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Contact: Stephen JamesTitle: Department ChairContact: sjames@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook Manufacturing Foundation

Technology and Health Division
E0421

This certificate provides a foundation of basic skills for employment in a variety of entry-level manufacturing positions.

Required Courses

Industry StatisticsJob Titles & Salaries
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    • Industrial Engineering Technicians

      Industrial Engineering Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 17-3026.00

      Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff. May perform time and motion studies on worker operations in a variety of industries for purposes such as establishing standard production rates or improving efficiency.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $46.98

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $61,292.86
      Annual Job Openings
      569

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

      Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 29-9011.00

      Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Includes environmental protection officers.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $64.56

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $88,558.71
      Annual Job Openings
      705

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators

      Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4011.00

      Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $32.02

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $43,222.39
      Annual Job Openings
      1,420

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Programmers of Computer and Numerically Controlled Machine Tools

      Programmers of Computer and Numerically Controlled Machine Tools

      SOC Career Code: 51-4012.00

      Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $50.39

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $71,094.39
      Annual Job Openings
      328

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Forging Machine Operators

      Forging Machine Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4022.00

      Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $29.42

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $38,667.19
      Annual Job Openings
      161

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Rolling Machine Operators

      Rolling Machine Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4023.00

      Set up, operate, or tend machines to roll steel or plastic forming bends, beads, knurls, rolls, or plate or to flatten, temper, or reduce gauge of material.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $28.11

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $38,376.00
      Annual Job Openings
      148

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators

      Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4031.00

      Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $26.55

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $36,164.41
      Annual Job Openings
      1,455

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Operators

      Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4032.00

      Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $29.77

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $37,107.19
      Annual Job Openings
      211

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Operators

      Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4033.00

      Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $27.13

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $35,190.93
      Annual Job Openings
      977

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Lathe and Turning Machine Operators

      Lathe and Turning Machine Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4034.00

      Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $30.02

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $43,850.80
      Annual Job Openings
      362

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Milling and Planing Machine Operators

      Milling and Planing Machine Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4035.00

      Set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $30.57

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $38,792.00
      Annual Job Openings
      250

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Machinists

      Machinists

      SOC Career Code: 51-4041.00

      Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $36.51

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $45,130.49
      Annual Job Openings
      4,185

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Multiple Machine Tool Operators

      Multiple Machine Tool Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4081.00

      Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $26.64

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $35,654.94
      Annual Job Openings
      843

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Heat Treating Equipment Operators

      Heat Treating Equipment Operators

      SOC Career Code: 51-4191.00

      Set up, operate, or tend heating equipment, such as heat-treating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat-treat metal or plastic objects.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $31.25

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $38,849.84
      Annual Job Openings
      128

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Metal and Plastic Layout Workers

      Metal and Plastic Layout Workers

      SOC Career Code: 51-4192.00

      Lay out reference points and dimensions on metal or plastic stock or workpieces, such as sheets, plates, tubes, structural shapes, castings, or machine parts, for further processing. Includes shipfitters.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $30.65

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $42,496.30
      Annual Job Openings
      54

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

      Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

      SOC Career Code: 51-9061.00

      Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $36.42

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $41,146.08
      Annual Job Openings
      7,765

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
How to Complete the Program

Guided Pathways

Program Guided Pathways

Certificate & Degree Details

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  • Manufacturing Foundation

    Technology and Health Division
    E0421

    This certificate provides a foundation of basic skills for employment in a variety of entry-level manufacturing positions.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    MFG 140Print Reading and Shop Practice3
    MFG 150Manual Machining I3
    MFG 155Manual Machining II2
    MFG 160Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
    Total Units11

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence   

  • Manufacturing Technology

    Technology and Health Division
    Certificate T0918

    The Certificate in Manufacturing Technology is designed to prepare the student for entrance into the manufacturing field in one of the machining occupations such as manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machinists, machinery technicians, or machinist apprentices, computer aided design (CAD) operators, draftsmen, or design engineers, and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) machine programmers. This program provides students with a broad foundation in common manufacturing processes such as injection molding, vacuum forming, sheet metal, casting processes, and laser cutting. Graduates may enter the manufacturing field in areas dealing with production, research and development, tool and die construction, mold making, or computerized manufacturing. Laboratory practice utilizes industrial types of equipment and precision measuring instruments to provide training in the various machining occupations. This certificate covers setup and tooling procedures and part certification upon completion of the metal removing process. It includes instruction on industry-based CAD and CAM methodologies and all types of lathes, mills, grinders, and specialized equipment such as CNC. Supplementary instruction is also provided in mechanical literacy, bench work, layout, inspection process, blueprint reading, metal composition, heat treatment, assembly procedures, jig and fixture design, and construction.  

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    MFG 110Introduction to CAD4
    MFG 120CAD for Manufacturing4
    MFG 130Manufacturing Processes and Materials3
    MFG 140Print Reading and Shop Practice3
    MFG 150Manual Machining I3
    MFG 155Manual Machining II2
    MFG 160Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
    MFG 210Advanced CAD3
    MFG 220Computer Aided Manufacturing II3
    MFG 250Introduction to CNC Programming3
    MFG 260CNC Operation3
    Three (3) units of Work Experience3
    EDT 89
    Engineering Design Technology Work Experience
    Total Units37

    Manufacturing Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence  

  • Manufacturing Technology, AS

    Technology and Health Division
    The Associate in Science degree in Manufacturing Technology is designed to prepare students for entrance into the manufacturing field in one of the machining occupations such as manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machinists, machinery technicians, or machinist apprentices, computer aided design (CAD) operators, draftsmen, or design engineers, and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) machine programmers. This program provides students with a broad foundation in common manufacturing processes such as injection molding, vacuum forming, sheet metal, casting processes, and laser cutting.

    Graduates may enter the manufacturing field in areas dealing with production, research and development, tool and die construction, mold making, or computerized manufacturing. Laboratory practice utilizes industrial types of equipment and precision measuring instruments to provide training in the various machining occupations. This degree covers setup and tooling procedures and part certification upon completion of the metal removing process. It includes instruction on industry-based CAD and CAM methodologies and all types of lathes, mills, grinders, and specialized equipment such as CNC. Supplementary instruction is also provided in mechanical literacy, bench work, layout, inspection process, blueprint reading, metal composition, heat treatment, assembly procedures, jig and fixture design, and construction.     

    This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    MFG 110Introduction to CAD4
    MFG 120CAD for Manufacturing4
    MFG 130Manufacturing Processes and Materials3
    MFG 140Print Reading and Shop Practice3
    MFG 150Manual Machining I3
    MFG 155Manual Machining II2
    MFG 160Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
    MFG 210Advanced CAD3
    MFG 220Computer Aided Manufacturing II3
    MFG 250Introduction to CNC Programming3
    MFG 260CNC Operation3
    Three (3) units of Work Experience3
    EDT 89
    Engineering Design Technology Work Experience
    Total Units37

    Manufacturing Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence  

Contacts

Department Contact

Contact: Stephen JamesTitle: Department ChairContact: sjames@mtsac.edu

Office Contact

Hours: Monday & Wednesday 10am-12pm and by appointmentLocation: Building 28A-BPhone: (909) 274-5214