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Basic Industrial Power (Industrial Maintenance)
Program Number: 304626
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
12 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 semester
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$1,721.40 Tuition
$252.44 Materials/Supplemental Costs
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  • Program Overview

    The Basic Industrial Fluid Power Embedded Technical Diploma provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely assist mechanics in repairing, overhauling, installing, testing and inspecting pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Assist in performing preventive and predictive maintenance on equipment, building and grounds. As a student in the Basic Industrial Fluid Power Embedded Technical Diploma, you will:

    • Gain an understanding of basic pneumatic and hydraulic principles.
    • Identify fluid power components and symbols.
    • Understand fluid power terminology.
    • Apply math to calculate fluid power equations pertinent to the maintenance field.
    • Understand safety standards for industry as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and receive an OSHA 10 card, an industry recognized credential.
    • Interpret engineering drawings.
    • Enhance industry recognized soft skills such communication and teamwork.

    Added a "Get Started" blurb connecting students directly to the Program Director for questions/advising.

    Get Started

    For more information regarding the Basic Industrial Fluid Power Embedded Technical Diploma, please contact Program Director Peter Dettmer at or 608.246.5264 to begin exploring your future.

    Program Details

    Basic Industrial Fluid Power classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison – Truax
    • Portage


    Earning your Basic Industrial Fluid Power Embedded Technical Diploma at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as entry level maintenance and mechanic helper.  

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Required Courses
    1 credit
    1 credit
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.

    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

    apply for admission

    Get Started!

    Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Basic Industrial Power (Industrial Maintenance) career.

    It's Free to Apply

  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Basic Industrial Fluid Power Embedded Technical Diploma graduates are prepared with the following skills:

    • Assist mechanics in repairing, overhauling, installing, testing and inspecting pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
    • Assist in performing preventive and predictive maintenance on equipment, building and grounds. 
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates413927
      Number of Surveys Sent413827
      Number of Surveys Returned20218
      Percent of Surveys Returned48.80%5.30%66.70%
      Available for Employment2213
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market1805
      Percent Not in Labor Market900.00%0.00%38.50%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed2112
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%50.00%92.30%
      Employed in Related Occupation1111
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation50.00%100.00%91.70%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation100
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation50.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employed - No Response001
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%8.30%
      Seeking Employment011
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%50.00%7.70%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.533.3
      Number of Satisfaction Responses2213
      Very Satisfied (4)104
      Percent Very Satisfied50.00%0.00%30.80%
      Satisfied (3)129
      Percent Satisfied50.00%100.00%69.20%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses20218
      Preparation for Getting a Job016
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job0.00%50.00%33.30%
      Career Change202
      Percent Career Change10.00%0.00%11.10%
      Improvement of Existing Skills004
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%0.00%22.20%
      Preparation for Further Education1806
      Percent Preparation for Further Education90.00%0.00%33.30%
      Personal Interest010
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%50.00%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses2111
      Before Enrollment105
      Percent Before Enrollment50.00%0.00%45.50%
      While Attending the College114
      Percent While Attending the College50.00%100.00%36.40%
      After Training at the College002
      Percent After Training at the College0.00%0.00%18.20%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses2112
      In College District2110
      Percent In College District100.00%100.00%83.30%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District002
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%16.70%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend201920202021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count19
      Average Monthly Wage$4,300$4,503
      Average Hourly Wage$25.00$26.18
      Average Work Hours per Week4043.4
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
      Average Hourly Wage$40.00
      Average Work Hours per Week30
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      AttwillRefrigeration TechnicianLodi
      Clasen Quality ChocolateMaintenance TechnicianMiddleton
      DidionElectrical Control TechnicianCambria
      Gumz FarmsProduction AreaEndeavor
      Ho-Chunk CasinoMaintenance Supervisor
      Placon CorporationMaintenance Technician
      Saint-Gobain Performance PlasticsAutomation Technology PartnerPortage
      SubZero WolfMachine OperatorFitchburg
      UW Health Hospitals & ClinicsMaintenance Technician

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at

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