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Industrial Systems Technology -
Bio-maintenance

Bio-maintenance is designed to prepare or upgrade individuals' skills to safely service, maintain, repair, or install equipment in the bioprocess industry. This program is an emphasis within the Industrial Systems Technology curriculum. Instruction includes theory and skill training needed for inspecting, testing, troubleshooting, and diagnosing industrial systems. The emphasis is on proper documentation and following Standard Operating Procedures.

Program Highlights:

  • Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Industrial Systems Technology/Bio-maintenance.
  • Classes are offered at the Lee County Campus during the day.
  • Students learn to install, inspect, diagnose, repair, and maintain industrial bioprocess equipment adhering to FDA regulations.
  • Graduates enter the bioprocess workforce as industrial technicians or maintenance technicians.

There is a high demand for technicians in the bioprocess industry. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the average wage for bioprocess maintenance workers in North Carolina is $36,780 per year. Many students receive job offers prior to graduation. For in-depth information about careers and salaries, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook website at www.bls.gov/oco.

The Industrial Systems program incorporates field trips to area industries and arranges internships, when available, so students can gain real-world work experience. Hands-on labs help students to apply classroom knowledge.

What Students Learn

Students successfully completing the Industrial Systems Technology Program will be able to:

  • Troubleshoot, diagnose, repair and maintain electrical circuits using appropriate diagnostic equipment.
  • Program and troubleshoot PLC components from a variety of manufacturers.
  • Demonstrate and apply an understanding of blue print reading and associated symbols.
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose, repair and maintain mechanical systems.
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose, repair and maintain hydraulic systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of common welding processes used in industrial settings.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of metallurgy, machine processes, and tooling.
  • Demonstrate safe work habits in an industrial setting.
  • Demonstrate and apply appropriate written skills in the work place.
  • Write detailed, technical explanations of a variety of industrial systems.
  • Maintain clear, detailed troubleshooting and procedural manuals.
  • Document preventive and predictive maintenance procedures.
  • Write about and document proper safety practices according to industry standards.
  • Use appropriate technical language and basic Standard English in all written work.