Maintenance Technician

  • 18 Months
  • 250 Course Hours
  • $1,845

Overview

Become a Maintenance Technician

Do you have a knack for tinkering and fixing things with your hands? Are you looking for a career where you can do what you love every day? This online course includes an intensive overview of the skills required for manufacturing maintenance, including the principles of power transfer and rigging safety as well as PLCs and robotics, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to begin a successful career.

A Maintenance Technician is required to have a thorough understanding of how machines and systems function to keep them running without breakdowns and maintain service for their expected lifespan and beyond. You will learn about workholding, math, inspection, safety, machining, quality, grinding, electrical systems, automation, mechanical systems, motor controls, rigging, and fluid systems as you prepare for your new career as a Maintenance Technician.

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

What you will learn

  • Troubleshooting
  • Six Sigma, 5S, Lean, and TPM
  • Inspection Methods
  • PLC Equipment and Communication
  • Electrical, Mechanical, and Fluid Systems
  • Robot Maintenance and Installation
  • Fabrication and Assembly Processes
  • Workholding Principles

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for a career as a maintenance technician, maintenance mechanic, equipment engineering technician, facilities manager, maintenance engineer
  • Gain confidence in your ability to perform your job
  • Develop the knowledge and skills you need to start your career

How this course is taught

  • This is a non-credit program offered in partnership with ed2go.  You do not have to be admitted to the university to enroll in this program. 
  • This is an open enrollment program, which means you can enroll and start at any time.  There are no set start and end dates. 
  • This course is entirely online and can be completed at a pace and time that is convenient for you.  There are not set times you must attend classes.  
  • You will have 18-months from the date of enrollment to complete this program.  
Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites needed to enroll in this course.

 

Job Outlook

Job stability and demand are projected to continue for maintenance workers. This is a large occupation that is a mainstay of the general economy. Infrastructure of all kinds – office and apartment buildings; schools; hospitals and care facilities; hotels; retail malls; and factories – requires ongoing maintenance and repair.

Earn $39,000+ annually
According to Career Explorer, the average salary for a maintenance technician in the United States is around $39,080 per year.
 
Expected 6% Job Growth
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), predicted an increase of 6% in jobs for general maintenance and repair workers between 2018 and 2028.  Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 118,100 maintenance workers. That number is based on 112,500 additional maintenance workers, and the retirement of 5,600 existing maintenance workers.
 

Requirements

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Mac users may experience some issues with Adobe Flash.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


 

Curriculum

Workholding
Intro to Workholding
Supporting and Locating Principles
Locating Devices
Clamping Basics
Chucks, Collets, and Vises
Fixture Body Construction
Fixture Design Basics
Drill Bushing Selection
 
Math
Math Fundamentals
Math: Fractions and Decimals
Units of Measurement
Basics of Tolerance
Blueprint Reading
Geometry: Lines and Angles
Geometry: Triangles
Geometry: Circles and Polygons
Trigonometry: The Pythagorean Theorem
Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine, Tangent
Statistics 231
 
Inspection
Basic Measurement
Calibration Fundamentals
Hole Standards and Inspection
Thread Standards and Inspection
Surface Texture and Inspection
Hardness Testing
Introduction to GD&T
Major Rules of GD&T
Inspecting a Prismatic Part
Inspecting a Cylindrical Part
Advanced Hole Inspection
Inspecting with Optical Comparators
Inspecting with CMMs
Calibration and Documentation
In-Line Inspection Applications
 
Machining
Cutting Processes
Safety for Metal Cutting
Overview of Machine Tools
Basic Cutting Theory
Band Saw Operation
Basics of the CNC Lathe
Basics of the CNC Mill
Introduction to Metal Cutting Fluids
Metal Cutting Fluid Safety
Toolholders for Turning
Speed and Feed for the Lathe
Speed and Feed for the Mill
Cutting Tool Materials
Carbide Grade Selection
ANSI Insert Selection
Lathe Tool Geometry
Mill Tool Geometry
Drill Tool Geometry
Optimizing Tool Life and Process
Impact of Workpiece Materials
Manual Mill Basics
Engine Lathe Basics
Manual Mill Setup
Overview of Engine Lathe Setup
Benchwork and Layout Operations
Manual Mill Operation
Engine Lathe Operation
Holemaking on the Manual Mill
Threading on the Engine Lathe
Taper Turning on the Engine Lathe
 
Safety
Intro to OSHA
Personal Protective Equipment
Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation
Respiratory Safety
Lockout/Tagout Procedures
SDS and Hazard Communication
Bloodborne Pathogens
Walking and Working Surfaces
Fire Safety and Prevention
Flammable/Combustible Liquids
Ergonomics
Hand and Power Tool Safety
Safety for Lifting Devices
Powered Industrial Truck Safety
Confined Spaces
Environmental Safety Hazards
Machine Guarding
 
Quality and Manufacturing Management
Lean Manufacturing Overview
Essentials of Leadership
Essentials of Communication
ISO 9001: 2015 Review
Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow
Manufacturing Process Applications: Part I
Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste
Manufacturing Process Applications: Part II
Managing Performance: Best Practices
Approaches to Maintenance
Managing Performance: Corrective Actions
Total Productive Maintenance
Conflict Resolution Principles
5S Overview
Conflict Resolution for Different Groups
Team Leadership
Intro to Six Sigma
Quality and Customer Service
Manufacturing Management
Troubleshooting
Personal Effectiveness
Conducting Kaizen Events
Managing the Diverse Workplace
SPC Overview
Harassment and Discrimination
TS 16949:2009 Overview
Interpreting Blueprints
Performance Management and the Law
Metrics for Lean
Process Flow Charting
Strategies for Setup Reduction
Management Tools: Problem Solving
Six Sigma Goals and Tools
 
Grinding
Grinding Processes
Grinding Safety
Basic Grinding Theory
Basics of the Surface Grinder
Basics of the Cylindrical Grinder
Basics of the Centerless Grinder
Setup for the Surface Grinder
Setup for the Cylindrical Grinder
Setup for the Centerless Grinder
Surface Grinder Operation
Cylindrical Grinder Operation
Centerless Grinder Operation
Introduction to Grinding Fluids
Grinding Variables
Grinding Nonferrous Metals
Grinding Wheel Materials
Grinding Wheel Geometry
Dressing and Truing
Grinding Wheel Selection
 
Electrical Systems and Motor Controls
Electrical Units
Safety for Electrical Work
Introduction to Circuits
Relays, Contactors, and Motor Starters
Introduction to Magnetism
DC Circuit Components
Distribution Systems
NEC Overview
AC Fundamentals
Electrical Instruments
Electrical Print Reading
DC Power Sources
AC Power Sources
Conductor Selection
Series Circuit Calculations
Introduction to Electric Motors

Instructor

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


 

FAQs

WHAT DO MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS DO?
Maintenance technicians install and maintain various mechanical systems in a wide range of facilities. They may specialize in plumbing systems, heating and cooling systems, electrical systems or automobiles. Many technicians pursue apprenticeships or vocational training programs with community college studios or trade schools.
 
WHAT TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT DO MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS WORK? 
A maintenance technicians worker is an individual who is responsible for the maintenance and repair of a single building or a group of buildings. Examples of employers that could potentially employ this type of worker include colleges, factories, hotels, hospitals, rental companies, public and private schools and shopping plazas.
 
HOW EMPLOYABLE ARE MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS?
There are several industries that routinely hire maintenance workers including real estate rental and lending agencies, manufacturing companies, educational services departments including state, local and private schools, and health care and social assistance agencies. While these industries are the most common employers of maintenance workers, the field is not limited to only these sectors. It is possible to find a maintenance worker position in fields not listed as well.
 
DO I HAVE TO BE ADMITTED TO MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY TO ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?
No, you do not have to be an admitted student to Mississippi State University to enroll in this program.  Our online non-credit advanced career training programs are open to all. 
 
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE? 
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
 
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE? 
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive 18-months to complete the course.
 
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MY COURSE WITHIN THE TIME FRAME PROVIDED? 
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
 
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?  
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will also be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COMPLETE THE COURSE? 
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Mississippi State University Extension.
 
AM I GUARANTEED A JOB?  
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
 
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?  
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some cases, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available, to learn more go to: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
 
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS COURSE?  
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-662-325-5002 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Request More Info" form.

Overview

Become a Maintenance Technician

Do you have a knack for tinkering and fixing things with your hands? Are you looking for a career where you can do what you love every day? This online course includes an intensive overview of the skills required for manufacturing maintenance, including the principles of power transfer and rigging safety as well as PLCs and robotics, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to begin a successful career.

A Maintenance Technician is required to have a thorough understanding of how machines and systems function to keep them running without breakdowns and maintain service for their expected lifespan and beyond. You will learn about workholding, math, inspection, safety, machining, quality, grinding, electrical systems, automation, mechanical systems, motor controls, rigging, and fluid systems as you prepare for your new career as a Maintenance Technician.

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

What you will learn

  • Troubleshooting
  • Six Sigma, 5S, Lean, and TPM
  • Inspection Methods
  • PLC Equipment and Communication
  • Electrical, Mechanical, and Fluid Systems
  • Robot Maintenance and Installation
  • Fabrication and Assembly Processes
  • Workholding Principles

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for a career as a maintenance technician, maintenance mechanic, equipment engineering technician, facilities manager, maintenance engineer
  • Gain confidence in your ability to perform your job
  • Develop the knowledge and skills you need to start your career

How this course is taught

  • This is a non-credit program offered in partnership with ed2go.  You do not have to be admitted to the university to enroll in this program. 
  • This is an open enrollment program, which means you can enroll and start at any time.  There are no set start and end dates. 
  • This course is entirely online and can be completed at a pace and time that is convenient for you.  There are not set times you must attend classes.  
  • You will have 18-months from the date of enrollment to complete this program.  
Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites needed to enroll in this course.

 

Job Outlook

Job stability and demand are projected to continue for maintenance workers. This is a large occupation that is a mainstay of the general economy. Infrastructure of all kinds – office and apartment buildings; schools; hospitals and care facilities; hotels; retail malls; and factories – requires ongoing maintenance and repair.

Earn $39,000+ annually
According to Career Explorer, the average salary for a maintenance technician in the United States is around $39,080 per year.
 
Expected 6% Job Growth
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), predicted an increase of 6% in jobs for general maintenance and repair workers between 2018 and 2028.  Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 118,100 maintenance workers. That number is based on 112,500 additional maintenance workers, and the retirement of 5,600 existing maintenance workers.
 

Requirements

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Mac users may experience some issues with Adobe Flash.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


 

Curriculum

Workholding
Intro to Workholding
Supporting and Locating Principles
Locating Devices
Clamping Basics
Chucks, Collets, and Vises
Fixture Body Construction
Fixture Design Basics
Drill Bushing Selection
 
Math
Math Fundamentals
Math: Fractions and Decimals
Units of Measurement
Basics of Tolerance
Blueprint Reading
Geometry: Lines and Angles
Geometry: Triangles
Geometry: Circles and Polygons
Trigonometry: The Pythagorean Theorem
Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine, Tangent
Statistics 231
 
Inspection
Basic Measurement
Calibration Fundamentals
Hole Standards and Inspection
Thread Standards and Inspection
Surface Texture and Inspection
Hardness Testing
Introduction to GD&T
Major Rules of GD&T
Inspecting a Prismatic Part
Inspecting a Cylindrical Part
Advanced Hole Inspection
Inspecting with Optical Comparators
Inspecting with CMMs
Calibration and Documentation
In-Line Inspection Applications
 
Machining
Cutting Processes
Safety for Metal Cutting
Overview of Machine Tools
Basic Cutting Theory
Band Saw Operation
Basics of the CNC Lathe
Basics of the CNC Mill
Introduction to Metal Cutting Fluids
Metal Cutting Fluid Safety
Toolholders for Turning
Speed and Feed for the Lathe
Speed and Feed for the Mill
Cutting Tool Materials
Carbide Grade Selection
ANSI Insert Selection
Lathe Tool Geometry
Mill Tool Geometry
Drill Tool Geometry
Optimizing Tool Life and Process
Impact of Workpiece Materials
Manual Mill Basics
Engine Lathe Basics
Manual Mill Setup
Overview of Engine Lathe Setup
Benchwork and Layout Operations
Manual Mill Operation
Engine Lathe Operation
Holemaking on the Manual Mill
Threading on the Engine Lathe
Taper Turning on the Engine Lathe
 
Safety
Intro to OSHA
Personal Protective Equipment
Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation
Respiratory Safety
Lockout/Tagout Procedures
SDS and Hazard Communication
Bloodborne Pathogens
Walking and Working Surfaces
Fire Safety and Prevention
Flammable/Combustible Liquids
Ergonomics
Hand and Power Tool Safety
Safety for Lifting Devices
Powered Industrial Truck Safety
Confined Spaces
Environmental Safety Hazards
Machine Guarding
 
Quality and Manufacturing Management
Lean Manufacturing Overview
Essentials of Leadership
Essentials of Communication
ISO 9001: 2015 Review
Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow
Manufacturing Process Applications: Part I
Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste
Manufacturing Process Applications: Part II
Managing Performance: Best Practices
Approaches to Maintenance
Managing Performance: Corrective Actions
Total Productive Maintenance
Conflict Resolution Principles
5S Overview
Conflict Resolution for Different Groups
Team Leadership
Intro to Six Sigma
Quality and Customer Service
Manufacturing Management
Troubleshooting
Personal Effectiveness
Conducting Kaizen Events
Managing the Diverse Workplace
SPC Overview
Harassment and Discrimination
TS 16949:2009 Overview
Interpreting Blueprints
Performance Management and the Law
Metrics for Lean
Process Flow Charting
Strategies for Setup Reduction
Management Tools: Problem Solving
Six Sigma Goals and Tools
 
Grinding
Grinding Processes
Grinding Safety
Basic Grinding Theory
Basics of the Surface Grinder
Basics of the Cylindrical Grinder
Basics of the Centerless Grinder
Setup for the Surface Grinder
Setup for the Cylindrical Grinder
Setup for the Centerless Grinder
Surface Grinder Operation
Cylindrical Grinder Operation
Centerless Grinder Operation
Introduction to Grinding Fluids
Grinding Variables
Grinding Nonferrous Metals
Grinding Wheel Materials
Grinding Wheel Geometry
Dressing and Truing
Grinding Wheel Selection
 
Electrical Systems and Motor Controls
Electrical Units
Safety for Electrical Work
Introduction to Circuits
Relays, Contactors, and Motor Starters
Introduction to Magnetism
DC Circuit Components
Distribution Systems
NEC Overview
AC Fundamentals
Electrical Instruments
Electrical Print Reading
DC Power Sources
AC Power Sources
Conductor Selection
Series Circuit Calculations
Introduction to Electric Motors

Instructor

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


 

FAQs

WHAT DO MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS DO?
Maintenance technicians install and maintain various mechanical systems in a wide range of facilities. They may specialize in plumbing systems, heating and cooling systems, electrical systems or automobiles. Many technicians pursue apprenticeships or vocational training programs with community college studios or trade schools.
 
WHAT TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT DO MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS WORK? 
A maintenance technicians worker is an individual who is responsible for the maintenance and repair of a single building or a group of buildings. Examples of employers that could potentially employ this type of worker include colleges, factories, hotels, hospitals, rental companies, public and private schools and shopping plazas.
 
HOW EMPLOYABLE ARE MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS?
There are several industries that routinely hire maintenance workers including real estate rental and lending agencies, manufacturing companies, educational services departments including state, local and private schools, and health care and social assistance agencies. While these industries are the most common employers of maintenance workers, the field is not limited to only these sectors. It is possible to find a maintenance worker position in fields not listed as well.
 
DO I HAVE TO BE ADMITTED TO MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY TO ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?
No, you do not have to be an admitted student to Mississippi State University to enroll in this program.  Our online non-credit advanced career training programs are open to all. 
 
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE? 
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
 
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE? 
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive 18-months to complete the course.
 
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MY COURSE WITHIN THE TIME FRAME PROVIDED? 
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
 
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?  
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will also be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COMPLETE THE COURSE? 
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Mississippi State University Extension.
 
AM I GUARANTEED A JOB?  
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
 
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?  
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some cases, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available, to learn more go to: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
 
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS COURSE?  
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-662-325-5002 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Request More Info" form.

Registration Information

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

The Maintenance Technician program is 100% online and allows you to enroll at any time.  After enrolling you will have 18-months to complete the program at a pace that is convenient for you.  You can get started today by clicking the "Enroll Now" button below and completing your registration at our partner ed2go site.