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Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship
Program Number: 504641
Your Degree:
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
24 Credits | Finish paid training and class time in 5 years
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  • Program Overview

    Work Description

    Maintenance Technicians are highly skilled individuals who safely perform mechanical and electrical duties to keep machines, equipment, or the structure of a facility in repair. 

    Working Conditions

    Maintenance Technicians works on mechanical and electrical equipment and machines in paper mills, foundries, production mills, food processing, schools and hospitals. The mechanical would include installing equipment, repair and replace units, maintaining equipment and using machines such as lathes, drill presses and various hand tools. Areas of electrical expertise include working with electrical drawings, troubleshooting electrical motors, AC and DC drives, PLC’s (programmable logic controllers), and solid state devices.


    • 5-year training program
    • 9,280 hours of on-the-job training
    • 864 hours of paid related instruction
    • Transition-to-Trainer Course in the final year of the apprenticeship

    The apprentice is taught theory and knowledge related to safety procedures while working with electrical and mechanical components. Instruction also consists of repair of electrical or mechanical equipment, installation, alignment, and balancing of new equipment.

    Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

    Program Details

    Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship courses may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
  • 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 program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

    If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Second Semester
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Third Semester
    Fourth Semester
    Fifth Semester
    Sixth Semester
    Seventh Semester
    2 credits
    Eighth Semester
  • Admission

    How to Apply

    Maintenance Technician apprenticeships applicants must find an apprenticeship with a sponsoring employer on their own (similar to looking for a job). Once the applicant has found a position, the employer starts the apprenticeship registration process by contacting a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) Representative for their county.

    Application Requirements

    • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Entry requirements vary by employers
    • Physically able to perform trade
  • Career Outcomes

    Graduates of the Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship are prepared to:

    • Apply AC and DC theory to an industrial setting. 
    • Apply the National Electric Code requirements to industrial equipment and facilities.
    • Apply operational principles to transformers.
    • Maintain electric motors and motor controls.
    • Apply operational and troubleshooting principles to variable speed drives.
    • Apply operational and troubleshooting principles to programmable logic controllers and

    automation equipment.

    • Communicate trade and occupational related information effectively.
    • Demonstrate proper rigging techniques.
    • Select an appropriate power transmission system for a given application.
    • Identify suitable pumps for given applications.
    • Recommend bearings for given applications.
    • Apply operational and troubleshooting principles to fluid power systems.
    • Plan maintenance schedules for a given system.
    • Graduate Summary

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