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 - Mechanical Technology will take Mechanical 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, students will have the knowledge and skills to enter careers in the installation, manufacturing, testing, technical and maintenance typically associated with mechanical components and systems.  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

Program Admissions Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • MATH-0910 Basic Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra, or qualified Math Placement.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Install, maintain, and repair various mechanical industrial systems, such as hydraulic, pneumatic, piping and tubing systems.
  2. Utilize machining, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (STICK) welding, and Oxyfuel/plasma processing skills when installing, maintaining, and repairing various mechanical industrial systems.
  3. Ability to use computational methods, skills, and modern technical tools in engineering practice.
  4. Develop practical skills in assembly, installation, and maintenance of mechanical drives.
  5. Interpret mechanical, and electrical blueprints as needed when installing, maintaining, and repairing industrial equipment.
  6. Understand how a reliability maintenance program and predictive maintenance technologies can improve uptime, increase safety, and improve overall equipment effectiveness.

Full-time pathway

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ISET-1000 Numerical Applications in Electrical and Mechanical Maintenance 2
ISET-1101 Welding Blue Print Reading 3
ISET-1110 Oxyfuel Processes/Plasma Processes 4
ISET-1301 Mechanical/Electrical Print Reading 3
ISET-1340 Industrial Piping and Tubing 2
ISET-1410 Applied Electricity I 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
MET-1240 Machine Tools and Manufacturing Processes 3
ISET-1310 Mechanical Power Transmission 2
ISET-1320 Fundamentals of Fluid Power 2
ISET-2120 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (STICK) 4
ISET-2990 Reliability Centered Maintenance 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours31

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.