Program Description

The Manufacturing Fundamentals Certificate is designed to prepare students to apply the basic skills required to work in the manufacturing field. Learners will be able to apply the concepts of Lean into manufacturing processes, and learn how measurements and standardization improve operations. This certificate is offered during the fall semester only and fully ladders into the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Associate Degree Program. Courses in this technical diploma will also serve as significant choices as electives for other NTC Technical and Trades associate degree programs.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $1,330
Books & Supplies: $405

Financial Aid

Not Available


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Graduates will be able to…

  • Understand manufacturing processes
  • Apply lean manufacturing concepts
  • Utilize measuring systems
  • Read prints


The Manufacturing Fundamentals Certificate is a 8 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

Manufacturing Processes 3.00
Precision Measuring 2.00

Second Term

Interpreting Engineering Drawings 1.00
Lean Manufacturing Fundamentals 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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