Common Searches

Jobs that depend on you for years to come. That’s stability.

Maintenance mechanics—on the assembly line, or in a building complex—are relied on to keep things up and running. That means excellent job stability for the technicians who prove themselves dependable and skilled. Our industrial maintenance technician program gets you Day 1 Ready. This means having the all-around skills to be the problem solver, a generalist able to maintain and fix a variety of systems, starting on Day 1 of a new job.

Our hands-on Industrial Maintenance Technician diploma program takes you straight to our workshop. You’ll get instruction and mentorship from real pros. In less than a year*, you’ll be familiar with air conditioning, plumbing, welding, carpentry, and more. In a job market where fewer and fewer candidates have these skills, you’ll have the confidence to stand out, and seek jobs in:

  • Factories
  • Large building facilities, like hospitals and apartments

This Industrial Maintenance Technician diploma goes beyond basic instruction. Our personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs, to resume building to interview prep—help and support you won’t find in most industrial maintenance technician programs. We are always in touch with potential employers and may be able to help connect you to real opportunities. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll work with you to get you Day 1 Ready.

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

What You’ll Learn

Learn how to troubleshoot mechanical issues, read blueprints, maintain machinery, dismantle equipment, and basic craft skills.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date
October 11

Course Length: 1 Year *
Class Hours:
Lab Hours:
Clinical Hours:

* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our Industrial Maintenance Technician diploma program may seek employment in entry-level industrial and facilities maintenance jobs.

Potential Job Titles: Maintenance Mechanic/Technician, Facilities Maintenance, Machinery Maintenance, and Calibration Technician

Why Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

Vista College designs its trades programs around the real skills that employers seek, getting you Day 1 Ready for jobs that are hiring today.

Course Title Credits
Basic Craft Skills 6.5
Industrial Mechanics Tools and Techniques * 6.5
Trade Math, Drawings, and Diagrams * 6.5
Lubrication Principles and Analysis * 6.5
Layout, Piping, and Plates * 6.5
Hydraulics * 6.5
Heat and Pneumatic Systems * 6.5
Alignment * 6.5
Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance * 6.5
Supervisory Skills and Crew Leadership * 6.5

Basic Craft Skills


This course introduces students to basic craft skills including the proper use of hand tools, power tools, and rigging. Students will receive instruction on handling techniques for hazardous and non-hazardous construction materials, basic skills in drawing and reading blue prints, and working in confined spaces. In addition, students review basic mathematical functions, communication, and job readiness skills.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Industrial Mechanics Tools and Techniques


This course provides an orientation to industrial mechanics and introduces basic terminology, hand tools, pneumatic and electric power tools, powder actuated tools, and measuring tools used in industrial maintenance. Students will examine equipment, test instruments, hardware and systems, safety requirements, cutting, installation, materials handling, rigging, packing, procedures and methods of operation used in industrial maintenance.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Trade Math, Drawings, and Diagrams


This course is the study of specific mathematical principles used in industrial mechanics, such as ratios, proportions, algebra, area, volume, circumference, and the Pythagorean Theorem. In addition, students will read and interpret plot plans, structural drawings, elevation drawings, as-built drawings, equipment drawings, P&IDs, isometric drawings, basic circuit diagrams, and detail sheet

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Lubrication Principles and Analysis


This course examines the basics of lubrication and how it is used in industry. Students will learn classifications of lubricants, selection criteria, safety and storage of lubricants, additives, lubrication equipment, and lubricating charts. The course will also introduce concepts, function, terminology, and installation procedures for bearings, couplings, and mechanical seals.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Layout, Piping, and Plates


This course focuses on methods and tools used to lay out baselines, components and functions of piping systems, piping practices, and tube work. Students will learn how to set baseplates, pre-alignment, leveling, precision measuring tools, and basic plumbing.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



This course explores the fundamentals of fluid power, hydraulic transmission of force and energy, types and properties of hydraulic fluids, pumps, drivers, valves, hydraulic symbols and prints, and hydrostatic and pneumatic testing. Students will learn about steam systems and distillation towers and vessels.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Heat and Pneumatic Systems


Students will continue to build upon the foundations of Industrial Mechanics Tools and Techniques with emphasis on heat systems, compressors, and pneumatic systems, and installation and maintenance of drive belts and chain drives.The course also includes the basics of the refrigeration cycle and preparation for the EPA608 certification.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



This course involves the study of alignment and motor controllers. Topics include types of misalignment, conventional alignment, reverse alignment techniques, principles of laser alignment, control circuits, variable frequency drives, and motor troubleshooting.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance


In this course, students will learn how to develop and administer maintenance programs, preventive and predictive maintenance, non-destructive and pressure testing, lubricant analysis, and acoustic, infrared, and vibration testing. Topics include troubleshooting and repairing pumps, gearboxes, and conveyors. Students will also be introduced to the basics of reactor and refinery processes

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Supervisory Skills and Crew Leadership


This course introduces students to human resource criteria, concepts, and skills for craftspersons in leadership roles. Topics include leadership styles, communication, delegating, problem solving, job-site safety, project planning, scheduling, and estimating. Students will participate in a project to develop and plan administration of an industrial maintenance program.Topics also include introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), and forklift operation.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

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