Industrial Maintenance Technician School and Licensure Information

Dec 12, 2019

Industrial maintenance technician schools provide programs that prepare students with the skills to work in manufacturing plants and be able to operate, maintain and troubleshoot industrial machines. Such schools train students in diagnostics, equipment maintenance and parts replacement. Read on to learn about how to select a program, programs available and course information.

There are certificates and associate's degree programs in industrial maintenance technology at various 2-year colleges throughout the country. Bachelor's degrees are not generally available, although some 2-year programs can transfer into bachelor's degree programs in related areas, such as industrial technology, which is a more management-oriented degree.

Industrial Maintenance Technician Schools

Industrial maintenance technician programs are offered at the institutions listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Chicago, IL 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $3,504; In-state $9,216; Out-of-state $11,544
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $4,315; In-state $7,861; Out-of-state $11,251
Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH 2-year, Public Competency Award In-district $3,436; In-state $4,322; Out-of-state $8,136
Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $3,833; In-state $7,681; Out-of-state $11,174
Henry Ford Community College Dearborn, MI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $3,124; In-state $4,876; Out-of-state $6,748
Portland Community College Portland, OR 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,340; Out-of-state $9,200
Trident Technical College Charlestown, SC 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $4,551; In-state $5,033; Out-of-state $8,484

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

When choosing an industrial maintenance technician school, students should consider several factors.

  • The length of a certificate program usually requires only one year, while an associate's degree program can take 2-3 years to complete.
  • Licensure prep is often necessary as some states, counties and municipalities require licensing, a certificate of responsibility or certification for industrial maintenance technicians and the school needs to prepare the student for such requirements.
  • It may be important to consider if the college offers assistance with job placements after graduation; some colleges offer help with preparing a resume and information on job interviews.
  • The costs of the programs vary based on location and length; many colleges offer tuition discounts to local or in-state students.

Industrial Maintenance Technician Certificate

Certificate programs cover the basic skills necessary for an entry-level job as an industrial maintenance technician. Students learn welding and machinery maintenance for mechanical systems and electronic motors.

Associate's Degree in Industrial Maintenance Technology

Associate's degree programs in industrial maintenance technology require general education courses along with hands-on maintenance training. Some programs also provide AutoCAD and technical graphics instruction. These programs sometimes offer students their choice of specializations, such as facilities maintenance, electrical work, electromechanics or heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).

Industrial maintenance can be studied to complete a certificate or associate's degree program. Many colleges offer these programs; a certificate program can typically be completed in less than a year, while an associate's program can take two years to complete.

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