An understanding of the requirements and opportunities in maintenance, good safety practices, pride in workmanship, and an understanding of the principles and accepted practices of the maintenance trade are covered in this program. Students are trained to hold positions in factories, hospitals, hotels, etc., where multi-skilled maintenance personnel are needed. Included are courses in air conditioning, carpentry, electricity, machine tool, metal fabrication, and welding.

Progression in the Industrial Maintenance Technology program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of C or better in each technical course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale).

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science

  • Industrial Maintenance: 64-68 credit hours
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technician: 71 credit hours
  • Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC): 62-66 credit hours

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For program course requirements, click on links above for the MIT: Industrial Maintenance Technology Check Sheets.

Employment Opportunities

*Employment of industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers is projected to grow about as fast as average, and job prospects should be favorable for those with a variety of repair skills.

Employment change

Employment of industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers is expected to grow 7 percent from 2006 to 2016, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As factories become increasingly automated, these workers will be needed to maintain and repair the automated equipment. However, many new machines are more reliable and capable of self-diagnosis, making repairs easier and quicker and somewhat slowing the growth of repairer jobs.

Industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers are not as affected by changes in production levels as other manufacturing workers. During slack periods, when some plant workers are laid off, mechanics often are retained to do major overhaul jobs and to keep expensive machinery in working order. In addition, replacing highly skilled and experienced industrial maintenance workers is quite difficult, which discourages lay-offs.

Job prospects

Applicants with broad skills in machine repair and maintenance should have favorable job prospects. Many mechanics are expected to retire in coming years, and employers have reported difficulty in recruiting young workers with the necessary skills to be industrial machinery mechanics. In addition to openings from growth, most job openings will stem from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons.

Job Demand Forecast

Occupational Title Employment 2006 Projected Employment 2016

Industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers
345,000 368,000 Industrial machinery mechanics 261,000 284,000 Maintenance workers, machinery 84,000 83,000

Earnings / Compensation

Median hourly wage-and-salary earnings of industrial machinery mechanics were $19.74 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $15.87 and $24.46. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $12.84, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $29.85.

Machinery maintenance workers earned somewhat less than the higher skilled industrial machinery mechanics. Median hourly wage-and-salary earnings of machinery maintenance workers were $16.61 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.91 and $21.53. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.29, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $26.46.

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Program Length

You can complete the Associate in Applied Science in two years as a full-time student pending no developmental needs. Certificate can be completed in less time depending on your class load.

For More Information

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Office ME 118
(859) 499-6282 ext. 66513

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