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Industrial Maintenance Technology

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Install, repair and maintain the machinery used in manufacturing and industry. You'll become a versatile, in-demand problem solver.

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What is Industrial Maintenance Technology?

Industrial Maintenance Technology involves keeping industrial systems working.

In this program, you'll gain:

  • An understanding of the opportunities in manufacturing
  • Good safety practices
  • Pride in workmanship
  • The principles and accepted practices of the maintenance trade

Technicians are the people who work with machines. They troubleshoot, calibrate, repair, re-program, and maintain them. 

Graduates have held positions in factories, hospitals, hotels, and more. They need multi-skilled maintenance personnel like you!

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Continuing Your Education After Your AAS Degree

Once you have experience in the field, many of you will be ready to grow into a team leader or engineering role. In some cases, an AAS may suffice for your education. But, a bachelor’s degree is often required to “get you a seat at the table.” However, this does not have to be a BS in Engineering. It could be a BS in a related area.

In most companies, you do not need a BS in engineering to be an engineer. An engineer, in most circumstances, is an applications specialist. They build machines out of pre-made parts. They specialize in one part of a system (Like PLC programming, robotics, or VFD systems). Or supports maintenance technicians by working to improve systems & prevent failures. These roles do not need engineering degrees. A BA or BS in a business-related field will often qualify you for these roles. And, it is far easier to complete these degrees than a BS in engineering.

There are many advanced degrees available to BCTC AAS graduates. Many colleges would love to have you join their programs!

Bellevue (new window) offers several fully online business-related programs and is generous with credit for the classes you may have taken above and beyond the AAS program classes.
EKU (new window) offers BS in Applied Engineering Management that the last I heard was in-person. 
Morehead (new window) offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Technology Management.
Murray State (new window) offers a 2+2 online Program (new window) leading to a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. See theYoutube Video for more information (new window).
Northwood (new window) offers many online business-related degrees and due to their relationship with Toyota and the AMT program, they offer all BCTC students a special rate on tuition. 
SIU (new window) offers an online BS in Electrical Engineering Technology that is ABET Accredited and they offer In-State Tuition to Kentucky Residents.
For Engineering, UKY (new window) is the closest pure engineering degree in the region.  We have had a number of students who completed the AAS ELT and IMT degrees who went on to complete their BS degrees in Engineering, but it is a 5 to 6-year process.  What you learned at BCTC will serve you well, but engineering requires a different view of systems than those used by technicians.

High Bay Dress Code

Because of safety and other concerns in the High Bay Area of BCTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Center in Georgetown, a dress code has been established and will be enforced. This dress code has been established with the approval of the college's administration.

Information about the dress code can be found on the Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMT) page. 

What are my career choices?

  • Automation Technician
  • Programmable Logic Controls Technician
  • Robotics Technician
  • Industrial Automation Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance Troubleshooting
  • Variable Frequency Drive Technician
  • Motor Controls Technician

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

The catalog describes the course requirements for completing the credential. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Ralph Potter

Advanced Manufacturing & Trades Division

Assistant Dean

(859) 246-6770

ralph.potter@kctcs.edu

Mike Binzer

Industrial Maintenance Technology

Program Coordinator

(859) 246-6518

mike.binzer@kctcs.edu
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