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Overview of Industrial Systems Technology

This program of study prepares students to safely service, maintain, repair, or install equipment.  Instruction includes theory and hands-on skill training needed for inspection, testing, troubleshooting, and diagnosing industrial systems and machines.

The demand for industrial systems technicians or advanced manufacturing maintenance is high. The annual wages are excellent.

Do you . . .

     Like to troubleshoot machines, motors, and industrial equipment?

     Consider yourself a jack of all trades?

     Like the sense of satisfaction when you are able to repair a broken machine?

     Like to work on high tech equipment using the latest diagnostic equipment?

Industrial Systems technicians use their knowledge and skills in a variety of ways.  Most technicians work in an advanced manufacturing environment using preventative and predictive maintenance practices to keep manufacturing and automation lines running efficiently.  Strong mechanical and electrical skills are needed, as well as a good troubleshooting skills to keep equipment running smoothly to meet the high demands of today’s manufacturing environment.  Industrial System technicians can be working on a robot’s servo motor or programmable logic controller one day; and the next day replacing a fan motor in an air handling unit.  Earning this degree is not limited to manufacturing production.  Some students go on to work in the field of facilities maintenance and management. 

Why A-B Technical Community College?

You can earn an associate’s degree in Industrial Systems Technology or Basic Maintenance Certificate in short time, and the cost is reasonable.  You will learn from qualified, degreed instructors who have real-world experience.  We teach students in a variety of ways, but our priority is to give students hands-on experience.

Here’s a look at the variety of topics in the Industrial Systems Technology program:

  • Blue print reading
  • CAD
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Maintenance
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Automation/Robotics
  • Basic Welding
  • Industrial Safety (can earn 10 hour OSHA certification and fork truck driving certification)
  • Industrial Equipment Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance Procedures and Practices
  • Introduction to PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers)
  • Construction Management Fundamentals
  • Industrial Wiring Methods
  • Machining Processes

The Industrial Systems Technology curriculum is designed to prepare or upgrade individuals to safely service, maintain, repair, or install equipment. Instruction includes theory and skill training needed for inspecting, testing, troubleshooting, and diagnosing industrial systems.

Students will learn multi-craft technical skills in blueprint reading, mechanical systems maintenance, electricity, hydraulics/pneumatics, welding, machining or fabrication, and includes various diagnostic and repair procedures. Practical application in these industrial systems will be emphasized and additional advanced course work may be offered.

Upon completion of this curriculum, graduates should be able to individually, or with a team, safely install, inspect, diagnose, repair, and maintain industrial process and support equipment. Students will also be encouraged to develop their skills as life-long learners.


For More Information Contact:

Kevin S. Kiser, BSME
Chair of Computer Integrated Machining, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial Systems Technology
Phone: 828-398-7342



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