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Industrial Maintenance Pathway

Play a key role by installing machines and equipment and routinely inspecting and maintaining equipment to ensure the facility runs smoothly. Duties may involve installing or repairing electrical and mechanical equipment, preventive maintenance of machines, tools, and equipment, and installing and aligning new equipment.

Production Technician

Maintenance Technician’s
Assistant

Preventive Maintenance Technician

Multicraft Maintenance Technician

Foreman/Group Lead

Electronics Instrumentation Tech

Maintenance Supervisor

Engineering Technician

Facilities Manager/ Superintendent

Plant Engineer

Production Technician or Maintenance Technician’s Assistant:

Education & Training

HS Diploma/GED, some technical training
Manufacturing Foundations Certificate

Industry Recognized Credentials

OMJ Readiness Seal
OSHA 10
MSSC CPT

Median Wages

$37,662

Education Providers

Career and Technical Centers (HS)
Community Colleges
College Credit Plus

Competencies/Credentials

  • Ability to read/follow work instructions
  • Other professional competencies as demonstrated by Ohio Means Jobs Job Readiness Seal
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician; OSHA 10

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety and environmental awareness
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Preventive Maintenance Technician:

Education & Training

Adult CTE certificate (1-year) or Community College Certificate

Industry Recognized Credentials

NIMS Maintenance Operations

Median Wages

$48,664

Education Providers

Ohio Technical Centers
community colleges
College Credit Plus

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from above positions, plus:
  • Contextualized industrial math
  • Materials handling, rigging, crane operation/maintenance and safety
  • Perform Lock-out/Tag-out Procedures
  • Read and understand preventive maintenance manuals
  • Recognize elements of an assembly drawing
  • Read multi-meters and measure voltage, current, and resistance
  • Interpret machine operations and maintenance documentation
  • Perform machine predictive preventative maintenance
  • Demonstrate proper use of instruments and hand tools
  • Properly lubricate machines in accordance with maintenance schedules
  • Networking fundamentals
  • Basic welding
  • Technical competencies as demonstrated by: NIMS Maintenance Operations

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety and environmental awareness
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Multi-Craft Maintenance Technician:

Education & Training

Associates Degree or Apprenticeship

Industry Recognized Credentials

NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance

Median Wages

$50,946

Education Providers

Ohio Technical Centers
community colleges
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from the above positions, plus:
  • Adhere to mechanical power transmission / electrical power and control system safety rules
  • Use dimensional measurement tools
  • Install and align power transmission systems, gear drives, and bearings
  • Properly use hand tools for equipment troubleshooting activities
  • Interpret electrical control and power schematics
  • Adjust limit switches and electronic systems
  • Select, install, and test AC and DC electric motors
  • Install and test electrical components and circuits
  • Replace electrical control wiring using terminal or solder attachments
  • Troubleshooting and root cause analysis
  • General knowledge of PLC and Ladder Logic
  • Advanced knowledge of electrical schematics
  • Technical competencies as demonstrated by one or more of the following: NIMS Basic Mechanical Systems, Electrical Systems, Basic Hydraulic Systems, Pneumatic Systems, Electronic Control Systems, Process Control Systems, Maintenance Welding, Maintenance Piping

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety and environmental awareness
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Foreman / Group Lead:

Education & Training

Associates Degree or Apprenticeship

Industry Recognized Credentials

NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance

Median Wages

$60,255

Education Providers

Ohio Technical Centers
community colleges
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All Multi-Craft Technician competencies, plus:
  • Leadership and communication

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety and environmental awareness
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Electronics/ Instrumentation Tech:

Education & Training

Specific technical training and/or extensive work experience

Industry Recognized Credentials

Vendor-specific credential

Median Wages

$59,466

Education Providers

Ohio Technical Centers
community colleges
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from the above positions, plus specialization in one or more of the following:
  • Computers and electronics
  • Robotics and automation
  • Robotics welding
  • Precision Instrumentation
  • Heavy equipment installation, alignment, maintenance, and repair
  • Rigging and crane operation
  • Remanufacturing, tear down, and rebuild
  • Process manufacturing
  • Troubleshoot advanced maintenance issues and complete complex repairs
  • Leadership and project management; ability to serve as team lead
  • Vendor specific credentials as needed

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety and environmental awareness
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Maintenance Supervisor:

Education & Training

Specific technical training and/or extensive work experience

Industry Recognized Credentials

Vendor-specific credential

Median Wages

$70,087

Education Providers

Ohio Technical Centers
community colleges
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from the above positions, plus specialization in one or more of the following:
  • Computers and electronics
  • Robotics and automation
  • Robotics welding
  • Precision Instrumentation
  • Heavy equipment installation, alignment, maintenance, and repair
  • Rigging and crane operation
  • Remanufacturing, tear down, and rebuild
  • Process manufacturing
  • Troubleshoot advanced maintenance issues and complete complex repairs
  • Leadership and project management; ability to serve as team lead
  • Vendor specific credentials as needed

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety and environmental awareness
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Engineering Technician:

Education & Training

Specific technical training and/or extensive work experience

Industry Recognized Credentials

Vendor-specific credential

Median Wages

$61,809

Education Providers

Ohio Technical Centers
community colleges
various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from the above positions, plus specialization in one or more of the following:
  • Computers and electronics
  • Robotics and automation
  • Robotics welding
  • Precision Instrumentation
  • Heavy equipment installation, alignment, maintenance, and repair
  • Rigging and crane operation
  • Remanufacturing, tear down, and rebuild
  • Process manufacturing
  • Troubleshoot advanced maintenance issues and complete complex repairs
  • Leadership and project management; ability to serve as team lead
  • Vendor specific credentials as needed

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety and environmental awareness
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Facilities Manager/Superintendent:

Education & Training

On-the-job
Four-Year Degree

Industry Recognized Credentials

Differs by employer

Median Wages

$101,028

Education Providers

Four-Year Universities

Competencies/Credentials

  • All competencies associated with other levels of the pathway, plus:
  • Knowledge of math, physics, statistics, etc.
  • Product/Process Design; Quality Control/Assurance
  • Automated Systems and Control
  • Ability to manage teams
  • Ability to manage operations, budgets, etc.
  • Credentials as required by employer

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety and environmental awareness
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Plant Engineer:

Education & Training

On-the-job
Four-Year Degree

Industry Recognized Credentials

Differs by employer

Median Wages

$101,028

Education Providers

Four-Year Universities

Competencies/Credentials

  • All competencies associated with other levels of the pathway, plus:
  • Knowledge of math, physics, statistics, etc.
  • Product/Process Design; Quality Control/Assurance
  • Automated Systems and Control
  • Ability to manage teams
  • Ability to manage operations, budgets, etc.
  • Credentials as required by employer

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety and environmental awareness
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

To qualify for this job you should be: