Manufacturing Basics Technical Diploma | Northcentral Technical College

Manufacturing Basics

Technical Diploma

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. Explores how measurements and standardization improve manufacturing operations. Courses in this technical diploma will also serve as significant choices as electives for other NTC Technical and Trades associate degree programs. As an Embedded Technical Diploma, this ladders fully into the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Associate Degree program. Potential occupations include: Dock Worker, Laborer, Line Tender, Loader, Material Handler, Merchandise Pickup/Receiving Associate, Receiver, Receiving Associate, Shipping and Receiving Materials Handler and Warehouse Worker.

program at a Glance

Manufacturing Basics 7 Credit Technical Diploma

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau -
  • Antigo -
  • Medford -
  • Phillips -
  • Spencer -
  • Wittenberg -

Approximate Cost

$1,468 (Tuition: $1098, Books: $370)
For financial aid eligibility, please contact us.

Average Starting Salary

$19,760 According to Economic Modeling Specialists International.

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program Outcomes

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

Potential Careers

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

Course List

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Course List

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This program offers opportunities for you to test out of classes by demonstrating your learning from past work or life experiences.

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Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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