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Industrial Systems Technology

Industries rely on skilled industrial maintenance technicians to keep machinery and equipment running. The Industrial Systems Technology degree pathway is designed for the student who wishes to prepare for a career as an industrial systems technician.

An industrial systems technician is a skilled professional responsible for the installation, maintenance, and repair of industrial equipment and systems. These systems can include a wide range of machinery and technology used in manufacturing and production environments. The role involves a combination of machanical, electrical, robotic, and sometimes electronic expertise to ensure that all equipment operates efficiently and safely.

The program offers instruction in industrial systems technology providing background skills in several areas of industrial maintenance:

  • Industrial Safety
  • Basic Electricity/Electronics
  • Commercial/Industry Wiring
  • PLC
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Robot Maintenance
  • Industrial Mechanics
  • Indutrial Motor Controls
  • Environmental Controls
  • Welding

Earn an Industry Recognized Credential!

  • MC3 Precision Measurement Instrument Certification
  • National Career Readiness Certificate
  • OSHA 10 Hour General Industry
  • Certified Electronic Technician (CET) by ETA
  • Manufacturing Skills Stards Council Safety and Quality Practices and Measurement Certifications

Job Outlook for Industrial Systems Technology

The average salary for an industrial technician is $68,000-$98,000 per year. Positions are expected to increase 3.1 percent through 2030. Within a 60-mile radius of Snead State, 392 unique job postings for industial technicians were available from January 2023-April 2024. Industries employing industrial technicians include:

  • Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
  • Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
  • Animal Slaughtering and Processing
  • Plastics Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial and Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing

Apprenticeship Program

Earn while you learn! Snead State partners with local industries to offer opportunities for students to work in the Industrial Systems Technology field and earn a salary while gaining hands-on experience related to their degree.

To be eligible for the apprenticeship program, students must enroll into the College with a major in Industrial Systems Technology. They can apply for the program, and they will be notified when partner companies have job vacancies. Once hired by the company as an apprentice, the student will attend college while working in the industrial systems field.

Master Schedule for Associate in Applied Science

Below is the recommended schedule for students pursuing an Industrial Systems Technology AAS degree. Following the master schedule will ensure degree completion within two academic years. Because courses aren’t offered every semester, it’s important for students to follow the recommended schedule to stay on track for completion.
Required Academic Hours: 15-16
Required Core Hours: 53
Total Degree Hours: 68-69

Fall First-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreINT 261 MSSC Safety Course3
CoreINT 114 Basic Electricity3
CoreELT 118 Commercial/Industrial Wiring I3
AcademicANT, ECO, GEO 100, HIS, POL, SOC3
AcademicMTH 100, 110, 112, 113, 116, or 1253
Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Spring First-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreINT 113 Industrial Motor Control I3
CoreINT 118 Fund of Ind Hydraulics & Pneumatics3
CoreINT 262 Quality Practices and Measurement3
CoreCIS 146 Computer Applications3
AcademicAST, BIO, CHM, GEO 101, MTH 100, PHS, or PHY3-4
Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Summer First-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreWDT 108 SMAW Fillet/OFC3
CoreIAT 201 Quality Technician Fundamentals2
CoreINT 184 Introduction to PLCs3
Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Fall Second-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreINT 139 Introduction to Robotic Programming3
CoreINT 117 Principles of Industrial Mechanics3
CoreINT 211 Industrial Motors II3
CoreINT 284 Advanced Programmable Controllers3
AcademicENG 1013
Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Spring Second-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreINT 218 Special Lab in Hydraulics & Pneumatics2
CoreWKO 106 Workplace Skills1
CoreINT 128 Principles of Industrial and Environmental Controls3
CoreINT 254 Robot Maintenance Troubleshooting3
AcademicHum/Fine Arts – ART, FRN, HUM, MUS, PHL, THR3
Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Master Schedule for Certificate

Below is the recommended schedule for students pursuing an Industrial Systems Technology certificate. Following the master schedule will ensure completion within one academic year. Because courses aren’t offered every semester, it’s important for students to follow the recommended schedule to stay on track for completion.
Required Academic Hours: 6
Required Core Hours: 27
Total Degree Hours: 33

Fall First-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreINT 139 Introduction to Robotic Programming3
CoreELT 118 Commercial/Industrial Wiring I3
CoreINT 114 Basic Electricity3
CoreINT 261 MSSC Safety Course3
AcademicENG 1013
AcademicMTH 100, 110, 112, 113, 116, or 1253
Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Spring First-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreINT 118 Fund of Ind Hydraulics and Pneumatics3
CoreINT 262 Quality Practices and Measurement3
CoreOne Elective in Industrial Systems Technology3
Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Summer First-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreWDT 108 SMAW Fillet/OFC3
CoreINT 184 Introduction to PLCs3
Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Other Credentials

Within the Industrial Systems Technology pathway, student can ear short-term certificates as they pursue their Associate in Applied Science degree. Short-term certificates include Automation, which can be completed within one semester (15 credit hours), Basic Electricity, which can be completed within two semesters (15 credit hours), and Industrial Systems Technology, which can be completed in two semesters (21 credit hours).

For More Information

For more information about the Industrial Systems Technology AAS degree or certificate, contact Dr. Todd Freshwater at todd.freshwater@snead.edu or (256) 840-4212.