Field of Study: Industrial Mechanics
Industrial mechanics programs prepare people to repair and maintain heavy equipment.
Industrial mechanics programs include topics such as:
- Electrical circuitry
- Diagnostic equipment
- Part adjustments and replacement
- Blueprint reading
- Pneumatic and hydraulic systems
- Welding and brazing
- Sheet metal work
Many industrial mechanics programs include paid apprenticeships. As an apprentice, students learn skills of the trade while working with experienced workers.
In industrial mechanics programs, students may be able to specialize in heavy equipment maintenance technology.
Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in industrial mechanics. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.
Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in industrial mechanics. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.