Manufacturing Maintenance Technician Diploma

Why Choose Manufacturing Maintenance Technician Diploma at CLC?

95-100% placement

New advanced CNC and EDM machines that are the same as used in the industry

Articulation to BSU

High demand, high wage employment

Remodeled and updated classroom and lab

Industry experienced instructors

Multiple pathways for specialization

About the Program

The Machine Tool Technology Program at Central Lakes College uses a curriculum of technical industrial standards set forth by a strong industrial advisory board made up of industry leaders in multiple manufacturing career areas. It prepares students in the areas of geometric tolerancing, advanced CAD/CAM, and advanced CNC milling, turning, and electrical discharge machine (EDM) operations.

Instruction takes place in a well-equipped shop for a hands-on, practical experience with lathes and mills, computer-aided-drafting and design software, precision machinery, computerized equipment and training using wire and sink EDMs. The demand for highly skilled machinists grows with the increased use of technology in the industry and the need to replace retired workers.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements


Program Course Requirements

First Year – Fall Semester

MATH 1500 Applied Mathematics (3 cr)

MTRD 1130 Intro to Engineering Graphics (2cr)

MTRD 1160 CNC Setup and Operation (4 cr)

MTRD 1215 Intro to Milling Operations (3 cr)

MTRD 1221 Intro to Lathe Operations (2 cr)

RAST 1110 Intro to Manufacturing (2 cr)

Total 16 credits

First Year – Spring Semester

MTRD 2160 CAD/CAM (3 cr)

MTRD 2162 Workholding and Fixturing (3 cr)

MTRD 2221 CNC Milling Operations (5 cr)

MTRD 2223 CNC Turning Operations (2 cr)

RAST 1109 Computers in Industry (2 cr)

Total 15 Credits

Second Year – Fall Semester

RAST 1101 Industrial Electronics I (3 cr)

RAST 1111 Industrial Electronics Lab I (2 cr)

RAST 1104 Introduction to Automation (2 cr)

General Education (3 cr)

Electives (5 cr)

Total 15 Credits

Second Year – Spring Semester

RAST 1102* Industrial Electronics II (3 cr)

RAST 1103* Motors & Drives (3 cr)

RAST 1113* Motors & Drives Lab (3 cr)

RAST 1206* Programmable Logic Controllers (3 cr)

RAST 1212* Industrial Electronics Lab II (2 cr)

Total 14 Credits

Summer Session

RAST 2106* Industrial Electronics III (2 cr)

RAST 2116 Industrial Electronics Lab III (2 cr)

Total 4 Credits


*Denotes Prerequisites

Detailed Program Information

Career Description: Manufacturing maintenance technicians are responsible for performing entry-level skills such as cleaning, oiling and maintaining machine tools to complex troubleshooting and repair techniques on manufacturing equipment and electrical/electronic or mechanical systems. Technicians repair or make new parts for existing machinery. Skilled manufacturing maintenance technicians are needed to keep the complex industrial machinery of today’s manufacturing facilities running smoothly. Their work keeps factories productive, protects the safety of machine operators, and makes sure that the final product is perfect.

Program Information: In the Manufacturing Maintenance Technician Diploma Program students learn skills in electronics, mechanical systems, and troubleshooting to become qualified to repair and maintain computerized equipment. Students learn how to repair/replace broken or malfunctioning components, perform diagnostic tests, adjust and calibrate equipment and machinery, clean and lubricate equipment or machinery and adjust equipment and reset or calibrate sensors and controls. Students receive the comprehensive foundation needed to work in industrial plants. Instruction takes place in a well-equipped lab for a hands-on, practical experience.

Special Program Requirements:

Students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted at CLC must be at least 2.0.
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0.
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete one third of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Accreditation: The Machine Tool Technology Program at Central Lakes College received official designation as a National Institute for Metalworking Skills Accredited Training in 2002.

Career Opportunities: Employment of manufacturing maintenance workers is expected to grow 19% by 2020. Manufacturing maintenance technicians maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Technicians with strong mechanical and electrical skills and experience with programmable logic controls (PLC) are high demand employees in the global markets.

Career Titles: Examples of career titles in this field include manufacturing maintenance technician, development mechanic, experimental and electrical mechanic, maintenance machinist, maintenance specialist, maintenance technician, and trouble shooter.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Select correct testing equipment for troubleshooting machine malfunctions;
  • Use and understand preventive maintenance procedures;
  • Use and understand predictive maintenance procedures;
  • Troubleshoot complex electrical control circuits and devices;
  • Troubleshoot complex mechanical systems.


ronnRonn Redemske
Ronn Redemske obtained his Machine Tool Technology Degree at Staples Technical College in 1986. He spent the next nine years gaining industry experience building molds for high precision plastic injection, die cast molds, rubber molds and metal stamping dies. He returned to Central Lakes College and has spent the last eighteen years sharing his knowledge and experience to prepare his students to be successful in today’s machine trades industry. He continually adapts and updates the program to meet the needs of industry employers. Email Ronn for more information

Student Testimonials

Former Student
I chose Central Lakes College because it was close to home and the Machine Tool Technology Program is known for their great instructors and educational opportunities. The Machine Trades field has a lot of jobs and career opportunities available and allows me to be creative and to work with my hands. After I graduated in 2013, I was hired by Diamond Tool & Engineering in Bertha, MN as a Wire EDM Operator and CNC Machinist. And after only a year, I am being training to be the EDM Department Lead. The degree I earned prepared me well for this position.

Pillager, MN – Current Student
I chose the Machine Tool Technology Program at Central Lakes College because it was close to home and I am able to get the diploma done in one year. It is a concentrated program and a lot of work in a short time, but it is giving me the basic foundation in all aspects of machine technology so I can go into any shop and pick up their processes quickly. When I complete this training, I will gain a promotion, a wage increase and increased responsibilities with my current employer.

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