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The NMJC Instrumentation & Controls program prepares students for entry-level employment
in several trade career areas:
1) Mechanical Maintenance Technician
2) Electrical Maintenance Technician
3) Mechanical/Electrical Technician
4) Programmable Logic Controller Technician
Students who successfully complete the program should be able to adhere to safe work practices, display quality work habits, and apply learned skills as an employee in the work force. For additional information, call 575-492-2649.
Course Descriptions of Departments
Core Knowledge & Skills Certificate Module
Maintenance Tools and Fasteners (8 hours)
The course is designed to introduce or familiarize the students with all electrical and hand tools and fasteners, especially the types used in an Instrumentation & Controls career.
Introduction to Mechanical Systems (24 hours)
This course will introduce the student to the mechanical side (electric motors) of Instrumentation & Controls careers. The student will see the end result of the I&C systems. The student will set up different types of electrical motor, align motors, shafts, and define; work, horsepower, inertia, velocity and torque. This class has a hands-on component.
Applied Mathematics and Measurements (40 hours)
This course can teach the student basic math for the first time or reinforce what a person might have forgotten through the years. The class is addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Also covered are area, volume, and measurement.
Electrical Laws and Principles (24 hours)
This course is set up to teach the student about current, resistance, and power, along with the laws that govern them, such as Ohm’s law. Different types of electrical devices that can be installed in electrical circuits are covered. This course has a hands-on component.
Basic Electrical Circuits (24 hours)
This course teaches the student how series and parallel circuits work with switches, resisters, motors, lights, and other electrical devices. Also covered are how to solve values for series, parallel, and combination circuits. This course has a hands-on component.
Electrical Maintenance Technician Certificate Module
The student will learn about Magnetism and compare AC and DC electrical circuits and the components that make them up. The student will also learn about the AC Sine wave generation and frequency, period, peak, peak to peak, RMS and average values. This course contains a hands-on component.
Inductance and Capacitance (16 hours)
The course defines inductance and capacitance, how each device works in an electrical system, and inductive and capacitive reactance in circuits. This course has a hands-on component.
Transformers (16 hours)
This course defines the term and explains the operation of transformers. It also explains the turn ratio in step up, step down and isolation transformers, and how to connect and measure output values of transformers. This course has a hands-on component.
Conduit and Raceway Systems (24 hours)
In this course, the student learns the different types of metallic and non-metallic conduits, the wide range of connections and installations considerations for different types of conduit, and how to bend conduit and install conduit systems.
This course teaches the student about grounded, ungrounded, and types and sizes of conductors. Also explained are differences between insulated, covered, and bare conductors and different types of insulation. The student learn what ampacity is and the conductor sizes needed.
Overcurrent Protection Devices and Sizing (24 hours)
Students learn the different between short circuits, ground fault and overloads, and the different sizes and types of fuses and breakers used as OCPD.
AC and DC Motors (32 hours)
The student learns the parts and operation of series, shunt and compound DC motors. The student learns the parts and operation of single phase and 3-phase AC motor. The student also performs wiring of AC and DC motor systems with different controls.
Basic Controls (40 hours)
This course teaches the student basic principles of electric motor controls by being able to identify and demonstrate the utility of different types of motor controls and current protection devices. The student will also learn a deep understanding of Lockout/Tag-out procedures.
Sensors (16 hours)
The student learns to identify and discuss the operation of sensing operator input, part presence, pressure, level, and temperature and to install them in control systems.
Trouble Shooting/PLC (24 hours)
This course teaches the student different ways of trouble-shooting electrical systems. Understanding the equipment and how it works makes the process easier. The student will learn the best starting place to trouble shoot an electrical system.
Mechanical Maintenance Technician Certificate Module
The student in this course learns the terms associated with lubrication of mechanical systems. The student learns the difference between types of lubricants and their use as well as many lubrication methods and application.
Bearing Fundamentals (12 hours)
The student learns to identify the different types of bearings, also the use and operation of bearings. The students will learn the removal installation of bearings.
Motor Transmission Systems I (Belts) (32 hours)
Students will learn types of belts, belt codes, and terminology. The course teaches how to install, align, and properly tension a belt drive system.
Motor Transmission System II (Chains) (32 hours)
This course teaches the student to identify different types, sizes, and measurement of chains, and the sprockets that match the chains. The student will learn how to install, align, and tension chain drive systems properly.
Motor Transmission System III (Gears) (40 hours)
The course teaches the student to identify different types, sizes, and terminology for gear driven systems. The student will learn to install and align gear systems with proper backlash and to check for excessive wear on gear teeth.
Fundamentals of Hydraulics (24 hours)
The student learns to define force, pressure, and resistance using pressure measurements. The course teaches how a hydraulic pump operates and what cavitation is. Pressure development, force transmission, linear and rotary actuators, as well as pressure, directional and flow controls are discussed. The student learns to build and operate these systems with manual controls.
Electrically Controlled Hydraulics (24 hours)
The student learns to control the same systems, used in Fundamentals of Hydraulics, with electrical controls and PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers).
Fundamentals of Pneumatics (24 hours)
This course teaches the differences (and similarities) between hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems. The student will learn compression, preparation, flow control, and directional control of pneumatics. The student will learn to build and operate various Pneumatic systems, with manual controls.
Electrically Controlled Pneumatics (24 hours)
The student will learn to control the same systems used in Fundamentals of Pneumatics, with electrical controls and PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers).
Electrical and Instrumentation Certificate Module
The student will learn the operation and components of a variable speed drive and the parameters associated with variable speed drives, learning to install and configure variable speed drive for operation of a motor and remote push buttons for control of a variable speed drive. This course has a hands-on component.
Fundamental (Beginning) Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) (24 hours)
The student learns PLC Hardware, Number Systems, PLC Communications, and PLC Data Files. The student will also learn Timer Instructions, Comparison Instructions, PLC Documentation and Troubleshooting. This course has a hands-on component.
Intermediate Programmable Logic Controller (24 hours)
The student will review topics from the Fundamentals course and review PLC Communications. The student will learn Master Control Reset, Jump and Label Instruction, Jump and Subroutine instruction and Temporary End Instruction as well as Move, Masked Move, File Fill, Clear, and Bit Shift Instructions. Also taught are Utilizing the Search Feature and Identifying Faults via Ladder programs. This course has a hands-on component.
Advanced Programmable Logic Controller (24 hours)
The student learns CompactLogix Hardware, Communications Setup, CompactLogix Memory Organization and Introduction to Studio5000 Software. The student will also learn Introduction to Tags, Creating and Editing Tags, Data Types and Ladder Programming, Function Block, Sequential Function Chart Programming, and Structured Text. This course has a hands-on component.
Instrumentation and Process Control (80 hours)
The student will learn about open and closed loops, on/off and PID controls, and P&ID Symbols and Components. The student will learn to install and manually control flow, level and pressure circuits, and differential pressure measurement of flow, level and pressure, 4-20mA, 0-10v 3-15psi process signals as well as differential pressure transmitters for flow, level and pressure, and calibrate pneumatic valves. The student will learn to install and tune P, PI, and OID loops for flow, level and pressure control. This class has a hands-on component.
Line Utility Training (338 Hours)
CDL Prep Class (2 evenings, 3.5 hours each)
CDL Prep Class gives students the core knowledge base to prepare them to successfully pass the required CDL permit tests at the Department of Motor Vehicle (MVD).
CDL Training Program This course begins in the classroom going over USDOT rules and regulations, along with various other mandated materials. This course also includes hands-on training, including Orientation, Simulation Training, Skills Training, and On-the-Road Truck Driving Training. It also includes the use of the NMJC Truck for the licensing exam and the exam fee for the first test.
Defensive Driving - Offered in English or Spanish (6-8 hours)
This course is approved by the State of New Mexico and the National Safety Council and will teach students to drive defensively. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion and may entitle the student to insurance discounts or deferral of a ticket for a traffic violation.
DWI School - Offered in English or Spanish (12 hours)
This course is designed for individuals sentenced by the courts to attend DWI school. Each class meets a total of 12 instructional hours. Students are required to attend classes in consecutive order. This course is registered with the New Mexico Traffic Safety Bureau.
These courses provide the knowledge and skills necessary to create a safe workplace for employees and to maintain voluntary compliance with OSHA regulations. Taught by professionals for professionals, instructors are experts with years of field experience in compliance training for construction, general industry, hazardous materials, instructor development, leadership and supervision, and oil and gas/petrochemical and safety.
EMT Training (Basic, Advanced, and Refreshers) (hours vary)
Throughout the year, the Basic and Advanced level EMT training is offered to those currently affiliated with a department and those looking to enter the industry. Refreshers are also offered to help those who are already working with a department to meet their training requirements for the year.
Microsoft Office Trainings (hours vary)
We offer one-day trainings at various levels (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) for various Microsoft Applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access. All one-day trainings include workbooks.
Clinical Medical Assistant (160 hours)
The Clinical Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare students to function as professionals in multiple healthcare settings. Medical assistants with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks, including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and other related tasks. Job opportunities are prevalent with physicians’ offices, clinics, chiropractors’ offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities.
Dental Assistant (60 hours)
The purpose of this program is to familiarize students with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting, focusing on the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. In addition to facilitating entry-level administrative positions, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal dental hygienist program.
Pharmacy Technician (50 hours)
This comprehensive course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Course content includes pharmacy medical terminology, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining generic and brand names drugs and much, much more! Program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider!
The list above is not all-inclusive, but is intended to give you an idea of the types of trainings that are available. The majority of professional development and customized training classes offered are fueled by demand and the economy. For more information or to request a specific training, please call 575-492-4713.
Training & Outreach Buildings
25. Larry Hanna Training and Outreach Facility
27. Don Bratton Building 1
28. Don Bratton Building 2
29. Don Bratton Building 3
30. Don Bratton Building 4
32. Transportation Training Center
Jeff P. McCool, Vice President, Training & Outreach / CEO of New Horizons Foundation
B.B.A. - New Mexico State University (1989)
M.B.A. - Eastern New Mexico University (2000)
Dennis Holmberg, Executive Director – New Horizons Foundation
A.A. - New Mexico Junior College (2000)
B.B.A. - College of the Southwest (2002)
B.S. - New Mexico State University (1982)
New Mexico Contractor License
A.A. - New Mexico Junior College (2001)
B.A.S. - of the Southwest (2003)
M.B.A. - Eastern New Mexico University (2015)
B.S. - Texas Tech University (1981)
Certificate: Las Cruces Police Academy (1995)