Why choose NPC?
In the NPC Industrial Maintenance & Operations (IMO) program experienced industry professionals teach you the skills needed for entry level positions in paper mills, power plants, utilities and communications companies and small to medium manufacturing facilities. Instructional emphasis is placed on foundational mathematics skills as you learn the basic mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical, thermal and sensory control systems found in today's modern industries.
As a convenience, lecture classes on the operations segment of the program are offered online via the Internet with hands-on labs scheduled one evening a week at the Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City, the Coronado Generating Station in St. Johns, the Tucson Electric Power (TEP) Generating Station in Springerville or the Navajo Generating Station in Page.
For additional information about the IMO program, contact the program coordinator at the Painted Desert Campus (800) 266-7845, ext. 7360 or visit with an academic adviser at any NPC campus or center.
NPC is one of just five Arizona community colleges recently awarded funds as part of a large U.S. Department of Labor energy industries grant. As a result, almost two million dollars is now being directed into NPC work-ready training for energy industry jobs including IMO.
Jared Dickson earned his Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in mechanical maintenance in just two years taking the program's online lecture classes and hands-on training labs at the Cholla Power Plant. "Those classes are why I wanted to study at NPC!"
Why Study Industrial Maintenance & Operations
Are you a good problem solver with strong mechanical and technical skills? Do you have a familiarity with computers? If so, you might consider a career in the well-paying industrial maintenance and operations field. A degree or certificate from the NPC Industrial Maintenance & Operations program can provide you with that critical edge in landing a job in this field.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), due to the large number of retirements of baby boom workers in the electric power industry, job opportunities are predicted to be excellent for well-qualified applicants. Most entry-level workers start as helpers or laborers before advancing to more responsible positions such as stationery engineers, boiler operators, dispatchers, distributors and plant operators. The median salary for boiler operators in Arizona is $46,250, plant operators earned a median salary of $41,880 and dispatchers/distributors earned nearly $85,760. (U.S. BLS, May 2014, SOC 51.8000)
- The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – 64 credits
- The Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) – 30 or 34 credits depending on your area
- The Certificate of Proficiency (CP) –
18 or 28 credits depending on area
Note: Separate Certificates of Proficiency are also available in water supply treatment and wastewater collection and treatment.
Lecture classes on the "operations" segment of the IMO program are offered online via the Internet; laboratory classes take place one evening a week at the Coronado Generating Station in St. Johns, the Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City, the Navajo Generating Station in Page and the Tucson Electric Power Generating Station in Springerville. (Check current semester's class schedule for hands-on component scheduling.)
Industrial Maintenance & Operations
Hands-on Training at Four Locations:
- Coronado Generating Station
St. Johns, AZ
- Cholla Power Plant
Joseph City, AZ
- Navajo Generating Station
- Tucson Electric Power Generating Station