Faculty members at Moore Tech have many years of on-the-job work experience and practical knowledge in the areas they teach as well as in the classroom and laboratory.
We are operated and governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees. Operation is entirely independent of any other college system.
The curriculum is occupationally oriented and is based on one-and-two-year programs of study above the high school level. The paralleling of these programs with the needs of industry has gained Moore Tech the reputation in industrial circles of being one of the finest technical vocational institutions in the south.
The entire facility is located on one campus in two buildings. The main building houses the administrative offices, lobby, faculty conference room, auditorium, shops, and classrooms. The adjacent building is used for additional classes and shops
Faculty members at Moore Tech have many years of on-the-job work experience and practical knowledge in the areas they teach as well as in the classroom and laboratory.
Moore Tech serves students with a variety of objectives. Most day students are recent high school graduates preparing themselves for a career of their choice. We urge all these students to be candidates for the associate degree. Many students are years removed from school and are attending Moore Tech to learn new career skills so they can improve their professional status and income. Regardless which, Moore Tech is dedicated to providing each student with the knowledge and skills needed to gain employment in an industry that is consistent with the student’s course of study.
The vision of Moore Tech is to provide programs for adult students to improve their opportunities for career advancement and more productive careers. Our vision is realized through curricula that develop demonstrable and measurable skills in the trade areas of each program and through experiences that emphasize the practical application of theoretical models and concepts incorporated in a diverse learning environment, to include using a wide range of teaching and learning methods.
“A Great Man with a Great Vision” is the origin of Moore Tech.
William Robert Moore was a nineteenth-century Memphis entrepreneur who overcame extreme hardships as a boy achieve extraordinary business and government success. He was born March 28, 1830, near Huntsville, Alabama. At age 12 he went to work as a farmhand. For the year he earned $24, room and board. At the end of the year he had saved $12.
He attended school until he was 15, but was mostly self-taught. Mr. Moore subsequently became a retail sales clerk in Nashville, then a wholesale salesman. Then he moved to New York, where he also was a salesman.
While still in his 20s, Mr. Moore returned to the south, opening a wholsesale drygoods business, Wm. R. Moore, Inc., in Memphis. The business became a great success and Mr. Moore emerged as a valued civic leader in the city. He also was elected to the United States Congress. Mr. Moore always had a great interest in providing for young people the education that had eluded him as a boy.
In 1909, at the age of 79, Mr. Moore died. He left the bulk of his estate to establish a college in his name that would provide, “. . . education and training of youths in the mechanical arts and sciences, including electricity, and the operation and maintenance of a manual and scientific training institution.”
A board of trustees was selected from among the most prominent leaders in Memphis. They chartered The Wm. R. Moore School of Technology to be operated in the, “. . . methods and principles observed in the best institutions.” The board invested the money, and when Mrs. Moore died, she left the balance of the estate to the college. The total funds allowed the trustees to begin construction of the school in 1938. It opened January 2, 1939 at its present location, 1200 Poplar Avenue.
Moore Tech is a private, non-profit, post-secondary college. Our objective is to teach men and women how to earn a living by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a specific technical vocation. In all our philosophies, concepts, and functions, Moore Tech reflects the worth of the individual, while serving the needs of both the individual and industry.
The college is dedicated to provide quality programs of instruction which not only recognize the importance of technical knowledge and the development of skills, but also the need to develop quality work habits and attitudes.
We recognize the fundamental need to develop the skills and knowledge of students to fulfill the critical manpower needs of industry. The college provides intensive and practical courses designed to enable graduates to become employable upon graduation. We serve the needs of individuals who possess the desire to learn and the ability and drive to successfully complete the prescribed program.
Moore Tech operates 11 months of the year. Each college-year is divided into three (3) terms of 14 weeks each. Each term is called a trimester.
Day classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m., five days a week. Day
students take two classes a day for three hours each and have an hour for lunch or to
complete an associate degree class.
All technical programs are measured in clock hours. All day technical programs require two years of full-time study for a two-year (2400 clock hours) diploma and (2625 clock hours) for an Associate of Applied Technology Degree. In addition to the two year programs, Maintenance Technology (Property Maintenance) and Welding have one year (1200 clock hour) diploma options. All areas of study are offered as two-year night (500 clock hour) certificate programs, except for Maintenance Technology (Property Maintenance), Welding, and Plumbing. Both Maintenance Technology (Property Maintenance) and Welding have a one year (250 clock hour) certificate option and a two year (500 clock hour) certificate option. Plumbing is only offered at night as a three year (756 clock hour) certificate.
*Students enrolled in the associate degree general education class have one hour more of instruction Monday through Thursday, to be taken over the lunch hour. The associate degree classes are available to daytime students only.
Night classes meet two nights per week, Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. In some cases, night classes may be available from 3:30- 6:30 p.m.
Students enrolling in Moore Tech may specialize in one of the following:
Air Conditioning/Refrigeration & Heating is available as a day, two-year, diploma or associate degree program or a night, two-year certificate program. Students complete courses in Electricity for HVAC, Basic Domestic Heating, Commercial Heating, Introduction to Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Commercial Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. Day students also are required to take six technical electives.
Industrial Electricity & Plant Maintenance is available as a day, two-year diploma or associate degree program or a night, two-year certificate program. Students complete courses in Industrial Electronics, Industrial Fluid Power, Electric Motor Control and additional courses in wiring, residential and National Electric Code. Day students also are required to take six technical electives.
Machine Shop is available as a day, two-year diploma or associate degree program or a night, two-year certificate program. Students spend a year on manual machines and an additional year on CNC (computer numerical control) machines. They will complete courses in Basic Machining Technology, Machining Metals, CNC Lathe & Milling, Precision Metal Machining and Machine Shop Practice. Day students also are required to take six technical electives.
Maintenance Technology (Property Maintenance) is available as a day, one-year diploma program, a day, two-year diploma program, a day two-year associate degree program, a night, one-year certificate program or a night, two-year certificate program. The two year program options are called Property Maintenance – Advanced. One-year students complete courses in Electricity, Carpentry and Plumbing. Two-year students also take Advanced Carpentry, Basic Domestic Heating and Introduction to Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. For students who have already completed HVAC courses, Welding and/or Advanced Electricity may be substituted for HVAC courses. Day students also are required to take six technical electives.
Welding is available as a day, one-year diploma program, a daytime, two-year diploma program, a daytime, two-year associate degree program, a night, one-year certificate program or a night, two-year certificate program. The two-year program options are called Welding – Advanced. One-year welding students take introductory, intermediate and advanced welding. Two-year students will also be trained in Advanced Pipe Welding, CNC Plasma Welding and Robotic Welding. Day students also are required to take six technical electives.
Plumbing is taught only as a night, three-year certificate program. The program operates in partnership with the Memphis Area Plumbers Association (MAPA). Students complete courses in Introductory Plumbing, Plumbing Appliances, Fixtures & Drawings, Potable Water Distribution & Sewers, Vents, Traps, Piping & Soldering, Fixture Applications & Gas Piping, Storm Drains & Temperature Change, Plumbing Repair, Advanced Blueprints & Indirect Waste and Plumbing Codes & Reference Standards.
The Associate Degree of Applied Technology is available for all two-year, full- time day programs. Students will take an associate degree class from 11:30-12:30, Monday through Thursday for five trimesters. Associate degree classes include Psychology, Technical Writing, Professional Development, Technical Physics and Math for Technicians. These classes are subject to change.
Moore Tech has an enviable record of service spanning over 75 years. It has been achieved through the hard work and dedication of a faculty and staff that has remained current with the needs students and industry. Comments concerning the course content and offerings are solicited regularly from industry representatives.
Student concerns, complaints or suggestions should be made in the following manner.
Students should first write to:
President, Moore Tech
1200 Poplar Avenue Memphis, Tennessee 38104-7240
Telephone (901) 726-1977
If students still have concerns or complaints about their program, they should write to:
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Division of Postsecondary School Authorization
Parkway Towers, Suite 1900
404 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243-0830
Phone: (615) 741-5293
Fax: (615) 532-8845
Accreditation of this institution is granted by the Council on Occupational Education. For
any grievance that cannot be resolved by other personnel, the accrediting commission may
Council on Occupational Education
41 Perimeter Center East, NE, Suite 640
Atlanta, GA 30346
Telephone (770) 396-3898
All applicants to the college must be high school graduates or have a General Education Diploma (GED). High school graduates must come from an accredited organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Students will be considered to be officially enrolled only after they complete the admission requirements and meet the following attendance requirements:
Day Student: A student will be considered to be officially enrolled once that student attends 10 days of class.
Night Student: A student will be considered to be officially enrolled once that student attends the first four nights of class.
NOTE: No services are provided for disabled students. Moore Tech was constructed in 1938. Therefore, there are no special services available for disabled students. This should be taken into consideration prior to application for enrollment.
High school students may enroll in classes to fulfill high school elective credits while simultaneously working toward a degree, diploma or certificate from Moore Tech. The requirement of a high school diploma or GED for enrollment obviously is waived in the case of is waived in the case of dual enrollment students.
Dual enrollment students may not qualify for Federal grant programs and might be expected to pay tuition at the beginning of each trimester. Tuition varies by program for high school students. Dual enrollment requirements may vary by year and are subject to approval by the student’s school system and school, professional school counselor, parent(s), and the Moore Tech admission office.
Moore Tech offers the Associate of Applied Technology Degree to day students enrolled in one of the following program areas:
Air Conditioning / Refrigeration & Heating
Industrial Electricity and Plant Maintenance
Property Maintenance – Advanced
Welding - Advanced
The primary objective of the Associate of Applied Technology degree is to improve employment opportunities. The Associate of Applied Technology is not designed for transfer to other institutions. Ranken Technical College, St. Louis, however, does accept some Moore Tech transfer credits toward its Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Applied Management Degrees. Please visit Moore Tech’s website to view the agreement. Students may pursue in Memphis their bachelor degree with Ranken College via online courses. In all cases, the transferability of credit from Moore Tech to other institutions will be determined by the institution to which the transfer request is directed.
Associate degree classes are subject to an additional fee.
Requirements for the Associate of Applied Technology degree have been established and approved by the Board of Trustees of Moore Tech. These requirements are comprised of a combination of the technical program areas and general education courses. Each student must complete the (2400 technical clock-hours) 72 trimester-hours of lab and lecture within each specific program and a minimum of 15 trimester-hours (225 clock-hours) of general education courses.
General Education courses include the disciplines of humanities, behavioral science, natural or applied science, and math. A total of 87 trimester-hours with a minimum grade average of C is required for graduation.
Enrollment in any degree-granting program requires that the student be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate or possess a General Education Diploma (GED). Students applying for the Associate of Applied Technology degree program may be required to complete a staff assessment. The assessment will be used as a tool to help determine the strengths of a student and aid the student in enrollment.
One general education course is offered each trimester. Each course is for three credit- hours.
|Professional Development||GE-102||3 credit hours|
|Technical Writing||GE-103||3 credit hours|
|Technical Physics||GE-104||3 credit hours|
|Math for Technicians||GE-105||3 credit hours|
|Psychology||GE-106||3 credit hours|
Courses taken at other accredited colleges may be transferable toward meeting the degree requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to have these official transcripts sent for review. If a course from another college is considered sufficient to fulfill an associate degree class requirement, the student will not be asked to pay the additional associate degree fee for that trimester.
General education course titles and subjects may change. However, the courses offered will remain consistent with the classifications and guidelines required for accreditation. Course descriptions will be provided upon request.
Students applying for enrollment must submit a complete application form as soon as
possible before the beginning of the term in which they wish to enroll. Applicants who are
high school graduates should have the high school attended send a certified transcript to
the admissions office.
Students are admitted only at the beginning of each new term. Applications are taken for the next term on the calendar at any time prior to the first day of the term. Obtain, complete and return admissions application to admission office.
Day students must provide transcripts to be mailed from high school and post-secondary institutions (if applicable). Night students must provide proof of high school graduation in the form of a photocopy of their diploma or GED or high school transcripts.
When requesting an application or information please contact:
1200 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104-7240
All tuition and fees are due and payable upon entrance to the college. Please see the current Fee Schedule and Calendar for registration and tuition information. Note that textbooks are included in the tuition. Those seeking payment arrangements may do so at the discretion of the admission office.
Students must pay a $75 registration fee at the start of each trimester. A student may not be considered officially enrolled in a class or program until the registration fee is paid. Payment of the fee ensures a student’s spot in class. Students receiving employer reimbursement, vocational rehabilitation, or VA benefits can expect still to pay the $75 registration fee in order to enroll. This may be refunded to the student later in the trimester when additional benefits are disbursed.
Tuition and fees are due at the beginning of each trimester. A student wishing to pay in installments must receive permission from the front office to set up a payment plan. Students are asked to pay half of their tuition in the first week of class, with the remainder due by the middle of the trimester (roughly seven weeks after the start of class). Students who fail to pay tuition at the beginning of the trimester or fail to make payment arrangements may not be allowed to enroll.
Failure to pay by the middle of the trimester may result in a late fee. Failure to pay by the end of the trimester may result in the student being unable to enroll in the next trimester. If a student graduates owing money, the student’s diploma, certificate or degree, as well as transcripts, will be withheld until the student pays. Payment arrangements are at the discretion of the Moore Tech staff.
Some courses may have additional lab fees or other charges because of the material used in the programs. Currently, programs requiring additional fees include Welding, Machine Shop and the associate degree program. Please see the current Fee Schedule and Calendar for registration and tuition information. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Moore Tech’s admissions staff is available to assist students paying their tuition. Methods of payment below are subject to change. Additional questions about these methods should be directed to the admissions office.
Students who want to apply for federal Pell Grant (not loan) must fill out a FAFSA before being admitted to the college. The application can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
In some cases, the college may request additional information to process your FAFSA. These materials may include your, your spouse’s and/or your parents’ tax return(s) transcripts, verification worksheets, low-income forms or proof of selective service. All information will remain confidential. It is the right of the college to request these materials, if needed.
The FAFSA is always free. If a site requests payment, it is not the official government
site. To insure a faster processing of your financial aid, you should always try to use the
IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FASFA application. You will need your (and your
parents’, if applicable) tax returns from the prior year as indicated on the FASFA
instructions. Failure to complete the FAFSA completely and accurately may delay the
determination and/or awarding of Pell Grant funds. A FAFSA may be signed
electronically (recommended) or downloaded and signed by hand. To sign electronically,
you will need an FSA ID, which you can obtain at fsaid.ed.gov. If you are a dependent,
your parent must also sign your FAFSA with an FSA ID. If you require assistance in
filling out the FAFSA, consult the admissions office.
REGULAR STUDENT - A student who is enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program, either full-time or half-time, or any student enrolled in a night program.
TRANSFER STUDENT - A student who has received credits for courses completed at other accredited institutions.
SPECIAL STUDENT - A student who is not a candidate for a degree, diploma or certificate. Credit is granted for all courses successfully completed but may not be used for certificate or diploma requirements unless and until Regular Student status is granted. This includes dual enrollment students. Admission of Special Students into a particular department will be dependent on that department’s class load.
FOREIGN STUDENTS - A student coming from a foreign country. Moore Tech
reserves the right to require additional study in the English language in those cases where
a candidate's proficiency falls below minimum standards.
FULL-TIME STUDENT - A full-time student is one who is enrolled in two courses, five days a week, hours a day.
HALF-TIME STUDENT - A half-time student is one who is enrolled in one course, five days a week, three hours per day.
NIGHT STUDENT – A night student is one who is enrolled in one course, two nights a
week, three hours a night.
Moore Tech operates on three terms of approximately 14 weeks each. Each day course consists of three hours a day, five days a week, a total of 15 hours instruction per week, or 200 clock-hours. Each full-time day student attends two courses per day or 400 clock- hours per term.
Each night course consists of six hours per week, or approximately 84 clock-hours per trimester.
Hours of instruction for both day and night students are divided into lecture time and laboratory time. Courses have differing percentages of lecture and lab time, but all time is accrued in clock-hours.
To receive a degree, diploma or certificate, at least a C average must be attained in
addition to meeting the hourly requirements of the program. Hourly requirements are
those set forth in the Attendance Section of this handbook.
Maximum time allowed to complete any program, whether full-time, half-time or night programs, is 150 percent of the total time specified above.
Courses withdrawn or not completed will be considered a part of the total time allotted toward the maximum allowed for completion of the entire program. Incomplete grades must be resolved before the end of the next term or study in the preceding term may result in a failing grade.
Please see the “Pell Grant recipients” section in both the Attendance and Grading Policy sections of this booklet for additional academic standards required of those students receiving Federal Pell Grants.
Moore Tech may accept credit for courses completed at other accredited institutions. Such courses must meet the following criteria in order to be awarded credit.
The student must have obtained a minimum grade of C (or its equivalent).
The course must fulfill a catalog requirement (or its equivalent).
Courses will be evaluated individually only after Moore Tech has received an official transcript and verified accreditation of the issuing institution.
Determination of credit will be based on the relevancy to the student’s program at Moore Tech.
One year of “residency” must be completed at Moore Tech to be awarded a degree or diploma.
|91-100||A||Excellent - Assignments are performed with a minimum of errors.|
|81-90||B||Good - Some errors are present; however, student exhibited a satisfactory understanding of the assignments.|
|71-80||C||Average - Assignments performed need to show improvement. Additional study is recommended.|
|65-70||D||Below Average - Extensive improvement is needed. Failing - Unsatisfactory. *|
|Below 65||F||Failing - Unsatisfactory. *|
|I||Incomplete - This grade becomes an F if the required work is not completed prior to the end of the following term. When the required work is completed, the appropriate grade will be given.|
|PH||Probation Hours - A probationary hours grade is assigned when hours are below the 90% attendance level required . This grade becomes an F if the required hours are not completed by the mid-point of the next term.|
* In the event that a student must repeat a course, the student will benefit from the higher of the two grades.
An overall C average must be attained to graduate. If a student’s average is below C, the student will be put on academic probation for one term. After that term, and subsequent terms, if a student’s average is not C or above, the student may not be allowed to re-enroll.
A student will be placed on academic probation also if the student’s attendance falls below the 90% required by the end of a term. Such a student will receive a grade of PH - Probationary Hours. The student will remain on probation until the PH grade has been removed. Any student receiving two consecutive term grades of PH may not be allowed to re-enroll.
Non-academic probation, suspension, or expulsion may be imposed for violation of college rules or misconduct. The college may dismiss any student whose conduct disrupts class, poses a safety hazard or in any way violates college policies, local, state, or Federal laws.
A student who has been suspended may be re-admitted only once. A re-admitted student will be placed on probation for the remainder of enrollment. Conditions of the probation will be determined by the director in consultation with administrative staff and faculty.
A student may be expelled from the college for any violation of local, state or Federal laws while on campus or the rules of student conduct.
Veterans are reminded that unsatisfactory progress, academic or non-academic, may result in a cancellation or withholding of benefits by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Students receiving Title IV Pell grants who withdraw or are dropped due to suspension or expulsion are subject to owing a repayment of Title IV Pell. Policies regarding the calculation of Title IV funds to be repaid by students to Title IV Pell grant program are subject to change and are based on the most current Title IV Pell grant repayment procedures.
Students receiving Title IV Pell funds who withdraw or are dropped during a term may
owe repayment of tuition to the college depending on the number of weeks the student
Pell students are also held to a standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). When
receiving Pell Grants, a student must maintain a C average or better. Students must be
present for 90 percent of the clock-hours. Failure to do so may result in losing Pell Grants.
Each trimester, students may be asked to sign an SAP agreement to maintain these
standards. Copies of the SAP are available.
Moore Tech is a drug-free campus. Day students are subject to random drug testing. The college may perform drug testing on any student 1) randomly, 2) if a student displays “reasonable belief” behavior, or 3) a student is involved in an accident that results or could result in the filing of an insurance claim. Day students will sign a Drug Testing Policy when they enroll in school.
Students are expected to attend each time a class meets. Regular class attendance is indicative of a strong work ethic and willingness to learn. The instructor determines the extent to which absences and/or tardiness affect the student grade. College policy dictates that day students maintain a minimum 90 percent attendance to receive credit for the term. Night students have an 80 percent attendance requirement. Any student who receives a probationary grade for two consecutive terms due to poor attendance will be dropped from the school unless there are mitigating circumstances.
At their discretion, instructors may offer make-up hours for students.
A copy of these attendance rules is available. Students receiving Title IV Pell funds must maintain 90 percent attendance. No excused absences are allowed for Title IV students.
Students receiving Title IV Pell grants who withdraw or are dropped are subject to owing a repayment to Title IV Pell. Policies regarding calculation of Title IV funds to be repaid by students to Title IV Pell program are subject to change and are based on the most current Title IV Pell grant repayment procedures. In such cases, students may also owe repayment to the college depending on the amount of hours attended.
Students who withdraw from the college for any reason and then re-apply for admission are subject to review by the president of the college.
Copies of the transcript of a student’s academic record are issued only at the request of the student or authorized agent. No transcript will be provided for any student who owes the college a financial debt.
Moore Tech adheres to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and no unauthorized disclosure of information pertaining to academic or financial records will be allowed. A complete policy statement on FERPA is available upon request.
Transcripts will be forwarded to the proper institutions or organizations upon request of the student. (The acceptance of credit units by other institutions will be dependent on the policies of that institution.)
Textbooks are included in tuition cost for all students. In some cases, students may be expected to provide other items of a personal nature. For example, students in welding are required to furnish welding jackets, gloves, goggles and safety glasses.
Free placement service is available to all graduates and is coordinated through our placement and administrative staff. After completion of program requirements, job interviews can be scheduled, and assistance with job applications, résumés, etc. can be provided when requested. Job placement is a lifetime service and available to anyone throughout his or her career who has graduated from the college.
To request a recommendation from an instructor, students should call the front office. Instructors are not obligated to write job recommendations or serve as references. Students whose employers are seeking verification of attendance must tell their company to request verification via fax at (901) 726-1978. In all cases, the college must have written permission on file that allows us to release information to third parties.