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 to qualify for a journey-person certification or the equivalent. Apprentice certificate educational programs are typically 38 credit hours or longer in duration. Apprentice or Journeymen 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.

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.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

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

Required Core Courses

A minimum of 38 credit hours is required through the Apprenticeship Program.*
Minimum Credit Hours: 

*Apprenticeship programs vary in the number of credit hours required. The minimum number is 38. All program requirements must be met in order for an apprentice to qualify for a certificate. The credits acquired apply towards the Associate in Applied Science degree. Coursework is selected by the student based on his or her personal or career goals and the results of academic assessment tests, transcript evaluations, and career planning sessions with the TAE apprentice coordinator.

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Complete as many electives and general education credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree.

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

Year Established: 
Program Code: 
Industrial Technology
Trade & Apprentice Education


Industrial Technology Division • (313) 845-9656 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-172
Joseph Skupin • • Room: J-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 in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • 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
  • Maintenance Group Leader
  • Maintenance Supervision
  • Skilled Trade Supervision
  • Tool Engineer
  • Industrial Service Technician
  • Product Design Technician
  • Quality Control Technician