Industrial Systems Technology

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Diploma, Certificate Programs
  • AAS Day Program: 5 semesters
  • Diploma Day Program: 3 semesters
  • Certificate Program: 2 terms
  • Machine Operator Certificate
  • Admission Cycle: Students may enter any semester, but some courses have prerequisites
  • Maximum Number Admitted Annually: 14

Career Description

The Industrial Systems Technology program is geared toward students who wish to gain employment as maintenance technicians in industrial settings.

Careers Available

Maintenance Technicians are employed by small and large manufacturers to maintain manufacturing equipment, conveyors and plant infrastructure.

Entry-Level Salary

  • $25,000 – $35,000/yr.

Course of Study

Students will study fundamentals of electricity and basic wiring methods. They will also study Programmable Logic Controllers and how they are used to control industrial equipment. Students study different welding processes including MIG and oxy-fuel systems. They will study heating and cooling systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems and machine shop practice. Students will study mechanical drive systems including gears, belts and pulleys and chains and sprockets. Students learn to use a wide variety of hand and power tools including machine tools.

Recommended Courses and Skills

Good math skills.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Ability to work in a team environment, problem solving skills and mechanical aptitude.

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Industrial Systems Technology Program, contact Robin Petree, Program Coordinator, at 336.757.3050 or rpetree@forsythtech.edu.