Industrial Maintenance Technician
66-credit Technical Diploma
As an industrial maintenance technician, repair and maintain commercial or industrial machinery in buildings, in a plant or factory setting, to ensure the machines' proper functionality. In the Industrial Maintenance Technician program, gain hands-on, practical experience in welding, hydraulics, electricity, mechanical fundamentals and machine alignment. Build skills in electronics, computerized equipment maintenance and preventative/predictive maintenance. Learn and apply predictive and preventative maintenance methods; the basics of analysis, vibration analysis and thermal analysis applications; basic rigging and forklift operation; and use and apply a computerized maintenance management system.
- Apply and reinforce skills in a structured off-campus internship site.
- Prepare for jobs such as field service technician, industrial maintenance technician, maintenance mechanic, press mechanic or maintenance repair mechanic.
- Successful graduation from the Industrial Maintenance Technician program satisfies State of Wisconsin requirements for maintenance/millwright apprentice-related instruction.
- Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $52,216
Program Code 32-462-1
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
462-304 Industrial Safety
Learn about industrial safety concepts and ensuring safe work practices. Topics include OSHA, Lock out/Tag out, Personal Protective Equipment, Hazardous Communication, Electrical safety, Industrial Hygiene, Machine Guarding, Fall Protection and Permit-Required Confined Spaces. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be issued the OSHA 30-hour for General Industry card.
462-326 Machine Tool Alignment
Become familiar with the operation and alignment of the machine tools used in the maintenance field. Complete maintenance projects used in the maintenance field that meet dimensional and aesthetic requirements.
462-350 Maintenance Fundamentals
Build upon competencies learned in Machine Tool Alignment and Operation while using various alignment tools. Apply fundamentals to simulated and actual applications.
462-390 IMT Computer Applications
Study computer concepts and use computers for testing and other industrial maintenance applications.
414-186 Industrial Electricity
The student will be introduced to topics such as the atomic nature of electricity, stressing electrical units, basic definitions and symbols, series and parallel circuits, magnetism, inductance, capacitance, generators, and basic alternating current circuits.
Approved Substitutes: 414-386 Industrial Electricity I
420-330 Industrial Blueprint Reading I
Learn universally applicable techniques for interpreting all mechanical and industrial drawings through the study of drawing standards, abbreviations, basic rules for dimensioning, and various types of sectional views. Become familiar with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
Approved Substitutes: 457-110 Blueprint Reading - Fab
804-304 Industrial Math I
Explore the topics of applied arithmetic and algebra. Study concepts related to measurement, fractions, decimals, percents, ratio and proportion, signed numbers, formula substitution, solutions to equations, tapers and gears. Calculate the areas and volumes of common geometric shapes.
414-389 Industrial Electricity II
Explore the selection, application, troubleshooting, and maintenance of electrical control devices and circuitry. Focus on line/ladder logic diagrams, motor starters, time delay logic, AC power systems, control devices, reduced voltage starter circuits, accelerating and decelerating circuits, and reversing circuits for single, three-phase, and DC motors.
462-330 Machine Tool Assessment
Learn about and use alignment tools and techniques through discussion and lab. This course builds on skills developed in Machine Tool Alignment and Operation. Machine wear assessment is stressed using industry standards.
462-351 Mechanical Power Transmission
Gain hands-on experience working with mechanical power transmissions, v-belt drives, flat belts, gears, chain drives, couplings, packings, seals, and bearings.
612-110 Industrial Hydraulic Systems
Study hydraulics as applied in modern industrial settings, including hydraulic components and their operational functions. Review the basic principles of liquid flow and their relationship to daily applications.
890-108 Employment Success
Students in this course will focus on skills that enable them to transition to professional life. As a result of participation, students will be able to develop a resume, prepare to interview effectively and present themselves in a professional manner in person and online. Strengths and personality assessments, practice interviews, keeping a job and career management are included in the curriculum.
804-305 Industrial Math II
Examine topics in geometry and trigonometry that are related to the metalworking trades. Practice applying geometric theorems and solving both right and oblique triangle problems.
801-311 Communication in the Workplace
Expand level of awareness and skill in interpersonal communications, both oral and written, while focusing on securing and maintaining a job. Develop competencies in the area of listening, sending, and employability skills.
Approved Substitutes: 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
606-153 Internship - Applied Tech
Gain meaningful occupational experience in a specific field while building interpersonal relationships, improving technical competencies and completing the pre-developed goals.
442-303 Related Welding I
Become skilled in various welding processes, including elementary oxyacetylene weld, brazing and cutting, and arc (stick) electrode in the flat and vertical down positions.
462-365 IMT Equip Install & Align
Use latest technology to safely rig, hoist and set in place equipment as well as learn the fundamentals of alignment, bearing failure and installation.
462-366 IMT Pump and Piping Systems
Gain hands on experience to safely install repair and maintain centrifugal pumps, piping systems as well as current lubrication procedures and technology.
605-188 PLC 1
Study programmable logic controllers (PLC) using Allen-Bradley PLCs, RSLogix 500 series related to basics and start up, PLC wiring, ladder diagram networks and basic programming.
612-115 Industrial Pneumatic Systems
Explore pneumatics as applied in modern industrial settings. Review the basic gas laws and principles as they relate to day-to-day applications, and study pneumatic components and their operational functions.
806-382 Applied Science
Examine the principles related to mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal systems while in a laboratory setting. Focus on the measurement and application of force, rate, work, and resistance within each system.
809-321 Basic Applied Economics
Understand business operations by studying topics such as the appreciation of profit and loss, return on investment, business expenses, daily operations, and other vital elements. This course is for students in vocational occupational programs.
Approved Substitutes: 809-195 Economics
414-396 Industrial Drives and Robotics
Gain a basic understanding of CNC and robotic theory of operation and learn to apply that theory to troubleshoot, maintain, and repair this equipment. Become competent in using manufacturer's maintenance manuals to set up and troubleshoot the machines.
419-300 Fluid Power Maintenance
Become familiar with common maintenance activities that are necessary for industrial and mobile systems controlled by hydraulics. Take an in-depth look at the principles of circuit evaluation and component operation, construction, maintenance, and testing.
442-305 Related Welding II
Explore out-of-position welding in the oxyacetylene and shielded metal arc (stick) processes. Machine tool operators will become familiar with the basic GMA and GTA techniques necessary to repair dies and fixtures, while the industrial maintenance mechanic will develop more skills in the arc and gas processes.
462-367 IMT System Troubleshooting
Develop troubleshooting techniques and the ability to diagnose and isolate malfunctions that commonly occur in equipment such as CNC machines and Servo systems.
462-368 IMT Predictive Maintenance
Become familiar with predictive and preventive maintenance technologies including oil analysis, thermography, vibration analysis and airborne ultrasonics.
809-345 Basic Workplace Psychology
Develop the skills needed for building positive relationships with others by taking part in unique workplace scenarios and exploring psychological concepts.
Approved Substitutes: 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
WCTC Credits Awarded
|420-330 Industrial Blueprint Reading I||2|
|804-304 Industrial Math I||2|
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
|UW-Stout||Bachelor of Science in Management||up to 64|
|UW-Stout||Bachelor of Science Career, Technical Education & Training||varies|
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
Meet your Instructor
- Journeyworker –Machine Repair