Frequently Asked Questions
The following information provides responses to frequently asked questions about industrial maintenance technology and is intended to assist you in your interest whether to pursue a career in the field.
What is Industrial Maintenance Technology?
Industrial Maintenance Technology, or IMT, focuses on providing preventive maintenance and repair support to manufacturing and other industries that include mechanical processes as part of daily operations. An industrial maintenance technician employs a wide range of skills including welding, machining and electrical knowledge to maintain systems.
What kinds of work are available?
Many industrial maintenance technicians are conduct vibration analysis, electrical troubleshooting, drive system repair and hydraulic/pneumatic troubleshooting and repair. Some general industrial maintenance technicians troubleshoot and repair electrical control systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems and complete preventive maintenance on many types of machinery.
How does Clark's IMT program work?
What employment opportunities are there?
What are potential earnings?
What kinds of skill and qualities are needed to be successful?
- Manual dexterity
- Mechanical ability
- Good eye-hand coordination
- Ability to visualize 3D objects
- Effective problem-solving skills
- Strong math skills
- Proficient computer skills
- Mature work habits
- Pride in your work
- Ability to work as part of a team
What outcomes can be expected from the program?
Clark College's Industrial Maintenance Technology program utilizes current equipment and techniques to prepare students to work in the industry's growing and rewarding areas. Program outcomes are the following:
- Students receive comprehensive and personalized instruction consisting of both classroom theory and "real world" lab work experiences applicable to today's work environment.
- Learning emphasizes safety, successful work habits, human relations skills and advanced technical abilities necessary for employment.
- Students complete a series of different IMT study modules that will provide highly sought industrial skills to be employable and productive.
- Graduates of the Certificate of Achievement program and the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) degree program will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and skills through demonstrated evaluations that meet required state competencies and accreditation.
Who is eligible for the program and how do you apply?
Enrollment is limited each quarter so interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for enrollment.
Students must complete all major courses with a "C" grade or above to successfully complete the program and earn the certificate of achievement or an Associate in Applied Technology (AAT) degree.
Students in need of remedial courses in math and English need to plan more time to complete the program.
For additional questions or information about Clark College's Industrial Maintenance Technology program, please contact our advising department or refer to the industrial maintenance technology contact page.