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Frequently Asked Questions

What skills will I use on the job?

The Industrial Technology Training Program combines computer-based training, lectures and hands-on activities to provide the basic foundation needed in the multi-skilled industrial maintenance field. Palo Alto College answers this need by providing a multi-disciplinary program designed to prepare students for technician-level positions and/or to increase knowledge base. Specialty areas allow students to choose an emphasis in industrial maintenance. 

Who is eligible to register?

Anyone interested in becoming a skilled maintenance technician or with previous experience in the following areas: electrical, hydraulics, pneumatics, or PLC's. The Introduction to Industrial Technology course is recommended for all students who do not have previous work experience in the manufacturing or industrial environment. For registration and deadline information, call 210-921-5326.

How much doe the program cost?

  • Introduction to Industrial Technology $300 (book included)
  • Industrial Technician Certification $4910
  • Industrial Troubleshooting Certification $4200
  • PLC Certification $3775
  • *All books will be provided to students on the first class day. Students will be required to purchase reinforced steel toe shoes and protective eye wear.

How long will it take to complete each certification?

Courses are offered in two formats: day classes and evening/weekend classes. Completion time is determined by which format the student chooses. Students interested in completing all three certifications can accomplish this in 5 months with the day classes and 9 months with the evening/weekend schedule. See below for a detailed timeline of each certification.

  • Introduction to Industrial Technology is 40 hours. Day - 1 week. Evening - 2 weeks.
  • Industrial Technician is 296 hours. Day - 2 month. Evening/Weekend - 4 months.
  • Industrial Troubleshooting is 240 hours. Day - 2 months. Evening/Weekend - 3 months.
  • Programmable Logic Controllers is 216 hours. Day - 1 month. Evening/Weekend - 2 months.

Where are classes held?

Classes are held on the campus of Palo Alto College, 1400 W. Villaret, San Antonio, Texas.

Will I need to purchase additional supplies?

The student is responsible for the purchase of reinforced steel toe boots and protective eye wear. Red Wing Shoe Store, 1413 SW Military Dr., San Antonio, TX 78221. Phone 210-922-2901. Manager, Kenny Kaufman, offers a 15% discount off Steel toe boots to all students. 

Is there any financial assistance for this program?

 Tuition assistance is available for eligible individuals who wish to enroll in Continuing Education courses. The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) may be used for reimbursable course tuition only and there is NO reimbursement for pre-paid tuition bills. Financial aid will be awarded between 75-100% of the course tuition. The standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed a minimum of eight (8) weeks prior to registering for the class. In order to be eligible for financial aid, the free application provided by FAFSA must be completed and submitted. When the Student Aid Report (SAR) is received, you must complete an application for the TPEG upon registering for the class. Awards will be based on determined eligibility and available state funding. Forms are available in the Student Financial Services Office in the Palomino Center.

Hazlewood Act Assistance for Texas Veterans

You may qualify for tuition assistance as a result of military service if you entered the service from Texas and served honorably for at least 180 days. Complete the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); provide a copy of your DD214, and a letter indicating you are not eligible for VA education assistance. Contact the Financial Aid Office 210-921-5317 for further information.

  • GI bill benefits
  • College Access Loans
  • TERI Education Loan
  • Texas Workforce Commission/WIA
  • Sallie Mae continuing education loan
  • Financial Aid
  • Contact your banking institution for education loans or financial assistance.

What positions can I expect to obtain upon completion of this program?

Possible employment positions include: Industrial Automation Technician, Industrial Maintenance Technician, Field Service Technician, Fluid Power Technician, PLC Technician/Programmer, Electromechanical Technician. 

What is the salary for an entry level multi-skilled technician?

Based upon labor statistical research in the San Antonio area, the average salary for entry level multi-skilled technicians is between $15 - 23 per hour. 

Contact Information

Director of Workforce:
David Rutkoski