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Industrial Technology

Industrial Technology
Industrial technology encompasses jobs that are involved with the operation, management, and maintenance of the complex technological systems found in almost any industry or facility. Prairie State College’s Industrial Technology programs offer students an opportunity to explore a broad number of career choices depending on their skills and interests.

Automotive Technology
A career in Automotive Technology offers students an opportunity to learn high-tech skills using computerized diagnostic tools and engine analyzers to service today’s complicated vehicles. An A.A.S. degree and a variety of certificates are offered.

CAD/Mechanical Design Technology Program
This program prepares students for careers as drafters, mechanical designers, and CAD technicians. Those employed in this profession prepare technical drawings and plans, which are used to build everything from manufactured products to structures.

Heating, Ventilation, and A/C
As businesses and individuals want more energy efficient and environmentally responsible systems, the need for highly trained HVAC technicians grows. PSC offers a certificate program to gain entry-level employment as air conditioning and heating technicians.

Industrial Electrician
The world continues to become more wired and the proliferation of electrical systems creates a need for skilled electricians to meet the demands of a variety of industries. Prairie State is meeting those needs offering training in electronics as well as teaching the skills needed to become an electrician.

Manufacturing Technology
Manufacturing Technology is a combination of a technical (math/science) education with hands-on skills. It is a field of study that specializes in the application of manufacturing concepts, principles and processes to plan, design and manage machines and people.

Machinist
Today’s industries rely on trained machinists and skilled machine operators to produce precision components. Prairie State offers several degrees and certificates providing the high-tech training required for today’s workplace including CNC Programmer/Operator, Hydraulics, Technician, Machinist, and Millwright.

Welding
A wide variety of industries require welders to build and repair machines, products, and structures. The training at Prairie State allows students to become proficient with the tools and techniques in a variety of phases of welding.

Industrial Electrician Certificate
Industrial Electricians are prepared to troubleshoot and maintain electrical devices used in a manufacturing industry, install electrical machines and wiring, and wire electrical panels.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of:

  1. The basic principles and fundamentals of electricity, electric wiring, and transformer operation 
  2. How to calculate, wire and measure electrical quantities dealing with diodes, transistors and SCR’s, and the circuits in which they are found
  3. The construction, basic principles, speed-voltage characteristics, and regulation of DC and AC generators and motors
  4. The basic dangers and safety precautions that should be observed in an industrial or commercial workplace setting, including OSHA and NFPA industry standards for safe installation procedures

Industrial Maintenance Technician Certificate
This program trains students for a company’s individual workplace needs. Students complete a core program and then focus in one or several technical areas.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of:

  1. Industrial Maintenance techniques and the basic components of hydraulic systems and controls
  2. Blueprint reading for mechanical trades and common tools used in the trade
  3. Understanding DC and AC machine theory and operation, and basic troubleshooting and repair procedures
  4. Installation of machinery coupled with the principles of steel construction
  5. The basic dangers and safety precautions that should be observed in an industrial or commercial workplace setting, including OSHA and NFPA industry standards for safe installation procedures

Industrial Electrician AAS
The industrial electrician program prepares students for work as electricians in industry. To meet the demands of changing technology, training encompasses electronics as well as electrician skills. Students will be prepared for entry-level positions as industrial electricians. This program is approved the United States Bureau of Apprenticeship Training.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of:

  1. Calculating voltage, amperage, resistance, and power in series and parallel and combination circuits
  2. Understanding DC and AC machine theory and operation and basic troubleshooting and repair procedures
  3. Wiring basic residential wiring circuits using tools common to the trade
  4. Reading prints, interpret charts and tables, and convey drawing information and intent to wire various electrical locations
  5. Identify dangers and hazards, recognize safe workplace practices, and explain OSHA and NFPA standards for safe working conditions
  6. Wiring and program logic controller circuitry to perform various functions found in industrial applications
  7. The basic dangers and safety precautions that should be observed in an industrial or commercial workplace setting, including OSHA and NFPA industry standards for safe installation procedures