Industrial Maintenance, AAS (Moratorium)

This program is in moratorium and is not accepting new students at this time.


Industrial Maintenance
Industrial maintenance refers to the career path of providing maintenance, troubleshooting and repair, and improvement of complex machines and automation systems to support manufacturing and other industries. The industrial maintenance field has experienced and is projected to grow at above average rates during the next 10 years. An industrial mechanic employs a wide range of skills including electrical and electronics, machining, welding, and hydraulics in order to maintain industrial systems. Upon completion of this program, students will:
  • Identify characteristics of various motor types and proper employment of each type;
  • Employ procedures to determine the electrical materials, equipment, and application of code and regulations to support various electrical installations for both commercial and industrial projects:
  • Troubleshoot analog and digital circuits using standard and specialized test equipment;
  • Employ mill and lathe systems in building designated projects;
  • Proficiently weld on a single plate, and two connecting pieces of ferrous metals;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in welding SMAW or GMAW in desired position;
  • Explain the principles of hydraulics; and
  • Identify hydraulic devices and symbols and explain their functions.
CAS Total Credits: 30-32
Note: Upon completion of Tiers I and II, a student has met the requirements for a CAS, but may not receive both a Tier II CTS and a CAS.  
Industrial Maintenance Tier III, CTS
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Industrial Maintenance Tier IV, CTS
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AAS Total Credits: 64-70
Upon completion of Tiers III and IV, a student has met the requirements for the AAS, but may not receive both the Tier IV CTS and an AAS.  
  • Students who transfer from Electronics or Machining or Welding after their first year will have taken seven credits of math, communications, and workplace safety. They will need to make up 7-11 credits of coursework from the first year of Industrial Maintenance. The exceptions are and [[permalink=250|tooltip:{'title':1}]]%prefix% %code%[[/permalink]], which are offered in the fall and summer semesters.
  • Industries such as large-scale manufacturing including wood products, energy generation, petroleum refining, chemical processing, automotive, aviation/aerospace, rail, ship, and trucking all employ mechanical systems that require maintenance as well as repair. This program provides a student with the necessary instruction to meet the wide range of challenges encountered in these industries by maintenance personnel.
  • Upon completion of Tiers I and II, a student has met the requirements for the Certificate of Applied Science (CAS), but may not receive both a Tier II Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS) and the CAS. Similarly, upon completion of Tiers I, II, III, and IV, a student has met the requirements for the AAS degree, but may not receive both the Tier IV CTS and the AAS degree.
Opportunities after Graduation
  • Industrial maintenance is projected to grow 15-30% over the next 10 years in Montana.
  • Industrial maintenance workers typically earn wages above the median.
Advising Information:
For more information about this program, contact the advisor.
Academic Advisor
OT 109
(406) 756-4862