Program Description

The Manufacturing Technician Technical Diploma program prepares students for a variety of entry-level careers in manufacturing. The program gives students skills in both manual welding and manual machining, making them more marketable to potential employers. Equipment used in the machine tool courses will be the drill press, powered cut-off saw, elementary lathe, mills and pedestal grinders. Using this equipment, learners will focus on speeds and feeds, basic work holding devices and cutting tools. The welding courses will provide a solid foundation for a single manual process of the student's choice.

Approximate Cost

$7,013
Tuition: $5760 , Books: $1253

Starting Salary

$31,816–$36,866
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available
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Availability

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.

100%
at Wausau
100%
at Antigo
20-30%
at Medford
100%
at Phillips
20-30%
at Spencer
20-30%
at Wittenberg
20-30%
at Online

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

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Demonstrate good work ethic and teamwork
  • Execute principles of weldment inspection and procedures
  • Interpret welding prints, material specifications and procedures
  • Set up, operate and maintain common cutting processes to industrial standards
  • Apply accepted principles in using welding-related tools and fabrication equipment
  • Set up, operate and maintain common welding machines and equipment to industrial standards
  • Use most current guidelines and safety precautions in all welding laboratory activities
  • Machine basic piece parts on manual machine tools
  • Inspect parts to ensure parts meet specifications
  • Perform basic set-up operations on commonly used machine tools

Courses

The Manufacturing Technician Technical Diploma is a 30 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE SHOP 2.00
THINK CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
PRINT READING FOR THE MACHINE TRADES 1 2.00
PRECISION INSPECTION 1.00
MACHINE TOOL PROCESSES 1 3.00
MACHINE TOOL PROCESSES 2 5.00

Second Term

INTRODUCTION TO WELDING 1.00
WELD INSPECTION & TESTING 1.00
WELDING SAFETY 1.00
THERMAL CUTTING 1.00
WELD PRINT READING 1: BASIC VIEWS AND DIMENSIONS 1.00
WELD PRINT READING 2: OTHER VIEWS AND SYMBOLS 1.00
GAS METAL ARC WELDING 1: SHORT CIRCUIT TRANSFER (HORIZONTAL) 1.00
GAS METAL ARC WELDING 2: SHORT CIRCUIT TRANSFER (VERTICAL AND OVERHEAD) 1.00
GAS METAL ARC WELDING 3: SPRAY TRANSFER 1.00
2D MECHANICAL CAD 1.00
LEAN MANUFACTURING FUNDAMENTALS 2.00
APPLIED MATHEMATICS 1 2.00

* 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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