Program FAQ

What much does the program cost? 
The cost for the Industrial Maintenance Training program varies, depending on the length of your individualized plan, if you were awarded any prior credit, if you choose to test out of any subject area, and if you purchase the supplemental reading material.  On average, the program costs $1900 - $2300.  Each individual course varies as well, and most are in the $15 - $30 range.

How long will it take me to complete the entire training program?   
The length of time it takes to complete the program depends on the number of courses to be completed and how much time the student plans to spend on their training. Students can complete this training program as quickly or as slowly as they choose. On average, the entire program can be completed in one to two years.

What courses are included in the training program?   
Refer to the program descriptions/course listings on our main page for details. You will find all the courses that are included in the Maintenance Technician Mechanical and Maintenance Technician Electrical.

Do I have to take all the courses or topics within the training program?  
Or can I pick and choose what I think I need? The MTM and MTE programs are designed to ensure that students are trained in all the areas needed for a position in the mechanical and/or electrical maintenance field. Therefore, all the sections/courses in the training program need to be completed, or credited, in order to receive a completion certificate.

What if I only want a refresher in certain areas?  
If you are a current maintenance technician and want to gain knowledge or increase your skills in a certain area, Kent State Trumbull will work with you to create a training program designed to meet your needs. You will receive a certificate of completion that reflects the specific courses you completed.

How long does it take to complete each individual course?  
The length of time to complete each course varies. Many of the individual courses are two hour courses, however some are longer and can take anywhere from 20-40 hours to complete.

Do I have to complete the courses within a certain time frame?  
Most courses will expire after six months. However, when courses are ordered, we make sure we only order what you can accomplish in a specified time period. We typically order a grouping of courses – anywhere from four to 10, depending on how much time you are able to commit to your online studies.  If a course expires it will need to be re-ordered and paid for again.

What is a passing grade?  
Students must earn an 80-percent to pass a course.    

What are the supplemental text / materials?  Am I required to purchase them?  
We suggest supplemental books to compliment the training, but it is the student’s choice to purchase them or not.  Depending on whether you enroll in the MTM or MTE program, there are three or four supplemental text books that are recommended.  

How do I obtain prior credit for courses?  
Students can test out of one or more courses. If they pass the test, they would receive credit for that course.  There are additional fees for testing. If a student has prior training or experience in an area, we may be able to give course credit. For example, if a student was certified in Welding and could provide the certificate, we may be able to provide course credit for the welding class. In order for us to provide credit for prior training or experience, we would need to have the documentation and be able to show how that prior training or experience is the same as the course in the training program.

Will this training program count for credit towards a degree?  
The Industrial Maintenance Training program is a certificate program – it does not count as credit for a degree. However, students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training program. In addition, you will receive a certificate of completion for each individual course that you complete.

What do I need to do to get started? 
Once a student decides what program they would like to begin, the next step involves the needs assessment and determination of prior credit. Then the program would be created and the student would pay for the first round of courses to be ordered. (We accept payment by check or credit card).  Once payment is processed, the student could get started with the first course within 2-3 business days.  

Can I use any type of computer / notebook / laptop to access these online courses?  
The majority of the online courses in this program are provided thru DuPontTM eLearning Solutions and TPC Training Systems.

  • DuPontTM eLearning Solutions courses require Adobe Flash Player in order to operate.  Recommended specifications are: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 1.6 GHz (or equivalent) and later, 1000 MB RAM, Windows XP/7 or higher, and 32-bit display. Supported web browsers are: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome with the latest version of Flash Player, Java, and Active X. NOTE:  Apple products do not support Adobe Flash Player and therefore, Apple users will not be able to access the DuPont online courses.
  • TPC Training Systems courses can be accessed using Internet Explorer 6+, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, and Opera. Your browser needs to have cookies and JavaScript enabled. TPC courses do not require any plug-ins or the downloading of any Active-X components.

How and why was this program developed?  
The demand for Industrial Maintenance workers has continued to rise.  With employers reporting difficulty hiring skilled maintenance technicians and the need to increase the skills of existing workers, Kent State Trumbull worked with stakeholders to create a solution. Utilizing experienced maintenance technicians, supervisors, and human resource professionals from multiple and diverse manufacturers, Kent State developed a training program to meet the growing need for skilled maintenance technicians. The program was designed to decrease skill gaps by aligning workers’ knowledge and skills to the needs of manufacturers. A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor provided funding to:

  • Complete job profiles and task analyses for electrical and mechanical maintenance technician positions.
  • Develop pre-training assessments by subject area.
  • Create an online training program for core maintenance tasks.

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