MSMT

Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician Pathway

A pathway is a laddered approach to career training. This approach allows you to earn manufacturing technical diplomas that lead to jobs and, if interested, you can continue advancement for higher paying and higher skilled positions.

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Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician (MSMT) Technical Diploma

ESIM Student

The MSMT program will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to install, repair, troubleshoot and modify machinery and automated systems in manufacturing and food production environments. Elements of the program include basic training in the fields of welding, machine tool, electronics installation and maintenance, safety, Lean concepts and heating/air conditioning. This prepares you to critically analyze and repair manufacturing systems.

The program consists of several embedded technical diplomas from three main program areas: industrial electronics maintenance, machine tool, and welding. Because of the flexibility of this pathway program, you may enter at varied times of the year.

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Basic Welding Technical Diploma

Welding Student

The Basic Welding technical diploma provides a beginning skill set for the welding profession. This one-term technical diploma includes oxy/fuel, TIG, SMAW, GMAW, fabrication, and blueprint reading. These skills may lead to some entry-level welding positions. Basic welding is a component of the Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician technical diploma and is the first term of the Welding program. Continued skill development is required for most welding careers.

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Basic Machining Technical Diploma

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The Basic Machining technical diploma develops skills and entry level knowledge in basic machining processes, fabrication and layout techniques utilized in the production of manually machined components and parts. This one-term technical diploma is an embedded pathway into the Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician program. Thirteen credits of the Basic Machining are in the Machine Tool Operation program. Continued skill development is required for most machining positions in the manufacturing field.

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Industrial Mechanical Maintenance Technical Diploma (Pending State Approval)

Electromechanical Tech Student

The Industrial Mechanical Maintenance technical diploma will provide basic knowledge for repairing and modifying manufacturing machines or components. Entry-level knowledge in the field of basic machining process, fabrication and layout techniques are coupled with basic welding knowledge. This two-term technical diploma is a combination of the Basic Welding and Basic Machining technical diplomas and is an embedded component of the Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician technical diploma.


Electronic Systems Installation & Maintenance: Industrial Electronic Maintenance Technical Diploma

ESIM Student

The basic knowledge and skills required for many installation, repair and maintenance occupations involving electronic controls can be obtained in two terms. The Industrial Electronic Maintenance technical diploma is designed to prepare students for careers in the use and maintenance of common electrical/electronic devices and instruments. Graduates will be prepared to work with journeymen electricians and electromechanical technicians to perform the basic installation, maintenance and repair activities on industrial electronic equipment. This equipment includes motors, motor control systems and programmable logic controllers. The program’s electronic concentration includes practical experience in troubleshooting with the necessary theory of electronic circuits. Additional maintenance application includes pneumatic and hydraulic power, mechanisms and mechanical drives.

The Industrial Electronic Maintenance program is an embedded component of the Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician technical diploma. Additionally, completion of this program satisfies 22 credits of Western’s associate’s degree in Electromechanical Technology, which is another pathway you may take.


Basic Industrial Power (Pending State Approval)

ECET Lab

The Basic Industrial Power is a one-term, 15-credit technical diploma, which develops skills in basic electricity related to the mechanical aspects of machines. A focus on industrial controls, PC applications, pneumatic/hydraulic power and mechanical drives develops a strong base of understanding on the repair and the maintenance of machines. This diploma is an embedded component of the Electronic Systems Installation & Maintenance: Industrial Electronic Maintenance technical diploma and the Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician technical diploma.


Basic Industrial Controls (Pending State Approval)

Electromechanical Tech Program

The Basic Industrial Controls technical diploma prepares you to perform basic installation, maintenance and repair of industrial electronic equipment. Skill development utilizing practical experience in motor control systems and programmable logic controllers is focused upon in laboratory situations for various manufacturing systems. This diploma is a component of the Electronic Systems Installation & Maintenance: Industrial Electronic Maintenance technical diploma and the Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician technical diploma.


Credit for Prior Learning

Turn your life/work experience into college credit. Talk to our advisor about how your life/work experiences can jump-start your education and move you farther and faster into the career you want. Contact Rebekah Phillips at 608.785.9441 or phillipsr@westerntc.edu.



The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training AdministrationAdvance Wisconsin has funded 90% of this project equaling $116,306. This is an equal opportunity employer/program which provides auxiliary aids and services upon request to individuals with disability by calling 711 or 800.947.6644 Voice/TTY.