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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
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Industrial Maintenance Tier IV, CTS

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Advanced Manufacturing

The advanced manufacturing stackable credentials were designed with extensive input from community manufacturers to enhance the local workforce market.

The credentials begin with Tiers I and II, which focus on basic skills and knowledge, safe work practices, and habits appropriate for the workplace environment. The Tier III program is developed to provide advanced skills in the respective areas. The Tier IV capstone semester is a project-oriented program with areas of design, re-design, fabrication and more developed experiences with equipment.

Community manufacturers will continue to provide input into these programs by participating in roundtable discussions with students regarding local workforce and internship opportunities. The manufacturers also will partner with FVCC instructors by serving on skills panels to help determine the types and levels of skills that will be required for graduates to succeed in the advanced manufacturing workforce. The stackable credentials will allow students to achieve levels of competency within one semester depending on their skill levels and academic direction.

The curriculum for these certificates was developed following the advanced manufacturing tracks designed through a TAACCCT Round 1 grant in the state of Washington and the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing. The state of Washington has served as an instrumental resource in the development of the structure of the advanced manufacturing program at FVCC.

“Amplifying Montana’s Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Industry” Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program (Grant Agreement #TC-23760-12- 60-A-30) was awarded on October 1, 2012. One focus of the $3 million grant is stackable credentials in advanced manufacturing. The grant also provided over $350,000 in new equipment for the advanced manufacturing programs at FVCC.

Industrial Maintenance

Industrial maintenance refers to the career path of providing maintenance, troubleshooting and repair, and improvement of complex machines and automation systems to support manufacturing and other industries.  The industrial maintenance field has experienced and is projected to grow at above average rates during the next 10 years.  An industrial mechanic employs a wide range of skills including electrical and electronics, machining, welding, and hydraulics in order to maintain industrial systems.  Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Identify characteristics of various motor types and proper employment of each type;
  • Employ procedures to determine the electrical materials, equipment, and application of code and regulations to support various electrical installations for both commercial and industrial projects:
  • Troubleshoot analog and digital circuits using standard and specialized test equipment;
  • Employ mill and lathe systems in building designated projects;
  • Proficiently weld on a single plate, and two connecting pieces of ferrous metals;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in welding SMAW or GMAW in desired position;
  • Explain the principles of hydraulics; and
  • Identify hydraulic devices and symbols and explain their functions.

Industrial Maintenance Tier IV, CTS

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 16-18

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Program Information

  • Students who transfer from Electronics or Machining or Welding after their first year will have taken seven credits of math, communications, and workplace safety.  They will need to make up 7-11 credits of coursework from the first year of Industrial Maintenance.  The exceptions are ELCT 100  and ELCT 110 , which are offered in the fall and summer semesters.
  • Industries such as large-scale manufacturing including wood products, energy generation, petroleum refining, chemical processing, automotive, aviation/aerospace, rail, ship, and trucking all employ mechanical systems that require maintenance as well as repair.  This program provides a student with the necessary instruction to meet the wide range of challenges encountered in these industries by maintenance personnel.
  • Upon completion of Tiers I and II, a student has met the requirements for the Certificate of Applied Science (CAS), but may not receive both a Tier II Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS) and the CAS.  Similarly, upon completion of Tiers I, II, III, and IV, a student has met the requirements for the AAS degree, but may not receive both the Tier IV CTS and the AAS degree.

Opportunities after Graduation

  • Industrial maintenance is projected to grow 15-30% over the next 10 years in Montana.
  • Industrial maintenance workers typically earn wages above the median.


Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center.

Student Support Center Advisor
Will Richards
OT 204
(406) 756-4862


Gainful Employment

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