Production Technologies

The Production Technologies Certificate can provide you with the skills to start a fulfilling career in manufacturing with a competitive salary.

16 CREDITS – $192.61/CREDIT

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About the Program

This 16 credit certificate introduces students to production technologies and information to start on a manufacturing career pathway. These classes are entirely online and do not require any on-site lab work. In the eight courses, topics include:

  • Technical mathematics
  • Introductory computer skills
  • Print interpretation
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Quality control
  • Maintenance
  • Safety
  • Career Success Skills

Learn from Qualified Faculty

All certificates are taught by accredited and reputable colleges in Minnesota that are part of Minnesota Manufactured. Courses are taught by the same instructors who teach the on-campus courses.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to help with the cost. Support is in place to help you pay for courses.

Build Your Career

The Production Technologies Certificate is a great way to start your career in manufacturing. You can use the knowledge gained in this certificate to take more classes to learn Welding, which builds off of this certificate.

Learn more about building your career in manufacturing.

Minnesota Manufactured courses are also transferable to two different B.A.S. degrees at Bemidji State University—Applied Engineering and Applied Management (also available online). Start with just a course or certificate, and you can end with a bachelor’s degree!

Plus, you have a great return on your investment! The full 16-credit certificate equals 320 hours of instructor time, so you are paying just $11 for each instructional hour. A raise of just $3.50 hour would pay back the full cost of the Production Technologies Certificate in six months while working full-time!

lifelong profession

75% of women view the manufacturing sector as being rewarding and fun.

SOURCE: Deloitte Center for Industry Insights, The Manufacturing Institute

Did You Know?

Minnesota Manufactured courses are also transferable to two different B.A.S. degrees at Bemidji State University—Applied Engineering and Applied Management (also available online). Start with just a course or certificate and you can end with a bachelors degree!

Course descriptions and Requirements

CMAE 1502 Technical Mathematics, 3 credits,
The primary goal of this course is to help individuals acquire a solid foundation in the basic skills of math, shop algebra and geometry. Math instruction to include fundamentals of math, fractions and decimals, units of measure, lines and angles, triangles, shop geometry, circles and polygons, shop algebra and the Pythagorean Theorem.

CMAE 1506 Introduction to Computers, 2 credits
Provides essential, hands-on coverage of Microsoft Office suite programs, including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.

CMAE 1510 Print Reading, 2 credits
Basic skills and abilities required for understanding prints utilized in a manufacturing environment will be gained. Emphasis will be on interpretation of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing symbols/principles, alphabet of lines, multi-view drawing (including orthographic projection, isometric views and perspective drawing), title blocks, revision systems, identification of general/local notes, dimensions and tolerances, basic principles of math/geometry in relation to mechanical print reading, interpretation of basic weld symbols, techniques of basic shop sketching and interpretation of three-dimensional drawings.

CMAE 1514 Safety Awareness, 2 credits
Introduction of OSHA standards relating to personal protective equipment, HAZMAT, tool safety, confined spaces, and others. The course curriculum is based upon federally-endorsed national standards for production workers.  This course is designed to align with the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) assessment and certification system for Safety.

CMAE 1518 Manufacturing Processes and Production, 2 credits
Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing principles, basic supply chain management, communication skills, and customer service will be covered. This course is designed to align with the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) assessment and certification system for Manufacturing Processes.

CMAE 1522 Quality Practices, 2 credits
Introduction to quality, including an emphasis on corrective actions, preventative actions, control of documents, control of quality records, internal auditing of processes, and control of the non-conforming product. This course is designed to align with the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) assessment and certification system for Quality Practices.

CMAE 1526 Maintenance Awareness, 2 credits
Introduces the concepts of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), preventative maintenance, lubrication, electricity, hydraulics, pneumatics, and power transmission systems.  This course is designed to align with the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) assessment and certification system for Maintenance Awareness.

CMAE 1528 Career Success Skills, 1 credit
Students will be introduced to skills that will help them succeed in the workplace, including communication skills, productivity, teamwork, conflict resolution, and critical thinking. Students will be able to identify professional skills, learn how to assess their abilities, and identify ways to improve.

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