Production Technologies Skills Optimization
This program teaches the basics of production processes focusing on fabrication, assembly and machine operation functions. Our partnership with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) allows our students to also attain the industry Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) credential - which is the only certification in the manufacturing industry that is focused on basic manufacturing concepts and demonstrates an individual’s potential for high-demand, entry-level careers, including assemblers, manufacturing associates, and production workers.
Begin your studies with part 1 of a 4-part overview of Manufacturing Processes and Sciences series covering introductory courses on topics such as Introduction to Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), CNC Machines, Assembly, Tools for Threaded Fasteners, Math Fundamentals, Units of Measurement, Physical & Mechanical Properties, Metals, Plastics, Mechanical Systems, Fluid Systems, Adhesive Bonding, Coating Composition, Fastener Ergonomics, Composite Processes, Applied & Engineering Sciences, and Manufacturing Process Applications.
Next, you will be introduced to a state-of-the-art CAD system learning to create 3D parametric geometry and drawings. For those without a drafting background, there is an optional Engineering Drawing & Graphics course. CAD skills open the door to the production technologist to create shop floor assembly procedures using the data that has already been created by the engineering & design department. Use of that data allows the technologist to create 2D & 3D assembly procedures, photorealistic renderings & animations to be used in the production & assembly process.
Part 2 of the series covers introductory topics including Basic Measurement, Basics of Tolerance, Blueprint Reading, 5S, Troubleshooting, Quality, EDM, Machine Tools, Screw Machining, Abrasives, Press Basics, Punch and Die Operations, Bending Fundamentals, Basic Additive Manufacturing Process, Welding, Welding Processes, Geometry Fundamentals for Welding, Algebra Fundamentals & Shop Geometry. Then, you will jump back on the CAD system and learn the Essentials for Part & Assembly modeling and the creation and manipulation of CAD drawings. These skills will enable you to create assembly procedures and provide feedback to the engineering and design department for suggested design for manufacturability changes.
Part 3 continues into topics including the Introduction to Robotics, Robot Safety, Bloodborne Pathogens, Intro to OSHA, Ergonomics, Workholding, Fixture Body Construction, Fixture Design Basics, Manual Mill & Engine Lathe Basics, Basic Cutting Theory, Control Devices, Distribution Systems, Electrical Units, Circuits, Magnetism, Hydraulic & Pneumatic Components, Fluid Conductors & Shop Trigonometry.
Progressing through the program, you'll be introduced to the Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) functionalities of the 3D CAD system teaching you how to generate machine tool path data directly from the CAD models. The final part, part 4, covers introductory courses on Personal Protective Equipment, Lockout/Tagout Procedures, SDS and Hazard Communication, Hand and Power Tool Safety, Fire Safety and Prevention, High-Speed Machining, GD&T, the Major Rules of GD&T and GD&T Applications.
Additional Core courses include Intro to Lean Manufacturing & Six Sigma and a deeper dive into Assembly & Fastener Fundamentals, Metal Cutting Fundamentals, CNC Machines, Inspection Fundamentals, and MasterCAM. A wide range of in demand and unique electives are also included in this program that will increase your employment marketability over other traditionally trained candidates. Please note the CAD courses mentioned above are electives. If the student wishes to focus more on the core production technologies, they may opt for a deeper dive into any of the introductory courses mentioned above.