Program Description

The Manufacturing Basics Technical Diploma program provides the basic skills required to work in the manufacturing field.

Learners will discover the role of production design, process planning and different manufacturing processes. Learners will understand why facility location and plant layout decisions are so vital and learn how job design helps accomplish company goals and achieve worker satisfaction. This program explores how measurements and standardization improve manufacturing operations.

As an Embedded Technical Diploma, this ladders fully into the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Associate Degree program.

Approximate Cost

Tuition: $1255 , Books: $601

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

May Be Available


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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…

  • Identify objects, actions and events
  • Establish and maintain interpersonal relationships
  • Evaluate information to determine compliance with standards
  • Communicate with supervisors, peers or subordinates
  • Get information
  • Make decisions and solve problems
  • Monitor processes, materials or surroundings
  • Inspect equipment, structures or material
  • Judge the quality of things, services or people
  • Process information
  • Estimate the quantifiable characteristics of products, events or information
  • Update and use relevant knowledge
  • Document/record information
  • Handle and move objects
  • Analyze data or information
  • Coordinate the work and activities of others
  • Perform general physical activities


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Laborer
  • Line Tender
  • Loader
  • Material Handler
  • Merchandise Pickup/Receiving Associate
  • Receiver
  • Receiving Associate
  • Shipping and Receiving Materials Handler, Warehouse Worker
  • Dock Worker


The Manufacturing Basics Technical Diploma is a 7 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

COLLEGE 101 1.00

Second Term


* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

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.

Completing the Manufacturing Basics Technical Diploma Earns You:

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We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.