People on this career pathway will learn to develop tools, implement designs, and integrate machinery and equipment with computer technologies to ensure effective manufacturing processes.
Students in Manufacturing Technology are trained in the following subject areas:
Understanding the basic processes used to form, bend, measure, and test metals
Properly handling materials and liquids, and following the basic skills required for personal safety
Setting up and operating machines to saw, cut, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material
Reading work orders or production schedules to determine specifications, such as materials to use, where to cut, and other dimensions
Checking manufactured pieces for defects and flaws, and confirming that they meet specifications
Understanding how to maintain machines, and to prevent or recognize such issues as non-characteristic machine sounds
Most Manufacturing Technology graduates go to work for manufacturing companies in plants or small machine shops. Manufacturing technicians detect malfunctions and ensure the quality of all products. They spend most of the workday in a noisy environment. Most manufacturing technology jobs are full time, and some schedules include evenings and weekends.
Before entering the Manufacturing Technology program, students must:
Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests
Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.
Students who complete an Advanced Manufacturing training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from agencies such as:
American Welding Society (AWS)
National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Credentials such as these offer students a competitive edge on positions in manufacturing, production, and metalworking.
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While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:
Participants will learn the most commonly utilized welding processes including welding terminology, weld design, welding safety, electrical theory, the weldability of metals, and welding quality control.