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Industrial Maintenance

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.

Programs


Controls Maintenance (C)

14 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

Today’s machines are controlled with great precision, speed and repeatability. In the Controls Maintenance certificate program, you’ll gain a detailed understanding of how machines are wired, programmed and controlled. Motor and drives fundamentals, programming concepts, touch panels and complete system troubleshooting techniques are covered through classroom materials and various hands-on lab activities. Once you’ve completed this certificate, use what you’ve learned towards an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic technical diploma, Electro-Mechanical Technology associate degree or Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology associate degree.

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Electrical & Instrumentation Apprentice (A) New

28 Credits Location: Appleton

As an Electrical & Instrumentation Technician, you’ll be the one who installs, services, troubleshoots, and performs preventive and predictive maintenance functions on equipment. Your training will include maintenance and installation of motors, starters, motor control centers, programmable controllers, control panels, electrical control systems and transformers. You’ll also learn how to repair, test, adjust, calibrate and install industrial controls. This apprenticeship-training program requires you to first be employed so you can get the most out of on-the-job learning with related instruction in a classroom

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Electrical Maintenance (C)

12 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

Industrial electrical maintenance skills are in high demand in today's advanced manufacturing industries. This program will focus on the fundamentals of electrical safety, electronics, power distribution, and the design and construction of an industrial control panel. You'll learn electrical and electronic theories through interactive hands-on labs. After completing this certificate, credits earned will apply toward an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic technical diploma, Electro-Mechanical Technology or Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology associate degrees.

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Industrial Electrician Apprentice (A)

20 Credits Location: Appleton

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. This program requires you to first be employed and involves four years of on-the-job and classroom instruction.

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Industrial Maintenance (C)

16 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

Today's manufacturers need skilled maintenance personnel to keep industrial machines and equipment running efficiently. Essential maintenance skills needed are electronics, electrical power distribution, PLCs, ladder logic, fluid power and mechanical concepts. In this program, you'll receive training in these areas and be ready to assist a company's maintenance personnel. After completing this certificate, credits earned will apply toward an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic technical diploma, Electro-Mechanical Technology or Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology associate degree.

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Industrial Maintenance Foundations (C)

16 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

This career field offers a variety of opportunities 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.

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Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (TD)

26 Credits Location: Appleton

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.

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Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprentice (A) New

7.5 Credits Location: Appleton

As an entry-level industrial manufacturing technician, you’ll operate industrial production-related equipment, work with manufacturing-related tools and perform work processes related to a wide variety of manufacturing settings. As an apprentice, you’ll learn to set up, operate, monitor and control production equipment, as well as, help improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements. This apprenticeship-training program requires you to first be employed so you can get the most out of on-the-job learning with related instruction in a classroom. When you complete the program, you’ll be ready for journey-level work.

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Lubrication Technician Apprentice (A)

9.2 Credits Location: Appleton

As a Lubrication Technician apprentice, you'll work with industrial machinery and equipment components. You'll learn to adhere to safety and industry standards, and demonstrate safe work practices. In related training, you'll learn to compare greases, oils, hydraulic fluids and other lubricants; perform general lubrication, operate hydraulic and central lube oil systems; and perform preventative maintenance. This program requires you to first be employed before starting your on-the-job and classroom instruction.

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Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprentice (A)

16 Credits Location: Appleton

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 estimate the cost of moving jobs or installations of new equipment. This program requires you to first be employed and involves four years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

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Maintenance Technician Apprentice (A)

24 Credits Location: Appleton

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’ll learn how to use measuring devices, lathes, drill presses and various hand tools. You’ll also learn about electrical drawings, electrical motors, programmable logic controllers and solid state devices. This program requires you to first be employed before starting your on-the-job and classroom instruction.

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Mechanical Maintenance (C)

9 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

Prepare to enter the ever-evolving field of Mechanical Maintenance. In this introductory program, you’ll focus on hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical machine concepts, drawings and print reading. Once you’ve completed this certificate, use what you’ve learned towards an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic technical diploma, Electro-Mechanical Technology associate degree or Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology associate degree.

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Pipe Fabricator Apprentice (A)

12.5 Credits Location: Appleton

A pipe fabricator typically works in a fabrication shop with overhead cranes and hoists, a variety of hand tools, grinders and cutting equipment. In this apprenticeship program, you’ll learn how to install pipe, weld carbon steel and stainless steel pipe, and do layout work for pipe, vessels and tanks. You’ll 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. This program requires you to first be employed and involves five years of on-the-job training and related instruction.

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Pipefitting Apprentice (A)

16 Credits Location: Appleton

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. This program requires you to first be employed and involves four years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

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Technical Studies-Journeyworker (AAS)

60 Credits Location: Online

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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Types of Offerings



AAS - Associate Degree
TD - Technical Diploma
C - Certificate
A - Apprenticeship

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