Wind Turbines in a field of sunflowers are maintained and repaired by graduates on Northeastern's Wind Technology program.
Area of Study

Wind Energy Technology

Industrial Maintenance


This certificate is designed to provide students the necessary skills to safely work in an industrial or commercial facility. The students will also have the ability to work safely while performing maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment.

Program Requirements

Total Credits 11
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
Introduction to Industrial Maintenance 3

Provides an overall perspective and foundation for the person entering the industrial maintenance field. The fundamentals of machine operations commonly utilized in the process and energy industry will be presented. Maintenance personnel duties and responsibilities, general maintenance procedures, basic maintenance tools and equipment, basic fastening and securing and machine operating specifications will be covered. Emphasis will be placed upon the understanding of machine documentation. The student will be introduced to the logical process utilized in the diagnosis machinery and control system troubleshooting. Workplace safety will be stressed throughout the course. (1-3.5)

Industrial Rotating Equipment 3

Explains the theory, operation, and maintenance of rotating equipment found in industrial environments such as gears, bearings, pumps, and compressors. Mechanical power transmission systems including direct coupling, belt drives, and chain drives are studied. Alignment techniques are practiced and related to the impact on machine vibration and equipment failures. The principals involved in the operation of centrifugal and positive displacement pumps and compressors will be discussed along with the function of connected components. (1-3.5)

Basic Fluid Power 3

Provides a basic understanding of fluid power through an exploration of its fundamental principles, how it’s used in the process control industry, and how fluid power components are depicted in drawings and schematics. System inefficiencies are also covered. (1-3.5)

Oxyfuel and Plasma Cutting 2

Outlines the skills needed to set up equipment and perform cutting and gouging operations utilizing the oxyacetylene and plasma arc cutting processes. (1-2)