The Manufacturing Specialist certification program was developed to meet the growing employment demands of the manufacturing industry. The program addresses the core industry-wide skills standards required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing. The core competency areas certified are: (1) Math and Measurement, (2) Spatial Reasoning and Manufacturing Technology.
The purpose of the certification program is to document individuals’ mastery of the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing production and production-related occupations. The goals of the certification program are to:
- Develop a workforce pipeline capable of meeting the requirements of existing and emerging employers in advanced technology industries such as manufacturing,
- Provide a customized fast track pathway to stackable credentials for 21st Century advanced technology careers in industry,
- Provide online and instructor-led training to address identified technical skill gaps, and
- Provide a pathway to advanced level training and specialized training based on industry requirements for potential new hires and incumbent workers.
Students taking this intensive training program are prepared for entry-level positions with regional manufacturers, making competitive wages, benefits and opportunities for advancement.