Program Description

The Manufacturing Engineering Technology Associate Degree program prepares learners to work in a variety of positions in the manufacturing sector. Learners will gain a specialized education in manufacturing processes, lean manufacturing, project management, production management, ergonomics, problem solving, CAD and process safety.

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,737
Books & Supplies: $1,103

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).


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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Provide cost savings in manufacturing while retaining product quality
  • Foster a team atmosphere
  • Apply appropriate safety and environmental regulations
  • Select and implement handling solutions for lean storage/flow/distribution of raw material in process and final product
  • Select and implement manufacturing processes for a product
  • Read engineering drawings
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose problems in all sectors of manufacturing
  • Work effectively in a variety of applied engineering roles with limited supervision


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Quality Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Quality Engineering Technician
  • Assistant Manufacturing Engineer
  • Assistant Industrial Engineer


The Manufacturing Engineering Technology Associate Degree is a 63-65 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

College 101 1.00
OSHA Compliance 3.00
Standards & Regulations 1.00
Quality Assurance 1.00
Manufacturing Processes 3.00
Precision Measuring 2.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00
Intermediate Algebra W/Apps 4.00
College Algebra W/Apps 3.00

Second Term

Team Building And Problem Solving 3.00
Materials Of Industry 2.00
Statistical Process Control 2.00
Quality Systems 2.00
Interpreting Engineering Drawings 1.00
Oral/interpersonal Communication 3.00
General Physics 1 4.00
Survey Of Physics 3.00

Third Term

Project Management 3.00
Lean Manufacturing Fundamentals 2.00
Microeconomics 3.00
Manufacturing Process Planning 3.00
Technical Drafting/CAD 2.00
Solidworks 1 1.00
Solidworks 2 1.00
Psychology Of Human Relations 3.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00

Fourth Term

Workplace Ergonomics 2.00
Introduction To Six Sigma 3.00
Operations Management In Manufacturing 3.00
Introduction To Diversity Studies 3.00
Intro To Sociology 3.00
Fluid Power Systems 1: Fundamentals 1.00
Tooling & Production 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Manufacturing Engineering Technology Associate Degree:

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Bellevue University Online Bachelor of Business and Management
Marian University Bachelor of Management
Milwaukee School of Engineering Bachelor of Technical and Business Management
Minnesota State University - Moorhead Bachelor of Operations Management
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science
UW Platteville Bachelor of Industrial Technology Management
UW Stevens Point Bachelor of Technology Management
UW Stout Bachelor of Engineering Technology Production Operations

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

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In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
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* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

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