Manufacturing industries require skilled production operators and technicians with up-to-date, 21st-century skills. Industries that make products from metal, plastics, wood, and other materials and those producing solar panels, biofuels, energy, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, semiconductors, and a host of other traditional and green products, need employees capable of running and servicing sophisticated machinery. Also, workers in these industries must understand and practice principles to maintain safety, improve quality, eliminate waste, and reduce or eliminate the impact of operations on the environment.
Students who attend full-time can earn fundamentals of manufacturing or process manufacturing certificate in three quarters or less (one academic year) and an associate degree in advanced manufacturing technology in three additional quarters (two academic years total). Use the skills you gain in this program to enter an apprenticeship pathway in one of many fields, including aerospace and manufacturing, industrial maintenance millwright, industrial manufacturing technician, precision metal fabrication, tool and die maker, plastic process technician, production technician, boilermakers, operating engineers, machinists and aerospace workers, steamfitters and pipefitters, ironworkers, or sheet metal workers.