Maintenance Technician

Do you have a knack for tinkering and fixing things with your hands? Are you looking for a career where you can do what you love every day? This online course includes an intensive overview of the skills required for manufacturing maintenance, including the principles of power transfer and rigging safety as well as PLCs and robotics, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to begin a successful career.

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18 Months / 250 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES767

What you will learn

  • Troubleshooting
  • Six Sigma, 5S, Lean, and TPM
  • Inspection Methods
  • PLC Equipment and Communication
  • Electrical, Mechanical, and Fluid Systems
  • Robot Maintenance and Installation
  • Fabrication and Assembly Processes
  • Workholding Principles

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for a career as a maintenance technician, maintenance mechanic, equipment engineering technician, facilities manager, maintenance engineer
  • Gain confidence in your ability to perform your job
  • Develop the knowledge and skills you need to start your career
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 18 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 250 course hours
  1. Workholding
    1. Intro to Workholding
    2. Supporting and Locating Principles
    3. Locating Devices
    4. Clamping Basics
    5. Chucks, Collets, and Vises
    6. Fixture Body Construction
    7. Fixture Design Basics
    8. Drill Bushing Selection
  2. Math
    1. Math Fundamentals
    2. Math: Fractions and Decimals
    3. Units of Measurement
    4. Basics of Tolerance
    5. Blueprint Reading
    6. Geometry: Lines and Angles
    7. Geometry: Triangles
    8. Geometry: Circles and Polygons
    9. Trigonometry: The Pythagorean Theorem
    10. Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine, Tangent
    11. Statistics 231
  3. Inspection
    1. Basic Measurement
    2. Calibration Fundamentals
    3. Hole Standards and Inspection
    4. Thread Standards and Inspection
    5. Surface Texture and Inspection
    6. Hardness Testing
    7. Introduction to GD&T
    8. Major Rules of GD&T
    9. Inspecting a Prismatic Part
    10. Inspecting a Cylindrical Part
    11. Advanced Hole Inspection
    12. Inspecting with Optical Comparators
    13. Inspecting with CMMs
    14. Calibration and Documentation
    15. In-Line Inspection Applications
  4. Machining
    1. Cutting Processes
    2. Safety for Metal Cutting
    3. Overview of Machine Tools
    4. Basic Cutting Theory
    5. Band Saw Operation
    6. Basics of the CNC Lathe
    7. Basics of the CNC Mill
    8. Introduction to Metal Cutting Fluids
    9. Metal Cutting Fluid Safety
    10. Toolholders for Turning
    11. Speed and Feed for the Lathe
    12. Speed and Feed for the Mill
    13. Cutting Tool Materials
    14. Carbide Grade Selection
    15. ANSI Insert Selection
    16. Lathe Tool Geometry
    17. Mill Tool Geometry
    18. Drill Tool Geometry
    19. Optimizing Tool Life and Process
    20. Impact of Workpiece Materials
    21. Manual Mill Basics
    22. Engine Lathe Basics
    23. Manual Mill Setup
    24. Overview of Engine Lathe Setup
    25. Benchwork and Layout Operations
    26. Manual Mill Operation
    27. Engine Lathe Operation
    28. Holemaking on the Manual Mill
    29. Threading on the Engine Lathe
    30. Taper Turning on the Engine Lathe
  5. Safety
    1. Intro to OSHA
    2. Personal Protective Equipment
    3. Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation
    4. Respiratory Safety
    5. Lockout/Tagout Procedures
    6. SDS and Hazard Communication
    7. Bloodborne Pathogens
    8. Walking and Working Surfaces
    9. Fire Safety and Prevention
    10. Flammable/Combustible Liquids
    11. Ergonomics
    12. Hand and Power Tool Safety
    13. Safety for Lifting Devices
    14. Powered Industrial Truck Safety
    15. Confined Spaces
    16. Environmental Safety Hazards
    17. Machine Guarding
  6. Quality and Manufacturing Management
    1. Lean Manufacturing Overview
    2. Essentials of Leadership
    3. Essentials of Communication
    4. ISO 9001: 2015 Review
    5. Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow
    6. Manufacturing Process Applications: Part I
    7. Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste
    8. Manufacturing Process Applications: Part II
    9. Managing Performance: Best Practices
    10. Approaches to Maintenance
    11. Managing Performance: Corrective Actions
    12. Total Productive Maintenance
    13. Conflict Resolution Principles
    14. 5S Overview
    15. Conflict Resolution for Different Groups
    16. Team Leadership
    17. Intro to Six Sigma
    18. Quality and Customer Service
    19. Manufacturing Management
    20. Troubleshooting
    21. Personal Effectiveness
    22. Conducting Kaizen Events
    23. Managing the Diverse Workplace
    24. SPC Overview
    25. Harassment and Discrimination
    26. TS 16949:2009 Overview
    27. Interpreting Blueprints
    28. Performance Management and the Law
    29. Metrics for Lean
    30. Process Flow Charting
    31. Strategies for Setup Reduction
    32. Management Tools: Problem Solving
    33. Six Sigma Goals and Tools
  7. Grinding
    1. Grinding Processes
    2. Grinding Safety
    3. Basic Grinding Theory
    4. Basics of the Surface Grinder
    5. Basics of the Cylindrical Grinder
    6. Basics of the Centerless Grinder
    7. Setup for the Surface Grinder
    8. Setup for the Cylindrical Grinder
    9. Setup for the Centerless Grinder
    10. Surface Grinder Operation
    11. Cylindrical Grinder Operation
    12. Centerless Grinder Operation
    13. Introduction to Grinding Fluids
    14. Grinding Variables
    15. Grinding Nonferrous Metals
    16. Grinding Wheel Materials
    17. Grinding Wheel Geometry
    18. Dressing and Truing
    19. Grinding Wheel Selection
  8. Electrical Systems and Motor Controls
    1. Electrical Units
    2. Safety for Electrical Work
    3. Introduction to Circuits
    4. Relays, Contactors, and Motor Starters
    5. Introduction to Magnetism
    6. DC Circuit Components
    7. Distribution Systems
    8. NEC Overview
    9. AC Fundamentals
    10. Electrical Instruments
    11. Electrical Print Reading
    12. DC Power Sources
    13. AC Power Sources
    14. Conductor Selection
    15. Series Circuit Calculations
    16. Introduction to Electric Motors
    17. Parallel Circuit Calculations
    18. Symbols and Diagrams for Motors
    19. Logic and Line Diagrams
    20. Battery Selection
    21. Limit Switches and Proximity Sensors
  9. PLCs and Automation
    1. Robot Troubleshooting
    2. Robot Maintenance
    3. Basics of Siemens PLCs
    4. Intro to PLCs
    5. Siemens PLC Hardware
    6. Hardware for PLCs
    7. Robot Installations
    8. Siemens PLC Inputs and Outputs
    9. PLC Inputs and Outputs
    10. Siemens Human Machine Interfaces
    11. Siemens SIMATIC Modular PLCs
    12. Hand-Held Programmers of PLCs
    13. Overview of PLC Registers
    14. Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 PLCs
    15. Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 PLCs
    16. Siemens Safety Integrated for Factory Automation
  10. Mechanical Systems
    1. Introduction to Mechanical Systems
    2. Safety for Mechanical Work
    3. Forces of Machines
    4. Power Transmission Components
    5. Lubricant Fundamentals
    6. Mechanical Power Variables
    7. Bearing Applications
    8. Spring Applications
    9. Belt Drive Applications
    10. Gear Geometry
    11. Gear Applications
    12. Clutch and Brake Applications
  11. Fluid Systems
    1. Intro to Fluid Systems
    2. The Forces of Fluid Power
    3. Safety for Hydraulics and Pneumatics
    4. Introduction to Hydraulic Components
    5. Introduction to Pneumatic Components
    6. Introduction to Fluid Conductors
    7. Fittings for Fluid Systems
    8. Preventative Maintenance for Fluid Systems
    9. Hydraulic Power Variables
    10. Hydraulic Power Sources
    11. Pneumatic Power Variables
    12. Pneumatic Power Sources
    13. Fluid System Print Reading
    14. Actuator Applications
    15. Basic Hydraulic Circuit Design
    16. Basic Pneumatic Circuit Design
    17. Hydraulic Fluid Selection
    18. Contamination and Filter Selection
    19. Hydraulic Principles and System Design
  12. Rigging
    1. Intro to Machine Rigging
    2. Rigging Equipment
    3. Lifting and Moving Equipment
    4. Rigging Inspection and Safety
    5. Rigging Mechanics
  13. Welding
    1. Welding Safety Essentials
    2. PPE for Welding
    3. Welding Fumes and Gases Safety
    4. Electrical Safety for Welding
    5. Introduction to Welding
    6. Introduction to Welding Processes
    7. Math Fundamentals for Welding
    8. Geometry Fundamentals for Welding
    9. Material Tests for Welding
    10. Welding Ferrous Metals
    11. Welding Nonferrous Metals
    12. Overview of Weld Types
    13. Overview of Weld Defects
    14. Welding Symbols and Codes
    15. Electrical Power for Arc Welding
    16. Introduction to SMAW
    17. Introduction to GMAW
    18. Introduction to FCAW
    19. Introduction to GTAW
    20. Fabrication Process
    21. Overview of Soldering
    22. Thermal Cutting Overview
    23. Plasma Cutting
    24. Oxyfuel Cutting Applications
    25. Introduction to Automation
    26. SMAW Applications
    27. GMAW Applications
    28. Advanced GMAW Applications
    29. FCAW Applications
    30. GTAW Applications
  14. Fasteners
    1. Intro to Fastener Threads
    2. Overview of Threaded Fasteners
    3. Tools for Threaded Fasteners
    4. Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners
    5. Intro to Fastener Ergonomics
    6. Properties for Fasteners
    7. Understanding Torque
    8. Threaded Fastener Selection

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive eighteen (18) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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