Advanced Manufacturing Production Technician

Program description

The Advanced Manufacturing Technician Career Program prepares you for an entry-level position at an advanced manufacturing company.

As an advanced manufacturing technician, you will have the opportunity to launch a rewarding career in an industry where job demand is high.

Advanced Manufacturing Technicians perform many important tasks such as product assembly, machine operation, and quality assurance. Advanced Manufacturing Technicians play a key role in the manufacture of many commercial products.

General manufacturing technicians perform many important tasks, such as product assembly, machine operation, and quality assurance. General manufacturing technicians play a key role in the manufacture of many commercial products.

Career Program summary

Number of Skills Courses 120
Time to complete 1.5 months*
*Completing three modules per day

Certification Opportunity

Students who complete this program have the opportunity of earning a nationally-recognized certification. Certification exams are delivered through our testing partner SpaceTEC®.

SpaceTEC is the National Science Foundation’s National Resource Center that promotes and educates candidates for technical employment. Its certification programs offer performance-based examinations that result in industry-driven nationally recognized credentials that reflect the competencies employers demand.

180 Skills / SpaceTEC Certifications are industry-recognized nationwide. These Certifications let employers know that you have attained the highest level of achievement in the subject matter.

The cost of the exams are included in the tuition for the Career Program.

Click the Body of Knowledge logo to view the full Certification Body of Knowledge.

Skills Competencies included in this Career Program

Income opportunity

According to the Manufacturing Institute (The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond) over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.

Employment of general manufacturing technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2012 to 2022. Qualified applicants, including those with technical training and certification, should have the best job opportunities in the manufacturing sector, particularly in growing high-technology industries, such as aerospace and electro-medical devices.

Salaries for entry-level manufacturing positions, such as assemblers and fabricators, range from $18,400 to more than $48,110.*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2012.
O-net job code: 17-3029.09

Hiring industries

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Civil infrastructure
  • Consumer products
  • Construction
  • Electrical equipment
  • Marine
  • Materials processing
  • Military