Manufacturing & Engineering - Manufacturing Technician Certificate
Title Manufacturing Technician Certificate 
Department Machine Trades 

Special Department Information:

Program Course Requirements

First Year - Fall Semester

MATH 1500 Applied Mathematics (3 cr)
MTRD 1130 Intro to Engineering Graphics (2 cr)
MTRD 1160 CNC Setup and Operation (4 cr)
MTRD 1215 Intro to Milling Operations (3 cr)
MTRD 1221 Intro to Lathe Operations (2 cr)
MTRD 1265 CNC Programming and Process Planning ( 2cr)
RAST 1110 Introduction to Manufacturing (2 cr)
Total 18 Credits

*Denotes Prerequisites

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Career Description: The machine shop technician does basic precision and modifications of metal parts. Technicians use machines to make various parts for the repair, design or manufacturing of products. Most jobs are in manufacturing settings and in a variety of industries, including aerospace, medical and paper.

Program Information: Students in the Manufacturing Technician Certificate will learn how to use hand tools, lathes and mills, power machinery, and computerized equipment.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Read and interpret a mechanical working drawing;
  • Perform precision measurement, layout, drilling, sawing, turning, milling and precision grinding safely;
  • Perform shop calculations;
  • Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills in machining industry.

Special Program Requirements:

Students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted at CLC must be at least 2.0.
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0.
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete one third of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Accreditation: The Machine Tool Technology Program at Central Lakes College received official designation as a National Institute for Metalworking Skills Accredited Training in 2002.

Career Opportunities: Manufacturers employ entry level technicians with basic engineering software (Solidworks) and CNC set-up and operation skills to provide milling and lathe operations.

Career Titles: Examples of career titles in this field include entry level machine operator, milling operator, lathe operator, numerical control machine operator