Associate in Applied Science: Industrial Mechanics

A student seeking an AAS in Industrial Mechanics will receive the knowledge and hands-on experience to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot any industrial machinery in a manufacturing process. Graduates of the program will be competent in Industrial Maintenance, Electrical Theory & Circuits, Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Motor Controls, Process Control Theory, Programmable Logic Controllers, Pumps, Compressors, Mechanical Drives, Wind Power, and Industrial Troubleshooting. Students will be able to learn the theory & procedures for each machine and utilize that knowledge in the lab to gain practical experience.

What Will I Learn?

Students will be able to demonstrate the appropriate use of safety equipment, devices, and procedures in the classroom and industrial environments, including workshop housekeeping, tools storage, and maintenance safety guidelines. Students will evaluate the application of basic theoretical knowledge of Industrial Maintenance to set up and execute Preventive and Corrective Maintenance procedures for industrial equipment and facilities, including Rotatory Equipment, Mechanical Drives, Industrial Wiring, and VFD/PLC communication. They will explain theoretically and practically the principles and operation of Laser alignment, Vibration Concepts and Analysis, and Process Control Troubleshooting, for Maintenance applications. Students will evaluate the operations of electrical circuits AC/DC Voltage and current principles for series and parallel circuits, applying measurement instruments, circuit protection, and control relays. Students will understand the use of metering tools for troubleshooting mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical systems for Basic PLC Programming and Control, to execute maintenance activities, such as Electrical Motor Controls, Ladder Diagrams, and Lockout/Tagout. They will be able to demonstrate the ability to determine the procedure for guidance in the performance of the specific maintenance task assigned for Controller Operations, Power Supply Filtration & Regulation, Basic Hydraulics, and Pneumatics.

How much will it cost?

In addition to tuition and fees, students will pay a lab fee for courses requiring labs. This fee is based on materials, consumables, and supplies required for the particular lab. Lab fees may vary due to an individual's ability and materials required by the course labs. Lab fees for particular courses are listed in core syllabi and based on the average student completing the course. Contact program faculty for more information on lab fees.

What is the job market?

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