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San Joaquin Valley College’s Maintenance Technician (M-Tech) program is designed to provide maintenance technician students fundamental, hands-on training on industrial systems and equipment.

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At a Glance

  • Earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 7 months

  • Or earn an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 14 months

  • Conveniently available at five locations

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now.

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Students will study and master the basic principles, applications, concepts and functions of hydraulic systems, bearing and seal types, and power transmission components.

Students in our Maintenance Technician program learn:

  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Motor control devices and wiring
  • Fluid power systems
  • Valves, actuators and bearing applications

Courses* taken by our Maintenance Technician students include:

Industrial Electricity

This seven-part course discusses the elements and applications of electricity that are common to any industrial facility. In strict accordance with the National Electric Code, this course will introduce aspiring maintenance mechanics students to electrical theory with an emphasis in those energy sources developed for commercial and manufacturing use.

Power Transmission

This course includes the operation, maintenance, safety, and troubleshooting of machinery, industrial bearings, industrial drive gears and gear systems, shaft joining and coupling devices.

Programmable Logic Controllers

This course presents basic concepts and applications of PLC’s such as the PLC language, performing installation and diagnostic functions, using program tools, basic communications and logic operations. The practical instruction of this course is performed with Allen Bradley equipment and RSLogix software, both of which are predominantly used within the manufacturing industry.

*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the most current program information.

Career Opportunities

Employers are looking for maintenance technicians who can operate and maintain the equipment required for the operation of modern industrial facilities. Troubleshooting skills and the ability to communicate solutions are valuable assets to these organizations.

With SJVC’s hands-on approach to training, graduates are qualified to go right to work in a variety of commercial and manufacturing settings as a Maintenance Technician, Production Supervisor, Hydraulic Technician, Machine Operator and Plant Electrician.

On the job, you can expect to:

  • Install & diagnose programmable logic controllers
  • Install & maintain valves, actuators and bearings
  • Operate & repair hydraulic and bearing systems
  • Troubleshoot programmable logic controllers

Program Availability

SJVC’s Maintenance Technician program is available at the following campuses:

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Consumer Information to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer.

Accreditation & Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Approvals


SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.

Read Our Career Guide On Maintenance Technicians

Industrial maintenance technology has its basis in engineering, and industrial maintenance technicians should be familiar with hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems as well as computers.

Maintenance Technician FAQs

What does a maintenance technician do?

Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers (also known as maintenance technicians), and millwrights all work with large-scale machinery. Industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Millwrights install, dismantle, repair, reassemble, and move machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites.1

What skills do you need to be a maintenance technician?

Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers (also known as maintenance technicians), and millwrights need specialized training about how equipment works, which can be obtained through formal training. Otherwise, some important qualities include manual dexterity, mechanical skills, and troubleshooting skills.2

How long does it take to become a maintenance technician?

San Joaquin Valley College’s Maintenance Technician (M-Tech) program can be completed in as few as seven months for a certificate of completion or as few as 14 months for an associate degree.

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