Academics

PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES


Award: Certificate / 16 Credits
Location: Albert Lea  
Program Starts: Fall
Course Plan: Two Semesters

This certificate will provide students with the training, education, and skills to build a base knowledge of manufacturing processes and plant operations, generally for entry-level positions. Graduates can use the knowledge gained in this Certificate to build upon a manufacturing career path leading to higher-level careers like Automation, Machining, and Welding. Students will engage in coursework topics of career success skills, technical mathematics, introductory computer skills, print interpretation, manufacturing processes, quality control, maintenance, and safety.

The nationwide Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) System, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed national standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. The MSSC System awards certificates to individuals who pass any of its four Production modules: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; and Maintenance Awareness and a full Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification to those who pass all four. Students completing the Production Technologies Certificate will have gained the knowledge required to pass the MSSC full-certified Production Technician Certification.

Accuplacer Requirements

All courses require a reading cut score of 52

CMAE 1502 Technical Math requires arithmetic cut score of 45

Employment Outlook

Riverland graduates are in demand and can choose from great jobs with many local manufacturers.  You may even choose to continue your education to build on the skills you learn as a Production Technician I and advance yourself to become an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Welder, Machinist, and Manufacturing Technical Specialist, boiler operator or supervisor. 

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Production Technologies Certificate was last updated on 05/09/2014
Note: This is an unofficial document that should be used for planning purposes only. Course listings are provided only as a guideline and may be changed.

Course Sequence Example Plan - Two Semesters

Semester 1 - First 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1502
Technical Mathematics
This is an introductory technical math course. The course is designed both for students who have basic math skills and for those who need a review of basic technical math concepts. The primary goal of this course is to help individuals acquire a solid foundation in the basic skills of math/shop algebra and geometry. This course will show how these skills can model and solve authentic real-world problems. This is a blended on-line course utilizing Tooling "U", Desire to Learn (D2L) and proctored unit exams. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00
CMAE1510
Print Reading
This course will orient the student to the basic skills and abilities required for understanding prints as utilized in a manufacturing/industrial environment. Emphasis will be placed upon the interpretation of lines and symbols, multi-view drawing (including orthographic projection, isometric and perspective drawings, title blocks, revision systems, dimensioning and tolerance symbols and principles.) Additional knowledge and skill development will include applications of math/geometry in relation to mechanical print reading, interpretation of basic weld symbols, and basic shop sketching. Students will apply the knowledge acquired through a variety of in-class activities and external assignments. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
Total 5.00
Semester 1 - Second 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1518
Manufacturing Processes
This course develops the basic knowledge necessary to understand and apply industry defined standards in manufacturing processes and production needed by entry level production employees. Preparation for, and completion of, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)-Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
CMAE1514
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Safety
This course is designed to align with the MSSC assessment and certification system for safety. This course delivers the 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 501-mandated standard. Preparation for taking and passing the MSSC-Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
Total 4.00
Semester II - First 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1506
Introduction to Computers
This course is designed to provide a learning experience using critical thinking and problem solving approach. Students will develop the software concepts and practical skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom. Core learning activities will encompass the Microsoft Office suite. Specific software applications featured in this class include Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Additional software based skill development include email/netmail, Desire to Learn (D2L), Smart Thinking, Computer Security and E-folio. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00
CMAE1528
Career Success Skills
This course is an introductory career success skills course. Taught on modules of contextualized learning, this course will provide students with a solid foundation in the basic manufacturing and applied engineering skills needed for a successful career. This course will identify the manufacturing and applied engineering work success skills important to business and help the student assess his/her level of skill. The course will provide suggestions for how the student can improve his/her level of skill. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)
1.00
Total 3.00
Semester II - Second 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1526
Maintenance Awareness
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Maintenance Awareness course introduces the concepts of Total Productive Maintenance and Preventative Maintenance. This course is designed to align with the MSSC assessment and certification system for Maintenance Awareness. Preparation for, and completion of, the MSSC-Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
CMAE1522
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Quality
This course provides the student with the basic knowledge necessary to understand and apply quality concepts that have been identified by the MSSC Assessment and certification system for Quality Practices. Students will be introduced to a quality management system and its components. Preparation for taking and passing the MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
Total 4.00
Estimated Tuition
16 cr  x  $197.00 = $3,152.00 
Books: contact program advisor 
Other Costs: contact program advisor 

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Program Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will: Graduates will be able to:
  1. Identify and apply appropriate safety procedures
  2. Use technical mathematics to solve problems
  3. Demonstrate use of common computer software
  4. Analyze and apply specific manufacturing process procedures
  5. Identify and apply specific quality procedures
  6. Interpret symbols and blueprints accurately for a variety of projects
  7. Identify appropriate and inappropriate professional behavior

Production Technologies Faculty & Advisors

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507-379-3300
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Austin, MN 55912
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Required Core Courses (16 Credits)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
CMAE1502
Technical Mathematics
This is an introductory technical math course. The course is designed both for students who have basic math skills and for those who need a review of basic technical math concepts. The primary goal of this course is to help individuals acquire a solid foundation in the basic skills of math/shop algebra and geometry. This course will show how these skills can model and solve authentic real-world problems. This is a blended on-line course utilizing Tooling "U", Desire to Learn (D2L) and proctored unit exams. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00 CMAE1502
CMAE1506
Introduction to Computers
This course is designed to provide a learning experience using critical thinking and problem solving approach. Students will develop the software concepts and practical skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom. Core learning activities will encompass the Microsoft Office suite. Specific software applications featured in this class include Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Additional software based skill development include email/netmail, Desire to Learn (D2L), Smart Thinking, Computer Security and E-folio. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00 CMAE1506
CMAE1510
Print Reading
This course will orient the student to the basic skills and abilities required for understanding prints as utilized in a manufacturing/industrial environment. Emphasis will be placed upon the interpretation of lines and symbols, multi-view drawing (including orthographic projection, isometric and perspective drawings, title blocks, revision systems, dimensioning and tolerance symbols and principles.) Additional knowledge and skill development will include applications of math/geometry in relation to mechanical print reading, interpretation of basic weld symbols, and basic shop sketching. Students will apply the knowledge acquired through a variety of in-class activities and external assignments. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 CMAE1510
CMAE1514
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Safety
This course is designed to align with the MSSC assessment and certification system for safety. This course delivers the 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 501-mandated standard. Preparation for taking and passing the MSSC-Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 CMAE1514
CMAE1518
Manufacturing Processes
This course develops the basic knowledge necessary to understand and apply industry defined standards in manufacturing processes and production needed by entry level production employees. Preparation for, and completion of, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)-Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 CMAE1518
CMAE1522
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Quality
This course provides the student with the basic knowledge necessary to understand and apply quality concepts that have been identified by the MSSC Assessment and certification system for Quality Practices. Students will be introduced to a quality management system and its components. Preparation for taking and passing the MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 CMAE1522
CMAE1526
Maintenance Awareness
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Maintenance Awareness course introduces the concepts of Total Productive Maintenance and Preventative Maintenance. This course is designed to align with the MSSC assessment and certification system for Maintenance Awareness. Preparation for, and completion of, the MSSC-Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 CMAE1526
CMAE1528
Career Success Skills
This course is an introductory career success skills course. Taught on modules of contextualized learning, this course will provide students with a solid foundation in the basic manufacturing and applied engineering skills needed for a successful career. This course will identify the manufacturing and applied engineering work success skills important to business and help the student assess his/her level of skill. The course will provide suggestions for how the student can improve his/her level of skill. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)
1.00 CMAE1528

Production Technologies (CERT) Program Curriculum was last updated on 05/09/2014

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