Mechanical Maintenance Technician
About the Career
A Mechanical Maintenance Technician (also referred to as industrial machinery mechanic, maintenance worker or millwright) is a tradesperson who installs, dismantles, repairs, reassembles, and moves machinery in refineries, plants, construction sites and hospitals.
The Gulf Coast industries are investing billions of dollars in capital improvements throughout the Texas coast area. With our proximity to the Gulf Coast, home to over 200 chemical plants and to the largest petrochemical complex in the world, COM provides training that supports these industry demands.
The Gulf Cost Workforce Development Board projects that by 2022 opportunities for mechanical maintenance technicians will increase 44.1 percent. The average hourly wage is $23.15, with entry-level positions starting below that rate. (Source: Workforce Solutions, 2016).
Completers of the Mechanical Maintenance Technician program may find entry level employment in the following business sectors:
- Petrochemical and Refineries
- Manufacturing and Production
- Energy Exploration
- Construction Sites
- Machine and Fabrication Shops
About the COM Program
College of the Mainland’s MMT program trains students to enter into a high-skill, high-growth occupation. Each course combines classroom instruction and hands-on work that is taught by instructors with years of field experience. Classes meet two nights per week to accommodate work schedules. Students completing this program will receive MMT Basic, MMT Intermediate, MMT Advance Occupational Skills Award, and OSHA 10 General Industry Card.
How to Begin
New students must register in person with COM’s Continuing Education Office located in the Technical Vocational Building Suite 1475. Returning students may register in person or online at www.com.edu/register. Textbooks are not included in the tuition.
Minimum Age Requirements: 18 years of age or older, or High School Diploma or GED
- Texas Public Education Grants (TPEG) – this is a grant based on financial need and is available through COM’s Financial Aid Office.
- Hazelwood Act – this assistance is available to veterans, their spouses and eligible children and is available through COM’s Financial Aid Office
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – this assistance is based on financial need and is available through Workforce Solutions.
- COM Foundation
- CCPI – Community College Petrochemical Initiative
- GCRTW – DOL H-1B Gulf Coast Ready to Work Initiative
Mechanical Maintenance Technician, Basic – Occupational Skills Award
Recommended course sequence
Introduction to Industrial Maintenance
This course is a study of basic mechanical skills and repair techniques common to most fields in industrial maintenance. Students will identify and operate precision instruments, hand and power tools; demonstrate general industry safety and receive OSHA 10 credential.
Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED.
This course is a study of mathematics applicable to industrial occupations. Topics include fraction and decimal manipulation, measurement, percentage, and problem solving techniques for equations and ratio/proportion applications; introduction to algebra, triangles, circles and trigonometry.
Print Reading for Machine Trades and Rigging
This course is a study of blueprints for machining trades with an emphasis on machine drawings. Students will identifying the elements of machine drawings; explaining geometric dimensioning and tolerance (GD&T) symbols and their meanings; identify proper equipment used for safe lifting and rigging; and follow safety guidelines.
Prerequisites: INMT-1005, TECM-1001
Metallurgy and Welding Fundamentals
This course is a study of metallurgy and its application related to welding including studies of metal characteristics, testing, effects of alloying and heat treating, and basic properties. Students will apply this knowledge while developing fundamental skills of oxy-fuel and arc welding; and follow safety guidelines.
Prerequisites: INMT-1005, TECM-1001, MCHN-1002
Job Search and Employment Skills
This course is a study of the job search process with an emphasis on researching career opportunities, developing a resume and interview skills. Students will demonstrate their knowledge during mock interviews with industry leaders.
Prerequisites: INMT-1005, TECM-1001, MCHN-1002, WLDG-1021
Mechanical Maintenance Technician, Intermediate – Occupational Skills Award
Prerequisite: Mechanical Maintenance Technician – Basic Occupational Skills Award
Recommended course sequence
Millwright III – Bearings, Seals and Couplings
This course is a study of bearings, seals and couplings. Students will be able to identify the different types of bearings, seals and couplings, explain their application and demonstrate correct removal and installation; and follow safety guidelines.
Prerequisite: Basic MMT OSA
Millwright IV – Lubrication, Valves & Pumps
This course is a study in the recognition and application of pumps. Students will focus on troubleshooting, repairing, and installing pumps; and follow safety guidelines.
Prerequisites: Basic MMT OSA, MCHN-2005
Millwright V–Gear Boxes, Chain & Belt Drives
This course is a study of the recognition and application of gearboxes. Students will identify and explain chain and belt drive types; troubleshoot and repair gearboxes; install belt drives; install chain drives; and follow safety guidelines.
Prerequisites: Basic MMT OSA, MCHN-2005, MCHN-2007
Pumps, Compressors and Mechanical Drives
This course is a study of the theory and operations of various types of pumps and compressors. Students will identify and explain the function of various components in pumps and compressors, disassemble and reassemble; and follow safety guidelines.
Prerequisites: Basic MMT OSA, MCHN-2005, MCHN-2007, MCHN-2012
Mechanical Maintenance Technician, Advanced – Occupational Skills Award
Prerequisite: Mechanical Maintenance Technician – Basic and Intermediate Occupational Skills Awards
Recommended course sequence
Millwright VI – Reciprocating, Centrifugal Compressors and Blowers
This course is a study of the design, operation and applications of reciprocating and centrifugal compressors and blowers. Students will identify, explain, troubleshoot and repair components of reciprocating, centrifugal compressors and blowers; and follow safety guidelines.
Prerequisite: Basic and Intermediate MMT OSA
Millwright VII – Turbines
This is a study of the operational principles of turbines. Students will identify, explain, troubleshoot and repair components of various types of turbine systems; and follow safety guidelines.
Prerequisite: Basic and Intermediate MMT OSA, MCHN-2014
Millwright VIII – Alignment and Vibration
This course is a study equipment alignment techniques and procedures. Students will identify, explain collinear alignment using both the conventional method of alignment and the reverse dial indicator method; laser shaft alignment; and follow safety guidelines.
Prerequisite: Basic and Intermediate MMT OSA, MCHN-2014, MCHN-2016
Jose Hinojosa, 20, of Texas City, and Jason Lynch, 40, are three classes from graduation from the College of the Mainland Mechanical Maintenance Program but their in-demand skills have already landed them jobs as second-class machinists at Sun Edison paying $35.14 per hour.
With the Gulf Coast area petrochemical industry needing more than 50,000 new workers within the decade, nine community colleges have set out to find and train this next generation of skilled workers, enabled by a grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation.
From a Student
"This is the best job I've ever had. The money and the benefits are awesome."