The Industrial Systems Program at Texas State Technical College at Marshall gives students the hands-on experience they need for many jobs in East Texas.
Courses in the program include basic electrical theory, blueprints, commercial wiring, compressors, and hydraulics.
Edward Chaney, instructor in TSTC’s industrial systems program, said instructors view new students as blank canvases. Students who have no prior knowledge of what to do in industrial systems can prepare for various entry-level technician positions.
Chaney said the program develops technicians who can work on all systems in an industrial-type environment, and the wiring courses help students learn how to wire structures and use the National Electrical Code Handbook.
Chaney said many of the program’s graduates stay close to home to work. He said East Texas offers many opportunities for graduates.
Industrial machinery mechanics in the East Texas Council of Governments’ 14-county region earned an average average salary of more than $54,000 in the third quarter of 2021, according to the East Texas Council of Governments. Workers are in chemical manufacturing; maintenance and repair of commercial and industrial machinery and equipment; iron and steel manufacturing; manufacture of plastic products; and other areas. Workers have skills such as operating air compressors, reading blueprints and operating drill presses.
Electromechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians in the ETCOG 14-county region earned an average average salary of more than $51,000 in the third quarter of 2021. Workers work in fields such as chemical manufacturing, facilities support services, oil and gas, HVAC and refrigeration. .
There will be a need for more than 1,800 electromechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians in Texas by 2028, according to the US Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop website. And there will be a need for more than 42,000 industrial machinery mechanics in Texas by 2028, according to the Labor Department.
In the United States, the average age of industrial machinery mechanics is 48.1, according to Zippia.com, a site for career experts. More than 90% of the workers are men, while only 3% are women, according to the website.
In the United States, the average age of electrical mechanics is 45.1 years old, according to Zippia.com. Only 7% of workers are women, while 89% of workers are men, the website says.
TSTC offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Industrial Systems – Electrical Specialization, Certificate of Completion in Mechanical-Electrical Industrial Systems, and Vocational Skills Award in Basic Industrial Systems Electrical at the Marshall Campus.