Production Technologies (BP/EP) Occupational Certificate

Overview and Award Outcomes


This certificate will provide 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 the knowledge gained in this Certificate to build upon a manufacturing career path leading to higher-level careers like Automation, Machining, and Welding. Students will engage in coursework topics of career success skills, technical mathematics, introductory computer skills, print interpretation, manufacturing processes, quality control, maintenance, and safety.

The nationwide Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) System, 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: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; and Maintenance Awareness and a full Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification to those who pass all four. Students completing the Production Technologies Certificate will have gained the knowledge required to pass the MSSC full-certified Production Technician Certification.

For additional information on this award and the 360 Degree programs please go to: www.360etech.org

Award Outcomes

Identify and apply appropriate safety procedures.

Use technical mathematics to solve problems.

Demonstrate use of common computer software.

Analyze and apply specific manufacturing process procedures.

Identify and apply specific quality procedures.

Interpret symbols and blueprints accurately for a variety of projects.

Identify appropriate and inappropriate professional behavior.

Career Opportunities

According to Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development, manufacturers are projected to have over 1,500 jobs available in automation, machining, and welding each year for the next 10 years, and those projects are expected to grow.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 16 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
CMAE1502360 Technical Mathematics


CMAE1506360 Introduction to Computers


CMAE1510Print Reading


CMAE1514Safety Awareness


CMAE1518Manufacturing Processes and Production


CMAE1522Quality Practices


CMAE1526Maintenance Awareness


CMAE1528360 Career Success Skills


General Education Required 0 Credits

General Education Elective 0 Credits

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Occupational Certificate Credits 16

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