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Industrial Maintenance Technology

Federal Apprenticeship Program

The Industrial Maintenance Technology Federal Apprenticeship program is aimed at providing industry workers, primarily from the oil and gas industry, with skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing technology environment. The Digital Oilfield concept and the Internet of Things are altering petroleum operations, as well as other industries, changing the nature of technician jobs and the
skills and knowledge required to succeed in the workplace and satisfy industry needs.

The TrainND Northwest Apprenticeship Program targets those categories of workers that do not necessarily aspire for a college education, and yet would like to benefit from training they can receive at the WSC TrainND Automation & Controls laboratory in order to enhance their careers. This effort comes as part of our continued mission to diversify technician training in the Bakken.

The bulk of the training happens in a hands-on activity mode in a laboratory setting on industrial training equipment with a qualified instructor or lab assistant to provide instruction, assessment, and guidance through the training activities. In addition, the program includes effective online content in the form of interactive animations, voice-over presentations, and problem-solving activities. Each apprentice will also be given an NDUS account for communication with the instructor, access to important announcements, additional material, video content, syllabus, etc.

The Apprenticeship Program has a modular structure. The modules make up a sequence that grows from fundamental topics to more advanced subject matter. A certificate of completion or badge is awarded to the apprentice upon completion of each module. Given below is a brief description of each module in the same sequential order as they will be offered.

AC/DC Electrical Systems

Teaches fundamentals of AC/DC electrical systems used for power and control in industrial, commercial, agricultural, and residential applications. Students will learn industry-relevant skills in the range of Basic Electrical Circuits, Electrical Measurement, Circuit Analysis, Inductance and Capacitance, Combination Circuits, and Transformers.

Power and Control Electronics

Teaches students to operate, adjust, and troubleshoot electronic components, circuits, and systems used in vital machine applications. The topics include Oscilloscopes, Power Supplies, Solid State Relays, Discrete & Analog Sensors, Amplifiers, Speed, and Power Control.

Electric Motor Control

Teaches electric relay control of AC electric motors found in industrial, commercial, and residential applications. Learners gain an understanding of the operation, installation, design, and troubleshooting of AC electric motor control circuits for many common applications. Develops skills in interpreting schematics, system design, motor start / stop circuits, motor sequence control, reversing motor control, and motor jogging. Safety is emphasized throughout, highlighting motor safety, lockout/ tagout and safety interlocks.

Programmable Logic Controller

Introduces Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) by describing PLC orientation and programming languages. It covers basic PLC Programming by describing numbering systems, PLC memory organization, PLC programming software and PLC program analysis. PLC motor control, discrete input and output interfacing, PLC timer and counter instructions are also discussed to give a better application of Programmable Controllers.

Process Control Systems

Teaches two of the most common types of process control systems, flow and liquid level. This course covers process control safety, instrument tags, piping and instrumentation diagrams, and level measurement, then moves into system control functions such as liquid level control, automatic control methods, basic flow measurement and control, and control loop performance.

An additional course in Hydraulics and Pneumatics is available that teaches key topics and skills in hydraulic power & safety, hydraulic circuits, hydraulic schematics, the principles of hydraulic and pneumatic pressure and flow, and hydraulic speed control circuits. It covers pumps, fluid friction, how to connect hydraulic and pneumatic circuits, cylinders and valves, and a wide array of hydraulic and pneumatic applications.

Apprenticeship training will be scheduled in a flexible manner to best fit the work schedules of each individual apprentice. Training will be provided at a pace comfortable for the trainee. Students will have the option of taking the entire program or individual courses depending on their interest and/or their employer’s needs.



Program Length

3-6 semesters

To Register

Contact Kenley Nebeker, Regional Director for Technical Programs and Training, at 701.713.3780 or