Industrial Maintenance and Mechanics

Diploma, 72 Credits

COURSE PLAN: Four Semesters

Are you someone who likes challenges and can think under pressure?

This Riverland program is one of a kind in Minnesota. Machines are getting more costly to maintain and good maintenance workers play a major role in cost control.

Students will receive training in the maintenance and repair of industrial equipment including operation of lathes, mills, drills and small tools used for machine repair.

Our programs also focus on hydraulics, pneumatics, piping, sheet metal, electrical, bearings and seals, blueprint reading, preventative/predictive maintenance, safety and welding. Welding classes include gas, ARC, tig and wirefeed.

This program includes preparation for boiler exams. In the first year, you will prepare for a special engineer license exam. Upon successful completion of this exam, students start clocking hours with actual operation of an in-house boiler. In the second year, students will be qualified to apply for and take the Second Class high pressure boiler exam. After graduating, students will hold a Minnesota Steam Engineer Second Class License Grade A or B license.


NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.

NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) Accreditation


Students will also receive training in the field of predictive/preventative maintenance which will include the use of thermography, laser alignment and vibration analysis. This equipment is used by companies to reduce or eliminate costly machine failures.

The Industrial Maintenance & Mechanics program is an ideal choice for students with good mechanical aptitude who take pride in their workmanship. Students can count on plenty of individual attention from instructors with extensive work experience.

Typical Work Tasks


People who work in this career often:

  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Operate welding equipment.

    Employment Outlook

    Riverland graduates are in demand and can choose from good jobs in many areas such as, maintenance mechanic or supervisor, millwright, metal fabricator, boiler operator, building maintenance, machinist, welder, tool and die or field service technician plus great advancement opportunities. You may want to consider further education to go into engineering.

    Where do Industrial Machinery Mechanics most often work?

    In Minnesota, there are 5,810 workers employed in this medium-sized career.


    Additional Information


    360 is an innovative, collaborative effort between education and industry to recruit, educate, and train workers for dynamic careers in advanced manufacturing.


    Eligible to test for MSSC Certified Production Tech

    Eligible to test for National institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

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    Last Updated: March 15, 2018

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