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Have you always been interested in how things work? Does working with your hands interest you? Understanding how machinery and equipment work together can make you valuable resource to meet the general maintenance demands of business, industry and government agencies. As a graduate of this two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree, you will qualify for admission to other technology majors. Upon graduating, you will be able to work as an industrial machinery mechanic and machinery maintenance worker to repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery and packaging equipment. You may also decide on a career as a millwright and install, dismantle, repair, reassemble and move machinery in factories, power plants and construction sites. When beginning the program, we will help you select the approved electives appropriately to place you on the career path that's right for you.

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The following Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are stated for the Industrial Maintenance degree program:

  1. Contribute to their company development by effectively determining solutions and applying skills in engineering technology.
  2. Advance in their chosen engineering technology profession being successfully employed with strong team leadership and communication skills.
  3. Participate in professional development, expanding their knowledge and capabilities through continuing education, or an advanced graduate degree, or other lifelong learning.
  4. Serve as a positive role model in their communities, whether locally, nationally, or globally, by conducting themselves with high standards of ethics.

The nine Student Outcomes for the Industrial Maintenance program at The University of West Alabama are listed below. These statements describe what students are expected to know or be able to do by the time of graduation. 

  1. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly-defined engineering technology activities;
  2. Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;
  3. Conduct standard tests and measurements and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;
  4. Function effectively as a member of a technical team;
  5. Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly-defined industrial maintenance problems;
  6. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  7. Engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  8. Demonstrate commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  9. Demonstrate commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


  • AC/DC Circuit Theory
  • Industrial Mechanics
  • Network Communications
  • Basic Blueprint Reading and Drafting
  • Fluid Power
  • Electrical Motor Controls
  • Programmable Logic Controls (PLC’s)
  • Instrumentation/Precision and Equipment
  • Calibration
  • Welding
  • Internships

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Darryl Hutcheson Annual Scholarship Award
  • University Scholars Award
  • Toastmasters
  • Job Ships or Student Worker Opportunity with Faculty
  • Industrial Field Trips

Career Opportunities

Jobs include but not limited to…

  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Maintenance Mechanic

Companies include but not limited to…

  • Alabama Power
  • Black Warrior EMC
  • Cemex
  • Georgia Pacific 
  • Mannington Flooring
  • WestRock
  • Westervelt Renewable Energy

Contact Information

College of Business and Technology contact cist@uwa.edu or 205-652-3666.

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