Industrial Maintenance: Mechanical and Electrical I

This certificate is designed to prepare students for employment as entry-level, intermediate-level, or higher-level Industrial Maintenance Technicians. Job opportunities for students with this certificate include Process Plant Mechanic, Manufacturing Plant Mechanic, Construction Site Equipment Mechanic, or Construction Electrician.

Students completing this certificate will earn national certifications from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). They will also start a NCCER transcript with University of Florida.

Certificate
24 semester hours

Precision measurement is a very important part of any machining operation. And because tools and dies must meet strict specifications — precision to one ten-thousandth of an inch is common — the work of individuals in the machine tool field requires a high degree of patience and attention to detail. It is also essential that these professionals be mechanically inclined, able to work independently, and are capable of doing work that requires concentration and physical effort.

Machine Tool Technicians produce precision parts using machine tools such as lathes, drill presses, and milling machines. They are able to set up and operate a wide variety of machine tools and have a thorough understanding of the working properties of metals such as steel, cast iron, aluminum, and brass. Using their skill with machine tools and their knowledge of metals, Machine Tool Technicians plan and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications.

Modern technology has changed the nature of the MTT’s work, with an increasing reliance on computer-aided design (CAD) to develop products and parts. Specifications from the CAD program are used to electronically develop drawings for the job. A computer-aided manufacturing program that calculates cutting tool paths and the sequence of operations then processes these drawings. Once these instructions are developed, computer-numerically-controlled machines (CNC) — machines that contain computer controllers that direct the machine’s operations and “read” the programs — perform the operations and run the machine tool mechanisms through the steps.

The introduction of CAD and CNC machines has enabled MTTs to be more productive and to produce parts with a level of precision that is not possible with traditional machining techniques. Because precise movements are recorded in the program, they allow this high level of precision to be consistently repeated. The CNC operation also allows several functions to be performed with one setup, reducing the need for additional, labor-intensive setups.

For those entering this field, a basic knowledge of computers and electronics is very important. OCtech’s Machine Tool Technology curriculum provides training in these areas as well as in computer numerical control operations. Courses in mathematics, communications (written and oral), blueprint reading and sketching, and economics are also included in this comprehensive two-year program.

Associate Degree in Applied Science
81 semester hours

This certificate is designed to introduce the student to basic machine production operation skills. Topics covered include manual machines, blue prints, and basic computer numerical controlled machines. Job opportunities include CNC Operator, Production Machinist, and Basic Quality Control Technician.

Certificate
16 semester hours

Combining electronic, mechanical, robotics and information system technologies, Mechatronics Technology provides the graduate with the skill set needed for today’s automated manufacturing facilities. These skills will align with current needs of manufacturers, as well as align with one or more industrial standards/certifications. Instruction covers hydraulics and pneumatics, robotics and automated controls, programmable controllers, process control and mechanical applications. The student will receive practical hands-on experience and computer simulation on automated assembly line processes.

Mechatronics Technology students train on state-of-the art equipment, including control systems, electronic systems, computers and mechanical systems that integrate product design and automated manufacturing processes. The program includes internships and outreach activities designed to provide real-world experiences for students.

It also features a high school dual-credit Mechatronics pathway, an associate degree and certificates, and Industrial Engineering Technology transfer options to South Carolina State University.

Associate in Applied Science
71 semester hours

This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level Industrial Maintenance positions, with cross-over to Electrical and Instrumentation positions. The Fundamentals aspect of Mechatronics prepares the student by introducing a broad range of courses that peaks the interest of the learner, while expanding their industrial knowledge including Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Science. The Mechatronics I Fundamentals Certificate is the best starting point for most students new to industrial maintenance or for students preparing to achieve an Associate’s degree in Mechatronics. Job opportunities may include, but are not limited to Process and Manufacturing Maintenance, along with Electrical or Mechanical Apprentice, or Construction Site Maintenance.

Students completing this certificate will earn national certifications from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). They will also start a NCCER transcript with University of Florida.

Certificate
20 semesters hours

This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level, intermediate-level, or higher-level Industrial Maintenance positions, with cross-over to Electrical and Instrumentation positions. The Automated Controls aspect of Mechatronics prepares the student by introducing a broad range of manufacturing tactics, along with manufacturing theory including Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Science. The Mechatronics II Automated Controls Certificate is the best starting point for most students that have a basic knowledge of industrial maintenance or have completed Mechatronics Certificate I – Fundamentals. Job opportunities may include, but are not limited to Process Plant and Manufacturing Maintenance, Construction Maintenance including Electrical and Mechanical.

Students completing this certificate will earn national certifications from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). They will also start a NCCER transcript with University of Florida.

Certificate
20 semester hours

Certificate
21 semester hours

Using the modular formatted (NCCER) curriculum, students complete all NCCER Level I modules and may earn their national NCCER Level I credential. The curriculum includes blueprint reading, welding safety, oxyfuel cutting, and gas and arc welding. Students complete Level I NCCER modules in the SMAW welding process, including Beads and Fillet Welds and Open V-Groove Welds. This certificate is taught to national welding codes and prepares students for testing and certification for local metal fabrication shops, maintenance welding, and structural steel and specialized welding processes.

Note: To participate, students are required to be equipped with basic safety equipment and tools. These items are not provided and must be purchased by the student.

Required items include:

Certificate
20 semester hours

Using the modular formatted (NCCER) curriculum, students complete all required NCCER Level II modules and may earn their national NCCER Level II credential and NCCER Core Credential. The curriculum includes reading welding detail drawings and SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW welding processes. This certificate is taught to national welding codes and prepares students for testing and certification for local metal fabrication shops and maintenance welding, and it provides basic skills that will ultimately be needed for construction pipe welding and welding on nuclear power jobsites.

Note: To participate, students are required to be equipped with basic safety equipment and tools. These items are not provided and must be purchased by the student.

Required items include:

Certificate
21 hours

Associate in Applied Science – General Technology

Primary Specialty: Welding Technology
Secondary Specialty: Industrial Maintenance Technology

64 semester hours