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Industrial Technology Information

  • Did you enjoy putting models together as a child? Did you ever fix your friends' bikes when the pedals came loose or the seats needed adjusting? If so, you may be interested in industrial technology. This program provides training in a variety of skill areas within the industrial industry.

  • Problem-solving, math, computer, mechanical and technical skills are important if you plan to pursue a career in industrial technology.*

  • As a graduate of Heartland Community College's two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree program you'll be prepared for many positions. These include machinist, planner, tool designer and quality control technician. Workers with computer skills who can perform multiple tasks in a machine shop will have the best job opportunities. As growing numbers of experienced machinists enter retirement, employers in many parts of the country are reporting difficulty finding skilled workers and apprenticeship candidates to replace them.*

    * Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition

  • Earn an Associate in Applied Science:

    Associate in Applied Science - Industrial Technology

    The Industrial Technology Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for a variety of entry- to mid-level technician and/or operator positions in various industrial settings such as manufacturing, metalworking, construction, renewable energy, and fabrication. You will learn skills in technical graphics, safety, AutoCAD, and computer literacy, as well as skills in one or more industrial areas such as: construction, electronics, renewable energy, facilities maintenance, industrial maintenance, design and fabrication, and/or welding. You may choose to specialize in one or more industrial areas by using your technical elective hours to complete skills certificates as you work toward your degree.

    Earn a Certificate:

    Industrial Technology Certificate

    The Industrial Technology Certificate prepares you for a variety of entry- to mid-level technician and/or operator positions in various industrial settings such as manufacturing, metalworking, construction, renewable energy, and fabrication. You will learn skills in technical graphics, safety, AutoCAD, and computer literacy, as well as basic skills in one or more industrial areas such as: construction, electronics, renewable energy, facilities maintenance, industrial maintenance, design and fabrication, and/or welding. Or, you may choose a specialization by using your technical elective hours to complete a skills certificate in one industrial area. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

    Earn a Skills Certificate:

    Automation Technology Skills Certificate

    The Automation Technology Skills Certificate prepares you for a variety of entry-level technician and/or operator positions in various industrial settings such as manufacturing. You will learn skills in industrial electricity and motors, robotics, programmable logic controllers, automation and safety. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of this coursework toward the Industrial Technology AAS degree. 

    Building Maintenance Skills Certificate 

    The Building Maintenance Skills certificate prepares you for an entry-level position as a building or property maintenance technician. You will learn basic installation, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting techniques for rental properties and smaller commercial buildings. Basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and appliance repair concepts will be covered as well as related workplace skills such as computer literacy, maintenance math skills, customer service, and safety. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology certificate and/or the Industrial Technology AAS degree. 

    Construction Skills Certificate

    The Construction Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position in the construction industry as an estimator, CAD technician, or project assistant. You will learn a basic understanding of construction skills, building materials and design, and safety. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

    Design & Fabrication Skills Certificate

    The Design & Fabrication Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position as a machine operator or welder in a manufacturing environment. You will learn basic engineering design, manufacturing processes, machining skills, and welding skills. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

    Electronics Skills Certificate

    The Electronics Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position as an electronics technician. You will learn basic skills in electronics, including troubleshooting and circuit construction, digital electronics, and automation and controls. With these skills, you can perform basic troubleshooting and repair on electronic systems such as manufacturing systems, industrial controllers, or communications systems. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

    Facilities Maintenance Skills Certificate

    The Facilities Maintenance Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position as a facilities maintenance technician. You will learn basic skills in in the areas of heating and air conditioning, industrial electricity, and fluid power. With these skills, you can perform general maintenance and repair on buildings and mechanical equipment. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses to the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

     Renewable Energy Skills Certificate

    The Renewable Energy Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position in the renewable energy field such as a technician or energy auditor. You will learn renewable energy concepts and well as basic skills in electrical systems, industrial and building controllers, and mechanical systems. With these skills, you can install, troubleshoot, and repair various renewable energy systems. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

    Technical Management Skills Certificate (pending approval)

    The Technical Management skills certificate is intended for students who completed or are pursuing a technical program. It prepares you for an entry-level supervisor or management position in a technical field. You will learn supervisory, customer relations, business, and computer literacy skills to enhance application of your technical specialty. With these skills, you can work in a variety of supervisory, management, training, or sales positions in Industrial Technology-related industries. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate, the Industrial Technology AAS degree or toward various programs in Business Technology.  

    Welding Skills Certificate

    The Welding Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position as a welder. You will learn basic skills in industrial welding such as selection and use of appropriate materials, tools, and equipment as well as weld design and inspection. With these skills, you can work in a variety of settings, including manufacturing, construction, and general industry. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Industrial Technology Certificate or the Industrial Technology AAS degree.

    Earn a Microcertificate:

    High Voltage Battery Microcertificate

    The High Voltage Battery Technology Microcertificate gives you basic skills in battery technologies. This short program is designed to enhance your working knowledge of the industrial and manufacturing industries. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply coursework towards the Industrial Technology Core Certificate.  

    Robotics Operator Microcertificate

    The Robotics Operator Microcertificate gives you basic skills in robotic technologies. This short program is designed to enhance your working knowledge of the industrial and manufacturing industries. Coursework from this program can transition seamlessly into the Automation Technology Skills Certificate and, further, into the Industrial Technology AAS degree. 

    Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Basics 

    The Shielded Metal Arc Welding microcertificate prepares you for entry-level positions as a SMAW or “stick” welder. You will learn basic and advanced SMAW techniques such as selection and use of appropriate SMAW materials, tools, and equipment as well as weld design and inspection. With these skills, you can work in a variety of settings including manufacturing, construction, and general industry. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Welding Skills Certificate, the Industrial Technology Certificate, and/or the Industrial Technology AAS degree. 

    Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Basics 

    The Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Basics microcertificate prepares you for an entry-level position as a GMAW or “MIG” welder. You will learn basic and advanced GMAW techniques such as selection and use of appropriate GMAW materials, tools, and equipment as well as weld design and inspection. With these skills, you can work in a variety of settings including manufacturing, construction, and general industry. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Welding Skills Certificate, the Industrial Technology Certificate, and/or the Industrial Technology AAS degree. 

    Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Basics 

    Prerequisite: Completion of WELD 216 and WELD 218. 

    The Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Basics microcertificate prepares you for an entry-level position as a GTAW or “TIG” welder. You will learn basic and advanced GTAW techniques such as selection and use of appropriate GTAW materials, tools, and equipment as well as weld design and inspection. With these skills, you can work in a variety of settings including manufacturing, construction, and general industry. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply coursework towards the Industrial Technology Certificate and AAS degree. 

     

Contact Us

Technology Department
WDC 1200
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8860
Fax: 309-268-7963

Email the Technology Department

Adam Campbell

Associate Dean, Career and Technical Education
WDC 2202
Phone: 309-268-8895
Email: Adam.Campbell@heartland.edu