The Manufacturing Technology (MANF) program provides the foundational skills needed for many entry-level manufacturing jobs by introducing students to key workplace skill areas found in advanced manufacturing-related industries. Students will develop skills in several areas including quality and lean manufacturing, computer aided design (CAD), computer numeric control (CNC), automation and composite technologies. This program gives students an opportunity to learn and refine these skills with hands-on training in a working production lab. The program includes a certificate option (all the first year courses of the two-year degrees) and degree pathways for an AAS or AAS-T degree upon completion of second year courses.
General Education Learning Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Manufacturing Technology program will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to participate, contribute, and work effectively in teams.
- Demonstrate instrument precision methods, the tools of quality control and lean manufacturing and how they are applied in the workplace.
- Use computer technology to develop, interpret, and communicate technical information and specifications.
- Demonstrate the proficiency in basic AC/DC theory and electrical control. (Automation emphasis in the Engineering Technology, AAS-T degree)
- Demonstrate the proficient application of composite manufacturing methods, materials and tools. (Composites emphasis in the Engineering Technology, AAS-T degree.
Please apply at Enrollment Services . Students may enter the Manufacturing Technology program at the beginning of Fall quarter. Advanced standing may be requested for prior education or experience. All courses in this program require extensive reading and use of computer technology. The ability to read English at the 8th grade level or above is highly recommended. Students should be familiar with the use of computer technology. For further information, contact the Department Chair or Enrollment Services.
Specialized Program Information:
Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Please see Academic Information for information regarding CTE.
Degree and Certificate Options:
Associate in Applied Science Degrees
An Associate in Applied Science Degree, AAS is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 90 credits of specified technical and related education coursework above 100-level with both an overall 2.0 grade point average (GPA) and a 2.0 grade point average in the technical major with a minimum letter grade of C- or above in all required courses.
Engineering Technology, AAS
The Engineering Technology, AAS degree is designed to focus on the technical and “pre-engineering” knowledge needed in a modern manufacturing facility. Upon completion, students will be equipped with the Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) Operations, Quality Assurance (QA), Automation, Composites, and metrology skills necessary to enter the technician level in either a manufacturing lead or maintenance capacity.
Associate in Applied Science Transfer Degrees
An Associate in Applied Science, Transfer Degree, AAS-T is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 90 credits of specified technical and related education coursework above 100-level with both an overall 2.5 grade point average (GPA) and a 2.5 grade point average in the technical major with a minimum letter grade of C- or above in all required courses.
Engineering Technology, AAS-T
The Engineering Technology, AAS-T degree has similar course content as the Engineering Technology, AAS degree but is designed to prepare a student for transfer to the Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program at Bellingham Technical College (BTC). This degree requires transferable math, chemistry, physics, and economics courses. Students may choose between Automation Systems, Advanced Computer Numeric Control (CNC), or the Advanced Composites option. See a counselor or department chair for details.
The Manufacturing Technology certificate provides the basic skills needed for many entry-level manufacturing jobs by completing all first year courses. A certificate is awarded to students who complete the required courses with an overall 2.0 grade point average (GPA) or above and a minimum letter grade of C- in all required courses.
Micro-Certificates of Completion are designed for taking courses over a short period of time focusing on enhancement or development of a specific skill or set of skills. Micro-Certificate courses can help enhance employability skills or provide preparation for continuing education in the program area. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or above in all required course work and a minimum letter grade of C- or above in all required courses.
ProgramsAssociate Degrees: Transfer
Intended for students who are interested in transferring to a four-year university.
Associate Degrees: Workforce
Intended to give students the skills needed to move directly into employment.
Approximately one-year long, certificates are intended to provide students with specialized training and skills.
Typically two quarters or less, micro-certificates are focused on providing training in a specific skill.