Plant Maintenance Trades

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Provides the related trades instructional classes for registered Department of Labor and other industrial apprentices involved in the maintenance of manufacturing systems. Apprentices in these skilled trade classifications take courses defined by their employer or joint apprentice committee. They also must complete on-the-job hours of work and skills certification to qualify for a journeyman's certification or the equivalent. Apprentice certificate educational programs are typically 38 credit hours or longer in duration. Apprentice or journeyman students may also be eligible to apply credits earned in their trade's educational program toward the 60 credit hours required for the degree. Additional licensing test preparation is also available for specific trades such as the State of Michigan licensing for electricians.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical functions specific to their trade.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the occupational health and safety requirements relative to the workplace in general and specific to their trade.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic industrial computer applications in the general workplace and specific to their trade.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the application of graphic design relative to the general workplace and specific to their trade.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the following essential knowledge and skills: troubleshooting, measurement, communication, use of hand tools, use of personal protective equipment, graphic interpretation, and problem solving.
Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

Designed for employer-sponsored industrial apprentices. Admission is restricted to those approved by TAE apprentice coordinator.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC's General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society and Culture: Complete at least one of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete at least one of the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete at least one of the following:

  4. Critical Thinking and Information Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 15

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Required Core Courses

Apprentice certificate program courses total a minimum of 38 credit hours and are determined by the employer and college requirements.

  • Coursework is selected by the student, the employer and the TAE apprentice coordinator.
  • Courses in this program are those that apply to industrial electrical (TAEL prefix), industrial mechanical (TAMT prefix), hydraulics and pneumatics (TAFP prefix), welding (CIMWD prefix), plumbing (TAPP prefix), instrumentation (TAPI prefix), and foundations (TAFD and TAMA prefixes).

Minimum Credit Hours: 38

Elective Courses

Complete additional 100-level or above courses to reach the 60 credits required for the Associate in Applied Science degrees.

Maximum Credit Hours Necessary: 7

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

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Industrial Technology Division • (313) 845-9656 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-172
Joseph Skupin • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-172

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Siena Heights University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
Career Opportunities: 
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Machine Repair
  • Industrial Millwright
  • Industrial Pipefitter
  • Industrial Welder
  • Maintenance Group Leader
  • Maintenance Supervision
  • Skilled Trade Supervision
  • Industrial Service Technician
  • Product Design Technician
  • Quality Control Technician