Skip Ribbon Commands Skip to main content
NWTC Logo   Link to Home Page

Mechanical Systems Program Code 314755

1 Year Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Provides students with the introductory skills necessary to begin a career in the mechanical construction field. Students will acquire the entry-level skills (alignment, rigging, bearings, plumbing and power transmission) necessary to become a successful technician. Credits from this program will transfer to the Construction Technology associate degree.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Plumber's Helper: will assist plumber in installing and maintaining water/plumbing systems in residential and industrial applications.

Industrial Mechanic: prepares students to evaluate machine performance, identify trouble areas, and repair systems.

General Laborer: performs basic yet important physical work tasks at building construction sites.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Plumber
. Millwright
. HVAC/R Technician

Completers will be able to apply credits toward the following programs:

10-475-2, Construction Technology associate degree


. A “C” or better in BOTH 31-801-385, Communicating-Writing and 31-801-386, Communicating Effectively will satisfy the Construction Technology Associate Degree requirement for 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication.
. A “C” or better in 10-804-101, Math 1-Trades will satisfy the prerequisite to enroll in the Construction Technology Associate Degree course 10-804-107, College Mathematics.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Program Outcomes

. Perform technical calculations and produce drawings for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
. Display a positive attitude toward the profession.
. Interpret the elements of mechanics.
. Use measuring devices.
. Use hand, stationary, and portable power tools.
. Prepare mounting bases for machine installation.
. Identify and use threaded fasteners and various locking and holding devices.
. Identify types of structural steel shapes.
. Apply safety requirements to rigging an object.
. Classify valves used in a piping system.
. Describe the difference between machine, carbon and alloy steels.
. Identify and maintain types of bearings.
. Apply lubricants.
. Demonstrate parallel shaft alignment.
. Maintain chain drive component systems.
. Identify types of gears.
. Identify types of couplings.
. Replace and test electrical motors.
. Identify pipe systems, demonstrate correct pipe assembly and installation procedures.
. Maintain and repair hydraulic systems.
. Understand basic plumbing.
. Understand basic HVAC.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Pre-Algebra: 17; Reading: 70; Writing Skills: 60. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.


Students following the study plan below will complete the Mechanical Systems technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.


10-449-112 OSHA 30
10-462-102 Fabrication and Layout
10-462-104 Equipment Installation
10-462-105 Piping and Water Systems
10-462-106 HVAC Basics
10-462-109 Pumps & Compressors
10-462-111 Blueprint Reading
10-462-112 Pneumatic Systems
10-462-114 Rigging Systems
10-804-101 Math 1-Trades
* 10-890-101 College 101
31-801-385 Communicating-Writing

10-413-112 Electricity-Basic
10-442-161 Gas Metal Arc Welding
10-442-162 Material Cutting Applications
10-462-100 Mechanical Power Transmission
10-462-101 Bearings
10-462-103 Couplings and Alignment
10-462-107 Input/Output Devices
10-462-108 Motor Control Circuits
10-462-110 Preventive Maintenance
10-462-113 Hydraulic Systems
31-801-386 Communicating Effectively


Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-413-112 ELECTRICITY-BASIC ...this course introduces the fundamental concepts of electricity and electron flow. Emphasis is placed on Ohm’s law, magnetism as it relates to electricity, DC/AC circuits, electrical components, operations of test equipment, and electrical safety precautions.

10-442-161 GAS METAL ARC WELDING ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of welding in the flat and horizontal positions, fillet, pipe to plate and groove welds on plain carbon steel. (Corequisite: 10-442-162, Material Cutting Applications)

10-442-162 MATERIAL CUTTING APPLICATIONS...visual inspection of weld and cut edges, manual and machine oxy fuel gas cutting, air carbon arc cutting, plasma arc cutting, and mechanical cutting methods.

10-449-112 OSHA 30 ...addresses OSHA 29CFR1926 rules and is approved by OSHA for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors, and anyone involved in construction trades. Successful participants receive 30-hour card from OSHA.

10-462-100 MECHANICAL POWER TRANSMISSION ...students will learn how power moves through machines to accomplish the necessary tasks. (Corequisites: 10-462-101, Bearings; 10-462-103, Couplings & Alignment; 10-462-110, Preventive Maintenance)

10-462-101 BEARINGS ...students will examine bearing types and applications and compare equipment bearings. Students will also develop skills related to bearing inspection, selection, removal, mounting, lubricating, and diagnosing failure. (Corequisite: 10-462-110, Preventive Maintenance)

10-462-102 FABRICATION AND LAYOUT ...course compares types of sheet metal, tools and uses. Students will develop skills related to the fabrication and erection of steel products. Students will work from drawing through layout and alignment and demonstrate the safe and proper use of any and all necessary tools and equipment. (Corequisites: 10-462-111, Blueprint Reading; 10-462-104, Equipment Installation)

10-462-103 COUPLINGS AND ALIGNMENT ...course compares different coupling types and examines common misalignment problems. Students will develop skills related to inspecting, troubleshooting and preparing couplings for removal and installation. (Corequisite: 10-462-110, Preventive Maintenance)

10-462-104 EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION ...students will layout equipment installations, plan for moving equipment and set and level equipment. (Corequisites: 10-462-111, Blueprint Reading; 10-462-102, Fabrication & Layout; 10-462-105, Rigging Systems)

10-462-105 PIPING AND WATER SYSTEMS ...students will analyze flow characteristics in piping systems, relate pipe sizing to requirements and apply the correct piping to related situations.

10-462-106 HVAC BASICS ...heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology provides students with the basics to control air flow in respect to heating and cooling structures.

10-462-107 INPUT/OUTPUT DEVICES ...this course examines the devices used in control circuits. Students will identify pushbuttons, rotary switches, limit switches, proximity switches, photoelectric switches, relays, motor starters, and annunciators. Emphasis will be placed on proper installation and troubleshooting. (Corequisites: 10-413-112, Basic Electricity; 10-462-108, Motor Control Circuits)

10-462-108 MOTOR CONTROL CIRCUITS ...this course presents the students with common designs of motor control circuits. Students will design multiple circuits that will start, control the speed, reverse, brake, and stop motors. (Corequisite: 10-413-112, Basic Electricity; 10-462-107, Input/Output Devices)

10-462-109 PUMPS & COMPRESSORS ...this course compares different pump types and their applications. Students will complete a field inspection of pumps and learn how to troubleshoot, remove, overhaul, install and perform preventive maintenance on pumps.

10-462-110 PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE ...this course examines both preventive and predictive maintenance concepts as they apply to mechanical work processes and machine maintenance. Students will develop skills related to assessing machine conditions and equipment breakdowns using correct troubleshooting procedures. (Corequisites: 10-462-101, Bearings; 10-462-103, Couplings & Alignment; 10-462-100, Mechanical Power Transmission)

10-462-111 BLUEPRINT READING ...this course explores all elements of engineering and manufacturing technology print reading from sketching methods and measurement techniques to reading specialty prints. Students develop skills in print reading, visual perception, technical communication, and problem solving. It includes the fundamentals of orthographic projection, dimension techniques, welding and electrical symbols, and section views.

10-462-112 PNEUMATIC SYSTEMS ...this course will introduce the learner to the properties of gas, Boyle's Law, Charles' Law, Gay-Lussac's Law, and the combined gas law. Emphasis will be placed on application, equipment and troubleshooting.

10-462-113 HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS ...this course will cover hydraulics, hydrostatics, and hydrodynamics. Topics will include pressure, lift, total column, volume, capacity, velocity, flow, and explain static and dynamic conditions. Emphasis will be placed on application, equipment and troubleshooting.

10-462-114 RIGGING SYSTEMS ...this course will cover principles, application and equipment. Emphasis will be placed on weight estimation, lifting procedures and safety.

10-804-101 MATH 1-TRADES ...provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge skills process and understanding of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, measurement, trigonometry, integers, algebraic equations, word problems, and practical plane geometry. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=17 or ACT-Math score=13 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass-Reading=70 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 2 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

31-801-385 COMMUNICATING-WRITING ...writing techniques, memos, letters, descriptions, instructions, and the job-seeking process. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 and Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.

31-801-386 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY ...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 and Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.