Industrial Electrical Maintenance Technician
Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to begin an exciting career in the high-demand field of Electrical Industrial Maintenance. Industrial Electrical Maintenance Technicians are in high demand throughout business and industry. The opportunities for Industrial Electrical Maintenance Technicians are growing rapidly with the resurgence of manufacturing throughout the United States. If you enjoy working with your hands and love a challenge and are interested in becoming a key player in keeping America's industrial facilities operational this may be the career field for you. Get the skills manufacturing companies and mechanical contractors are looking for as an Industrial Electrical Maintenance Technician. With your MTC certificate and fundamental knowledge of electrical theory, you can earn about $20 an hour to start with and more earning potential as you advance.
Electricians in large factories do maintenance work such as repairing motors, transformers, generators, and electronic controllers on machine tools and industrial robots. They may also advise as to whether the continued operation of certain equipment could be hazardous. When working with complex electronic devices, they may consult with engineers, engineering technicians, line installers and repairers, or industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers. In this program, you’ll learn about general electrical safety, variable frequency drives, programmable logic controllers, industrial sensor technology and how to read blueprints along with electrical fundamentals and troubleshooting.
Pre-requisite: High school diploma or equivalency
Special Note: Successful completion of some classes in this training program, along with meeting college entrance and program requirements, may provide you with exemption credit and/or advanced placement into the Mechatronics Associate Degree or Mechatronics Academic certificate program at Midlands Technical College. For further information, contact 803.732.0432.
How to Enroll
To pursue this certificate, please click on the courses below to see availability. You can register for courses online, and you do not have to apply to the college!
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Sample Program Plan and Costs
Class Delivery Methods
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|Hybrid||Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.|
|Online||100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.|
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Basic Math for Electricians
This course provides the math skills you will need to begin the study of electricity. Review basic concepts such as number lines and exponents. Introduction to scientific/engineering notation and numerical prefixes and exponents in the decimal number system. Introduction to a scientific calculator and roper operation is covered.
Electrical Fundamentals I
Learn the basic concepts of electricity-beginning with atomic structure and electron flow, Ohm's Law, Kirchoff's Laws, static electricity, magnetism, resistance, basic DC circuits, electrical units, measuring instruments, and magnetic induction. Prerequisites: Basic Math for Electricians or skills assessment completion.
Electrical Fundamentals II
Continue the study of the fundamentals of electricity with the intermediate concepts of electricity: basic trigonometry and vectors, alternating current, the effects and interaction of resistance, and inductance and capacitance in series and parallel circuits. Prerequisites: Electrical Fundamentals I or skills assessment completion.
Electrical Fundamentals III
Complete the study of electrical fundamentals by learning the properties and applications of single-phase transformers, three-phase Wye and Delta transformer connections, DC generators, DC motors, three-phase alternators, and single and three-phase AC motors. Prerequisites: Electrical Fundamentals I and II or skills assessment completion.
General Electrical Safety
You will be introduced to general workplace electrical safety practices, including lockout/tagout, PPE (personal protective equipment), NEC (National Electrical Code), and arc flash guidelines.
Electrical Print Reading
Learn to read and interpret electrical blueprints and schematics used in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. Emphasis will be on the applications of the print reading and circuit and electrical symbols knowledge. Prerequisites: Electrical Fundamentals I, II or skills assessment completion.
Electrical Motor Controls
Learn to work with relays, timers, push buttons, magnetic starters, fuses overloads, wiring practices, and motor circuit protection principles, all of which are related to industry and motor control. You will physically connect three-phase motors and control circuits as part of this course.Prerequisites: Electrical Fundamentals III or skills assessment completion.
Learn basic electronics principles, components, and functions including atomic structure of conductors, insulators, and semi-insulators, solid-state device construction, diode rectifier circuits, transistor theory of operation, and switch and amplifier applications.Prerequisities: Electrical Fundamentals I and II, Electrical Print reading or skills assessment completion.
Industrial Sensor Technology
Study various industrial sensors including discrete electro-mechanical and electronic devices, analog devices such as transducers, thermocouples, and RTDs. Prerequisites: Electrical Fundamentals I and II, Electrical Print Reading, and Basic Electronics or skills assessment.
Variable Frequency Drives
Study theory of operation, programming, installation and standard wiring practices. You will work with both the AutomationDirect GS-1 and Allen Bradley Powerflex 40 VFDs. Prerequisites: Industrial Sensors, Basic Electronics, and Electrical Motor Controls or skills assessment completion.
Programmable Logic Controllers
Study theory of operation, programming, installation, and standard wiring practices using All Bradley MicroLogix processors and Logix 500 software. You will learn basic ladder programming principles using bit, timer, and counter instructions. Prerequisites: Industrial Sensors and Basic Electronics or skills assessment completion.
You will develop methodology, identify, and locate electrical problems using diagrams and basic electrical measuring tools. Prerequisites: Industrial Sensors, Electrical Motor Controls, Print Reading, Variable Frequency Drives, and Programmable Logic Controllers or skills assessment completion.
Not including fees and equipment
Industrial Electrical Maintenance Technician
As an Industrial Electrical Maintenance Technician, you will be responsible for performing general upkeep of industrial electrical systems and equipment. This entails performing routine maintenance and fixing any faulty wiring while abiding by the National Electric Code. You will utilize electrical/electronic skills and knowledge (PLCs, A/C, D/C motors and drives, schematics) in a manufacturing environment to achieve machine uptime metrics. You’ll review blueprints/drawings to understand the placement of wiring or to comprehend the working of the equipment to provide the right service and repairs. You’ll inspect on a routine basis electrical equipment, wiring, fixtures, and other components to ensure they remain functional and are up to code, as well as to identify any hazards or issues. You’ll troubleshoot all types of equipment to determine the reasons for any malfunctions of systems or components, and repair electrical systems, wiring, circuit breakers, equipment, and other components so that they remain at full-functioning capacity.
Average Annual Salary
Where Can I Work?
- Manufacturing Plants
- Industrial Equipment Production Companies
What’s next after I complete this program?
Continue at MTC with another credential
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