The Steelworkers for the Future program - developed in partnership with Cleveland Cliffs, the world’s leading steel and mining company - targets high-tech, well-paying jobs in electrical and mechanical technology. Students enrolling in the Certificate of Proficiency in Steelworker for the Future - Electrical Technology will take Electrical related courses at Tri-C that combines classroom learning and hands-on learning environments.  Program participants are eligible for paid internships at Cleveland Cliffs.  Upon completion, eligible participants may be hired at Cleveland Cliffs based on hiring needs and requirements at the time of graduation.

Financial Assistance funds cannot be applied towards this program. Request for eligibility to utilize Financial Assistance funds for this program is currently pending.

This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • MATH-0910 Basic Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra, or qualified Math Placement.
  1. Identify, select, and operate appropriate test equipment and tools, and interpret test results to solve problems in a controlled environment.
  2. Understand the basic principles of electric motors, including how they work and how to select the right motor for a given application.
  3. Interoperate and create different types of motor control circuits and the components that make up these circuits, such as contactors, relays, and overload protection devices.
  4. Develop practical skills in the assembly, installation, and maintenance of mechanical drives.
  5. Apply the fundamentals of electrical skills to install, troubleshoot, and maintain electrical equipment, such as advanced PLCs, motors, and motor controls.
  6. Interpret mechanical, and electrical blueprints as needed when installing, maintaining, and repairing industrial equipment.
  7. Understand how a reliability maintenance program and predictive maintenance technologies can improve uptime, increase safety, and improve overall equipment effectiveness.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ISET-1000 Numerical Applications in Electrical and Mechanical Maintenance 2
ISET-1301 Mechanical/Electrical Print Reading 3
ISET-1310 Mechanical Power Transmission 2
ISET-1410 Applied Electricity I 1 3
ISET-1420 Applied Electricity II 2 3
ISET-2990 Reliability Centered Maintenance 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ISET-2200 Industrial Motor Controls 1 3
ISET-2240 Applied National Electric Code 3
ISET-2220 Fundamentals of Electronics and Instrumentation 2 3
ISET-2500 Programmable Logic Controllers Maintenance I 1 3
ISET-2511 Programmable Logic Controllers Maintenance II 2 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours31

First 8 week course.


Second 8 week course.

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.