Industrial Engineering

This program trains students to maintain, troubleshoot and repair equipment for industrial environments such as bakeries, breweries, and candy companies. The program focuses on electrical skills, refrigeration, boiler operations, basic welding, brazing and pipe sweating, programmable logic controls, and mechanical maintenance. Much of the training is hands on. This program is recognized as a "School of Technology" by the cities of Seattle and Tacoma advisory boards.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Certificate of Completion: 
115 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
130 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
Projected Growth: 
Annual Job Openings: 

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit


At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.


The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Please see the online class schedule for day & time information.

Rick Hudson

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Must take the Accuplacer test with a score of QRAS: 200-219 or higher before enrolling in AMATH 175 or CBE 101.

Admission Recommendations

  • Able to lift 50 lbs. occasionally, climb ladders and work in confined spaces.
  • Write, speak and understand English.
  • Mechanically inclined with good eye/hand coordination.
  • Able to perform moderately physically demanding tasks on a regular basis.

Course Information

Course Requirements for Certificate

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 175 Financial Math or  
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra 5
CBE 101 Fundamentals of Electricity and Lab 6
CBE 102 Advanced Electrical and Lab 5
CBE 103 National Electrical Code 4
CBE 104 Computer Fundamentals and Lab 2
CBE 105 Boiler Operators 8
CBE 106 Boiler Lab 4
CBE 107 Refrigeration and A/C Fundamentals & Lab 6
CBE 111 Control Fundamentals 7
CBE 112 Pneumatic Controls and Lab 5
CBE 113 Preventive Maintenance and Lab 4
CBE 115 Refrigeration and A/C Systems 5
CBE 116 HVAC/Plumbing Distribution 4
CBE 117 Safety and Health 1
CBE 118 Critical Systems 4
CBE 150 Hazardous Waste Management 3
CBE 170 Communications for the Stationary Engineer 2
CBE 180 Human Relations and Leadership Skills 2
CBE 190 LEED Green Building 4
CBE 210 Programmable Logic Controls – Allen-Bradley 3
CBE 211 Programmable Logic Controls – Siemens 3
CBE 212 Programmable Logic Controls I 4
CBE 213 Motor Control Principles and Lab 5
CBE 214 Mechanical Prints and Lab 6
CBE 215 Mechanical Maintenance and Lab 5
CBE 216 Welding Fundamentals and Lab 4
CBE 218 Programmable Logic Controls II 4
  Total 115

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree

Course # Course Title Credits
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 130

Program Outcomes

  • Apply mathematical principles to problems commonly faced by commercial building and industrial engineers.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with co-workers, supervisors, and tenants.
  • Exhibit the interpersonal and human relations skills necessary to fulfill the expectations of the employer.
  • Gather and use information from a variety of architectural and mechanical prints, technical manuals, codes, and manufactures specifications.
  • Maintain the integrity of building, fire and life safety systems.
  • Operate, repair, maintain, and troubleshoot building, boiler, refrigeration and electrical control systems by properly using tools and technology.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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