Production Technologies

Interested in a Career in Production & Manufacturing? This is the place to start!

Learn About Production Processes for Fabrication, Assembly, and Machine Operation Functions in this comprehensive, 4-part overview of Manufacturing Processes and Sciences

Part 1:

The first part of this series covers topics such as Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), CNC Machines, Math Fundamentals, Measurements, Assembly, and more.

Part 2:

The second portion of the program will explore basics of Tolerance, Blueprints/ Blueprint Reading, 5S, Troubleshooting, Quality, Machine Tools, Screw Machining, Bending, Abrasives, Punch/Die Operations, and Welding.

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Part 3:

This portion of the program covers crucial Robotics topics, OSHA violations, Workholding, Fixtures, Mills, Lathes, Circuits, Hydraulic & Pneumatic Components, and other similar ideas.

Part 4:

To finish off the program, this final portion deep dives into Personal Protective Equipment, Lockout/Tagout Procedures, Hazard Communication, Safety Precautions, GD&T, and High-Speed Machining.

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Our Production Technologies 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 - the only certification in the manufacturing industry that's focused on basic manufacturing concepts and demonstrates an individuals 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'll 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 overview of Manufacturing Processes and Sciences 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.

Next 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 of the overview of Manufacturing Processes and Sciences continues intro 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, explore Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) functionalities of the 3D CAD system and learn how to generate machine tool path data directly from the CAD models.

Part 4 of the Manufacturing Processes and Sciences series 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.

As an added benefit, if you are currently unemployed, you may qualify to have the entire program paid for, 100%, without any out-of-pocket costs to you. We are WIOA, Trade Act and Section 30 Approved.  We also offer various other financing options. Our counselors are available to help put together a customized program to meet your needs.

Upon completion of the program, you may obtain industry-recognized certification including, but not limited to:

Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA)

Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT)

Certified Manufacturing Expert (CMfgE)

Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA)

Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP)

Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE)

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Lean Manufacturing

SME Additive Manufacturing Certification

Certifications in Microsoft Office 365

and more.