Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician | Western Technical College

Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician

Technical Diploma

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For the person who likes variety and has an interest in how machines work, a position as an industrial maintenance technician may be a satisfying career choice.

As a technician, you can work in a manufacturing facility to repair, modify, and maintain machines and components. Some of the skills you will develop in this program include machining, CNC (Computer Numerical Controls), motor controls, PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), basic welding, and HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration).

The program provides a pathway to technical diplomas in Industrial Electrical/Mechanical Maintenance; Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration; Basic Welding; or Basic Machining, all of which are components of the five-term Manufacturing Systems Maintenance technical diploma.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician

This program will cost about $11,700* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician 2016-2017 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding2
Employed in Related Occupation1
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market1

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week42
Median Hourly Wage$24.25
Hourly Wage Range$24.25 - $24.25
Median Annual Salary$52,962

Respondents in Related Occupations

No occupations reported.

Career Opportunities

Field Service Technician
Maintenance Mechanic

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices
  • Interpret welding drawings
  • Produce shielded metal arc welds (SMAW)
  • Produce gas metal arc welds (GMAW)
  • Produce flux core welds
  • Produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW)
  • Apply basic safety practices in the machine shop
  • Perform set-up and operation of basic manually operated metal working machines
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part production and inspection
  • Perform programming, set-up and operation of CNC machine tools
  • Make machine and/or tooling selection decisions according to accepted machine tool practices
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of USDA and FDA regulations regarding food manufacturing practices
  • Detail different vectors of food contamination
  • Apply knowledge of OSHA, NIOSH, and NFPA safety standards.
  • Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of automatic HVACR systems
  • Comprehends and understands digital controller configurations and loop tuning for pressure, flow and temperature
  • Apply skills and tools necessary to fully participate in a lean manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of applied science related to mechanical drives.
  • Perform preventative maintenance.
  • Maintain parts and equipment inventory including service documentation.
  • Maintain electrical and electronic devices and systems.
  • Maintain mechanical devices and systems.
  • Maintain hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • Demonstrate the basic skills required to install/modify/repair personal computer hardware, operating system software and small-scale networking functions.
  • Develop the skills required for site assessment and installation of small-scale, solar and wind power renewable energy sources.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Gainful Employment

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician

Career Pathways

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