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?

Students in Clark's Industrial Maintenance Technician program learn theory and experience hands-on opportunities in welding, hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical maintenance, electricity and programmable logical control (PLC's), all of which are necessary for a successful career in the maintenance field. Both day and evening classes are offered at Clark's main campus in spacious modern facilities. Classes are taught by instructors specialized in machining, welding and mechatronics to meet certification requirements and the needs of working and full-times students. Study and career advising assistance is also available from Clark College.


What employment opportunities are there?

The industrial maintenance field has experienced good job gains as more advanced equipment is being developed and used in both industrial and commercial settings. The overall IMT field is projected to grow over the next ten years in plants, factories, mills, utilities and hospitals.


What are potential earnings?

Starting hourly wages for entry-level Industrial Maintenance Technician nationally begin at $18 to $20, and increase with skills and training. The average national annual wage for an Industrial Maintenance Technician on a general basis is $43,000. Career advising assistance is available from Clark College IMT students.


What kinds of skill and qualities are needed to be successful?

Because industrial maintenance technology cover so many different areas, specific qualities that help to be successful in this field are as follows:
  • 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
  • Patience
  • 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?

The program is open for enrollment to high school graduates and others who are 18 or older and who hold a high school equivalency certificate (GED) or an adult high school diploma.

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.