Best Career in the Game

A man wearing a red UACCM button-down. He has a football in hand and game day paint on his face. This picture was made to symbolize why CADD, IMMT, CT, and CIS are important, even in sports!

Each year, there comes a Sunday in February where we are all focused on one thing: football. Since the first Super Bowl in 1967 when the Kansas City Chiefs faced off against the Green Bay Packers, millions of Americans have gathered around the TV – with the quintessential gameday snacks in hand – to enjoy one of America’s favorite sports.

When you sit down to watch the big game, do you ever think about all the behind-the-scenes work that led to a smooth event? From the stadium lights to the halftime show, individuals with valuable skills are the ones running the show. If your goal is to one day be part of the team that puts on this huge event, check out some of these majors that can get you there.

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (or CADD for short), is a major that can land you a job in the sports industry one day. The production company All Access hires drafters with an associate’s degree, which you can earn right here at UACCM. According to CADD instructor, Kristen Karetov, the company utilizes one of the programs taught in her CADD program, and students will have the knowledge and skills to pick up the other program they use easily. She also said the company has other positions that a CADD student could fill with further training beyond their associate degree.

Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology (IMMT) is designed to prepare students in general multi-craft maintenance, preventative maintenance and troubleshooting, and safety practices that are applicable to multiple industrial settings. According to IMMT instructor, Brian Lum, “As far as maintenance work in sports, the list is endless. The lights, cameras, and teleprompters, almost everything with the halftime show, hydraulic lifts for cameramen, everything electrical, and even the repel systems for the techs provide a literal endless list of tasks an IMMT student could do.” 

Construction Technology

Construction is an integral part of the sports industry, from the stadium to the halftime show stage. At UACCM, the Construction Technology program prepares students for a career in construction with course work in applied mathematics, basic hand/electrical tool safety, OSHA regulations, construction fundamentals, carpentry, drywall, and masonry. 

Computer Information Systems (CIS) Technology

When it comes down to it, the IT person often saves the day. Imagine if, right before the game-winning touchdown, the broadcast went down and you missed the most important part of the game. IT professionals make sure the broadcast is connected to viewers all around the world and troubleshoot when issues arise. In our Computer Information Systems (CIS) Technology program, students learn computer repair, networking, and programming skills that will prepare them for careers in today’s IT field.

The Super Bowl and other major sporting events would not be possible without the countless team members that do the background work before, during, and after the game. This year, as the winning team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, take a moment to think about all of the hard work and skill in the career field that led to that winning moment on the football field. Are you interested in one of these super careers? Check out to learn more about each of these programs and the other winning programs we offer.


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