About Skilled Trades & Arts

The School of Skilled Trades & Arts prepares students for rewarding careers and offers training in Skilled Trades, Manufacturing, Transportation, Design and Film.

Who We Are


We are located on several CNM campuses. The program you select will help to identify what campus you will be on for your in-person classes. 

Main Campus: 
Electrical Trades, Carpentry and Construction, Automotive Technology, Diesel Equipment Technology, Welding, Machine Tool Technology, HVAC, and Plumbing and Gas Fitting.

CNM Advanced Technology Center: 
Film, Truck Driving, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Geographic Information Technology, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or Drones), Surveying Technology, Construction Management, Architectural/Engineering Drafting Technology, Architecture, and a few Diesel Equipment classes.

Rio Rancho Campus: 
Welding classes and labs for convenient Rio Rancho and Westside access. 

FUSE Makerspace: Downtown ABQ.

We provide our students with modern, in-demand Career Technical Education (CTE) training available by combining today’s emerging technologies with a hands-on approachWe are committed to aligning our programs with the evolving needs of students, industry, and the community. 

Many programs that we offer require basic hand tools. Our students are encouraged to participate in nationally recognized student organizations such as SKILLS USA whose activities may be an integral part of the curriculum. Students working toward a degree or certificate must earn a grade of C or better in all career and technical courses to meet school completion and/or graduation requirements.

Dean's Message

School of Skilled Trades & Arts appreciates your interest in our educational programs. Skilled Trades & Arts is a community of students, industry partners, and skilled teaching professionals, coming together in an environment of hands-on learning. Our aim is to allow students to gain the satisfaction that comes from mastering new skillsand to further their career and personal goals. Please take the time to explore all of our programs and thanks for choosing us!

Guiding Principles

School of Skilled Trades & Arts:

  • Is dedicated to student learning through the delivery of progressive educational programs
  • Is committed to supporting its faculty, staff, and administration through professional and leadership development, mentorship, and internal career ladders
  • Cultivates an environment in which trust and honest communication are core values that provide the basis for effective collegial relationships
  • Creates and sustains effective partnerships across its programs and within the college
  • Values its industry partnerships, which it nurtures on a continuing basis
  • Aims to continue its historic leadership role within the college

What We Do

We offer 33 certificate programs and 18 degree programs at an affordable cost. There is a wide range of programs available to choose from; for example, you can learn to build a house, work with drones, drive a truck, or create blueprints.

Certificates are generally smaller groups of classes that are also part of a degree program. Some certificate programs can be completed in as little as one term. If you think finding time to attend classes will be difficult, we offer day, evening, weekend, and distance learning classes to meet your needs.

How We Measure Up

Academic Achievement

Assessment information and assessment reports are available from the Student Academic Achievement Committee

  • Academic achievement is all about what students can actually do when they have finished a course of study
  • Degrees and programs list this information and call it "competencies"
  • Competencies are measured as students graduate
  • The results are used to improve program and degree outcomes
  • Each degree or program publishes an annual report
  • The report is a way of knowing how well an individual program or degree is doing in preparing students

Community Impact

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