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Industrial Maintenance

Career Studies Certificate

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Master hands-on skills to thrive in industry and manufacturing

Benefit from faculty who are local experts currently employed in the field

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Today’s technician must make decisions about the operation and repair of the highly specialized manufacturing systems needed to make the products we benefit from every day.

Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Industrial Maintenance provides the skills and managerial techniques of supervision, process management control, quality control and project management – all valued in today’s manufacturing and industrial workplace.

You will be trained for positions in shipyards, chemical plants, hospitals and hotels – anywhere multi-skilled maintenance personnel are working. Career opportunities range from plant maintenance coordinator to maintenance supervisor to assembly operation.

If you like to work with your hands and your head, consider a future repairing and maintaining today’s high-tech equipment.

Go further

Apply all of your credits from this certificate to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the National Safety Council (NSC).

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What does this program cost?

TCC's Career Studies Certificate in Industrial Maintenance consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held mainly on the Virginia Beach Campus. 

Estimated Program Cost*:
23 credits x $185.35 per credit = $4,263.05 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • have an aptitude for science and math
  • enjoy handling data to make decisions
  • are able to work well with your hands
  • embrace teamwork
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Hands-on labs and project-based assignments foster an orientation toward teamwork

Earn credits in the following concentrations: nondestructive testing and inspection, project management and safety program organization and administration

Employment of industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance technicians expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 to 2020


TCC degree gave her the chance to further her career

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Gain the marketable skills needed in today's highly technical workplace


Wilburt Kiger, production planner at STIHL Inc. (TCC CareerFocus magazine)