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Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Degree, AAS

Are you a problem-solver who likes to work with machinery? If so, consider a future career as an industrial maintenance mechanic. You'll work with machines to diagnose problems and keep them running.

San Juan College offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic program. This two-year program will prepare you to work with a wide variety of machines and give you hands-on experience. When you graduate, you'll see your skills are in high demand. Our economy needs more workers to maintain and repair machines in many fields. Start your journey to become an industrial maintenance mechanic at SJC.

Why Complete an Associate Degree in Industrial Maintenance Mechanic?

Industrial maintenance mechanics are vital to the operation of many factories, plants, and manufacturing facilities. They help maintain and repair machines to ensure they work efficiently. Tasks include:

  • Performing diagnostic tests
  • Cleaning and lubricating machinery
  • Moving equipment safely
  • Repairing and replacing parts

As more businesses rely on automation, there is a growing demand for trained workers. With an associate degree from the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic program, you'll be ready for a career in this essential field.

In many industrial maintenance mechanic programs, you can earn a certificate or associate degree. While both offer the classes you need for your career, the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic AAS degree will give you a more versatile education. Your additional courses will:

  • Teach you about various industries that employ industrial maintenance mechanics
  • Help you develop skills that will make you a better worker and future leader
  • Qualify you for better-paying jobs and quicker promotions. 

Why Earn an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic AAS at San Juan College?

Expert Training

Get the knowledge and skills you need to become a confident worker at San Juan College. Our experienced faculty will teach you the ins and outs of the equipment and systems used in factories, plants, and manufacturing facilities.

You'll also practice your skills using our hands-on equipment. We have over $5 million in state-of-the-art equipment so that you can get firsthand experience. By the time you graduate, you'll be a confident worker ready to start a career as an industrial maintenance mechanic.

Opportunities for All

At SJC, we want all our community members to succeed. That's why we take pride in our diverse classrooms: 24% of the students in our program are women, and 48% are Native American. We provide support to each of our students to make sure they understand course materials and stay on track.

Affordable Tuition for an In-Demand Career

Because of SJC's low tuition rates, our associate degree to become an industrial maintenance mechanic is an excellent investment. You'll receive a rigorous, hands-on education that will prepare you for your future career. Find out if you can get your degree tuition-free through the NM Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships.

What You'll Learn in Your Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Classes

Get the knowledge and experience you need to become an industrial maintenance mechanic. You'll be ready to join a wide variety of industries such as power generation, mining, and natural gas. Our curriculum is specifically made to get you career-ready in just two years.

As part of the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic AAS, you'll complete our Energy Pathway core requirements. They will help you understand different workplace settings and their machinery and tools.
In your industrial maintenance mechanic courses, you will study how to:

  • Install and maintain lubrication systems
  • Operate and analyze transmission systems using tools like vibration analysis
  • Safely move loads of machines and equipment through rigging
  • Assemble, maintain, and repair piping systems
  • Pump rebuilding and alignment
  • Operate hydraulic systems
  • Weld and perform basic cutting operations
  • Use precision measurement tools

You'll also take general education courses that will help you receive a well-rounded education.

Industrial Maintenance Mechanic AAS Curriculum

Careers and Outcomes

With our continued reliance on machinery, there is a high demand for workers to help keep things running. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for industrial machinery mechanics is projected to grow 16 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. The BLS points to the growing adoption of automation to create these new jobs.

Now is a great time to become an industrial maintenance mechanic. With the training you get from SJC, you'll be ready for an entry-level mechanic position, and many of our students receive high-paying job offers once they graduate.

As an industrial maintenance mechanic, you can work in diverse industries, such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Natural gas
  • Petrochemicals
  • Power generation
  • Refineries
  • Semiconductor production
  • Water treatment

Previous graduates of SJC's Industrial Maintenance Mechanic AAS have gone on to work for:

  • Chevron
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Phillips 66

Find and Achieve Your Dream

“Don’t be afraid to find your own dream and work toward it. San Juan College has allowed me to do that while staying home and close to my family.”

Brian Wilson, '19

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Next Steps

To enroll in the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic program, you must first apply to San Juan College. It's easy, and you can apply online at any time!

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If you are already a student at San Juan College, talk to your advisor about our Associate of Applied Science degree for the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic program.

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