Ranken’s two-year certificate programs consist of four semesters (or 448 clock hours) of intense, hands-on training, offered in a convenient evening format. Get the skills you need to move to the next level at the Midwest’s leading technical college.
Automotive Collision Repair Technology
Utilizing the Inter-industry Conference on Automotive Collision Repair (I-CAR) Advanced Technology curriculum, this program focuses on restoring wrecked cars to their pre-accident condition.
The program develops students’ proficiencies in body and frame machines; down-draft spray booths; computerized mixing and electronic measuring systems; MIG welders; refinishing; resistance spot welding; and the repair of mechanical and electrical systems.
Automotive Maintenance Technology
Students refine the skills necessary to become entry-level automotive mechanics, gaining experience in diagnosing and repairing automotive problems and malfunctions in automatic and manual transmissions; automotive electricity; basic computer electronics and air conditioning; brakes; engines; and suspension.
Computer Networking Technology
Students are introduced to a combination of computer desktop operating systems, local area networking (LAN), wide area networking (WAN) and microcomputer hardware.
The first year of the program focuses on preparing students to become A+ Certified technicians. During the second year, students are introduced to network devices and how they fit into the network and upon completion are eligible to earn Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.
Control Systems Technology
Students focus on the measurement and control of automated processes and technical systems in industrial plants.
Training is concentrated in basic electronics; commercial wiring practices; DC/AC theory; distributed control systems; instrumentation fundamentals; National Electric Code (NEC); principles of variable measurements; programmable logic controllers (PLCs); and variable speed drives.
Electrical Automation Technology
This program emphasizes maintenance, troubleshooting and installation of electrical circuitry and equipment controls.
Training is concentrated in basic and industrial electronics; commercial wiring practices; DC/AC theory; motor controls and logic fundamentals; National Electric Code (NEC); power distribution and DC/AC motor theory; and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
Electrical Construction Design & Management
Electrical construction designers and project managers work in multiple phases of electrical construction. Designers create electrical systems for residential, commercial and industrial buildings using computers and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software. The designs are then assembled, installed and maintained by electricians and electrical construction workers. Cost estimation, project scheduling and management of the fabrication and installation phase are also key to this career.
Fabrication & Welding Technology
Welding is an essential component of our everyday lives. As a welder, you’ll work on our bridges, our cars and the machinery that makes modern life possible. You’ll be able to use your skills to work in many industries, including building construction, automotive, and manufacturing.
Ranken’s one-year welding certificate program will teach you the essential welding processes you need to get the job you want.
Receiving training in a variety of technical disciplines, program graduates are needed by area-wide facilities, including universities, hospitals, hotels and industrial businesses, where they can repair a majority of problems that occur.
Courses offer hands-on training in blueprint reading; electrical maintenance; carpentry maintenance; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR); National Electric Code (NEC); pipefitting; and stationary engineering (license preparation). Other stand-alone evening courses may also apply.
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Students receive the hands-on training to service and repair nearly all the equipment they’ll find out in the industry.
Specifically, coursework focuses on basic refrigeration and hand tools; commercial and residential heating and cooling equipment; commercial ice makers; electricity; and light commercial refrigeration systems.
High Performance Racing Technology
Our specialized training allows students to design, machine and build all types of high performance engines using a wide variety of aftermarket engine components.
You will learn to improve performance of engines and maintain peak performance of racing engines. You’ll get hands-on experience in maximizing horsepower, achieving the best performance from stock components and controls, and installing and programming these systems using the engine and chassis dynamometers.
Receiving training in a variety of technical disciplines, program graduates are needed by area-wide manufacturing and industrial firms, where they can repair a majority of problems that occur.
Courses offer hands-on training in blueprint reading; electrical maintenance; hydraulics; industrial maintenance mechanics; millwright and rigging; National Electric Code (NEC); pipefitting; and stationary engineering (license preparation). Other stand-alone evening courses may also apply.
Major Appliance Technology
Home appliances – including washers, dryers, ranges and refrigerators – play an essential role in the daily routine of the average American household, and are becoming increasingly complex. Specific appliance repair training and knowledge is required to diagnose and service these systems efficiently and effectively.
By the end of the program students will have obtained their EPA Refrigerant Recovery Certification, which is mandatory for all repair technicians. Students will also take the National Appliance Service Technician Certification (NASTeC) basic skills exam which can be paired with a specialty exam to become NASTeC certified.
Plumbing & Pipefitting Technology
This program is designed to fill the need in industry, that will include more hours of classroom/shop to meet St. Louis City and County plumber guidelines. Students can complete an apprenticeship at the end of the program, earning them a certificate from the Department of Labor.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to join a variety of piping materials, pipes, and fittings as well as repair commercial and residential plumbing.
Precision Machining Technology
Students develop fundamental machining skills on milling machines, lathes and surface grinders.
This machinist-level program emphasizes blueprint reading; hand tools and machine practices; lathe and mill operations; metal processing theory; standard machines, attachments and accessories; and tools, hardening and precision grinding.