General Manufacturing

62- to 69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

*Pending State Approval

The General Manufacturing degree program -- designed for those with work experience in manufacturing -- serves as means of closing the manufacturing skills gap by training workers to help meet the demands of local industry. The program’s career pathway approach requires students to obtain the degree through a series of certificates, which build upon one another and lead to improved career and earning potential.

  • All students take the same courses during the first year of studies, then determine their area of specialty and choose a secondary focus.
  • The customized degree combines skills taught in multiple program areas allowing students to tailor the program to their specific employment needs.
  • Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor to develop an individualized track.

Areas of specialty

  • Automation Systems
  • CNC
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Tool and Die
  • Welding

About the five options

Automation Systems option

From automated guided vehicles and programmable logic controllers (PLC) to robotic devices, automated systems have become a staple in many businesses and offer a fast, reliable way to perform repetitive tasks. This General Manufacturing option helps meet the growing need for technicians to build, program, integrate, service and maintain automated and robotic systems.

CNC option

Gain hands-on instruction in the safe, efficient operation of machine tools. Learn proper machine shop practices including the selection and application of hand tools, the use of precision measuring instruments and layout procedures, and blueprint reading to create a variety of projects demonstrating skills and the capabilities of machine tools commonly used in industry.

Industrial Maintenance option

Gain hands-on experience in welding, hydraulics, pneumatics, electricity, mechanical fundamentals, machine alignment, computerized equipment maintenance and preventative/predictive maintenance. Maintenance technicians are in demand in all types of industry, and the pay rates for those in the maintenance field are often among the highest of all the trades.

Tool and Die option

Build the skills that journeyworker tool and die makers use in industry through instruction in complex machining, CNC machining, grinding operations, layout, precision measurement and the development of injection molds and stamping dies. Upon graduation, in-demand positions include apprentice machinist, tool and die makers and mold makers.

Welding option

Welding techniques and joining methods are emphasized throughout the program. Also learn to interpret blueprints and fabricate parts using state-of-the-art shop equipment. Graduates often find employment within the manufacturing or construction industries.