Certificate — Production Technologies
This 16-credit certificate provides a foundational manufacturing education for students interested in an advanced manufacturing career. Its eight courses will focus on technical mathematics, introductory computer skills, print interpretation, manufacturing processes, quality control, maintenance and safety.
Its foundational courses apply toward the 360 eTECH 30-credit certificates: Automation Technologies, Machine Technologist and Welding Technology.
This certificate provides students with the training, education and skills to build a base knowledge of manufacturing processes and plant operations, generally for entry-level positions. Graduates can use their new knowledge begin pursuing a path to such high-level manufacturing careers as industrial maintenance and mechanics, machine tool, manufacturing technical specialist and engineering technician.
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The Production Technologies Certificate is an excellent way to begin a career in manufacturing. Graduates can use the knowledge gained in this certificate to take more classes in Automation, Machining or Welding, which build off of this certificate. 360 eTECH courses are also transferable to two different Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees at Bemidji State University: Applied Engineering and Technology Management, a program that is also available online.
Students completing the Production Technologies Certificate will have gained the knowledge required to pass the MSSC full-certified Production Technician Certification.
NTC (360 eTECH) does not award the MSSC Certification. Students earning an NTC (360 eTECH) certificate will need to locate the nearest MSSC Certified Assessment Center to arrange testing for the MSSC Certification.
The nationwide Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), based upon industry-defined and federally endorsed national standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. The MSSC System awards certificates to individuals who pass any of its four production modules:
- Quality Practices and Measurement
- Manufacturing Processes and Production
- Maintenance Awareness
MSSC offers a full Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification to those who pass all four.
A sample of businesses that recognize the MSSC Certification include:
- Dow Chemical
- Arctic Cat
A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.
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