Industrial Maintenance Technician

Program Summary

Graduates of the industrial maintenance technician program leave with the ability to install, maintain and troubleshoot industrial mechanical drives; fluid power systems; industrial electrical control systems; process logical control systems; and fabricate and repair industrial equipment.

The maintenance technician must be a multi-talented individual with a specific skill set that can keep equipment and machinery operating at peek performance, in order to eliminate costly down-time.

Students in the Industrial Maintenance Technician program learn theory and experience hands-on opportunities in welding, hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical maintenance, electricity and programmable logical control (PLC's), all of which are necessary for a successful career in the maintenance field. Both day and evening classes are offered on main campus.

Employment can be found as an industrial maintenance technician , (multi-craft) maintenance mechanic, maintenance technician, maintenance specialists, maintenance electrician, or maintenance lead/supervisor.

Program Length: 
1 year
Job Placement %: 
88%
Average Earnings: 
$44,755 / yr
Cost: 
$4937

About Program

The industrial maintenance technician of today is responsible for installation, troubleshooting and repair of equipment and machinery in various types of manufacturing operations.  The maintenance technician must be a multi-talented individual with a specific skill set that can keep equipment and machinery operating at peak performance, eliminating costly down-time.  Additionally, a maintenance technician must be able to perform preventative maintenance to keep machines running and minimize downtime.

Graduates from the Industrial Maintenance Technicians program learn theory and experience hands-on opportunities in welding, hydraulics, pneumatics, technician maintenance, electricity and programmable logical control (PLC's), all of which are necessary for a successful career in the maintenance field.

Job Expectations

Industrial machinery technician need a year or more of formal education and training after high school to learn the ever-expanding range of mechanical and technical skills needed on the job. While mechanics used to specialize in one area, such as hydraulics or electronics, many factories now require all technicians to have knowledge of electricity, electronics, hydraulics, and computer programming.

Because factories and other facilities cannot afford to have industrial machinery out of service for long periods, technicians may be on call or assigned to work nights or on weekends. Overtime is common among these occupations, as about 30 percent of employees worked over 40 hours per week, on average.

Expected Earnings

Earnings as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows: Median hourly wages were $22.87. The middle 50 percent earned between $17.85 and $30.53. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $14.37, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $37.02.

Course Schedule

Students may enroll during the fall, spring or summer term provided space is available. Students who are eligible to enroll will be given an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.

  • Full-time classes
  • Day and Evening classes
  • Enrollment is limited to 20 students in each class
Full-Time Program Schedule for (semester) (Hours)
Semester Day Class Evening Class Days
Fall (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Spring (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Summer (390 hours) 7:45am – 2:45pm 4:00pm – 11:00pm Monday - Friday

Tools

Tools List
Quantity Description
1 ¾” X 12’ Length Measuring Tape
1 10” Adjustable Wrench
1 6” Adjustable Wrench
1 6” Wire Cutter/Stripper
1 7 ¾” Curved Diagonal Cutting Pliers
1 9 ¾” Crimping and Cutting Tool
1 9” Rounded Nose Lineman’s Pliers
1 Ball-Peen Hammer 12 oz
1 Hex Wrench Set ( Ball Driver ) Metric 1.5-10
1 Hex Wrench Set ( Ball Driver ) SAE .050-3/8
1 Industrial Razor Locking Utility Knife
1 Leather Gloves
1 Multi-meter: Should measure Volts, Amps, Ohms, AC, and DC. (Fluke T1000) or eq.
1 Punch and Chisel Set: Assortment of various sizes.
1 Screwdriver Set: Assortment of various screwdrivers, large and small, flat and Phillips.
1 Tongue and Groove Pliers 10” #430
1 Tool Bag or Tool Box
1 Vice Grips Pliers
1 12 inch combination square
1 Torpedo Level
1 2 gig flash drive
1 Calculator: (Book Store) TI 30X A or TI-30XIIS or eq. See Math Instructor
1 Leather work boots (Steel Toe)
1 Welding Helmet with # 10 lens also have clear lens to fit helmet
1 Welding Gloves
1 Safety glasses
1 Tinted goggles
1 Chipping Hammer
1 Steel Wire Brush
1 Tip Cleaner
1 Spark Lighter
1 Welders Cap
1 Grinding Shield
1 Cape Sleeves & Bib
1 Stainless Steel Brush
1 300 Amp Electrode Holder for Stick Welding
1 Small Flashlight
1 Half Round File
1 Combination Wrench Set ¼” thru 1-¼”
1 Socket and Ratchet Set 7/16” thru 1-1/4”
1 Welpers
1 Flat soap stone
1 Tote Bag
  *See instructor for updated Tool List

Cost

3 semesters- 1,290 clock hours
450 hours $1,192.00
450 hours $1,192.00
390 hours $1,192.00
Tools (estimate) $650.00
Books (estimate) $1,200.00 (avg.)

Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • GED Testing Fee - $65.00.
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)
  • Under extenuating circumstances, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at his/her discretion, may grant an exception to these fees.

Books

Text books for this program will cost approximately $650.00

  • Industrial Maintenance Electrical & Instrumentation Trainee Guide Level One, NCCER
  • Industrial Maintenance Electrical & Instrumentation Trainee Guide Level Two, NCCER
  • Applied Mathematics, Fourth Edition CSTCC Bookstore
  • Ugly’s Book
  • Industrial Maintenance Electrical & Instrumentation Trainee Guide Level Three, NCCER
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Trainee Guide Level Three, NCCER
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Trainee Guide Level Four, NCCER.

Curriculum

First Semester

  • Core Curriculum Introductory Craft Skills: Basic Safety; Math (Lab); Intro to Hand Tools, Intro to Power Tools, Intro to Drawings, Basic Rigging, Basic Communication Skills, Basic Employability Skills, Introduction to Materials Handling.
  • Level One: Orientation to the Trade, Tools of the Trade, Fasteners and Anchors, Oxyfuel Cutting, Gaskets and Packing, Pumps and Drives, Valves, Intro to Test Instruments, Material Handling and Hand Rigging, Mobile Support Equipment, Lubrication, electrical / mechanical drawings.

Second Semester

  • Level Two: Industrial Safety for E&I Techs; Intro to the National Electrical Code; Electrical Theory, Alternating Current; E&I Test Equipment; Flow, Pressure, Level, and Temperature; Hand Bending; Clean, Purge, and Test Tubing, and Pipe Systems; Instrument Drawings and Documents part one; Conductors and Cables; Conductors Terminations and Splices.
  • Level Three: Hazardous Locations, Electronic Components, E&I Drawings, Motor Controls, Distribution Equipment, Transformer Applications, Conductor Selection and Calculations, Temporary Grounding

Third Semester

  • Level Three: Layout and Installation of Tubing and Piping Systems, Machine Bending of Conduit, Hydraulic Controls, Pneumatic Controls, and Motor-Operated Valves, Programmable Logic Controls, Precision Measuring Tools, Installing Bearings, Installing Couplings, Setting Base plates and Pre-alignment, Conventional Alignment, Installing Belt and Chain Drives, Installing Mechanical Seals.
  • Level Four: Preventive and Predictive Maintenance, Advance Blueprint Reading, Compressors and Pneumatic Systems, Reverse Alignment, Laser Alignment, Intro to Supervisory Skills, Troubleshooting and Repairing Pumps, Troubleshooting and Repairing Gearboxes.
  • Basic Welding consisting of oxy-fuel cutting, shielded metal arc welding (Stick), and Gas metal arc welding (MIG), will be studied during the course of study.

Career Opportunities

Industrial Maintenance Technician
(Multi-Craft) Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Specialist
Maintenance Electrician
Maintenance Lead or Maintenance Supervisor
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