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Manufacturing Technician, Career Pathway certificate

Sparks coming off machining equipment

  • Do you like to work with your hands and want to play a critical role in seeing designs come to life?
  • Are you interested in a program that is designed around your needs – with flexible, self-paced options?
  • Do you want to gain valuable skills and knowledge sought after in the industry – to enter the manufacturing field or advance your current career options?

The Manufacturing Career Pathway certificate prepares you to enter into the booming manufacturing field in an entry-level position as a Machine Operator, Team Assembler, or Technician position. It also builds towards the skills needed to become a skilled CNC turning and milling machinist and tool and die maker.

Individualized coaching

As a Career Pathway student, you can get one-on-one support to help you access resources, services, and employment. You may also be eligible for financial support to help you with the costs of college.

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Award information

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Career Pathway Certificate: Manufacturing TechnicianLess than 1 yearLimited entry, see how
to get into this program

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Finish your degree

The Manufacturing Technician Career Pathway Certificate leads to additional Machine Manufacturing Technology certificates and degrees. Continue your education to give yourself more job opportunities and career advancement.

Is it for me?

This certificate is perfect for high school graduates (and high school equivalency). Recommended placement into Reading 90, Writing 90, MTH 20. If you do not meet all the placement recommendations, contact us for other options.

Program cost

Use the cost calculator to see the estimated costs. For a more detailed cost sheet contact Laurie Chadwick.


Course listing for the 2023-2024 catalog year.

MCH 100Machine Tool Basics1
MCH 110BBlueprint Reading for Machine Manufacturing 13
MCH 115AGeometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing I 22
MCH 120Machine Shop Math2
MCH 121Manufacturing Processes I5
MCH 130Machine Shop Trigonometry2.5
Total Credits15.5

 MCH 110B requirement may be met by the completion of MCH 105 and MCH 110.


MCH 115A requirement may be met by the completion of MCH 115.

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