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These aren't your parents' manufacturing jobs! Manufacturing today is home to cutting-edge technology and a wealth of great careers where you can put your skills to work. With more sophisticated machines on the factory floor than ever before, new jobs are always opening up. With a wide variety of jobs and advancement opportunities, it's a hot field where you're sure to find the job you love.

What makes these HOT Jobs?

  • It's on the cutting-edge of technology, so you'll get to see new things before anyone else does... like 3-D printing, drones, and so much more.
  • You'll always have something to show for your work.
  • They're safe! New technologies and high standards make factories one of the safest places to work.
  • The career possibilities are nearly endless. 

Have What It Takes?

 Like working with your hands?

Enjoy being on a team?

 Are you detail-oriented?

 Do you like technology?

What You'll Learn in Class

  • OSHA Safety Certification
  • Measurement
  • Blueprint reading
  • Math fundamentals
  • Tolerance basics
  • Pneumatic Components
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Hydraulic Components
  • Intro to Robotics
  • Fluid Systems

You will need:

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Staff Information

Class Requirements

  • Computer literacy assessments using the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment with the following scores:
    • Basic Computer Skills - 30 correct out of 38 questions
    • Internet Basics - 24 correct out of 34 questions
    • Using Email - 20 correct out of 32 questions.

If you have customers who do not meet these scores, refer them to the Basic Computer Skills MOOC for a guided introduction to computers. Having these basic skills is essential for participating and succeeding in the class.

  • Resume in Word format (it doesn't have to be perfect, but we need a draft to work with)

Class Information

The class will be a combination of live, streamed sessions and individual modules. Classroom time is 20 hours a week (5 hours a day for 4 days) with 8 hours of homework each week (2 hours per day). The total class hours, then, is 80 hours of instruction time and 32 hours of homework.

This class provides an introduction to a variety of manufacturing types - metal, plastics, additive - and key concepts that span all manufacturing, such as quality control. Students will earn certificates from Tooling-U/SME and an OSHA-10 hours certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Visits to local production facilities will help customers see their learning in action. Please set up any visits for Friday to avoid conflicting with class.

Equipment and Supplies


  • Computer with high-speed Internet connection for approximately 5 hours per day. (They can share a computer for the live, streamed portions if they are in one room.)
  • Chrome browser
  • Microphone and headset
  • Webcam

Other Supplies:

  • Notebook
  • Pocket folder or binder
  • Pens
  • Posterboard
  • Magazines to cut up
  • Scissors
  • Paste or gluesticks

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Learner Workbook:

Promo Materials

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