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Machine Manufacturing Technology

Career Pathway Certificate: Manufacturing Technician

  • Do you like to work with your hands and want to play a critical role in seeing designs come to life?
  • Are you interested in a program that is designed around your needs—with flexible, self-paced options?
  • Do you want to gain valuable skills and knowledge sought after in the industry—to enter the manufacturing field or advance your current career options?

The Manufacturing Career Pathway certificate prepares you to enter into the booming manufacturing field in an entry-level position as a Machine Operator, Team Assembler, or Technician position. It also builds towards the skills needed to become a skilled Machinist, CNC Turning and Milling, and Tool and Die Maker


Average wage for entry-level manufacturing jobs are $25-40,000/year, with entry level wages of $10-15/hour. Machinists and Tool and Die Makers make an average of $50-60,000/year.

Finish your degree

The Manufacturing Technician Career Pathway Certificate leads to additional Machine Manufacturing Technology certificates and degrees. Continue your education to give yourself more job opportunities and career advancement.

Is it for me?

High School graduates (and high school equivalency). Students must prove readiness for Reading and Writing 115 (IRW115) or higher AND Math 65 (MTH 65) or higher. If you do not meet all the placement recommendations, contact us for recommendations.
PCC Sylvania.
One term.

Program cost

Use the cost calculator to see estimated costs. For more detailed cost sheet contact Laurie Chadwick.

What's Next?

  1. Complete the steps for new students
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Contact Laurie Chadwick for help with scheduling, becoming a student, and mapping out your education and career path. 
    • Find out more about the resources and support the Career Pathways team can provide!