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Industrial Maintenance student at work

About the Career

Graduates from the Industrial Maintenance Program have a wide variety of career options locally and across the nation: in manufacturing plants, mines, schools, industrial settings, food and beverage industries, recycling plants, industrial sales, construction, or as contracted service technicians. You will be challenged to be a problem solver and demonstrate high-level mechanical aptitude. You will be tasked with new equipment installation, preventative maintenance, equipment repair or replacement, and formulating the best solutions to get the job done. Much of the work you do will be conducted on equipment that operates primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. 


What you'll learn

Students will learn how to install, maintain, and repair the different types of machinery that are used in an endless array of modern power transmission applications. They will also learn the correct process for installation, alignment, and maintenance procedures of various machinery components including setting and alignment of conveyors, gears, gearboxes, couplings, and sheave belt systems. These are the required skills of high-tech professionals who work in mines, paper mills, hospitals, and manufacturing.

Job Spotlight

Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Median earnings

$24/hour 

Projected job growth to 2029

+16% (National)
+ 10% (Michigan)

NMU Degrees

Three-semester certificate (34 credits)
Industrial Maintenance

Students will learn to perform work-related activities such as installing equipment and maintaining machinery to meet industry specifications.

Two-year associate degree (60 credits)
Industrial Maintenance Technology

Students complete many of the same courses included in the certificate program in addition to general education courses, which further prepares graduates for employment as an industry professional and can increase the opportunity to advance in your career or education.