Tooling & Manufacturing Technology Degree

Academic Program: 908

The Tooling & Manufacturing Technology program trains technicians for employment in the modern tooling and manufacturing industry. The manufacturing segment of our economy continues to offer a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities. The automation of manufacturing equipment and processing continues to change the world of work, increasing the skills needed to be a technician. Graduates of this program will become skilled manufacturing technicians to meet the needs of our changing world. The manufacturing of products creates thousands of secure technician-level jobs each year, most of which do not require a four-year degree.

Students will learn both the soft skills and technical skills needed to be a successful technician. Soft skills include teamwork, problem solving, quality principles and communication skills. Technical skills (based on National Skill Standards) include: Machine tool operations, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming, Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM).

Program graduates are prepared to become a manufacturing engineering technician, skilled tradesperson (tool and die or mold maker), or CNC programmer. These positions often pave the way for careers in manufacturing management, engineering technician, industrial sales, technical training, or owning and operating a company.

Students can tailor the Tooling and Manufacturing program to meet education and training needs. This program offers the following unique features:

1. Challenge exams available for most courses.
2. Advanced standing credits are available for many high school students.
3. Work experience can be gained via Co-op.
4. Several career tracks are available to students.
5. Attend as a part-time or full-time student, days or nights.

A layout of the courses for this program is available on the right.

Faculty Advisors:

Nate Spahn

(616) 234-2244 

Jeff Tyler 

(616) 234-4474