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Manufacturing Basic Certificate

Manufacturing equipment

Open the door to high-tech, high-demand jobs

Program facts  Manufacturing and Construction icon


  • Credit hours: 17
  • Stackable to degree: No
  • Potential job outcomes: Fabricator, welder

Develop manufacturing skills in welding and machining with this 17-credit-hour certificate program. You’ll study welding theory and get extensive practice in major arc welding processes. The program also provides an overview of machine shop theory and the practical application to the maintenance and fabrication industry.

Get experience working from blueprints and learn how to fabricate and repair small parts used in a variety of industrial applications. Take classes in prints and schematics, machining processes and welding. All classes are taught by skilled instructors who are extremely knowledgeable in the manufacturing field.

Certificate program requirements

This 17 credit-hour certificate program is designed to give students skills in welding and machining to prepare them for entry-level employment in manufacturing. The program of study will emphasize welding theory and extensive practice in major arc welding process including OAW, SMAW, GMAW, and GTAW. Students will learn the fundamentals of machine shop theory and the practical application to the maintenance and fabrication industry. Students will work from blueprints and will be able to fabricate and repair small parts used in a variety of industrial applications.

Required:

Number Course Title Credits
MFT 105 4

Description: Covers fundamentals of machine shop theory and safe practices. Provides familiarization with tools, equipment, and practices of tool, die, and precision metal working industries. Includes introduction to mills, drill press, lathes, and surface grinders. Students are provided classroom and laboratory learning experiences. Students may earn NIMS credentials.

MFT 120 4

Description: Covers advanced machine shop theory with emphasis on safe practices and applications. Includes lathes, grinders (I.D., O.D. and surface), milling machines and tool grinders. Studies production machining, feed and speed applications and quality control techniques applied to precision machining. Introduces gage blocks, height gages, magnetic sine plate and modern indexable tooling. Students may earn NIMS credentials.

Prerequisite: MFT 105 with a grade of C or better.

MFT 134 3

Description: Provides students in the machine trades the basic skills required for visualizing and interpreting industrial prints. Emphasizes orthographic projection techniques of top, front, side, and section views, tolerancing, geometric dimensioning and the impact of computer drafting as related to the machine trades.

WLD 110 3

Description: Covers fundamentals of oxyacetylene welding theory and practices and beginning electric welding. Includes arc welding and gas welding, brazing and cutting in the horizontal position.

WLD 210 3

Description: Covers advanced welding theory and practice in arc welding. Provides experience in MIG and TIG (Heliarc) techniques. Includes an introduction to strength of weld testing.

Prerequisite: WLD 110 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.

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Next steps

For more information about manufacturing courses, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Please note: This program is not financial aid eligible.