Industrial Systems Technology

Build a future in industrial systems technology. If you like high-tech and hands-on, this is the program for you. It's a fact; in the past five years every graduate of Industrial Systems Technology was employed in the field after completing the program.

In the industrial systems program you learn how things work. You learn how to find problems, how to fix them and how to keep things running smoothly.

Studies include programming, wiring, and circuitry. Hydraulics, electronics and even robots are part of the instruction at CCCC.

You train with the same state-of-the-art equipment found in the real-world workplace.

Class work is important but students really like the labs where projects like programming controllers to run elevators, trains and stoplights, help them understand how the classroom knowledge is used in the work place. Donated equipment is often torn down, refurbished and rebuilt as part of the lab experience.

Working with others is important for success in this field. Students need to be able to communicate clearly and be able to work well with others. A few other traits that seem to ensure success in this field are curiosity and problem solving skills. A basic knowledge of math and simple equations is helpful.

Instructors have a wealth of knowledge in the work place and years of experience teaching. They use up-to-date technologies and state-of-the-art equipment. Besides the strong instructional team, an excellent curriculum, small classes and low tuition, CCCC's industrial systems program incorporates field trips to area industries and arranges internships where students get real world work experience.

A better job, that's a good reason to go to college. The jobs are there; actually the demand is rising, and the pay is excellent. Graduates of the degree program find entry-level positions making between $28,000 and $30,000 annually. With five years of experience, they will probably double their salaries.

Certificate, diploma, and the associate in applied science degree are available. Length of instruction varies. Instruction is located at the Lee Main Campus in Sanford, where the facilities include spacious and well-equipped labs.

Graduates from the degree program tend to advance faster once entering the job market.

Many students find jobs after their first year of studies but continue to work on their degree on a part-time basis. Faculty are helpful in locating jobs and preparing students for interviews.

Graduates enter the workforce as electricians, industrial technicians or maintenance technicians. They utilize diagnostic tools to troubleshoot and repair a variety of systems used in the manufacturing and business workplace.

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.
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Please Note:
Curriculum guides are for students enrolled during the current academic year. Students enrolled in a previous academic year should visit the Program Evaluation link in Self-Service to find the required list of courses for graduation. For assistance, consult your advisor.