Certificates, diplomas and associate's degrees in systems engineering and industrial technology are available through many community colleges and technical schools. Certificate and diploma programs consist of an average of one year of study, while associate's degree programs take two years to complete.
10 Schools with Industrial Technology Programs
Industrial technology programs are offered at the institutions listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Kirkwood Community College||Cedar Rapids, IA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $4,194; Out-of-state $5,034|
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, IN||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $4,115; Out-of-state $7,992|
|GateWay Community College||Phoenix, AZ||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,046; Out-of-state $7,830|
|Erie Community College||Buffalo, NY||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $5,189; Out-of-state $9,784|
|Nunez Community College||Chalmette, LA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's||In-state $3,945; Out-of-state $7,444|
|Hawkeye Community College||Waterloo, IA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $4,466; Out-of-state $5,166|
|Northeast Texas Community College||Mount Pleasant, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $2,506; In-state $4,276; Out-of-state $5,696|
|Holmes Community College||Goodman, MS||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $2,360; Out-of-state $4,940|
|Wayne Community College||Goldsboro, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $2,396; Out-of-state $8,540|
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills, MI||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $2,745; In-state $5,235; Out-of-state $7,305|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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School Selection Criteria
Prospective boiler technicians have many things to consider when choosing a training program:
- Systems engineering and industrial technology programs both include instruction in boiler operation and maintenance, but industrial technology programs also include ventilation, electrical and refrigeration operations.
- Prospective students should ensure that a program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) and that it can prepare them for any required state licensure exams.
- A program with more lab time might better prepare students to perform the technical tasks commonly executed by boiler technicians.
- Individuals should also consider the amount of career guidance offered by a school, including coursework on resume writing and job searching.
Industrial Technology Certificate Programs
These programs typically consist of one year of study. Internships may be available, but are not typically a required component of the curriculum. Students study electrical theory, basic conveyor technology and motor control.
Systems Engineering Certificate Programs
These programs consist of between 17 and 40 credit hours. Students take courses covering the operation and maintenance of high- and low-pressure boiler systems. They also study hydronics technology and direct digital control systems.
Industrial Technology Associate's Degree Programs
Consisting of approximately 60 credit hours, students are required to complete general education courses in math and the sciences in addition to core industrial technology classes. Many programs require participants to complete at least one internship.
Systems Engineering Associate's Degree Programs
These 2-year programs contain general education and field-specific coursework. Topics of instruction can include electrical and plumbing basics, industrial safety, hydraulics and boiler maintenance.
Several institutions offer programs in industrial technology and systems engineering to prospective boiler technicians. When choosing between certificate, diploma or associate's degree programs in this field, consider accredited programs that offer ample hands-on training opportunities as well as career services.