What Will I Learn?

  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Basic Electrical and Electronics (blueprints, schematics, and multi-meter usage)
  • Introduction to and Basic Operations of PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) and HMI (Human Machine Interface)
  • Drive systems including bearings, gears, belts, shafts, and couplings
  • Fluid systems including hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Motor Operation and Testing (including VFDs (Variable Frequency Drives)
  • Troubleshooting and Safety


In partnership with CSI Workforce Development & Training and the University of Idaho, TechHelp, this course will cover the basic topics every industrial maintenance mechanic should know. The course will emphasize hands-on and practice, not just classroom learning. The course is designed to allow participants to understand the why and how something functions so that they can take those skills back to their facilities and improve the maintenance program.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who is interested in knowing how equipment functions.
Anyone in the maintenance department that is new to maintenance or would like to brush up on their mechanical skills.

Instructor Bio

Ben Hamlett
Ben Hamlett started working with electronics when he was in Junior High, working at a local small company, repairing multi-meters, and making electronic trainers. Ben got both his Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho and is a Professional Engineer in Idaho. Some of Ben’s certifications include: Certified Solidworks Associate, National Institute of Metalworking Skills, CTE Advanced Occupational Specialist certification, FANUC certified instructor, Authorized OSHA 10 and 30 hour General Industry. Ben is currently a Professor and Program Manager of the Automation Engineering Technology program at the College of Southern Idaho, teaching automation, controls, and electronics. Ben teaches students of all ages about, robotics, PLCs, HMIs, CAD, instrumentation (level sensors, flow meters, light curtains, conductivity meters, etc.), different programming languages, industrial safety topics, etc. In his free time, Ben enjoys riding his Harley and playing with electronics. For all those HAMs out there his call sign is N7BEN.