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This exciting new program offered by Neosho County Community College consists of three levels of training that culminate in an Associate of Applied Science degree.

The three levels of training include:  Level I, Level II, and Associates of Applied Science Degree

Aerostructures LEVEL I– 9 credit hours

Basic Computer – This course is worth 1 hour of college credit.  It includes the following topics:  mouse functions, Windows operating system, Windows icons and shortcuts, moving throughout the window, menus, textboxes, drop down lists, options buttons, dialog boxes, starting and exiting a program.

Shop Math – This course is offered as part of our Adult Basic Education program.  It covers whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, and tolerance.

Safety – This course is worth 1 hour of college credit.  It provides an overview of OSHA regulations; information on safety tools, equipment, and safe procedures; hazardous waste, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and blood borne pathogens.

Precision Tools – This course is worth 1 hour of college credit.  It includes basic concepts and terminology related to precision instruments.  Students will learn to utilize a precision rule, dial caliper, vernier micrometer, small hole gauge, counter sink guage, grip gauges, and rivet height gauges.

Blueprint Reading – This course is worth 2 hours of college credit.  It teaches basic concepts associated with blueprints including understanding terminology, compare blueprint elements, interpret lines, identify dimension and tolerance, interpret common G D & T symbols, and interpret fastener symbols and common aircraft symbols

Basic Drilling & Riveting - This course provides 1 hour of college credit.  It provides specific technical skills necessary to safely drill and countersink quality holes for work as an assembly mechanic in the aerospace industry.

Aerostructures I – This course is worth 3 hours of college credit.  This course includes instruction and hands-on application of skills such as drilling holes, riveting, countersinking, and final product assessment.

Aerostructures LEVEL II
(Additional 9 credit hours)

This level of training enhances Level I by increasing knowledge in technology, communication, and industrial math.

Introduction to Technology Systems - This is a 3 credit hour course.  It is an introductory study of the systems of technology as applied in communication, manufacturing, construction, and power/energy/transportation; including their organizations, techniques, resources, products, evolution and impact on society.

Interpersonal Communication – This is a 3 credit hour course.  This course includes the study of communication theory and its application to interpersonal relationships.  Students will learn the skills necessary to develop meaningful interpersonal relationships, both professional and personal. 

Industrial Math – This is a 3 credit hour course.  This course begins with concepts as basic as the difference between numbers and numerals this course reviews mathematics principles and operations through trigonometry.  The emphasis is on understanding mathematical principles rather than on rote memorization of techniques.  Students will be introduced to the three kinds of calculator logic systems, how to identify which kind of logic any calculator uses, and how to enter problems to ensure that the answer is correct.  This course also teaches direct measurements and calculated measurements (e.g., area, torque, speed, and flow rate).  The course describes the basic kinds of metric measurement, the use of prefixes (kilo, centi, milli, etc.), and how and when to convert between metric and English measurement.

LEVEL III – Associate of Applied Science
Industrial Engineering – 64 total hours

The Associate of Applied Science degree is designed for individuals who wish to begin a career upon graduation.  A total of 64 credit hours are required to complete this degree.   Courses include Level I and II courses identified above, plus the following courses.

Computer Literacy Proficiency (1-3 hours)
General Education Courses (12-25 hours) including English Composition I and Interpersonal Communication (above)
First Year Seminar ( 1 hour) May be waived for students with 15+ hours)
Specialized and Related Courses (42 – 48 hours) Includes 15 credit hours from Level I & II.
 Other Requirements
  Pre- and Post-assessments required by NCCC.
  15 of the last 24 credit hours must be in residence at NCCC
  Total of 64 credit hours
  Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher


The training will start with classes in the NCCC Center for Academic and Vocational Excellence (CAVE).  After skills are mastered in the CAVE, students will move to the Armory Building for testing and advanced aerostructures training.


Several options are available to help fund your participation in this program. 

1. First, register with the Kansas Works office located in the Student Union of Neosho County Community College.  Their friendly staff will determine if you are eligible for WIA funded training.
2. Contact the Outreach and Workforce Development office of Neosho County Community College.  Scholarship opportunities may exist, especially in the first year of the program.
3. Try traditional financial aid options such as Pell grants and student loans.  The NCCC Financial Aid office can assist you in determining your eligibility. 
4. Self-pay is also an option.


Please contact the Outreach and Workforce Development office in the Student Union or for specific information on how to enroll in this training program.