Many options to design parts or manufacturing systems and improve operations. Or become a high school teacher.

About the career

Manage or run a manufacturing or other industrial facility or work as a technician to install, maintain and repair all types of machinery used in an endless array of modern power transmission applications. Mines, paper mills, hospitals and manufacturing companies of all sorts require the services of skilled industrial maintenance technicians to keep their operations running smoothly. Or become a teacher to train and inspire future technicians. 

What you'll learn and do

Students in NMU’s Industrial Technologies programs will learn about static and dynamic forces; materials design; industrial machines, controls and systems; Computer-Aided Design and simulation software; solid modeling and finite element analysis; materials properties and testing techniques; system testing and data acquisition processes and techniques and supervisory and management skills.

NMU Degrees

Computer numerical control (CNC) certificate - 1 year or associate degree - 2 years
Computer Numerical Control Certificate
Computer Numerical Control Associate 

Train to set-up, maintain and operate CNC equipment.

One-year certificate (30 credits)

Build, program, install, test and maintain robotic equipment and automated production systems. 

Industrial technologies bachelor’s degree - 4 years

Industrial Technologies

Graduates are employed as designers, manufacturing engineers, supervisors and in related positions depending on their technical backgrounds.

Secondary education industrial technology bachelor’s degree - 4 years

Industrial Technology Secondary Education

Completion of the technical courses, a teaching minor and the professional education sequence leads to certification as a secondary teacher of industrial technology.


Industrial Tech Students at Work

NMU offers the only accredited industrial technology teacher education program in Michigan.

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Industrial Engineering Technologist or Technician

Median earnings


Projected job growth to 2024

+2% (National)
+6% (Michigan)