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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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  • 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.

    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 2024-2025 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 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2025

    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
    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    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 Graduates392728
      Number of Surveys Sent382728
      Number of Surveys Returned21814
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment2138
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%80.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%38.50%60.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed1128
      Percent of Graduates Employed50.00%92.30%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation1117
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%91.70%87.50%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation001
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%0.00%12.50%
      Employed - No Response010
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%8.30%0.00%
      Seeking Employment110
      Percent Seeking Employment50.00%7.70%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)33.33.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses21310
      Very Satisfied (4)045
      Percent Very Satisfied0.00%30.80%50.00%
      Satisfied (3)295
      Percent Satisfied100.00%69.20%50.00%
      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 Responses21814
      Preparation for Getting a Job164
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job50.00%33.30%28.60%
      Career Change025
      Percent Career Change0.00%11.10%35.70%
      Improvement of Existing Skills040
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%22.20%0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education064
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%33.30%28.60%
      Personal Interest100
      Percent Personal Interest50.00%0.00%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%7.10%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses1118
      Before Enrollment053
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%45.50%37.50%
      While Attending the College144
      Percent While Attending the College100.00%36.40%50.00%
      After Training at the College021
      Percent After Training at the College0.00%18.20%12.50%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses1108
      In College District1108
      Percent In College District100.00%100.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      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 Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count96
      Average Monthly Wage$4,503$4,658
      Average Hourly Wage$26.18$27.08
      Average Work Hours per Week43.440.3
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count11
      Average Hourly Wage$40.00$21.00
      Average Work Hours per Week3010
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Exact SciencesFacilities Maintenance Apprentice
      Exact SciencesLaboratory Service Engineer
      Madison Area Technical CollegeLab Coordinator (Casual Help)
      Madison Kipp CorporationMaintenance Technician
      Sub Zero WolffMaintenance AssistantFitchburg
      Sub Zero WolffFabricatorFitchburg
      Teel Plastics IncMaintenace Technician IIBaraboo

      * - 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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