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About the Industrial Machine Mechanic Certificate

The Industrial Machine Mechanic Certificate is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level career in plant machinery installation, maintenance, and fabrication.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Industrial Machine Mechanic Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Troubleshoot, replace, and repair hydraulic and pneumatic system components. (IPT 110, IPT 120, IPT 160, MET 160)
  2. Fabricate and repair industrial machinery components. (IPT 160, WLD 112, WLD 113, WLD 250)
  3. Utilize machine shop equipment. (AGS 101 or CSA 126, IPT 160, MET 160)
  4. Troubleshoot and repair conveyance systems. (IPT 160)
  5. Troubleshoot and repair bulk material handlers. (IPT 140, IPT 160)
  6. Repair and replace valves. (IPT 130)

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
AGS101 Microcomputers in Agriculture

AGS 101. Microcomputers in Agriculture (3) (Fall). Use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for documentation, accounting and presentations in the agriculture industry. Two lecture. Three lab.

1. Contemporary computer use in the agriculture industry
2. Computer hardware
3. Using Microsoft Word in an agricultural setting
4. Using Excel in an agricultural setting
5. Using PowerPoint in an agricultural setting

1. Use and understand email.
2. Use and understand Windows 98.
3. Manage Files.
4. Use Internet Explorer.
5. Use the Internet.
6. Create a document.
7. Use and understand Microsoft Word.
8. Edit a document.
9. Format a document.
10. Create a report.
11. Use and understand Desktop Publishing.
12. Create outlines.
13. Create tables.
14. Create a table of contents.
15. Merge documents.
16. Create equations.
17. Use and understand Microsoft Excel.
18. Create worksheets.
19. Format worksheets.
20. Create charts.
21. Manage information.
22. Use and understand Microsoft Power Point.
23. Create a presentation.
24. Create and import graphics in slides.
25. Use and understand Microsoft Access.
26. Create a database.
27. Maintain a database.
28. Query a database.
29. Use and understand integration.
30. Integrate documents.
31. Use and understand web page design.
32. Create a web page.
33. Load web page onto Internet.

1. Compilation of portfolio in 1" notebook with cover sheet.

OR CSA126 Microsoft Office

CSA 126. Microsoft Office (3). Introductory concepts and techniques of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Three lecture.

1. Windows concepts and skills
2. Microsoft Word for Windows
3. Microsoft Excel for Windows
4. Microsoft Access for Windows
5. Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows
6. Integration of Microsoft Office applications

1. Use file management and other basic Windows skills. (1)
2. Produce and edit word processing documents. (2)
3. Produce and edit spreadsheets and charts. (3)
4. Create a database, enter and manipulate data, create queries and reports. (4)
5. Produce and edit presentation graphics documents. (5)
6. Produce a document that integrates the use of two or more Office applications. (6)

IPT110 Industrial Shop Practices

IPT 110. Industrial Shop Practices (3) (Fall). Basic skills needed to work in industrial repair and maintenance shops, emphasizing safe and efficient use of hand and power tools, fine measurement, tool maintenance and sharpening. One lecture. Four lab.

1. Safe shop practices
2. Measuring tools
3. Basic hand tools
4. Taps and dies for threading
5. Cutting and fusing HDPE pipe
6. Drill press
7. Power pipe threader
8. Pedestal grinder
9. Hand and hydraulic presses

1. Identify common shop hazards. (1)
2. Use personal protective equipment. (1)
3. Use various hand tools safely. (1)
4. Use techniques of various power tools safely. (1)
5. Use measuring tools: tapes, calipers, dividers, and gauges. (2)
6. Take measurements in various materials and in the course of various processes. (2)
7. Distinguish between English and metric measures. (2)
8. Select the proper tool for a given task. (3)
9. Identify common hand tools and their applications. (3)
10. Identify common files and their uses. (3)
11. Interpret the American National Thread System. (4)
12. Identify common taps. (4)
13. Select appropriate tap for specific application. (4)
14. Tap holes by hand. (4)
15. Identify and correct common threading problems. (4)
16. Select and prepare a rod for threading. (4)
17. Cut threads with a die. (4)
18. Select proper pipe for specific application. (5)
19. Cut HDPE pipe. (5)
20. Prepare HDPE pipe for joining. (5)
21. Use adhesives to join HDPE pipe. (5)
22. Select drills for specific applications. (6)
23. Make safe setups on drill press. (6)
24. Determine correct speeds and feeds for drilling operation. (6)
25. Select dies for specific applications. (7)
26. Use cutting fluids. (6,7)
27. Make safe setups on pipe threader. (7)
28. Thread pipe up to 2" diameter. (7)
29. Safely setup the pedestal grinder. (8)
30. Identify different metals by shop testing. (8)
31. Sharpen a twist drill bit. (8)
32. Remove and install a ball bearing from a shaft or housing. (9)
33. Remove and install a shaft with a keyway using a arbor press. (9)

IPT120 Industrial Pump Maint/Repair

IPT 120. Industrial Pump Maintenance and Repair (3) (Fall). Types of pumps and their associated piping systems as applied in industrial settings. One lecture. Four lab.

1. Pump types
2. Principles of pump operation
3. Calculations required to use pumps safely and efficiently
4. Pump gauges
5. Pump maintenance procedures
6. Pump troubleshooting skills

1. Identify centrifugal pumps, including impeller, intake/discharge, and stage types (1)
2. Identify positive displacement pumps (1)
3. Identify rotary pumps, including gear, vane, and piston types (1)
4. Identify reciprocating pumps (1)
5. Identify special serviced pumps (1)
6. Use correct nomenclature for pump parts (2)
7. Explain the types and functions of impellers (2)
8. Explain the types and functions of seals (2)
9. Define and explain volute case (2)
10. Calculate head, reticulation, velocity, and pressure (3)
11. Describe NPSHR, NPSHA, and efficiency curves (3)
12. Connect pressure gauge for discharge (4)
13. Connect vacuum gauge for intake (4)
14. Read pump gauges (4)
15. Operate pump with throttled intake or throttled discharge (4)
16. Disassemble an end-suction centrifugal pump (5)
17. Inspect and evaluate pump parts (5)
18. Reassemble an end-suction centrifugal pump (5)
19. Construct intake and discharge companion flanges (5)
20. Use two-hole method for flange alignment on pipe (5)
21. Apply pump maintenance procedures (5)
22. Infer and apply troubleshooting strategies (6)
23. Use test equipment appropriately (6)
24. Use safe practices for troubleshooting pumps (6)

IPT130 Industrial Valve Maint/Repair

IPT 130. Industrial Valve Maintenance and Repair (3) (Spring). Valves and their associated piping systems as applied in industrial settings. One lecture. Four lab.

1. Valve types
2. Nomenclature for various valve parts
3. Principles of valve operation
4. Characteristics of flow in different valves
5. Principles of proper valve selection for specific applications
6. Valve maintenance procedures
7. Valve troubleshooting skills

1. Identify valves; globe, butterfly, wafer, weir, needle and ball. (1)
2. Identify valve parts; stem, actuator yoke, packing box, bonnet, cage, seat ring, plug, body, and gaskets (2)
3. Use correct nomenclature for valve parts (3)
4. Explain hand, air, and hydraulic operational methods (3)
5. Define laminar flow (4)
6. Define turbulent flow (4)
7. Define mixed flow (4)
8. Apply flow characteristics to specific valve types (4)
9. Explain pressure drops (4)
10. Determine fluid types (5)
11. Determine temperatures (5)
12. Determine viscosity (5)
13. Determine specific gravity (5)
14. Determine capacity of flow (5)
15. Determine system pressure (5)
16. Determine pressure drops (5)
17. Select the valves for a given applications(5)
18. Disassemble a valve (6)
19. Inspect and evaluate valve parts (6)
20. Reassemble a valve (6)
21. Apply valve maintenance procedures (6)
22. Infer and apply troubleshooting strategies (7)
23. Use test equipment appropriately (7)
24. Use safe practices for troubleshooting valves (7)

IPT140 Bulk Materials Handling

IPT 140. Bulk Materials Handling (3). Operation, maintenance, and repair of industrial materials handling machinery including conveyors, feed and discharge devices, screens, and crushers. One lecture. Four lab.

1. Power transmission equipment
2. Lubrication issues
3. Bearing design, use, and maintenance
4. Oil seal design, use, and maintenance
5. Belting maintenance and repair
6. Basic support structure repair

1. Explain the function of gear-box transmissions (1)
2. Explain fluid drives (1)
3. Explain chain drives (1)
4. Identify various couplings (1)
5. List types of friction (2)
6. Compare types of lubricants (2)
7. Compare properties of lubricants (2)
8. Explain the role of common additives (2)
9. Describe methods of lubricant delivery (2)
10. Define viscosity and use it to identify various oils (2)
11. Discuss environmental concerns of handling and use of petroleum-based lubricants (2)
12. Use correct nomenclature for bearing parts (3)
13. Identify types and characteristics of bearings (3)
14. Use proper storage, installation, and maintenance of bearings (3)
15. Discuss special bearing applications (3)
16. Identify the causes of bearing failure (3)
17. Use correct nomenclature for seal parts (4)
18. Identify types and characteristics of seals (4)
19. Installation and maintain bearings(4)
20. Discuss specific applications of oil seals (4)
21. Identify the causes of seal failure (4)
22. Discuss construction and design of belting systems (5)
23. Perform mechanical repairs in belting systems (5)
24. Compare mechanical and materials failures (5)
25. Perform troubleshooting in belting systems (5)
26. Recognize loading areas (5)
27. Perform training and alignment adjustments (5)
28. Perform head pulley, tail pulley, take-up and tensioning adjustments (5)
29. Check troughing idlers (5)
30. Check return idlers (5)
31. Analyze framing design and materials (6)
32. Make simple repairs to framing (6)

IPT160 Machinery Maint/Troubleshoot

IPT 160. Machinery Maintenance and Troubleshooting (3). Systematic methods of identifying causes of mechanical failure and using predictive methods to prevent mechanical failure. One lecture. Four lab.

1. Resources to understand equipment
2. Equipment maintenance history
3. Operation requirements for mechanical equipment
4. Root cause analysis of mechanical failure
5. Preventative maintenance scheduling

1. Interpret blueprints and drawings. (1)
2. Utilize manufacturer's guides. (1)
3.Analyze operators reports. (1)
4. Perform electrical analysis. (2)
5. Measure and record vibration signature. (2)
6. Track thermal changes. (2)
7. Perform oil analysis. (2)
8. Determine electrical requirements. (3)
9. Determine load capacity. (3)
10. Determine RPM capacity. (3)
11. Locate power lockout. (3)
12. Inspect bearings. (3)
13. Inspect seals. (3)
14. Inspect gears. (3)
15. Check shaft alignment. (3)
16. Inspect fluid levels. (3)
17. List possible causes of excessive vibration. (4)
18. List possible causes of overheating. (4)
19. Identify the types and causes of bearing failure. (4)
20. Identify the causes of seal failure. (4)
21. Identify maintenance needs of a specific system. (5)
22. Schedule maintenance tasks to prevent failure/maximize equipment life and productivity. (5)

MET160 Basic Machine Hydr& Pneumatics

MET 160. Basic Machine Hydraulics and Pneumatics (2). Operational theory and testing techniques related to hydraulic and pneumatic components and circuits on mobile diesel equipment. Includes fluid power principles and investigates the functional characteristic of hydraulic pumps, flow valves, pressure valves, directional valves, motors, cylinders and accumulators. Emphasis on the student's ability to test, service, and repair diesel equipment hydraulic systems and system components. One lecture. Two lab.

1. Safety procedures and processes
2. Machine specific hydraulic components (valves, pumps, and cylinders)
3. Machine specific hydraulic circuits/systems and their functional characteristics
4. Machine specific hydraulic/pneumatic components (pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, accumulators) and their functional characteristics.
5. Machine specific maintenance
6. Service and repair information to perform needed maintenance, service, testing, and repairs
7. Hydraulic/pneumatic graphic symbols

1. Assembly, operation, and testing (pressure and or flow) various machine hydraulic/pneumatic circuits that includes pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, and accumulators.Identify shop environment and hazards. (1)
2. Utilize emergency procedures and policy. (1)
3. Implement physical well-being and practice by following safety guidelines. (1)
4. Utilize material safety data sheets and chemicals in the shop environment. (1)
5. Remove and reinstall hydraulic and pneumatic components. (2)
6. Disassemble, inspect, and reassemble hydraulic/pneumatic cylinder, pump, flow valve, pressure valve, directional valve. (2)
7. Diagram the operational features and functions of machine specific hydraulic/pneumatic circuits. (3)
8. Describe how (collectively) hydraulic/pneumatic pumps, valves, motors, accumulators, cylinders, and the fluid function to operation the machine's hydraulic system. (4)
9. Determine which hydraulic/pneumatic components are utilized in various mobile equipment. (4)
10. Analyze oil sample information to determine condition of various hydraulic circuits. (5)
11. Obtain oil sample from hydraulic system. (5)
12. Perform maintenance procedures to ensure hydraulic/pneumatic systems operate as designed. (5)
13. Find and apply service and repair information. (6)
14. Identify "on equipment" hydraulic and pneumatic component types using graphic symbol. (7)

15. Describe operational features of hydraulic/pneumatic components and circuits using hydraulic/pneumatic graphic symbols and diagrams. (7)
16. Install various hydraulic/pneumatic components on diesel equipment, bleed or adjust system as needed. (8)
17. Perform hydraulic/pneumatic pressure and or flow testing procedures as outlined in the equipment manual. (8)

WLD112 Basic Welding I

WLD 112. Basic Welding I (2). Basics of oxyacetylene welding, including safety, welding techniques, basic metallurgy and welding gases. One lecture. Three lab.

1. Safety in the workplace
2. Oxyacetylene safety and equipment
3. Welding fuel gases
4. Oxyacetylene fillet and groove welds
5. Manual and machine cutting
6. Fillet and groove braze welds

1. Explain and use oxyacetylene safety procedures. (1,2)
2. Explailn oxyacetylene welding theory. (3-6)
3. Operate oxyacetylene equipment to weld, cut and braze weld to industry requirements. (1-6)

WLD113 Basic Welding II

WLD 113. Basic Welding II (2). Basics of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW). One lecture. Three lab.

1. Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) safety and equipment
2. Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) safety and equipment
3. Machine adjustments and operation
4. Selection of electrodes for SMAW and GMAW

1. Explain and use SMAW safety procedures. (1)
2. Explain and use GMAW safety procedures. (2)
3. Operate SMAW and GMAW to industry requirements. (1-4)

WLD250 Welded Metal Fabrication

WLD 250. Welded Metal Fabrication (4). Metal used in manufacturing fabrication and welding techniques. Emphasis on project planning, layout and blueprint reading. Two lecture. Six lab.

1. Fabrication safety and equipment
2. Metal shapes and sizes
3. Design blueprints
4. Order steel from a drawing
5. Layout and cutting of steel
6. Use of fabrication equipment
7. Square and tack welding
8. Distortion control
9. Applying finishes to metal

1. Explain and use metal fabrication safety procedures. (1)
2. Identify different structural shapes, sizes and types of metal. (2)
3. Design quality blueprints of welded metal fabrications. (3)
4. Use layout tools and fabrication equipment. (1, 5-9)
5. Order, layout, and fabricate material as required by blueprints. (4-9)


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