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Maintenance & Mechatronics

What Will I Learn?

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Mechatronics prepares the student for a variety of entry-level positions requiring a background in various skills, technology and tools used for maintenance activities. Students will take a core set of classes and then select an area of emphasis such as Electrical, Industrial, or Facilities Maintenance. Maintenance technicians may work in a variety of settings including factory maintenance, machinery installation and repair, and general facilities maintenance or they may perform a specific technical support function such as heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC). Students will study basic subjects such as electrical and mechanical systems, blue print reading, computer skills, and manufacturing processes. In addition students will emphasis a specialty area by taking courses in Electrical, Industrial, or Facilities Maintenance.

Depending upon the program of study students have several certificate options.

The Electrical Maintenance Technology certificate program includes introductions to electricity, electronics, digital electronics and solid state electronics, and allows students to select elective courses. The Electical Maintenance Skills certificate of completion prepares individuals with basic skills in electrical fundamentals, circuits, wiring, industrial applications and the National Electrical Code. The Facilities Maintenance Technology certificate prepares an individual with a broad array of skills including electro-mechanical, basic construction, air conditioning and heating systems.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

As a graduate of Heartland Community College's two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program you will be able to gain employment in a variety of settings that hire maintenance technicians. Employers interested in our graduates come from a variety of industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, education, and service related industries. Wages for maintenance workers can vary widely depending on education, industry, and geographic location. In general, The Occupational Wage Survey for Illinois indicates that average salaries for maintenance personnel range from $35,000-$45,0000/year.1 Some occupational categories such as the skilled trades areas pay more than average.

What Are My Options?

The Mechatronics Associate in Applied Science degree is a two-year program designed to prepare graduates for a position in industrial and facility maintenance or management.Graduates of the Maintenance Technology program will have a variety of options available to them. Many students seek immediate employment upon graduation while others continue their education as a full-time student in a bachelor's degree program. BS degree options include programs such as Industrial Technology, Manufacturing Technology, and Technical and Applied Management. Some bachelor's degree programs are available in an on-line format and also as a 3+1 arrangement.

The Electrical Systems Technology certificate is a one-year program designed to prepare graduates for employment or advancement in electrical-related maintenance areas within industry. Students choosing to continue their education after the Electrical Maintenance Technology certificate may easily continue into the Electronic Systems Technology or Mechatronics Associate in Applied Science degree programs.

The Electrical Maintenance Skills certificate of completion may be applied for further study in electronics or electrical maintenance.

The purpose of the Facilities Maintenance Technology certificate is to prepare individuals who are involved with, or plan to pursue, a career related to the facilities maintenance area.

The Facilities Maintenance Skills certificate of completion prepares individuals with fundamental skills used in the support and maintenance of physical facilities.

The Industrial Maintenance Technology certificate is a one-year program designed to prepare graduates for a position in industrial and facility maintenance.

The Mechanical Maintenance Skills certficate of completion may be applied for further study in maintenance, or manufacturing technology.


  1. Department of Employment Security, State of Illinois, Wage Data 2009, on the Internet at http://lmi.ides.state.il.us/PDFs/statewidewage_pub.pdf