Harper College

Maintenance Mechanic I Certificate

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  • Credit hours: 18
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: 
    Maintenance mechanic

Get an overview of basic maintenance principles with this 18-credit-hour certificate program. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to seek entry-level employment in the building and residential maintenance industries.

Take classes in electrical wiring, prints and schematics, plumbing, machining processes, basic technical mathematics, heating principles and more. All classes are taught by skilled instructors who are extremely knowledgeable in the maintenance field.

Credit earned for this program can be applied toward Harper’s Maintenance Technology Degree AAS Degree.

Certificate program requirements

This 18 credit-hour certificate program provides the basic knowledge and skill for entry-level jobs in commercial and industrial maintenance.


Number Course Title Credits
MFT 102 4

Description:  Provides the student with an introduction to the manufacturing world and provides specific instruction to facilitate safe work practices in industrial environments. Introduces manufacturing specializations such as mechatronics, precision machining and welding. Covers fire safety, pressurized gases, electrical hazards, and safe machine usage. Students will also become acquainted with OSHA policy. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Safety Certification through Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MFT 109 2

Description:  Provides a basic understanding of tools and equipment used in manufacturing and knowledge of how to improve productivity through predictive and preventive maintenance.

Prerequisite: MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MFT 134 3

Description:  Provides students in the machine trades the basic skills required for visualizing and interpreting industrial prints. Emphasizes orthographic projection techniques of top, front, side, and section views, tolerancing, geometric dimensioning and the impact of computer drafting as related to the machine trades.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

HVA 101 3

Description:  Introduces vocabulary, concepts and scientific principles used in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. Studies theories on heat laws, pressures, matter, and energy; examines refrigerant chemistry and the refrigeration cycle. Covers proper refrigerant management techniques and safe practices. Emphasizes practical application, troubleshooting techniques, measuring and testing the operation of the basic refrigeration cycle; including working with ACR copper tubing, tools, and instruments.

Prerequisite: MTH 097 (Basic Technical Mathematics) with a grade of C or better, or consent of coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MTH 097 1 3

Description:  Reviews arithmetic, introduces basic algebraic and right triangle trigonometric techniques. Includes arithmetic, elementary algebra, geometry, ratio and proportions, measurements, right triangle trigonometry and their application to solve a variety of career and technical problems. Draws practical problems the student’s career area, including emergency services, graphic communications, building trades, culinary arts and information technology. Intended for students pursuing Harper degrees and certificates in career program fields. This course: is not transferable, does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other mathematics course, and does not satisfy any general education requirements.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

WLD 110 3

Description:  Covers fundamentals of oxyacetylene welding theory and practices and beginning electric welding. Includes arc welding and gas welding, brazing and cutting in the horizontal position.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

1 - Students may take MTH 097, MTH 101, MTH 103, or higher.

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Next steps

For more information about maintenance technology courses, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Last Updated: 4/8/24