Manufacturing Production Certificate

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

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  • Credit hours: 16
  • Stackable to degree: No
  • Potential job outcomes: Manufacturing production operator

Get ready for a career in manufacturing production with this 16-credit-hour certificate program. You’ll develop the core competencies of manufacturing and graduate ready to secure entry-level positions in the manufacturing industry.

Take classes in manufacturing and safety, quality and measurement, manufacturing processes, manufacturing maintenance and more. All courses are taught by skilled instructors who are experts in the manufacturing production field.

At Harper, you'll get hands-on experience working with and programming state-of-the-art manufacturing machinery, and will be eligible for certification assessments upon completion of the program. 

Certificate program requirements

This 16 credit-hour certificate program is designed to build the core competencies of manufacturing production to prepare students for internships and entry-level positions in manufacturing. The MFT coursework below prepares the student for an industry recognized certification assessment. Students who successfully pass all four assessments will be recognized as Certified Production Technicians by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).


Number Course Title Credits
MFT 102 4

Description:  Provides the student with an introduction to the manufacturing world and provides specific instruction to facilitate safe work practices in industrial environments. Introduces manufacturing specializations such as mechatronics, precision machining and welding. Covers fire safety, pressurized gases, electrical hazards, and safe machine usage. Students will also become acquainted with OSHA policy. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Safety Certification through Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

Class Schedule:  Fall 2023

MFT 104 2

Description:  Provides an introduction to controlling and improving quality in a manufacturing setting. Explores ways that manufacturers use data and analysis to improve quality. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Quality and Measurement Certifications through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2023

MFT 108 3

Description:  Provides the basics of how manufacturing transforms materials into products. Students will learn about the varying types of production and will learn about the materials that are used in production and the types of processes used in manufacturing including machining, casting and assembly.

Prerequisite: MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2023

MFT 109 2

Description:  Provides a basic understanding of tools and equipment used in manufacturing and knowledge of how to improve productivity through predictive and preventive maintenance.

Prerequisite: MFT 102 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2023

MFT 119 2

Description:  Applies and expands manufacturing skills and knowledge in the workplace environment. Students will have an on-site supervisor who will assign duties in the workplace. Regularly scheduled face-to-face on-campus sessions will be conducted to assess the student’s progress, problem areas and to review appropriateness of work involvement. Actual permissible duties and activities will be determined based upon the student’s knowledge and skills. The student must complete a minimum of 100 hours at the work site.

Prerequisite: MFT 102, MFT 104, MFT 108 and MFT 109 with grades of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2023

MTH 097 1 3

Description:  Reviews arithmetic, introduces basic algebraic and right triangle trigonometric techniques. Includes arithmetic, elementary algebra, geometry, ratio and proportions, measurements, right triangle trigonometry and their application to solve a variety of career and technical problems. Draws practical problems the student’s career area, including emergency services, graphic communications, building trades, culinary arts and information technology. Intended for students pursuing Harper degrees and certificates in career program fields. This course: is not transferable, does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other mathematics course, and does not satisfy any general education requirements.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2023

1 - Students may take MTH 097, MTH 101, MTH 103, or higher.

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Next steps

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

Last Updated: 9/1/23