Skills To Develop As A Welder

There are certain skills every industry or job requires in order to become successful, and welding is no different. CCNN offers a welding program that helps students gain the experience needed to start an in-demand career as a welder, cutter, solderer or brazer.  But what skills will you need to develop as welder?

Welder Skills

Math Skills and Blueprint Reading

One of the first things you’ll learn to do as a welder is blueprint reading. Math skills will help you interpret sketches and read blueprints. While learning to become a welder at CCNN, you’ll take a Print Reading course and upon successful completion of the course, you’ll be able to properly define and read manufacturing design prints that are typically found in the welding and fabrication industries.

Attention to Detail

Paying attention to the little details is going to help you succeed as a welder because it’s important to get the job done correctly with no mistakes. The smallest mistakes can cause major problems in the long run. Welders can also work in dangerous environments, so keeping your workspace clean and safe is extremely important for you and everyone around you.

Physical Stability

It is no surprise that physical stamina made the list on skills to develop as a welder. Welding can be extremely strenuous on the body, so the more physical stamina you possess, the easier your job can be. You may be required to stand, bend, squat, twist or sit in weird positions for long periods of time to complete the job. Steady hands, good hand-eye coordination and depth perception may all be required to become a successful welder.
More Skills to Develop
  • Fabrication
  • Assembling
  • Mechanical Skills
  • Manage Work Orders
  • Construction
  • Customer Service
  • Analytical Skills
  • Compliance
  • Concentration

CCNN’s Welding Program

Do you have the skills to become a welder? Upon completion of welding training at CCNN, you should have a solid foundation to launch your career as a welder. You will take courses such as: Manufacturing Tools and Operations, Math for Manufacturing and Fabrication, Print Reading, Introduction to Welding, Computer Fundamentals for the Trades and Computer Assisted Design and Drafting. Begin your career as a welder by contact CCNN today at 775.241.4445 for more information on our welding program.
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Have you considered becoming an HVAC/R Technician but not sure how to get started? Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth and job opportunities for HVAC Technicians are expected to be good, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Did you know you can complete HVAC Training in Northern Nevada at CCNN in as little as nine months? But what does the training at CCNN entail?  

HVAC/R Service Technician Diploma Program

This program is designed to introduce and prepare students for entry-level employment by developing the essential skills and knowledge base to meet the standards and demands of today’s industry. During the program, you will learn the basic principles, functions and practical applications of residential and light commercial air conditioning, heating and refrigeration.  

Courses for HVAC Training in Northern Nevada

The courses you will complete during the program include:
  • Technical Writing
  • Computer Fundamentals for the Trades
  • Customer Relations
  • Foundations of HVAC/R
  • Electrical Theory and Application
  • Refrigeration Theory and Application
  • Heating Systems
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems
  • Air Flow and Distribution
  • Skills Review and EPA Certification

Hands-On HVAC/R Training

The HVAC/R program at CCNN gives you hands-on training on skills you will actually use when you’re out in the field. This includes:
  • Replacing filters, ducts and other integral parts of HVAC/R systems
  • Heating and cooling device installation
  • Following blueprints, design specs and manufacturer instructions
  • Routine maintenance and repairs
  • Installing motors, compressors, condensing units, piping, evaporators and more

Ready to Begin a Career in HVAC/R?

Now that you have an idea of what the HVAC/R technician program entails, are you ready to take the next step toward a career in HVAC/R? Contact CCNN today at 775.241.4445 for more information on our programs.  
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Are you new to the tech world? Are you considering entering into an IT program? When you’re new to the tech world, the terminology can seem rather daunting at first. CCNN offers an Information Technology Specialist program that will teach you the ins and outs of the IT world, including the important IT terms you should know. But what are the most common terms you should know? Web servers – computer systems utilized to save websites, online apps, pictures, documents and other data that can be accessed through the web. When you go to a site with a browser on your computer, tablet or smartphone, you are requesting it from a web server. Cache – a hardware or software component that stores data so future requests for the data can be served faster. Cookies – information asked to accept when connecting to certain servers through a web browser. It is a means of identifying you. CRM (Customer Relationship Management) – this term refers to the set of processes, technologies, tools and software that help businesses manage their relationships with customers. CMS (Content Management System) – manages workflow in a collaborative environment. They are frequently used for storing, controlling, revising, semantically enriching and publishing documentation. Host – A computer accessed by a user working in a remote location. Hosting also refers to a specific computer connected to a TCP/IP network. IP Address (Internet Protocol Address) – every computer connected to the Internet has this unique identifying number. (i.e., VPN – a network that permits public web connections to be used as a private network to enhance security. If you’re using public Wi-Fi, your device and information are in theory accessible by everyone else on the network. Cloud computing – this umbrella term includes products, services and platforms allowing businesses and other users to access computing resources that are delivered over the internet and other networks. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) – a language used to create web pages. HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) – defines how a web server and a browser should interact. Firewall – systems created to protect a network from external security dangers. Routers – devices utilized to connect computers to the web by a company like cable or DSL. This is how you access your home Wi-Fi.  

Enroll in CCNN’s Information Technology Specialist Program Today.

Now that you’ve got an idea of some common IT terms you should know, it’s time to take a step into the tech world! CCNN is now enrolling students in the Information Technology Specialist program. Contact CCNN at 775.241.4445 for more information on our IT program.  

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Information Technology is a crucial part of our everyday lives and is constantly evolving. Are you thinking about entering the information technology industry but wondering what you’ll learn and what type of courses are required to become an information technology specialist? CCNN offers an Information Technology Specialist program that can be completed in as few as 18 months. The program appeals to students who want to be a part of the exciting world of information technology and support. Below we’ve listed a few courses you’ll take while attending school at CCNN.  

Introduction to Programming

An introduction to the theory and practice of programming. Students will learn the basics of software development such as variables, control structures, iteration, recursion and objects.  

Intrusion Prevention Systems

The goal of this course is to examine and learn how to recognize and counteract against common threats to networks and data system security. Students will learn commonly used attack vectors of malicious actors and how to perform basic white-hat penetration testing. Students will also master the terminology used when discussing system security.  

Switching and Routing

This course focuses heavily on network configuration practice. This class will go into advanced switching concepts like Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLAN Trunking Protocol LAN and Switching diagnostics. After that, students learn the advanced IPv4 routing protocols OSPF, EIGRP and BGP.  

Network Fundamentals

Students will learn network fundamentals of Ethernet switching and IPv4 routing in a Cisco environment. Students will work with Cisco routers, switches and packet tracers. They will learn to build, analyze, test and configure basic switching and RIP routing networks. You will also learn subnet calculations for IPv4 and have a conceptual understanding Local Area Networks and how they connect and interact with the Wide Area Network.  

Programming Apps – Apple SDK & Android SDK

Apple: Students will learn to use the iPhone’s user interface controls in Interface Builder. They will be introduced to Swift and have the opportunity to create and test applications. Android: In this course students will learn the fundamentals of Java programming language, as well as design basic Android apps.  

Some other courses you’ll take at CCNN

  • Computer Architectures A+ Preparation
  • Cloud Computing and Google Cloud
  • Integrations of Mobile Devices in Business Environments
  • SQL Databases
  • Advanced OS: Windows Desktop
  • Advanced OS: Windows Server
  • Advanced OS: Apple OS X
  • Introduction to Unix/Linux

Begin Your Career in IT

Now you know a few of the courses you’ll have the opportunity to take when pursuing a degree as an Information Technology Specialist at CCNN. Are you ready to learn more about the world of IT? Are you ready to begin your career in Information Technology? Contact CCNN today at 775.241.4445 for more information on our Information Technology Specialist program.  
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Are you considering becoming a Medical Assistant or entering the healthcare industry but not sure if you have the skills or time? Are you a parent ready to get back into the workforce to help support your family and loved ones? Becoming a Medical Assistant as a parent may be easier than you think. Here is a list of Medical Assistant skills you’ve probably already mastered as a parent.  


Medical Assistants need to be very organized, because even the smallest mistake or miscommunication can put someone’s health in jeopardy. Planning out your day can make life easier. You may encounter many stressful situations, but remaining calm will help both you and your patient. As a parent, you have to stay organized to ensure that you don’t forget anything and so the kids are taken care of, even if it seems impossible.


Medical Assistants and parents need empathy. As a Medical Assistant, you may be required to talk to scared patients and they may need reassurance everything will be okay. Showing patients that you genuinely care for their health is crucial for Medical Assistants. As a parent, it’s easy to show empathy for your children when they’re having a bad day or need help through difficult situations. Sitting down with your kids and showing you genuinely care for their health and wellbeing comes second nature, and as a Medical Assistant, it should also come as second nature.


Medical Assistants are often expected to be a jack-of-all-trades, whether you’re in a small office or a large hospital. One day you may be required to give medical assistance and care for a patient, and the next you may be taking vitals. Mastering the art of multi-tasking and staying organized as a Medical Assistant is extremely important. If you’re a parent, you can multi-task. Plain and simple. You’re cooking dinner with one hand and holding the baby in the other. Do you have more than one kid? You’ve mastered the art of multi-tasking.


Communication is an essential part of any job in the healthcare industry. As a Medical Assistant, you are often communicating with doctors, nurses, administrators and patients. Good communication is essential, especially when you have to explain procedures to help a patient better understand what is going on. Communicating with a child can sometimes be difficult but it is critical and an essential part of parenting. Good communication with your children will help them grow up to be better people too.

Customer Service

Providing customer service to patients will be more important than ever. Because Medical Assistants are often the first and last contact a patient has during a visit, much of the customer service responsibility is a function of the Medical Assistant’s role. You want your children to be happy. Sometimes children misbehave. Yelling at them and sending them to their room probably won’t make them behave any better. So, it’s important to have good customer service skills to explain what they did wrong and why it made you upset. Having patience with patients and children both lead to good customer service.

Become a Medical Assistant at CCNN

Are you a parent looking to jump back into the workforce? Does a career in the healthcare industry seem like a great fit? Have you already mastered these requirements to be a Medical Assistant? Then contact CCNN today at 775.241.4445 for more information on our Medical Assisting program!  

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Do you appreciate hands-on work and fixing things? Have you considered the possibilities of working in HVAC and welding? Career College of Northern Nevada offers a Facility Maintenance Technician program that includes courses from our HVAC, welding and industrial electronics technician programs. So, what will you learn in this 78-week program?

Facility Maintenance Technician Courses

Electrical Theory and Application

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of electrical theory. Basic principles like Ohm’s law, electrical characteristics and electron flow will be applied to reinforce the importance and application of electricity in the HVAC/R industry. You will also learn basic wiring techniques, schematic reading, motor controls and electrical troubleshooting.  

Fluid Power Dynamics

Our Fluid Power Dynamics course will give you knowledge of the concepts and components of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. You will have the ability to perform the routine maintenance requirements of control systems, pumps and equipment used with hydraulic and pneumatic systems using common safety practices. Finally, you will learn to diagram and explain commonly used fluid power hydraulic and pneumatic systems.  

Digital Electronics

The Digital Electronics course will give you basic understanding of digital circuits. You’ll learn the numbering systems and the logic gates used for these circuits. The course will also provide the safety procedures required for performing repair and maintenance on digital elements.  

Intro to Welding and Fabrication

The Introduction to Welding and Fabrication course will be your first course into the world of welding. First you will learn about the personal protective equipment required for welding and fabrication projects. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in welding safety including the handling of hazardous materials, avoiding accidents in the workplace and electrical safety. OSHA-10 training and the foundations of welding professionalism will also be taught in this course. Upon completion of this course, a passing score on SENSE Level II Safety will be required prior to moving forward in the welding program. The beginning of SMAW will also be introduced in this course.  

Oxyfuel Cutting and Basics of SMAW

During this welding course, you will gain a basic understanding of oxy-fuel cutting, also called flame cutting or burning, as well as plasma cutting. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate skills using an oxy-fuel torch, plasma cutter and carbon arc cutting practices.  

Are You Ready to Begin a Career as a Facility Maintenance Technician?

If you’re ready to begin a career in an industrial facility utilizing skills in HVAC, welding and industrial electronics, becoming a Facility Maintenance Technician may be exactly what you’re looking for! Contact CCNN at 775.241.4445 for more information on our Facility Maintenance Technician Program!
Are you considering pursuing a career in healthcare? Do you appreciate the idea of healthcare, business and information technology working together as one? Do you want to work in a field that is growing and will continue to? Career College of Northern Nevada offers a Health Information Management program that can fulfill these desires. Health Information Management professionals are an important part of the healthcare industry because they perform a variety of jobs to help keep physicians’ offices, hospitals and medical facilities of all types running. But what type of courses will you take in this 18-month program?

Health Information Management Courses

Medical Terminology 1 & 2

In both Medical Terminology courses, you’ll learn to apply an in-depth knowledge of the medical terminology used with the various systems of human anatomy and pathophysiology. This includes the 11 different types of body systems, procedures and diseases associated with medical terms in the health industry. The program’s focus will be on definitions, key terms related to the appropriate body functions, directional planes, body regions, positions, cavities, location to the organs, body structures and mapping, and anatomical terms based on procedures.

Health Information Technology

Health Information Management professionals work within the intersection of healthcare and IT. During the Health Information Technology course, you’ll learn the importance of quality data collection based on accuracy, accessibility, consistency, time and completeness. You will gain an understanding of many different data sets used to collect patient information. In addition, you will learn about the evolution of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and hybrid records that shape the healthcare industry as well as the content of the health record.

Principles of Management

This course will prepare you to properly communicate with physicians, coworkers and other healthcare professionals. You will also learn the importance of presenting a professional image in the healthcare environment.

Billing and Reimbursement Management

During this course, you will have the opportunity to learn about the history, rules and regulations of the revenue cycle in the health industry, encompassing billing and reimbursement methodologies in physician’s offices and outpatient hospital settings. Usage of common terminology, health insurance plans, medical documentation, medical forms and basics of coding methodologies will also be taught. Finally, you will learn the importance of proper federal and state laws for optimizing reimbursements and reprocessing claim denials and appeals.    

Are You Ready to Begin a Career in Healthcare?

While there are many more courses you’ll take during this program, these are just a few you’ll experience. Are you ready to take the next step toward a fulfilling career in healthcare? Contact CCNN today at 775.241.4445 for more information on our Health Information Management program.   Learn more

How would you feel working in a factory or an industrial setting, installing, troubleshooting and servicing manufacturing equipment? Do you see yourself landing a job that involves carrying out electronics inspections and working with electrical and digital electronics? If so, you may be interested in an industrial electronics technology career. Career College of Northern Nevada offers an Industrial Electronics Technology program that can be completed in as few as 18 months. Upon graduation, you can be qualified for a technician job in electronics, equipment calibration, security and surveillance, and fiber optics.


Career Description

An industrial electronics engineer works primarily in an industrial setting, typically a production factory or manufacturing plant where many tasks are automated and handled by electronic machines. If you are interested in pursuing a career that deals with the latest computer control and electronic technologies, this could be the right career path to follow.

Industrial electronics technology professionals are responsible for ensuring that production processes on the factory floors are operating as expected. They also see to it that sophisticated equipment in manufacturing plants that run on electricity are always at their optimum performance conditions. A career path to becoming an electronics technician may also involve learning the latest communication and control system technologies, including robotics, wireless communication systems, green technology and fiber optics communication.


Career Requirements

To get started the industrial electronics technology career path, you will need in-depth knowledge of how electrical systems work, as well as training on how to work with electronic systems. Becoming an industrial electronics technician often requires formal training and an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Industrial Electronic Technology.

Considering how expansive this engineering technology field is, it is often necessary for trainees to specialize in a particular area such as PC-based control systems, conveyors, or heating and air conditioning. As an industrial electronics technician, you will be expected to use a variety of machinery and power tools, including pipe threads, drill presses, measuring devices, grinders and more. Maintaining and servicing installed electronic system mandates the use of voltmeters, electrical testing equipment and computer-based diagnostic software.


What Will I Learn in the Industrial Electronics Technology Program?

Students completing this program will gain the necessary skills to service and repair a broad range of electronic and computer-controlled devices. Some of the course’s students will take include:


  • Electronic Technology
  • Industrial Motor Controls
  • Fluid Power Dynamics
  • Industrial PLCs
  • Robotics
  • Structured Cabling
  • Industrial Security and Surveillance
  • Microcircuit Programming
  • Wireless Communications Technology
  • Fiber Optics Communication
  • Green Technology



Begin Your Career as an Industrial Electronics Technician

Are you intrigued by learning how things work? Are you interested in working closely with engineers to help design, test and service the technology that is changing our lives today? Are you ready to take the next step toward this exciting career path? Contact CCNN at 775.241.4445 for more information on our Industrial Electronics Technology program!


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