College of Technology and Occupational Studies at NMU
College of Technology and Occupational Sciences at NMU
The College of Technology and Occupational Sciences offers a variety of one-semester to four-year programs. One- and two-year programs provide students with the knowledge and training necessary to assume skilled or technician-level positions in such service and technical careers as automotive, construction, cosmetology, electrical line technician, HVAC/R (heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration), food service management, industrial maintenance and welding. In addition to the many technical programs available, the college offers management-based baccalaureate degrees in construction and hospitality.
The college’s programs are designed to ladder into more advanced programs. Credits from the associate degree and certificate programs directly apply toward the bachelor’s degrees offered by the College of Technology and Occupational Sciences.
College Facilities and Equipment
- Auto Service Laboratory
- Electrical Line Technician Pole Field
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Laboratory
- Indoor Agriculture Laboratory
- Industrial Maintenance Laboratory
- Professional Cosmetology Laboratory
- Professional Kitchen Laboratories
- Welding Laboratory
Hospitality Management students operate a fine dining restaurant, Chez Nous, as well as the more casual Culinary Café during both the fall and winter semesters. In addition, students deliver several outstanding banquet and catering functions throughout the year.
- Sheer Joy
- NMU Constructors
- NMU Hospitality Club
Programs have substantial “hands-on” components; safety is a major responsibility. Students are expected to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) such as proper footgear, safety glasses and clothing attire for the lab environment. Tools are required for several programs. Students in Automotive, Construction Management, Cosmetology, Hospitality Management, Heating, HVAC/R, Industrial Maintenance or Welding program are required to provide many of their own hand tools.
Automotive Service Technology
Students must have a minimum grade of “C” and a grade point average of 2.25 for all technical concentration courses and the automotive minor program.
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.
Students interested in completing this certification are required to have a current Michigan license in cosmetology and two years of practical experience. The State of Michigan requires 500 hours of education for this certification. A cosmetology instructor license holder can teach in all areas of the profession.
Students interested in completing this certification are required to have a current Michigan license as a cosmetologist, manicurist, natural hair culturist or esthetician. The State of Michigan requires 300 hours of education for this certification. A limited instructor license holder can only teach in the area in which they are licensed.
A limited Instructor may apply their 300 hours of instructor education toward the cosmetology Instructor license provided they hold a current cosmetology license.
Hospitality Management and Restaurant Operations
Students completing the associate or bachelor degree program must achieve a minimum grade of "C" for each required hospitality management course.
Walt Disney World College Program
The hospitality management program is affiliated with the Disney College Program at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Students accepted after an interview process with Disney have an opportunity to work at a world-renowned resort in a variety of positions and can also be enrolled in college level classes. Disney allows a maximum of two college program courses of 3 credits each per semester. Students may also enroll in online classes and internships with NMU while working at Disney. Students must have full- or part-time status with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0. The student is required to apply with Disney and, if accepted, provide transportation to and from Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Students will earn an hourly wage and Disney will provide all housing with the cost deducted from their paycheck. For more information, contact a faculty member in the hospitality management program, the head of the Technology and Occupational Sciences Department or visit http://www.disneycollegeprogram.com.
Manufacturing Production Technician Diploma Program
The manufacturing production technician program is offered as a cohort, in cooperation with regional organizations. Admission into the program requires a high school diploma or GED, and is subject to the College of Technology and Occupational Sciences approval. Candidates may be required to participate in a personal interview as part of the final admission process. This program is offered during select semesters. Please contact the department for details. 906-227-2190.
Bulletin Year: 2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Bulletin