What is an Industrial Maintenance Technician?

AJAC’s Industrial Maintenance Technician Apprentices work in a variety of industries in Washington state, including food processing, aerospace, maritime manufacturing, biomedical manufacturing, defense, space, and packaging and assembly. Industrial Maintenance Technicians install, repair and maintain commercial or industrial machinery in buildings, a plant, or a manufacturing setting. These technicians ensure all machines function properly through troubleshooting and preventative maintenance service.

Industrial Maintenance Technicians:

  • Read manuals to understand equipment and controls
  • Disassemble machinery and equipment when it needs maintenance or repair
  • Perform tests and operate machinery to ensure it functions properly
  • Adjust and calibrate equipment and machinery to optimal specifications

How do I Become an Industrial Maintenance Technician Apprentice?

Manufacturing companies in Washington State are looking for eligible women and men to hire and place in an industrial Maintenance technician apprenticeship. Those who meet the minimum qualifications for apprenticeship and possess technical or mechanical skills (e.g., jobs, classes or hobbies) are in high demand by companies who participate in the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) apprenticeship program.

What are the Benefits of Becoming an Industrial Maintenance Technician?

A long-term career with a good salary, job advancement opportunities and the chance to work with your hands and cutting-edge technology.

Become an industrial maintenance technician through AJAC’s apprenticeship program. Get paid while learning on the job and attend classes only one night a week! To find out how you can become an apprentice and launch your career in aerospace or manufacturing, visit AJAC’s Get Started Section.

Related: Industrial Maintenance Technician Program Outline

On-the-Job Training Competencies:

OJT Competency

Approximate OJT Hours

Machine Operation


Installation of Machinery & Equipment


Maintenance of Machinery & Equipment


Repair of Machinery & Equipment




Maintenance Technician Apprentices Take the Following Classes:

  • Engineering Drawings – Reading and interpreting engineering drawings and schematics, and basic drafting
  • Lifting & Rigging – Practical application and safe operation of lifting equipment
  • Precision Machining – Manual machine tool setup and operation
  • Machine Automation Theory – Computer numerical control (CNC) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
  • Materials, Processes and References – Metallurgy, material properties and characteristics
  • Maintenance Welding – Hands-on experience with essential welding and cutting practices
  • Math for Industrial Maintenance – Practical application of industrial maintenance mathematics
  • Maintenance Machining – Techniques for operating lathes, milling machines, and machine tools
  • Electrical Systems – Industrial electrical theory, components, and systems
  • Mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic system – Fundamental theories and practical application.
To launch your career as an Industrial Maintenance Technician, please complete our Getting Started form to submit your information.