Pathways: Manufacturing Technician

This is a two-term Pathway designed for students pursuing entry-level work in the Machine Manufacturing Industry. The entry-level wage for this occupation in the Portland Metropolitan area is approximately $9-11/hour (Source:  Oregon's Labor Market Information System, Students completing the courses with a grade of "C" or better are eligible to apply for a Career Pathways Certificate of Completion.

Conveniently located: PCC's Sylvania campus

The next training begins Fall Term - September, 2014. There is currently a waitlist for this program.

Learn more:

For more information on the next Manufacturing Technician Pathway and/or attending as a Career Pathways student, please contact Laurie Chadwick at 971-722-6233.



  • Students earn 25-25.5 college credits that may be applicable to other PCC degree programs while learning a new career.
  • Students are work-ready upon completion of the training.
  • Students will be prepared for a variety of entry-level occupations in manufacturing.
  • Students participate in three hours a week of Career Planning.
  • A cohort learning community is developed and an Employment Specialist supports students as they pursue employment in the manufacturing field.
  • This course is offered in partnership with the PCC Machine Manufacturing Technology Department.
  • Skills gained in this training can lead to various jobs in the Machine Manufacturing Industry and serve as solid preparation for the PCC Machine Manufacturing, CNC Turning and Milling 1 or 2 year certificates and the Associate of Applied Science Degree.


Estimated Cost of Training:

Term 1: $2,300.70

Term 2: $1,287.25

Total: $3,587.95

Training Cost Sheet

*Includes fee for career guidance, Career Planning class, and placement services.

Note: The figures above are based on the 2011/12 PCC fee structure. They are approximations and subject to change without notice.


  • You must possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Take a COMPASS placement exam with placement into Math 20, Writing 90, and Reading 90. If your scores on the exam are below those listed above, please call the contact person below to discuss your options.


Course of Study

Manufacturing Technician

Course Number Course Name Credits
MCH100 Machine Tool Basics 1
MCH105 Blueprint Reading I 1.5
MCH110 Blueprint Reading II 1.5
MCH120 Machine Shop Math 2
MCH125 Speeds and Feeds 1
MCH135 Basic Measuring Tools 1.5
MCH145 Layout Tools 1.5
MCH130 Machine Shop Trigonometry 2.5
WFTT23 Career Planning: This course is designed to build a learning community among students pursuing career pathways courses. Students will develop their skills as a student, intern and job seeker. A job search portfolio will be used as an organizational framework for the course. non-credit
Total Credits (Term 1) 12.5
MCH115 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing 3.5
MCH121 Manufacturing Processes 4
MCH150 Precision Measuring Tools 1.5
MCH280 Cooperative Education 4
Total Credits (Term 2) 13



What should I do next to get into the training?

  1. Apply for Admission to the College.
  2. Take the college placement exam workshop.
  3. Schedule a time to take the COMPASS placement exam. You can call one of the PCC testing centers to schedule the exam.
  4. Complete the PCC online student orientation.
  5. Contact Laurie Chadwick at 971-722-6192.

Employment Prospects

Despite differing rates of employment change, a large number of machine setter, operator, and tender jobs will become available due to an expected surge in retirements as some baby boomers become eligible for retirement by the end of the decade.

Workers with a thorough background in machine operations, exposure to a variety of machines, and a good working knowledge of the properties of metals and plastics will be best able to adjust to the changing environment. As workers adapt to team-oriented production methods and operate more machines, the number of multiple-machine-tool operators, setters, and tenders—metal and plastic will continue to rise. (source: US Department of Labor)