Manufacturing Technology

Manufacturing Technology

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Program Duration

1 year (Two Semesters)

Program Type

Technical Certificate

Median North Arkansas Salary

Career and Wage Information

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Why Choose This Program

Students get to work with CNC machines, 3D printers, drill presses and other equipment in the College’s own shop.


About The Program

This program is designed to provide training necessary to obtain a position in the Machine Tool Technology Industry. Students will learn safety in the workplace, the basics of blueprint reading, technical math skills, G and M Code interpretation, computer numeric controlled (CNC) machinery set up and operation, machine tool routine maintenance, decision making and problem solving skills and managing a career in the manufacturing technology industry. In addition, students practice job planning and management, quality and inspection, process adjustment and improvement, technical communication, properties of metals and computer programs related to machining. Students completing this degree are eligible to take NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) certifications which are desired by industry employers.

Paying for College

Northark is affordable! We offer nearly $500,000 annually through institutional and foundation scholarships in addition to federal and state aid. See our scholarships and other financial aid programs.

Transfer or Stackable Options

The certificate can be used as one of the technical disciplines required for the Associate of Applied Science in General Technology.

Faculty Contact

Dustin Burleson
Manufacturing Technology Instructor
(870) 391-3371

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and use basic safety in the manufacturing and machine tools industry.
  • Understand and use of measurement systems and instrumentation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and apply blueprint reading data.
  • Demonstrate ability to work among a diverse team of members to produce desired results.
  • Identify and properly use correct equipment for applications in the manufacturing industry.