Higher Technical Professional Course

Industrial Maintenance

Higher School of Technology and Management


Francisco Fernando Martins da Silva

Relevant Areas

Qualification in the relevant area(s) for this course (Article 40-F of Decree-Law n.º 65/2018), must be demonstrated with the approval in the following subject, attested in the certificate of secondary education or legally equivalent qualification:

  • Economics or
  • Mathematics or
  • Portuguese

DGES Registry

Course registered at the General Directorate of Higher Education with the number  R/c 46/2016

Area of Education and Training 

521  - Metallurgy and Metalomechanics 

Publication in the Official Gazette

Notice  nº 3562/2018 - 2nd series, n.º 55, of 19 March

Study Program Evaluation 


This Higher Technical Professional Course is a vocational training course taught as part of polytechnic higher education and lasts 4 semesters, corresponding to 120 ECTS.

The course is organised into general and scientific training, technical training and on-the-job training (internship), and each student is awarded with a Higher Technical Professional Diploma at level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

Professional profile

The Higher Technical Professional Course in Industrial Maintenance aims to train professionals who are able to manage and supervise maintenance departments at small, medium or large industrial companies, especially in the electromechanics field. They will also be able to implement and adopt preventive or corrective maintenance on its various aspects, according to structural changes in production systems demanded by technology evolution.

Professional opportunities

High-level staff in the field of industrial maintenance; mid-level staff in industrial companies; head of maintenance department; head of technical services; head of multidisciplinary teams in the field of industrial maintenance; head of post-sales care; head of workshop; technical and sales activities in companies that supply materials for the electrical/electronics industry and the metalwork/metal mechanics industry.

Entry requirements (one of the following)

  • Having completed a secondary education course qualification or a legally equivalent qualification.
  • Having passed the special exams for assessing capacity to attend higher education for people over 23 (Decree-Law no. 64/2006 of 21 March).
  • Holding a technological specialisation diploma, a higher technical professional diploma or a higher education qualification.   

Pursuit of further studies - Bachelor's degrees

 In case of pursuit of further studies, the credits acquired in the scope of the short-cycles can be transferred as follows:

The application by holders of Higher Technical Professional Diplomas to attend IPMAIA Bachelor’s degrees is subject to the conditions established by the institution body that is competent to do so in accordance with the law and the statutes. Depending on the Higher Technical Professional Course and Bachelor’s degree, these conditions may establish the need to pass a specific IPMAIA admission exam, or allow the exemption to perform such an exam.
a) Students who intend to apply for an IPMAIA Bachelor’s degree course and must sit the specific admission exam will receive suitable preparation during the teaching of the Higher Technical Professional Course.