Plant Maintenance Trades Associate in Applied Science (Associate in Applied Science, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science

Program Description


Provides the related trades instructional classes for registered Department of Labor and other industrial apprentices involved in the maintenance of manufacturing systems. Apprentices in these skilled trade classifications take courses defined by their employer or joint apprentice committee. They also must complete on-the-job hours of work and skills certification to qualify for a journeyman's certification or the equivalent. Apprentice certificate educational programs are typically 38 credit hours or longer in duration. Apprentice or journeyman students may also be eligible to apply credits earned in their trade's educational program toward the 60 credit hours required for the degree. Additional licensing test preparation is also available for specific trades such as the State of Michigan licensing for electricians.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical functions specific to their trade.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the occupational health and safety requirements relative to the workplace in general and specific to their trade.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic industrial computer applications in the general workplace and specific to their trade.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the application of graphic design relative to the general workplace and specific to their trade.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the following essential knowledge and skills: troubleshooting, measurement, communication, use of hand tools, use of personal protective equipment, graphic interpretation, and problem solving.
Career Opportunities
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Machine Repair
  • Industrial Millwright
  • Industrial Pipefitter
  • Industrial Welder
  • Maintenance Group Leader
  • Maintenance Supervision
  • Skilled Trade Supervision
  • Industrial Service Technician
  • Product Design Technician
  • Quality Control Technician

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Eligibility

Designed for employer-sponsored industrial apprentices. Admission is restricted to those approved by TAE apprentice coordinator.

General Education

Category 7
9 hours
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses
Course name Credit Hours

Trade and Apprentice Education: Complete 38 credits from:

  • Development (TADV), Electrical (TAEL), Energy Technology (TAEN), Foundation (TAFD), Fluid Power (TAFP), Graphic Design (TAGD), Industrial Materials (TAIM), Mathematics (TAMA), Material Joining (TAMJ), Manufacturing (TAMN), Maintenance Technology (TAMT), Process Instrumentation (TAPI), Plumbing/Pipefitting (TAPP), Process Tech. Practices (TAPT), Sheet Metal (TASM)
Credit Hours: 38

Apprentice certificate program courses total a minimum of 38 credit hours and are determined by the employer and college requirements.

  • Coursework is selected by the student, the employer and the TAE apprentice coordinator.
  • Courses in this program are those that apply to industrial electrical (TAEL prefix), industrial mechanical (TAMT prefix), hydraulics and pneumatics (TAFP prefix), welding (CIMWD prefix), plumbing (TAPP prefix), instrumentation (TAPI prefix), and foundations (TAFD and TAMA prefixes).

Minimum Credit Hours: 38

Required Support Courses

Complete additional 100-level, or higher, courses to complete the requirements for this degree.

Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2017 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.