Manufacturing Technology: Design Certificate

Program Description

Craven’s Manufacturing Technology curriculum introduces the principles and practices of manufacturing in today’s global marketplace. Students will be exposed to valuable high-tech concepts applicable in a variety of industries such as plastics, metals, furniture, textiles, and electronics.

The curriculum provides students with real-world knowledge of manufacturing management practices, manufacturing materials and processes, research and development, and quality assurance. Coursework will include machining processes, Computer-Aided Drafting/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), CNC principles, and other computerized production techniques.

This 66 SHC program also provides students with an overview of psychology, technology and society, and industrial controls.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in maintaining and meeting safety protocols in accordance with industry standards while working with manufacturing and composite tools and equipment, to include measuring devices, CNC machine and cutting equipment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of CNC tools and equipment to include programming the CNC machine, set-up, operation, control functions and inspection.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of common manufacturing composite materials and common processing techniques to include layup processes, vacuum bag schedules and equipment operation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of blueprint reading and plan development using CAD software.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure of composites to include testing, fabrication and repair.

Career Opportunities

Graduates should qualify for employment as

  • manufacturing technicians
  • quality assurance technicians
  • CAD/CAM technicians
  • team leaders
  • research and development technician.

Graduates will be able to advance in the workplace and develop with new technologies. About 14% of Craven County’s workforce is classified as manufacturing.

Transfer Opportunities

While the AAS is a degree leading to immediate job placement upon graduation, Craven Community College has a special relationship for transfer to a BS degree in Industrial Technology with East Carolina University.

Contact Information

Executive Director of Career Programs
252-638-7372

Admissions Office
252-638-7430

Certificate Requirements

Courses in this program

Certificate Classes

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces CAD software as a drawing tool. Topics include drawing, editing, file management, and plotting. Upon completion, students should be able to produce and plot a CAD drawing.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces extended CAD applications., Emphasis is placed upon intermediate applications of CAD skills. Upon completion, students should be able to use extended CAD applications to generate and manage drawings.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the principles of industrial safety. Emphasis is placed on industrial safety and OSHA regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of a safe working environment and OSHA compliance.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the care and use of precision measuring instruments. Emphasis is placed on the inspection of machine parts and use of a wide variety of measuring instruments. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the correct use of measuring instruments.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces a variety of manufacturing materials and common processing techniques. Emphasis is placed on the processing, testing, and application of materials such as wood, metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental engineering applications for a variety of materials, including their process capabilities and limitations.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None