Program: Industrial Maintenance (221-990-00)
Award: Career Studies Certificate 

Program Purpose:

This program is designed to provide students basic skills in the field of general industrial maintenance and repair.  The student will develop skills through theory and a hands-on approach to learning.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Perform safety maintenance checks and techniques for Industrial equipment.
  • Identify a variety of schematic symbols and how to interpret schematic drawings.
  • Calculate direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) circuit loads.
  • Demonstrate a weld with a horizontal bead, flat bead, tee, lap, and corner joint.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the refrigeration cycle.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this career studies certificate in one academic year (two semesters). 

What job or career can I get with this career studies certificate?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required for various careers such as:  maintenance mechanics or maintenance technician.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the second quarter of 2023, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Industrial Machinery Mechanics was 2,154.  There is projected annual demand/need for 194 new entrants into this occupation (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Industrial Machinery Mechanics, January 2024).

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2023 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Industrial Machinery Mechanics




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, January 2024)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.