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Industrial Systems Technology

Curriculum Description

The Industrial Systems Technology curriculum is designed to prepare or upgrade individuals to safely service, maintain, repair, or install equipment. Instruction includes theory and skill training needed for inspecting, testing, troubleshooting, and diagnosing industrial systems. Students will learn multi-craft technical skills in print reading, mechanical systems maintenance, electricity, hydraulics/pneumatics, welding, machining or fabrication, and includes various diagnostic and repair procedures. Practical application in these industrial systems will be emphasized and additional advanced course work may be offered. Upon completion of this curriculum, graduates should be able to individually, or with a team, safely install, inspect, diagnose, repair, and maintain industrial process and support equipment. Students will also be encouraged to develop their skills as life-long learners.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand and mathematically demonstrate basic engineering-related laws and theories (e.g. Pascal’s Law, Equilibrium).
  • Demonstrate competency with test instruments (e.g. CMM, Calipers and Micrometers).
  • Understand and can demonstrate basic maintenance practices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of workplace safety and ethics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the disciplines specific and critical for the safe and reasonable practice of welding

After Graduation

What jobs are available for graduates?

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Equipment & Material Inspection
  • Machine & Process Controller

Potential employers:

  • Every industry has fields available for technicians/mechanics
  • Engineering Firms
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Industrial Maintenance Contractors

Preparing for a career in Industrial Systems Technology:

Have you ever wondered how machinery works? Like to do things "hands-on"? Like doing different things day-to-day? IST graduates learn the skills necessary to troubleshoot and maintain equipment of all types.


Contact for information

Applied Sciences and Technology
Applied Sciences
Office: 828-395-1441
Fax: 828-286-4014
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.

Lee Roach
Mechanical Engineering Instructor