics and Maintenance degree.

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Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

This certificate will provide those seeking employment or current technicians with the fundamental electrical skills necessary to configure, program, connect sensors, motors, or other output devices, and troubleshoot Allen Bradley SLC 500 control systems. PLC's will be configured in a stand-alone and a network environment using a teach pendant and the computer based RSLogic software.
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IT Systems


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Associate of Applied Science Degree in IT Systems Assistant

The IT Systems Assistant curriculum features a two year Associate in Applied Science Degree and a three semester Microsoft User Certificate option. The two-year program is designed to provide students with the background in technical skills and general studies necessary for a career as an IT Systems Assistant. Graduates will be prepared to provide technical assistance and training to microcomputer system users in business, government and education. The program lets individuals already employed upgrade job skills and improve advancement potential. It is articulated with Southern Illinois University Carbondale Information Systems Technology and may capstone into other programs. The certificate program prepares students and professionals by concentrating on the Microsoft Office Suite, namely Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Topics covered in these courses help prepare the student for work using the various products as well as participation in the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist exams. Exams are not included in this program.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree in IT Systems Specialist

The IT Systems Specialist is a two-year program designed to provide students with the necessary information and skills to become a computer network technician. Courses contain a balance of classroom and laboratory activities with modern hardware and up-to-date software. Students who successfully complete this program qualify for a variety of entry-level positions in the computer industry. The program provides a foundation for those who are seeking Cisco, Microsoft Windows, Com TIA Security+ and CompTIA A+ certifications. National competency requirements have been used to develop the curriculum. Students also will develop a working knowledge of wireless communications and Voice over IP courses that have been added to better prepare students for the modern computing job market. These courses may be used as a basis for a four-year degree with capstone programs at senior-level institutions.

67 Hours

Certificates in IT Systems

Cisco Routing & Switching

The Cisco Routing and Switching Certificate provides students with the necessary information and skills to take the Cisco IT certification exams. Courses offer a balance of classroom and laboratory activities on Cisco routers and switches. All courses in the certificate use official Cisco Network Academy curriculum.

14 Hours

Microsoft User

This certificate program prepares students and professionals by concentrating on the Microsoft Office Suite, namely Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Topics covered in these courses help prepare the student for work using the various products as well as participation in the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist exams.

15 Hours

PC Maintenance

The PC Maintenance Certificate is designed to provide students with the necessary information and skills to become a computer and network technician and to take the CompTIA A+ certification test. Courses contain a balance of classroom and laboratory activities with modern hardware and up-to-date software. Students completing this program should be qualified for a variety of entry-level positions as a technician and provide a foundation for those seeking to expand their knowledge of networks. Competency requirements identified on a national level have been used to develop the curriculum.
10 Hours

Windows

The Windows Certificate provides students with the necessary information and skills to become a Microsoft Certified Professional. The courses contain a balance of classroom and laboratory activities with modern hardware and up-to-date software. Competency requirements identified on a national level by the Microsoft Corporation are used to direct the curriculum.

11 Hours

Manufacturing Technology


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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Manufacturing Technology

The manufacturing technology program is designed to prepare graduates for supervisory or technical positions in manufacturing. Curriculum requirements are broad based to enable graduates to obtain employment in a wide variety of manufactuirng areas such as quality control, production and inventory control, manufacturing processes, and computer-aided manufacturing. The technician will develop a fundamental knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes, quality processes, computer, electrical, mechanical and machine control systems related to manufacturing disciplines.

64 Hours
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Certificates in Manufacturing Technology

Certificate in Manufacturing Technology

The manufacturing technology program is designed to prepare graduates for supervisory or technical positions in manufacturing. Curriculum requirements are broad based to enable graduates to obtain employment in a wide variety of manufactuirng areas such as quality control, production and inventory control, manufacturing processes, and computer-aided manufacturing. The technician will develop a fundamental knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes, quality processes, computer, electrical, mechanical and machine control systems related to manufacturing disciplines.

32 Hours

Certificate in Certified Production Technician

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) industry-recognized credentialing system leading to a certified production technician covers the four critical production functions common to all sectors of manufacturing. This program provides the foundational knowledge and skill sets applicable for entry- to mid-level production technician jobs in the manufacturing industry. It is designed for individuals wanting to enter the manufacturing field as production line workers as well as experienced employees wishing to seek MSSC certification. Students must receive a "C" or better in all courses.

16 Hours

Mining Technology


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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mining Technology

This is for students who plan to work in an underground or surface coal mine. Students considering Mining Technology should be capable of working underground in a production environment in proximity to heavy equipment. This course of study specializes in the many facets of coal mining operations, maintenance and safety. Students may find employment in the mining industry as miners or in support roles as technicians for vendors as well as regulating agencies like MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration). Wages and benefits for the mining industry have traditionally been excellent, depending on the specific duties and employer.
72 Hours

Certificates in Mining Technology

Advanced Mining

Learn hydraulic circuitry and controls, mine health, mine safety and rescue, and advanced mechanics maintenance.
12 Hours

Mine Supervisory

Earn this certificate with the Principles of Management and Supervision classes.
6 Hours

Mine Operations

Earn this certificate with classes in mine atmosphere, machine operations, and repair/maintenance of prep plant.
8 Hours

Mine Mechanics

Earn this certificate by completing classes in fluid power fundamentals, industrial mechanics, advanced mechanical maintenance, and an introduction to welding processes.
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16 Hours

Mine Electricity

Earn this certificate by completing courses in basic electronics for technicians, electric motors and control circuits, introduction to PLCs, and mine electrical systems.
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18 Hours

Office Systems Technology


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Associate of Applied Science in Office Systems Technology - Administrative Assistant

This two-year program leads to the AAS Degree in Office Systems Technology/Administrative Assistant. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the background in technical skills and general studies necessary for a career as an administrative assistant in business and industry. It also helps those already employed upgrade job skills and advancement potential.
69 Hours

Associate of Applied Science in Office Systems Technology - Health Information Assistant

This two-year program leads to the AAS Degree in Office Systems Technology / Health Information Assistant. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the background in technical skills and general studies necessary for a career as a health information assistant. Graduates will be prepared for support positions in medical and allied health facilities. It also helps those already employed upgrade job skills and advancement potential. Upon completion of the degree, the student may apply for both the 34-hour and 14-hour Medical Transcription certificates.
71 Hours

Certificates in Office Systems Technology

Office Assistant

Rend Lake College offers a one-year Office Assistant occupational certificate that prepares students for direct entry into the workforce.
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29 Hours

Medical Transcriptionist & Medical Transcriptionist Clerk

The healthcare field is growing at an increasing rate all across the nation, and now more than ever the demand for highly skilled and trained medical office professionals is overwhelming. Whether students choose the Associate in Applied Science: Health Information Assistant degree as their career path or one of the medical transcription certificates, they will begin a path full of opportunity.
Rend Lake College offers one-year Medical Transcriptionist occupational certificates. Both medical transcription certificates (Medical Transcriptionist and Medical Transcriptionist Clerk) are designed to provide students with the basic skills necessary to qualify for entry-level positions in the medical field that are directly related to transcription. Whether students choose the 34-hour (Medical Transcriptionist) or 14-hour (Medical Transcriptionist Clerk) certificate, they will attend courses for one year at RLC and upon completion, they will move directly into the workforce.
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Agriculture


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Agriculture Degrees


Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture

Rend Lake College offers general educational courses and five technical agriculture courses which prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. Since requirements of ag schools vary considerably, students should contact an RLC Ag Advisor to plan a program of studies. Such courses as biology, zoology or botany, basic chemistry and technical agriculture usually are included in the first two years of study. 

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Associate of Applied Science in Agricultural Business

A two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses are designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue a career in the broad area of agricultural business at the mid-management level. Graduates should find interesting and rewarding opportunities in agricultural sales and services. Upon completion of this program, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

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Associate of Applied Science in Agricultural Mechanics

A two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program is designed to prepare students for occupations involving the maintenance and repair of implements such as tractors, combines and other farm machinery. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student should have a thorough knowledge of engine and equipment repair, servicing, sales and management. Also upon completion, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

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Associate of Applied Science in Agricultural Production & Management

The two-year Agricultural Production and Management program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree combining many of the features in mechanical and business curricula to help students stay abreast with the dynamic, ever-changing agriculture industry. These changes are increasing the need and the opportunities for individuals who possess both technical knowledge and management ability. RLC students develop decision-making abilities by being exposed to such areas as farm management, economics and marketing. Courses like those dealing with feeds and feeding, soils and fertilizers and ag chemicals are intended to help develop technical skills. Unique to this program are the mechanical courses designed to develop skills needed to service the machines common in today's agriculture. The Agricultural Production and Management program originally was designed for students who already have an opportunity to farm. However, many other employment opportunities are available as managers and herdsmen on large grain and livestock farms or as fertilizer, chemical, and seed suppliers to ag service companies. Upon completion of this program, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

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Associate of Science in Plant & Soil Science

This degree program prepares a student to transfer into a four-year Plant and Soil Science program. The last two years of a student's program concentrate on professional objectives. Students are encouraged to consult an Academic Advisor for details regarding this program. Many job opportunities exist for baccalaureate graduates in Plant and Soil Science .. soil conservationist, water conservationist, plant and soil laboratory technologist, production manager, plant pest control inspector, farm manager, plant breeding expert, plant pathologist, etc.
64 Hours

Certificates in Agriculture

Certificate/Agricultural Mechanics

Agricultural Mechanics

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Certificate/Agricultural Production & Management

Agricultural Production and Management

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Architectural Technology


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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Architectural Technology

This is a two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Architectural Technology. The curriculum has a 2+2 articulation agreement with Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Architectural Studies program. The curriculum also has transfer options into SIU's Professional Construction Management program, Illinois State University's Construction Management program and Purdue University's Building Construction and Management program. The Architectural Technology program will provide students the necessary skills and abilities to enter the workforce in technical support positions in architectural-or construction-related fields.
69 Hours

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surveying Technology

A two-year program leading to an AAS Degree in Surveying Technology. Students wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Advanced Technical Skills at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale may do so with an additional 60 semester hours of coursework. Upon completion of the Advanced Technical Skills Degree, a graduate will be able to take the Surveyor-in-Training Examination.
69 Hours

Certificates

Architectural Technology

Develop your architecture skills with classes like architectural drawing, site surveying, and construction systems. This certificate also includes some classes in Computer Aided Drafting.
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28 Hours

Architecture - CAD

Learn Computer Aided Drafting with an introduction to CAD and Mechanical, Architectural, 3D and Civil CAD Application courses.
11 Hours

Green Facilities Management

The green facilities management certificate will provide you with the skills and knowledge to plan and manage green facilities. You will be able to retrofit existing facilities to make them green and energy efficient.
Gainful Employment
16 Hours

Sustainable Design Green Building

The Sustainable Design certificate will provide you the fundamental concepts of sustainable design and green building practices. You will learn how global environmental issues are causing an evolution in the way buildings are designed and built.
14 Hours

Automotive Technology


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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology

This two-year program is based on Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards designed to prepare the student for certification in the automotive industry. The Automotive Technology program qualifies for Master Certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundtion (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Upon completion, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.
69 Hours

Certificates in Automotive Technology

Certificate in Automotive Technology

This certificate program contains the same core instruction in automotive technology as the associate degree program. The certificate does not include English, Math, Health and elective courses needed to earn the full degree.
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50 Hours

Certificate in Automotive Brake

Earn this certificate with the Introduction to Automotive Technology and Braking Systems classes.
6 Hours


Certificate in Automotive Electrical

Earn this certificate with the Electrical Systems A & B classes.
6 Hours

Certificate in Automotive Air Conditioning

Earn this certificate with the Intro to Automotive Technology and Air Conditioning classes.
5 Hours

Certificate in Automotive Suspension & Steering

Earn this certificate with the Intro to Automotive Technology and Suspension & Steering classes.
6 Hours

Certificate in Automotive Transmission

Earn this certificate with the Automotive Trans/Transaxle and Manual Drive Train and Axles classes.
10 Hours

Certificate in Automotive Engine Repair

Earn this certificate with the Intro to Automotive Technology and Engine Repair classes.
7 Hours

Certificate in Ford MLR

Earn this certificate with the Ford MLR, Electrical Systems A & B, Suspension & Steering, Air Conditioning, and Braking Systems classes.
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18 Hours