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At a Glance

Get certified in basic manufacturing knowledge in our Manufacturing Associate program and show you are an ideal candidate for entry-level manufacturing jobs. Gain hands-on experience with robots, CNC machines and hand tools.

Approx. Number of Hours/Months:

96 hours/4 – 5 months

Program Cost:**


Est. Hourly Wage:*

$20.74 per hour

Min. Occupational Requirements:

16 years old or older; able to read, speak, write and understand English

Instead of dirty work floors and noisy machines, today’s top manufacturers employ skilled technicians operating computer-controlled machinery such as robotics, 3D printers and many more state-of-the-art technologies.

Manufacturing Associate Job Overview

Manufacturing is a technology-rich industry filled with opportunities for continued growth and advancement into higher level positions. Employers in the manufacturing field are looking for individuals who are not only comfortable with new technology but can also use time-proven solutions to solve problems. Manufacturing Associate Digital Badge

Licensure/certification Earned

Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared to sit for two entry-level NIMS certifications: Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout, and Measurements, Materials & Safety.

Financial Assistance

There’s more than $150,000 in funding available to help pay for short-term job training. Up to 90% of costs may be covered to complete this training program.


View all current course offerings. Not all courses are offered within every term schedule.

Think you know what manufacturing consists of? Think again! This highly in-demand industry is advancing both in technology and capabilities and needs people to meet that demand. Pull the curtain back and explore the essentials of manufacturing and the skills it takes to be successful in the manufacturing workplace. Discover the variety of jobs included in this growing industry.

Examine basic mathematical and units of measurement operations and how they are used in a variety of manufacturing environments. Use basic arithmetic operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; practice concepts of negative numbers, integers, order of operations and grouping symbols. Apply methods used to perform basic mathematical operations including fractions, decimals and percentages, as well as conversions between fractions, decimals, mixed numbers and improper fractions. Interpret fractions and decimals blueprint measurements. Provides a thorough explanation of the English and Metric systems, including how the units of measurement are used every day in a production environment, and how conversion between them occurs.

Learn proper terminology, symbols and guidelines for reading, sketching and interpreting blueprints in a manufacturing environment using geometric equations and symbols. Review dimensioning techniques, tolerancing, drafting lines using geometric equations, symbols, line types, orthographic views, isometric views and offset, auxiliary and broken sections.

This course introduces metal cutting operations, basic metallurgy, types of machines and their safe operation and setup, terminology, quality measurement devices and methods, cutting tools, layouts, print reading, hand tools and cutting tools.

Explore the methods and tools used to troubleshoot problems. Investigate methods of finding the root cause of a problem and learn how to distinguish deviations from problems and early warning signs from later warning signs. Identify the various tools used to collect and interpret troubleshooting data to find possible solutions. Topics include six sigma, ISO 9000, 5S, Kanban, JIT, TQM, SPC and others.

Learn how manufacturers increasingly use technology to perform tasks to speed up production, improve part quality, preserve operator safety and perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with a high degree of accuracy. Get hands-on training with the basics of industrial robotics, CNC, 3D printing and more. Explore the basic components, types, applications and programming methods used in manufacturing. Recognize safety protocols associated with the various ways to prevent accidents.

Additional Information & Program Requirements

You should be able to read, speak, write and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment).

Total hours include an estimated time of online learning modules that will be required to complete outside of classroom time. Access to reliable internet is required.

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Interested in enrolling?

Contact our Continuing Education Office (Room A115) if you have any questions or concerns.

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*Wages are based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only. 

**Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks and related materials, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees or prerequisite courses.