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United Technologies Center: Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Bangor High School is one of seven public high schools participating in technical education programming offered at United Technologies Center (UTC), which is located at 200 Hogan Road in Bangor. Students attend UTC for a half-day in either the morning or afternoon session and complete other academic requirements, participate in extra-curricular activities and other aspects of school life the other half of the day at Bangor High School.  UTC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions. Please refer to the UTC website for pre-requisites, college credits, related post-secondary schools and career opportunities: www.utc4me.org.

UTC programs provide an opportunity to increase academic achievement while learning industry standard technical skills.  Through these career exploration experiences, students are better able to choose appropriate post-secondary school and career paths. Bangor High School students can earn three high school credits for successful completion of UTC courses, and some programs may allow students to earn college credits through Dual Enrollment programs Articulation Agreements with a growing number of colleges and universities throughout Maine.  Students seeking college credit are encouraged to work with the prospective school(s) to explore the transferability of credits before engaging in the program as the practices for acceptance of credit across post-secondary institutions.

382       Auto Body & Refinishing Technology (3 credits)
Introduction in morning session / Advanced in afternoon session. Fix up your car?  Want to learn to paint, to make your vehicle look great?  This introductory program provides students with a one-year basic entry-level class that will help develop skill in collision repair and refinishing.  The curriculum includes:  OSHA industrial safety, safe use of auto body hand tools and equipment, vehicle construction, characteristics and theory of basic metal working, preparation and application of automotive refinishing materials, body repairs, replacement of body parts and custom painting graphics introduction.

The second year (instructor approval) advanced class has a lot more emphasis on major collision repairs and the auto body refinishing process.  In addition students that meet class requirements are given the opportunity to participate in the I-Car Gold Program, which recognizes collision industry professionals for achieving a high level of technical training and demonstrating professionalism and dedication to complete and make safe repairs.

381       Automotive Diagnostics Engineering (3 credits) 1-year program

This challenging course includes rigorous classroom instruction and a complete lab experience based on the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) standards.  Juniors, sign up early for the opportunity to work at a dealership as part of your training through the Automotive Youth Education System (AYES).  For aspiring engineers, emphasis is placed on electrical/electronics and engine performance.  Some of the components covered in class are as follows:  Basic electrical/electronics repair, reading and interpreting wiring diagrams, general engine diagnosis, diagnosis and repair of ignition systems, fuel, air induction, and emission control systems.

375       Automotive Suspension & Control Systems (3 credits) 1-year program

This entry-level course emphasizes computerized four-wheel alignment, plus diagnosis and repair of steering and suspension system, along with ABS disc and drum brakes.  Expect a rigorous classroom curriculum, with loads of hands on work in the lab. If that is not enough, this class has the added bonus of the marketing and retail aspects of the automotive industry.  You will have the opportunity to develop marketing displays, sales, and customer relations skills, along with ordering, billing, and parts inventory tracking.

389       Business Management Technology (BMT) (3 credits) 1 or 2-year program

The Business Management program is a dynamic and challenging program that uses an entrepreneurship framework and offers articulation agreements and dual enrollments with numerous college programs throughout the state.  Through our Comprehensive Work Experience program (CEW), students will have an opportunity to learn first hand by interacting with members from our business community.

This program is designed to take students on a step-by-step journey through the entire process of owning their own or work for a small business.  The underlining rationale for this program is to provide students with a foundation of the business operation, while preparing them for future educational opportunities and employment.  UTC has done an extensive analysis of different business content areas that need to be taught in order to supplement current employment needs and to support current business related programs at the University of Maine, Husson University, and Eastern Maine Community College.

384       Building Construction Management (3 credits) 1 or 2-year program

Do you like building things and have an interest in architectural design or job site management?  Would you like to design your house?  This program will give you skills in rough and/or finish carpentry, cabinet making, architecture, boat-building design and construction management.  You will be introduced to all areas of housing design using Chief Architect software plus construction technologies such as solar power, super insulation, cabling adaptations, moisture control, weatherization, and building performance science.

In the lab, you will learn how to use hand tools and power tools safely and properly while learning the skills for installation of roof components, exterior/interior finishes, framing, and stair construction.  You will also learn to design, construct and install different types of cabinets.  The latest in computer technology is used for reading and designing building plans while estimating materials and construction costs.  You will have an opportunity to conduct on-line research to discover cutting edge technologies and applications of construction.

374       Commercial Video Communication (3 credits) 1 or 2-year program

Lights, Camera, Action!  In front of a camera or behind the scenes, how about just having the knowledge of how everything works in video production.  This is an extremely challenging course that will take you through the world of video production and marketing.  Working as members of production teams, students utilize industry standard equipment and software to prepare projects that exhibit their mastery of skills, such as:  camera techniques, shots, movements, sound recordings, studio development, story board creation and script writing, complex media editing, plus theories of target marketing and advertising.  When you have finished the course, your portfolio will include informational videos, public service announcements, commercials, documentaries, and music videos.

378       Robotics Engineering (3 credits) 1 or 2-year program

(Electronics, Computer Diagnostics, Programming) Would you like to operate a robot that could be located anywhere in the world?  How about operating a robot from your home computer located somewhere else in the State of Maine?  This is the course that awaits you in Electronics/Robotics Engineering at UTC.  This program will train you in the basics of computer repair and maintenance, electronics and robotics and automation engineering.  Students will design and build specific purpose robots and automation equipment.  The curriculum includes general computer installation and service, diagnostics and trouble shooting, network installation and operations, Q-basic and Visual Basic programming, electronic circuitry design, wireless systems and security, and understanding and controlling parallel and serial ports.

372       Construction Engineering Technology (3 credits) 1 or 2-year program

(Heavy Equipment Operations) This is an exciting new course.  Did you ever want to manage a job site or learn how to survey?  UTC is the only Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school that actually has a course in heavy equipment operations.  The construction industry is in great need of highly skilled, trained operators.  This one-of-a-kind program provides time for practicing and developing eye-hand coordination skills on state-of-the-art simulators.  The NCCER national curriculum guide is followed the as you learn industry standard surveying and construction site supervisory skills.  Opportunities to operate current heavy construction equipment occur throughout the entire training course.

387       Culinary Arts/Hospitality (3 credits) 1 or 2-year program

This course is designed not only to please the taste buds, but also to teach skills that will take you a long way in the hospitality industry.  All aspects of operating a restaurant are taught.  The curriculum includes food planning and preparation, technical aspects of owning and operating a restaurant, customer service, catering and other related skills.  Students learn preparation and presentation of appetizers, salads, soups, desserts, pastries, meats, vegetables, and entrees.  Menu planning, purchasing, and marketing are also part of the program.

377      Electrical Residential Wiring/Connectivity (3 credits) 1 or 2-year program

Are you interested in becoming an electrician, electrical engineer or power plant technician?  This challenging, high demand program will introduce you to residential, commercial, data/com wiring methods and advanced technologies of alternative energy generation such as solar and wind power.

While learning National Electrical Codes, Ohm’s Law and AC/DC theory, and blueprint reading skills, you will participate in wiring at least 2 single-family dwellings.  Lab training includes actual installation of electrical and data/com wiring, fiber optic, category five cable, fire alarms and security systems.  Additional advanced skills are developed in the areas of network architecture, telecommunications, and troubleshooting techniques.

380      Environmental Horticulture (3 credits) 1 or 2-year program

(Landscape Design/Construction & Greenhouse Management) Do you have a green thumb and/or have concerns about our environment?  Environmental Horticulture covers a lot of ground in careers relating to commercial horticulture, forestry, agriculture, landscape design and construction, and environmental science.  A strong emphasis is placed on current best practices of conserving our natural resources.  Our campus gardens, greenhouses, classroom and hydroponics training laboratories offer you interesting ways to learn about plant identification, classification, and propagation.  Creative areas include landscaping, landscape design, hardscapes, turf grass management, interior and floriculture design which can become very competitive.  Greenhouse and nursery management skills are developed as students practice pruning, plant maintenance, soil testing, and pest management and disease control.

370       Health Occupations – CNA Certification Course (3 credits) 1-year program

Have you considered a challenging and rewarding career in the health field?  With so many career choices in health and health related areas, how do you know which one is right for you?  You can read about it or you can experience it as you prepare for the State of Maine Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam offered in May.  Health Occupations is an academically rigorous and physically demanding program that emphasizes teamwork, interpersonal relationships, and effective communication skills necessary in a health care setting.  The following topics are presented in the classroom, practiced in the Skill Training Lab, and reinforced during clinical training in community healthcare facilities:  Human Anatomy and Function, Human Growth and Development, Medical Terminology, Patient Observation and Documentation, Medical Ethics and Legal Responsibility, Safety and Infection Control Practices, Basic Patient Care Techniques, Emergency Care and CPR certification.

386       Heavy Equipment Diagnostics (3 credits)  (afternoon session only)

Learn the proper way to measure, diagnose and rebuild a diesel-powered engine.  This challenging program includes electrical, electronics, engine performance, and electronic repair procedures on trucks and other equipment.  In addition, the program also covers safety review and updates, 30 hour OSHA card, diesel engine operation and repair, drive train operation and repair, ABS brake systems, Maine State Inspection class A, D, and E, plus ASE certifications and the chance to continue with paid/unpaid employment opportunities.

 382       Heavy Equipment Maintenance (3 credits) (morning session only)

This is a course designed to give you entry-level skills in heavy equipment and truck repair.  Both the practical and theoretical aspects are taught.  Approximately fifty percent of your time will be spent on classroom instruction, with the remainder in the lab working on, not only UTC equipment, but also live work from organizations outside of the school.  The program includes general shop safety, 30 hour OSHA card, precision measuring, bolt fastening, oxy-acetylene welding, arc welding, diesel/heavy equipment preventive maintenance, air brake systems, hydraulic brakes, suspension and steering systems and recordkeeping.

376       Information Technology (3 credits) 1 or 2-year program

(3D Animation/Graphic Arts/Web Design) Lord of the Rings, I Robot, Monster House (Steven Spielberg film), Polar Express, Open Season, all used the same software for development that the UTC Information Technology lab uses today.  Did you think the background in Lord of the Rings was awesome?  The three top animation industry employers are:  architectural, medical and of course gaming.  There are over 60 gaming companies in the Boston area.

Animation is one of the hottest job markets internationally.  This course provides an element of discovery with the possibility of having your work critiqued by professionals throughout the world.  Last year’s students were able to connect with animators, designers and gamers from Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, and the US, to name a few.  If you are some of the best, the opportunity to compete at the state and national levels is also offered.  The last quarter, students are given an opportunity to develop a game.

Web Design is one of the most important industries today.  Businesses thrive through specialized marketing on the Internet.  Web curriculum uses code with software designing and development.  Critiques from web master professionals are available.

379       Outdoor Power & Recreation Equipment Technology (3 credits) 1 or 2-year

Have you ever thought of owning your own business?  Highly motivated students have the opportunity of becoming business owners.  Market research is necessary to determine the need from the following areas:  chainsaw, lawn, & garden, ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile, or marine dealerships.  Perhaps an independent repair shop along with buying and selling used equipment would be profitable.  This program may also be the stepping-stone to post-secondary education such as Motorcycle Marine Institute or a business degree at a college or university.  Those with an interest in racing dirt bikes or snowmobiles, as well as those who simply want to learn how to maintain their own equipment, will benefit from this program.  The Maine Warden Service recommends this program for troubleshooting and repairing your own equipment.  The field of landscaping or arborist is another area where this knowledge would prove helpful.

371       Plumbing & Heating Technology (3 credits) (Morning session only)

Have you considered pursuing a challenging and high-paying career in plumbing and/or heating technology?  This two-year program offers one year of plumbing technology and one year of heating technology.

2013-2014: You can enjoy a fast track to a career in heating technology.  This challenging and relevant heating program prepares you for the State of Maine Journeyman’s License Exam offered before you graduate from high school.  Guided by the National Fire Protection Agency Code (NFPA) and the State of Maine Heating Code, you will develop skills relating to the installation and service of residential and light commercial heating equipment, electric motors, boiler systems, and control wiring.  New technologies such as solar power and alternative energy sources are explored.

387       Public Safety (3 credits) 1 or 2-year program

The Public Safety program is designed to introduce you to a career that is exciting and personally rewarding.  This academically rigorous and physically demanding program emphasizes teamwork and effective communication skills.  Students need to demonstrate a positive attitude and the good moral character required of a Public Safety employee.  This is a college-level program with the opportunity to earn up to 5.5 College credits.  There is a strong emphasis on Emergency Medical Services and Firefighting Skills.  Specific skills covered in this program include:  Fire Fighter I, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Law Enforcement Exploration

Students are encouraged to be sponsored by a local Public Safety department and must be able to meet the physical demands of the program.  Recommendations from both your guidance counselor and technical coordinator are required.

373       Welding Technology (3 credits) 1 or 2-year program

Are you interested in having a high paying career that allows you to stay in Maine?  Employment opportunities in industry, particularly in the area of welding, have never been higher.  You will work with state-of-the-art equipment and experience and practice current techniques that will assist you to develop skills for structural certification.

Welding Processes Are:  Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas E6010), Carbon Air Arc Cutting, and Gouging; Heating and bending techniques.  Other:  Welding Symbols, basic blueprint reading, weld cad, basic metallurgy, inspection methods, equipment and tools safety, 30 Hour OSHA, first/aid CPR, math, portfolios, basic pipe welding methods.

395 & 397         Cooperative Education (2 credits)

Vocational programs offered at Bangor High School that are open to all juniors and seniors who are at least sixteen years old. These courses are designed to allow students, with the support of the instructor, to enter into the workforce and develop a positive work ethic and receive credit for this experience.  Job training sites will be developed by the student and the instructor.

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