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Careers in industrial maintenance offer many opportunities to problem solve and work with your hands. With FVTC programs, you’ll get a high level of technical skills to prepare you for a job as an industrial maintenance technician or industrial machine operator.
If you enjoy solving problems and have a strong work ethic, this might be a good career fit for you. Industrial electricians maintain and repair many different types of electrical equipment. In addition, you will install and modify electrical equipment on motors, transformers, generators, controls, instruments, lighting systems and power distributers. You’ll learn how to use devices like test lamps, volt-ohm meters and oscilloscopes, and will gain skills working from blueprints, drawings and diagrams. You’ll also learn to make mathematical computations to determine the current carrying capacities of electrical wire and equipment. Other skills for this career include troubleshooting AC and DC drives and programmable logic controllers. The program involves four years of on-the-job and classroom instruction.
Today’s manufacturers need skilled maintenance personnel to keep operations running smoothly. In this program, you’ll get a solid foundation in electrical power systems and industrial machinery. You will learn about mechanical concepts and electrical power distribution, and will build your skills in electronics, fluid power and programmable logic controllers.
Prepare for an entry-level position in industrial maintenance with this certificate program. You will learn about electrical safety, blueprint reading, computer-aided design, and the proper techniques for rigging and lifting. You will also cover machine parts, and the fundamental principles of fluid power and compressed air. Your training includes hands-on experience with programmable logic controllers.
This career field offers plenty of opportunity to problem solve and work with your hands. You’ll gain a high level of technical skills to prepare you for an entry-level position working with industrial machinery. Your training will include an introduction to electrical motors and safety, control devices and power systems. You’ll also learn about blueprints, rigging and lifting, and computer-aided design. You’ll get hands-on experience applying what you’ve learned in the machine shop.
The maintenance mechanic/millwright is the key person in many metalworking and manufacturing plants that use heavy equipment and machinery. As a maintenance mechanic/millwright you will install, dismantle, repair and replace units to keep production running smoothly. You may also plan the layout of new machinery or construct or repair machine parts. You’ll learn how to safely use machine tools such as engine lathes, drill presses and hand tools. You’ll also learn how to repair equipment in the plant, as well as estimating the cost of moving jobs or installations of new equipment. You could find employment in paper mills, foundries, production mills, schools and hospitals. This apprenticeship involves four years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.
If you enjoy working with your hands, this could be a good career choice for you. Maintenance technicians work on mechanical and electrical equipment and machines in paper mills, foundries, production mills, food processing, schools and hospitals. Your work could include installing equipment, repairing and replacing units, and maintaining equipment. You will learn how to use measuring devices, lathes, drill presses and various hand tools. You will also learn about electrical drawings, electrical motors, programmable logic controllers and solid state devices. The program includes paid on-the-job training and related instruction.
A pipe fabricator typically works in a fabrication shop with overhead cranes and hoists, a variety of hand tools, grinders and cutting equipment. You’ll learn how to install pipe, weld carbon steel and stainless steel pipe, and do layout work for pipe, vessels and tanks. In this apprenticeship program, you will also learn heat treating and weld inspection, along with blueprint reading, math, metallurgy, spool drawings, pipe flanges and arc flash. Your training will help you become a skilled welder. You’ll gain all this through five years of on-the-job training and related instruction.
In the Fox Valley area, pipefitters are primarily employed in the papermaking industry, though there are other businesses that require the installation, repair and servicing of pressure piping and similar equipment. A pipefitter will lay out, cut and bend pipes. You will learn how to install, test, maintain and repair high- or low-pressure piping systems. You’ll also learn how to cut, heat and bend metal. Your training will give you a thorough knowledge of pipe characteristics, particularly related to high or low pressure and chemicals. You’ll also learn the principles of hydraulics and gain welding and soldering skills. All this is accomplished through four years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.
If you are currently working on or if you've already completed a trade apprenticeship with at least 400 hours of paid related instruction (PRI), this degree program will help you build on your experience and add depth to your technical skills. With your Wisconsin Journeyworker Certificate as a solid foundation, you will enhance your career potential with studies in communications, social science, behavioral science and math. You'll begin with 39 credits from your apprenticeship, and add 21 additional credits of general studies. You’ll be well prepared for future career growth in your chosen field.
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