Lake Superior College offers excellent career programs in fields that include civil engineering technology, architecture, construction, electronics, and integrated manufacturing. Whether you want to help design and build infrastructure, wire homes and businesses, engineer and service sophisticated electronic equipment and devices, program and operate precision machining tools, or try your hand at welding, you’ll find the perfect education right here in the Northland.


  • Architectural Technology

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    The Architectural Technology Program provides project-based instruction where students visualize and detail commercial and residential buildings as they develop computer modeling skills. The process includes studies in energy performance; cost estimating; construction materials and methods; code compliance; and structural/mechanical systems. This hands-on, interactive approach to learning gives LSC architectural technology graduates an advantage during their search for employment.

    What are the outcomes?

    Upon completion of the Architectural Technology Program, students will have the necessary skills to gain employment as a technician in an architectural office and in various areas of the construction industry.

    Salary Range: In Minnesota, the average hourly wage for architectural and civil drafters is $25.48.**

    Choose your degree option:A.A.S.DIP

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Program Director Jon Lintula at (218) 733-5901 j.lintula@lsc.edu. Or contact Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu/architectural.

  • Building Construction Technology

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    Students in the Building Construction Program get hands-on experience learning the ins and outs of building from beginning to end. First-year students learn a broad base of skills including concrete forming, carpentry and the construction of several smaller scale projects. Courses in the second year of the program take place off-campus, where students build an actual residential home. Students find out first hand how to do quality work. They come away with a thorough understanding of the process – giving them a broad picture of what it takes to build a project and how to work as a team in order to do it well, on time, and within budget.

    What are the outcomes?

    Lake Superior College’s Building Construction Technology program prepares students to build and repair structures to comply with existing codes. Students learn to work from blueprints and sketches and obtain knowledge of dimensions, materials and standards of work. Wood and metal framing, concrete forming, remodeling, and interior and exterior finishing are all skills learned in the program.

    Salary Range: In Minnesota, the average hourly wage for carpenters is $22.12.*

    Choose your degree option:A.A.S.DIP

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Instructor John Calcaterra at (218) 733-1055 or j.calcaterra@lsc.edu or instructor Tim White at (218) 733-5943 or t.white@lsc.edu. You can also contact Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Civil Engineering Technology

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    LSC Civil Engineering Technology Program students learn to determine the accuracy of their work, verify the accuracy of their data, perform standard survey calculations, develop site and highway plans and research related information. LSC Civil Engineering Technology students have access to the types of modern methods used in today’s changing civil engineering field, complete with courses in AutoDESK Civil 3d and ArcView GIS. Students spend a lot of time outdoors learning various surveying techniques and gain hands-on experience with modern equipment including robotic Total Stations, data collectors, and GPS.

    What are the outcomes?

    You can enter into the field right away as a civil engineering technician and begin putting your skills to work and earning a great wage. MnDOT, WisDOT, county and municipal engineering departments, as well as private engineering and survey firms, are examples of where some of our graduates are working. Or, you could transfer on to a four-year program at St. Cloud State University to complete a bachelor’s degree in surveying, or North Dakota State University and complete a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering while working in the field.
    Salary Range:In Minnesota, the average hourly wage for civil engineering technicians is $27.88.*
    Choose your degree option:A.A.S.DIP

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Program Director Cliff Koski at (218) 733-7627 or c.koski@lsc.edu. Also, contact Student Services at 733-7601 or toll free at (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Commercial and Residential Wiring

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    The Lake Superior College Commercial and Residential Wiring Program teaches students to install, operate, and repair electrical systems with a hands-on approach that combines lab and lecture time. Training in the program includes simulated residential, commercial, and industrial settings. DC and AC motor controls, electrical distribution panels, and testing equipment will also be covered. Students become familiar with digital applications, analog solid state, and programmable controllers that are used within industrial settings throughout the nation.

    What are the outcomes?

    Upon completion of the Commercial and Residential Wiring Program, many students will begin their career by working as construction electrician apprentices under the supervision of licensed electricians. Apprenticeships are typically four years in length. Graduating from the program eliminates a year of the apprenticeship requirements in Minnesota. Electrical licensing, which may significantly increase wages, is available after the apprenticeship is completed. Once an electrician completes his/her apprenticeship, they may become a Journeyman Electrician. In Minnesota, Journeymen are required to be licensed to work unsupervised or to supervise others.
    Salary Range: In Minnesota, the average hourly wage for Journeymen Electricians is $28.50 per hour.*
    Choose your degree option:A.A.S.DIP

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Program Director Randy Yrjanson at (218) 733-7691 or r.yrjanson@lsc.edu. Or contact Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Electronic Engineering Technology

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    Lake Superior College students have three degree options to choose from in the electronic engineering technology field. Each has its own emphasis. All three give students a solid foundation in electronic theory and then take it a step further to prepare students for a career as a electronic/electrical technician.

    AAS Electronics Engineering Technology – Industrial Controls: The term “industrial controls” refers to the use of technologies such as electrical, electronics and computer systems to measure and control industrial machinery and processes. Industries utilizing these technologies include power generation and distribution, petrochemical, food processing, mining, pulp and paper, water/wastewater treatment, wood products, textiles, and transportation.

    Electronic Technology Diploma: The Electronic Technology Diploma Program is a comprehensive technician training program in which students are trained to work in many areas of electronics including microcomputers, communications systems, and industrial and robotic systems. Training includes extensive hands-on experience in addition to fundamental knowledge of principles and practices.

    Basic Electronics Certificate: A program designed to give basic knowledge of electronics and microcomputers.

    Salary Range: In Minnesota, the average hourly rate for electronic engineering technicians is $27.87.**

    Choose your degree option:A.A.S.DIPCERT

    Career Outlook

    Employment of electrical and electronic engineering technicians is expected to grow about two percent from 2010–2020.*

  • Engineering CAD Technology

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    Lake Superior College’s Engineering CAD Technology program provides students with a thorough understanding of basic engineering skills and manufacturing processes. Courses also include basic hands-on machine shop and welding experiences. This total knowledge is then applied through the use of 2D and 3D computer-aided design technologies. CAD software programs learned include AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Inventor and Revit Structure. Students will learn how to apply the design process from concept to initial design to prototype and then the final product. This includes visualization to sketching to the final 2D and/or 3D engineered CAD software production drawing presentation.

    Career Outlook

    Overall, employment of all drafters is expected to grow six percent from 2010 to 2020. Demand for mechanical, electrical and electronic drafters is expected to be notably high in engineering and drafting service firms because of more complex problems associated with new products and manufacturing processes.*

    What are the outcomes?

    Engineering CAD technicians can work in a wide variety of environments but most often are found in engineering and manufacturing firms. Various interactions with the shop floor and job sites are common. For example, several of Lake Superior’s program graduates are employed at Cirrus Design in Duluth and Kestrel Aircraft in Superior, WI. where they create engineered drawings and designs for single engine aircraft. LSC graduates have also been involved with the design of pipelines, four-wheelers and production processes for the local paper mills, mining facilities and power plants.

    Engineering CAD students build robots which then compete in Lake Superior College’s very own Battle of the Bots. Many Engineering CAD Technology students find employment even before completing their program. So they can finish their second year of schooling while getting paid for the skills they previously learned.

    Salary Range: In Minnesota the average wage per hour for mechanical drafters is $26.04 and for electrical/electronic drafters is $26.55.**

    Choose your degree option:

    A.A.S. Degree: This 68-credit program includes general education courses to supplement the experience. This degree is structured for students seeking a career in product design, manufacturing and industrial production systems.
    A.A.S.

    Diploma: This 60-credit program is similar to the degree program but excludes many general education courses.
    DIP

    Engineering CAD Technology Certificate: This 24-credit program is intended for the student who may occasionally come in contact with engineering CAD on the job.
    CERT

    SolidWorks (CAD) Certificate: This 18-credit course of study prepares students for software specific skills and Certified SolidWorks Examinations.
    CERT

    Advanced Inventor (CAD) Certificate: This is an advanced 18-credit course of study intended to upgrade the software skills of experienced CAD professionals.
    CERT

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Rich Kresky at (218) 733-7630 or kreskyri@lsc.edu, or Student Services at (218) 733-7601, toll free: (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601, or find out more online at www.lsc.edu. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Integrated Manufacturing Welding

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    Lake Superior College offers a 62-credit diploma program in welding. This provides a broad-based education in the manufacturing environment and gives students an understanding of the entire manufacturing process from conception to completion. Students begin by taking a semester of foundational courses such as Introduction to Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical Blueprint Reading, Design Application Concepts and Quality Control Processes. Once students complete the foundational courses they will begin specialized courses in welding.

    This diploma will prepare students with the ability and knowledge identified by the American Welding Society Skills Standards. Curriculum will focus on welding skills and theory, fabrication, layout, print reading, welding symbols, math, and welding codes. Specific welding experiences include gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, and flux cored arc welding. Students will also prepare for welding certification. Certifications are available in Gas Metal Arc Welding Production Welder and Tungsten Arc Welding Production Welder.

    What are the outcomes?

    Lake Superior College’s welding diploma prepares students with the skills and knowledge needed to find entry level work in a variety of settings, including construction, food production, drilling, and manufacturing. Some welders even work underwater, repairing bridges and pipelines. The field is diverse, and as workers gain experience there is room for advancement into supervisory roles.

    Salary Range: In Minnesota, the median wage for welders is $19.12 per hour and for the United States is $18.51 according to www.iseek.org.
    Choose your degree option:DIP
    Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Production WelderCERT
    Gas Metal Arc Welding Production WelderCERT

    Career Outlook

    Job prospects should be excellent for welders with the right skills. Many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants. In addition, other openings will arise as workers retire or leave the occupation for other reasons.*

  • Machine Tool Technology

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    At Lake Superior College students who are interested in a career in machining have a variety of program choices. Lake Superior College’s Machine Tool lab space has undergone some high tech changes recently, offering students experience with some of the nation’s most advanced equipment. Students are exposed to a wide spectrum of machining equipment, from traditional millwork and lathes to the most up-to-date, completely computerized technology available in the industry.

    Machine Technology CNC Programmer: This program is offered as a 72-credit Associate in Applied Science degree as well as a 64-credit diploma. Upon the completion of the program, students are prepared with the skills necessary for employment as a CNC technician. CNC technicians are machinists with additional skills in programming, setup and operation of computer driven machine tools. Most high-tech products, including computers, aircraft and medical devices, use precision components made on CNC machine tools.
    Choose your degree option:
    A.A.S.

    CNC Machine Programmer Diploma: A more focused course of study with 64 credits preparing students for entry-level work in the field.
    DIP

    CNC Operator Diploma: A more focused course of study with 46 credits preparing students for entry-level work in the field.
    DIP

    Advanced Automation Certificate: This 16-credit certificate provides advanced training for people already working as machinists. It gives them a chance to improve their skills with the latest fully automated machine tools available today.
    CERT

    Manual Machining Certificate: This 30-credit certificate provides training in the traditional modes of machining using mills, lathes and other manually operated equipment.
    CERT

    What are the outcomes?

    Salary Range: In Minnesota the average wage for machinists is $21.07 per hour, according to www.iseek.org.

    Career Outlook

    Employment of machinists and tool and die makers is expected to grow seven percent from 2010 to 2020. Workers with a range of skills who can perform multiple tasks in a machine shop will have the best job opportunities.*


Legend:

  • *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 edition.
  • **iseek.org
  • CERT – Certification
  • DIP – Diploma
  • A.S. – Associates of Science
  • A.A.S. – Associate’s of Applied Science