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Industrial Technology

What Will I Learn?

Did you enjoy putting models together as a child? Did you ever fix your friends' bikes when the pedals came loose or the seats needed adjusting? If so, you may be interested in industrial technology. This program provides training in a variety of skill areas within the industrial industry.

Fast Facts

Problem-solving, math, computer, mechanical and technical skills are important if you plan to pursue a career in industrial technology.*

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

As a graduate of Heartland Community College's two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree program you'll be prepared for many positions. These include machinist, planner, tool designer and quality control technician. Workers with computer skills who can perform multiple tasks in a machine shop will have the best job opportunities. As growing numbers of experienced machinists enter retirement, employers in many parts of the country are reporting difficulty finding skilled workers and apprenticeship candidates to replace them.*

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition

Your HCC Options

Earn an Associate in Applied Science:

Associate in Applied Science - Industrial Technology

The Industrial Technology Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for a variety of entry- to mid-level technician and/or operator positions in various industrial settings such as manufacturing, metalworking, construction, renewable energy, and fabrication. You will learn skills in technical graphics, safety, AutoCAD, and computer literacy, as well as skills in one or more industrial areas such as: construction, electronics, renewable energy, facilities maintenance, industrial maintenance, design and fabrication, and/or welding. You may choose to specialize in one or more industrial areas by using your technical elective hours to complete skills certificates as you work toward your degree.

Earn a Certificate:

Industrial Technology Certificate

The Industrial Technology Certificate prepares you for a variety of entry- to mid-level technician and/or operator positions in various industrial settings such as manufacturing, metalworking, construction, renewable energy, and fabrication. You will learn skills in technical graphics, safety, AutoCAD, and computer literacy, as well as basic skills in one or more industrial areas such as: construction, electronics, renewable energy, facilities maintenance, industrial maintenance, design and fabrication, and/or welding. Or, you may choose a specialization by using your technical elective hours to complete a skills certificate in one industrial area. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

Earn a Skills Certificate:

Construction Skills Certificate

The Construction Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position in the construction industry as an estimator, CAD technician, or project assistant. You will learn a basic understanding of construction skills, building materials and design, and safety. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

Design & Fabrication Skills Certificate

The Design & Fabrication Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position as a machine operator or welder in a manufacturing environment. You will learn basic engineering design, manufacturing processes, machining skills, and welding skills. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

Electronics Skills Certificate

The Electronics Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position as an electronics technician. You will learn basic skills in electronics, including troubleshooting and circuit construction, digital electronics, and automation and controls. With these skills, you can perform basic troubleshooting and repair on electronic systems such as manufacturing systems, industrial controllers, or communications systems. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

Facilities Maintenance Skills Certificate

The Facilities Maintenance Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position as a facilities maintenance technician. You will learn basic skills in in the areas of heating and air conditioning, industrial electricity, and fluid power. With these skills, you can perform general maintenance and repair on buildings and mechanical equipment. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses to the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

Industrial Maintenance Skills Certificate

The Industrial Maintenance Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position as an industrial maintenance technician or maintenance mechanic. You will learn basic skills in industrial electricity, fluid power, mechatronics, and industrial and building controllers. With these skills, you can perform general maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair on automated mechanical systems, such as those used in manufacturing. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

Renewable Energy Skills Certificate

The Renewable Energy Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position in the renewable energy field such as a technician or energy auditor. You will learn renewable energy concepts and well as basic skills in electrical systems, industrial and building controllers, and mechanical systems. With these skills, you can install, troubleshoot, and repair various renewable energy systems. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

Welding Skills Certificate

The Welding Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position as a welder. You will learn basic skills in industrial welding such as selection and use of appropriate materials, tools, and equipment as well as weld design and inspection. With these skills, you can work in a variety of settings, including manufacturing, construction, and general industry. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

Industrial Technology Questions

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