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.
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.
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.
Minnesota State University - Moorhead | BS - Operations Management
Upon completion of this program, the graduate will:
Demonstrate the proper use and operation of the lathe.
Demonstrate the proper use and operation of the mills.
Demonstrate proper safety practices and procedures at all times in the classroom, shop, and industry.
Perform a variety of welding processes using appropriate equipment and setup procedures for the following processes: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and oxy fuel welding (OFW) and operation of shear.
Perform appropriate and professional welds in all positions on a variety of metal thicknesses to meet visual standards as set by the American Welding Society with the following processes: SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, OFW.
Understand the safe operation of the boiler and pass the Minnesota Engineering License Exam.
Perform hydraulic trouble shooting and the installation and repair of the hydraulic components and systems.
Understand and perform preventive maintenance with the PM schedules.
Industrial Maintenance and Mechanics Faculty & Advisors
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Program Notes Requirements for Program Admission:
Tool and Safety Kit Different options available, price varies per supplier.
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements: Reading: An Accuplacer score of 52 is recommended.
Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Riverland Community College program may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.
Required Core Courses (61 Credits)
Safety and OSHA
This course introduces general safety as it pertains to the machine shop. The course includes forklift safety, Occupational Safety Health Administration, (OSHA) Right to Know, personal safety, and other safety topics. (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)
This course introduces the fundamentals of power saws and the blades used, as well as drills and drilling machines. Topics include the use of both vertical and horizontal saws, drill presses, with calculations of drill speeds and feeds, power tapping, reaming, counterboring, and countersinking. Shop safety is a very important component of this course. Students are required to build parts following print to specification. Prerequisites: IMMR 1715 and IMMR 1750. (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)
This course introduces the study, care, and uses of small tools as they relate to maintenance. This includes precision measuring tools used in a machine shop, micrometers, calipers, etc. Other subjects include the use of hand tools, hacksaws, files, punches, taps and dies, and other mechanical hardware. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
This course covers boiler functions, operations, safety, controls, hot water systems, steam systems, and the identification of boiler fittings. This course is designed to help the student prepare for a special engineer's license exam, which is offered on campus. Students will get actual hands-on boiler operation experience including boiler water testing and simulation of boiler controls through the use of boiler software. (4Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab, 0 other)
This course includes the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process starting with the power sources, electrodes, and the various applications. A great deal of time is spent in the lab developing skills using this welding process. Welds are made in all positions using various types of electrodes. Welding codes and applications are also covered and followed. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
This course introduces the use of oxy-fuel welding and cutting equipment. The students cut using both hand and machine torches. Safety as related to oxy-fuel equipment is a critical part of this course. Set-up, applications, and metallurgy are also included. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
This course introduces basic lathe theory and operations. Students identify the machines' principal parts and functions and perform basic machining operations such as facing, straight turning, boring, threading, and others. Students calculate speed and feeds. Shop safety is covered and practiced. Prerequisites: IMMR 1710, IMR 1715, and IMMR 1750. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
This course introduces basic vertical machine theory and operations. Students identify the machine controls and their functions and perform basic milling setups including tool head alignment and vise alignment. Students calculate speeds and feeds and perform basic milling operations such as squaring the toolhead, aligning the vise, and cutting a keyseat. Shop safety is covered and practiced. Prerequisites: IMMR 1710, IMMR 1715, and IMMR 1750. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
This course introduces the basic understanding of blueprint reading. Various mechanical drawings and types of prints for the interpretation and manufacturing of parts and the assembly of equipment are also included. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
This course covers basic hydraulic system principles including symbols, pumps, control valves, cylinders, and the reading and drawing of schematics. Disassembly and assembly of hydraulic components are also included. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
This course introduces types of bearing and seals. It also covers installation, removal, measurement, and inspections of both bearing and seals. Reasons for premature bearing failures and remedies for these problems are also covered. Lubrication types for different applications are included. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
This course introduces the use and construction of jigs and fixtures and their purpose within the manufacturing industry. It will include basic concepts, ideas, and fundamentals of jigs and fixtures. Techniques of design and fabrication as they apply for different work holding requirements and a problem-solving in the tool design. Construction, assembly, and completion of project will need to follow approval of inspection. Prerequisites: IMMR 1710. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
This course introduces the fundamentals of electricity, the use of voltmeters, electrical symbols, and electrical schematic reading. The basic understanding and application of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) are studied. These skills together help the student better understand and troubleshoot an electrical circuit. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
This course introduces the safety in the operation of high pressure boilers. Topics covered include boiler fittings, daily and monthly safety checks, operation and maintenance, feedwater accessories, steam accessories, turbines, and environmental control systems. This course is designed to prepare the student for a second-class high pressure boilers license. Prerequisites: IMMR 1720 or one year experience in boiler operation. (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
This course introduces the methods used to check and repair machines. The study of vibrations, reverse dial indicating, and using thermal analysis to check machines are covered as well as the process of disassembling and assembly of components. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisites: IMMR 2735. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
This course emphasizes Preventive Maintenance (PM), the value of a good maintenance program, and the returns that can be expected with its implementation. Topics covered include maintenance checklists, PM costs, lost revenue costs, and starting an on-site PM program. The monitoring of equipment includes the use of infrared camera (thermography), laser alignment, vibration analysis, and oil analysis. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisites: IMMR 1715 and IMMR 1770. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
This course emphasizes lathe operations for the manufacturing of parts for the assembly of tools. Students practice more precise lathe operation, more advanced machinery set-ups, and maintain tolerances that are highly critical. In the laboratory setting, this course builds a higher skill level than Lathe I. The students are required to use blueprints to fabricate individual parts to build tools. Prerequisites: IMMR 1740. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
This course emphasizes milling operations to manufacture parts for the assembly of tools to be built. Students practice more precise milling operations, more advanced machinery setups and maintain tolerances that are highly critical. In the laboratory setting, this course builds a higher skill level than Milling Machines I. The students are required to use blueprints to fabricate individual parts to build tools. Prerequisites: IMMR 1745. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
This course introduces basic piping practices and identification of fittings, including galvanized and black pipe, plastic pipe, and copper tubing. Sheet metal fabrication which includes the use of brakes, shears, and hand tools is included. Students are required to follow blueprints to fabricate sheet metal parts and piping projects. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
This course emphasizes pneumatic and hydraulic systems using hands-on assembly and disassembly of components. Mechatronics trainers are covered. The combination of mechanical, pneumatic, electoral, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC0 gives the student an understanding of what Mechatronics is. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisite: IMMR 1760. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
This course emphasizes Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). The course includes the following major groups: power sources, shielding gases, wire feeders, and torches. Each one of these groups is covered in detail. Time is spent in the lab developing skills in using the process and setting up the equipment for the various applications. The focus of this course is on the use of wire feed welding equipment, application, and setup. Safety is a major consideration including welding equipment and the handling of various gases. Welding skills are developed through completion of welding projects. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
This course emphasizes applications for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW\Heli-Arc) in the welding industry. Power sources, current types, current selection, shielding gases and torch types are also covered. Various procedures are discussed for welding different metals and problems that may be encountered. Safety procedures and the handling of high-pressure cylinders, especially when using the GTAW, are covered. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
This course covers basic information about computer hardware and the use of computer software as a business productivity tool, as well as for personal use. Topics covered include the operating system and desktop environment; file and folder management; introduction to spreadsheet procedures; introduction to database creation and file management, fundamental word processing concepts, and presentation graphics. Some basic computer literacy will be covered, such as e-mail etiquette, ethical computing, document attachment to e-mail and use of digital files. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant degrees which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
Course Outline BUSO1620
This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline GSCM1510
This course covers elements of algebra and are introduced early with topics of arithmetic. Also provide a unified approach to problem solving that traditional arithmetic methods lack. The use of scientific calculators allows for efficient use of classroom time to develop mathematical concepts and problem-solving skills. Prereq: None. (2Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
Electives (General Studies 2 Credits)
Employment Search Skills
This course introduces students to a process of developing self-awareness when considering career opportunities and identifying career-related goals. Students conduct a job search, prepare a job application, resume, cover letter, a follow-up correspondence. The course includes preparation for job interviews. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline GSCL1270
This course is for students majoring in trade and technical occupations and covers the basics of written communications needed for work-related situations. Industry-focused instruction in the areas of sentence structure, paragraph structure, and writing style are included. Students plan, compose, format, edit, proofread, and revise a variety of business communications, including letters, memos, resumes, instructions and short reports. The use of technology, including Internet and library resources, are integrated into the course. (2 Cr - 1 lect. 1 lab)
Course Outline GSCM1500
This course includes instruction of adult, child, and infant for rescue breathing, airway obstruction, and one and two man Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and standard first aid. Topics covered are: obstructed airway, rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, injuries (soft and hard tissue), bleeding, emergencies, splinting, and sudden illness. Students will be instructed to use breathing devices, specifically the pocket mask and the bag-valve mask. This course is certified by the American Heart Association. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline HLTH1130
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