Industrial Distribution — Technical Concentration

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Certificate of Achievement

Combines product specification and application with customer service. This program is a rewarding and challenging career for those with both technical aptitude and an interest in sales and can help elevate an industrial distribution career to the next level as a technical representative. Individuals in Industrial Distribution support customers through phone or personal contact, represent manufacturers' new and existing products, provide customer service, and manage inventory and warehouse functions. Currently more starting-level jobs in Industrial Distribution exist than the number of qualified people to fill these jobs. This trend is expected to continue.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Describe the functional utility of common industrial materials including metals, plastics, ceramics and elastomers and their application.
  • Demonstrate the use and function of common industrial hand tools, metal shaping tools, measurement devices, and the elements of precision measurement.
  • Compose a technical memorandum concerning a common industrial safety hazard and include safety related procedures.
  • Identify and describe common industrial processes utilizing electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical energized systems.
  • Interpret a part blueprint or drawing in pictorial and orthographic projection views and interpret dimensioning.
  • Identify and describe common mechanical power transmission systems and the typical causes of component failure.
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
19.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

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Industrial Technology Division: 313-845-9656,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-172
Miles Jarvis: 313-317-6502,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-162
Career Opportunities: 

Career Opportunities include:

  • Business Managers
  • Buyers
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Inside/Outside Sales Representatives
  • Inventory/Warehouse Managers
  • Technical Product Line Specialists
  • While salaries will vary based on experience and education, compensation is competitive.*

    Outside Sales: $40,000-$80,000
    Branch Management: $40,000-$70,000
    Inside Sales: $28,000-$65,000
    Purchasing: $27,000-$60,000
    Customer Service: $22,000-$40,000
    Warehouse: $21,000-$38,000

    *Sources: American Society of Employers; Power Transmission Distributors Association.

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