2014-2015 Catalog 
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Industrial Process Control Technology - Maintenance Technician Concentration, A.A.S.

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Industrial Process Control Technology

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information:
Program Office 931-296-1739, ext. 313, Humphreys County Campus
E-mail: Joey.Leonard@nscc.edu, Program Site

The Industrial Process Control Technology program is designed to provide skills for those who are interested in a career as a process control or maintenance technician. The program trains students to work as a key member of a team of  people responsible for planning, analyzing and controlling the production of products – from acquisition of raw materials through the production and distribution of products to customers in a variety of industries. These industries include, but are not limited to, chemical, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, power generation, pulp and paper, refining, and waste water treatment.

Maintenance Technician Concentration

Maintenance Technician jobs for well-trained individuals include opportunities in the middle Tennessee area with some of our program partners—businesses such as E.I. DuPont, Rockwood Lithium, Accurate Energetic Systems, Tennessee Valley Authority, Arkema, and Occidental Chemical Corporation.

Graduates in the Maintenance Technician concentration should be able to:

  • Install wiring and other electrical components such as circuit breaker panels, switches, and light fixtures, following blueprints, the National Electrical Code®, and state and local codes;
  • Perform key installation and maintenance functions across several industries including piping, tubing, fasteners and metallurgy, electrical systems, craft-specific drawings, and hand and power tools specific to the trade;
  • Install and repair both high- and low-pressure pipe systems used in manufacturing, the generation of electricity, and the heating and cooling of buildings;
  • Install, align, and troubleshoot machinery in factories, power plants (particularly the precision machinery required in nuclear power plants), and other industrial sites; and
  • Install conveyor systems, connect machinery to power supplies and piping, direct hoisting and setting of machines, and adjust the moving and stationary parts of machines to certain specifications.

Course Requirements

Speech (choose one)


  •  Humanities Elective 3 Credits


Social Sciences

  •  Social Sciences Elective 3 Credits

Total Required - Associate’s Degree: 60 Credits


Recommended Full-Time Day Schedule

First Year

Second Year

Speech (choose one)

Spring Semester


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students demonstrate the appropriate skill levels before enrolling in college-level courses. ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determines whether a student needs to enroll in Learning Support courses in reading, writing, and/or math. After completing the required Learning Support course(s), a student may enroll in college-level courses.

Cooperative Education work experience in Industrial Process Control Technology and can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses, if appropriate, may substitute for technical courses up to nine credit hours with the prior approval of the department head. All Co-op work must have department head approval. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers. Students participating in Cooperative Education are encouraged to work a minimum of two terms.

NCCER assessment: A student seeking the Maintenance Technician concentration with four (4) or more years of experience as an electrician, instrumentation technician, millwright, or pipefitter may choose to take the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) skills assessment in place of certain coursework as listed above. For more information concerning NCCER assessment, contact Danny Sensing at 931-296-1739, ext. 318, or e-mail Danny.Sensing@nscc.edu.


* This course is part of the general education core.


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