Manufacturing Technician

Institution: Northeast Technical Institute
Document Type: Program Syllabus
Effective Date:
Program Hours: 280
Prerequisites: Admission to the program

Program Description

The Manufacturing Technician program provides students with core competencies in: bench-work, precision measurement, blue print reading, industrial safety, technical math, manufacturing concepts and workplace skills/communication and leadership development. Students then can select an area of concentration in the manufacturing industry upon successful completion of the classroom portion of their program. This program is part of the manufacturing career pathway which prepares students for a variety of entry level positions in the manufacturing industry.

Program Objectives

  1. Prepare students with the workplace skills including safety, manufacturing math, concepts, tools/bench skills that are needed for entry- level positions in the manufacturing industry.
  2. Prepare students for entry-level employment with manufacturers, contractors, and other Maine businesses that may lead to a position as machine operator, sheet metal fabricator, production technician, team leaders/supervisor, and more.
  3. Give students a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of professional development and customer service.
  4. Emphasis is also placed on lean manufacturing throughout the program, proper safety practices and procedures, in the workplace.

Methods of Instruction

This course is a blended model of E-Learning and Active Learning which requires the student to adopt a critical thinking approach. Utilizing quizzes prior to and post lecture, the instructor facilitates the classroom through a series of virtual labs and team activities where they can apply newly learned sills conducting industry best practice exercises.


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Assessment Weights

On Line Exams: 75%
Off Line Skills Assessments: 25%


Manufacturing Math (BMT-L2, 60 hours)

This course reviews the math operations and concepts commonly used on the job in the production environment. The learner hones addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fraction, decimal, percentage, and averaging, ratio, and geometry skills. Expose the learner to basic linear problem solving and geometric operations, such as calculating surface area and volume. Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers; Perform combined operations with whole numbers; Convert values having one unit of measure into values with different units of measure; Estimate answers to simple word problems; Convert units and use dimensional analysis to set-up, solve, and check solutions to word problems; Apply ratios, fractions, and percentages to interpret; Dimensional tolerances on prints; Create a tolerance band (+/- zone) around a nominal measurement/dimension; Know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions; Know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals; Change fractions to decimals; Understand percentages.

Workplace Skills and Communication (BMT-L3, 25 hours)

This course explains the importance of effective communication, listening skills, and feedback. Upon completion, the learner will be able to identify the roles of the sender and receiver and explain the effects of encoding and decoding. The learner also learns to identify the barriers to effective communication and appropriate types of communication to use in various situations. Conflict resolution defines conflict and identifies the strategies used to manage it. The learner learns to identify the sources of the conflict and categorize the conflict as positive or negative. Also, covers active listening skills and strategies to minimize negative effects of conflict. Working in groups provides an overview of groups and group decision-making. The learner studies group types, group formation, and the components and attributes of working effectively in a group. The learner also learns about the advantages and disadvantages of group decision-making, as well as the best decision-making strategies for any situation.

Blueprint Reading (BMT-L4, 30 hours)

This course introduces reading and interpreting blueprints with a focus on reviewing common elements, the alphabet of lines, and the differences between types of drawings. Also, provides dimension definitions for height, width, and depth, and reviews dimension and geometric symbols and datum’s. Enhances the learner’s math and geometry knowledge through practical application.

Manufacturing Concepts (BMT-L5, 50 hours)

This course introduces advanced manufacturing through study of the technologies, processes, performance objectives, and personnel employed in modern manufacturing. Includes examination of computer technologies, such as CNC, PLC, automation, and software. The learner learns how to calculate critical performance objectives, as well as common physical plant layouts and the typical organization of manufacturing personnel and their responsibilities. Manual Machine Tools provides an overview of the operation, function, and uses on many common tools used in manufacturing.

Measurement (BMT-L6, 40 hours)

This course is a cornerstone of all technical career paths and a major part of quality assurance. This course covers basic measurement, precision measurement, direct gauging, indirect gauging, and dimensional measurements using both the U.S. customary system and the SI metric system. The course also provides an introduction to the history, principles, and systems of measurement; exposure to the variety of measuring tools used by industry to assure quality at the source; an understanding of the construction, use, and proper care of basic measuring tools; training in the application of basic measuring tools to a variety of sample parts in order to produce an inspection report; and practice using direct and comparison measuring tools.

Introduction to Lean Manufacturing (BMT-L7, 25 hours)

This course introduces the concepts, terms, and application of lean manufacturing principles and practices in the manufacturing process. Provides an overview of the history and evolution of lean, the benefits of lean process, and the role of management in the lean process. Lean overview and workplace organization provides understanding of the context and vocabulary of lean manufacturing, including: the history and purposes of lean manufacturing, the Toyota Production System, principles of workplace organization, and 5S workplace organization process: Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain.

Safety in the Workplace (BMT-L8, 20 hours)

This course reviews basic workplace safety concepts and practices. Focuses on the common causes of workplace accidents and injuries, the role of OSHA and other federal and state agencies in regulating safety, and workplace safety initiatives. Hazardous communication reviews the definitions, uses, and standards related to hazardous materials. Learner learns how to use and understand a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), hazardous chemical labels, the Hazardous Material Identification System (HMIS), and the HMIS color bar. Confined spaces review the hazards involved in entering and working in a confined space and OSHA’s requirements for entry permit programs.

Work Mechanical Fabrication (BMT-L9, 30 hours)

This course grounds learners in the basic knowledge needed for assembly. Learners focus on the proper and safe application of hand tools. Mechanical fabrication builds knowledge in the many types of bolts, wrenches and other fittings commonly used in industry and how to properly apply them, including pneumatic fabrication fittings. Focuses on proper techniques for checking connections and testing fittings with an emphasis on safety. Proper tool use helps in many ways, including injury avoidance, fewer product quality issues, and lower tool breakage costs. Fasteners provides excellent application knowledge regarding bolt types, size, and grades as well as screws, washers, locking nut devices, pins, and keys.


SequenceParent Part NumberComponent Description
1.0WXSA101-XX00XEN-E1Safety Practices and Regulations
1.1WXSA101-XX01XEN-E1What Is Safety?
1.2WXSA101-XX02XEN-E1Regulating Safety
1.3WXSA101-XX03XEN-E1Practicing Safety in the Workplace
2.0WXSA102-XX00XEN-E1Personal Protective Equipment
2.1WXSA102-XX01XEN-E1Introduction to Personal Protective 3quipment
2.2WXSA102-XX02XEN-E1Workplace PPE Requirements
2.3WXSA102-XX03XEN-E1Types of PPE Part 1
2.4WXSA102-XX04XEN-E1Types of PPE Part 2
3.0WXAM101-XX00XEN-E1Principles of Advanced Manufacturing
3.2WXAM101-XX02XEN-E1Technology and Advanced Manufacturing
3.3WXAM101-XX03XEN-E1Manufacturing Metrics
3.4WXAM101-XX04XEN-E1Plant Layout
3.5WXAM101-XX05XEN-E1Advanced Manufacturing Plant Organization
4.0WXLM100-XX00XEN-E1Lean Overview and Workplace Organization
4.1WXLM100-XX01XEN-E1the History of LEAN Manufacturing
4.2WXLM100-XX02XEN-E1Workplace Organization
5.0WXMA101-XX00XEN-E1Mathematics 1
5.1WXMA101-XX01XEN-E1Course Introduction
5.2WXMA101-XX02XEN-E1Basic Math Terms and Concepts
5.3WXMA101-XX03XEN-E1Working with Whole Numbers
5.4WXMA101-XX04XEN-E1Fractions and Decimals
5.5WXMA101-XX05XEN-E1Percentage Average and Ratio
5.6WXMA101-XX06XEN-E1Geometry Basic
6.0WXLM101-XX00XEN-E1Introduction to Lean
6.1WXLM101-XX02XEN-E1The Need for Lean
6.2WXLM101-XX03XEN-E1What Lean Is
6.3WXLM101-XX04XEN-E1What LEAN Is Not: the Eight Deadly Wastes
6.4WXLM101-XX05XEN-E1Methods for Lean Transformation
7.0VB701-XA00XEN-E1Machine Tools 1 (96-MP1)
7.1VB701-XA01XEN-E1Band Saw Operation
7.2VB701-XA02XEN-E1Introduction to the Drill Press
7.3VB701-XA03XEN-E1Drill Press Operations
8.0W19004-XA00XEN-E1Mechanical Fabrication 1 (950-MPF1)
8.1W19004-XA01XEN-E1Threaded Fasteners
8.4W19004-XA05XEN-E1Pliers and Locking Devices
8.5W19004-XA06XEN-E1Mallets and Non-Threaded Fasteners
8.6W19004-XA07XEN-E1Torque Wrench
8.7W19004-XA08XEN-E1Portable Power Tools
9.0WXPD101-XX00XEN-E1Communication Skills
9.1WXPD101-XX01XEN-E1Introduction to Communication
9.2WXPD101-XX02XEN-E1the Sender
9.3WXPD101-XX03XEN-E1the Receiver
9.4WXPD101-XX04XEN-E1the Medium
9.5WXPD101-XX05XEN-E1Feedback and Noise
10.0WXPD103-XX00XEN-E1Working in Groups
10.1WXPD103-XX01XEN-E1Group Dynamics
10.2WXPD103-XX02XEN-E1Group Decision-Making
11.0WXLM103-XX00XEN-E1Total Productive Maintenance
11.1WXLM103-XX01XEN-E1Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
12.0WXSA105-XX00XEN-E1Lockout / Tagout
12.1WXSA105-XX01XEN-E1Lockout / Tagout
13.0WXBP101-XX00XEN-E1Blueprint Reading
13.1WXBP101-XX01XEN-E1Blueprint Lines
13.3WXBP101-XX03XEN-E1Blueprint Views
13.4WXBP101-XX04XEN-E1Blueprint Dimensions and Notes
13.5WXBP101-XX05XEN-E1Blueprint Process Drawings
14.0W12207-XX00XEN-E1Print Reading 1 (950-PR1)
14.1W12207-XX01XEN-E1Introduction to Print Reading
14.2W12207-XX02XEN-E1Print Dimensioning
14.3W12207-XX03XEN-E1Assembly Drawings and Fasteners
14.4W12207-XX04XEN-E1Introduction to Geometric Tolerancing
15.0V19017-CA00XEN-E1Measurement Tools 1 (950-MES1)
15.1V19017-CA01XEN-E1Basic Measurement
15.2V19017-CA02XEN-E1Precision Measurement
15.3V19017-CA03XEN-E1Dimensional Gauging
16.0WXSA103-XX00XEN-E1Hazardous Communication
16.1WXSA103-XX01XEN-E1Hazardous Materials - Definitions Uses and Standards
16.2WXSA103-XX02XEN-E1Hazard Communication Documents
17.0WXPD102-XX00XEN-E1Conflict Resolution
17.1WXPD102-XX01XEN-E1Understanding Conflict
17.2WXPD102-XX02XEN-E1Advanced Listening Skills for Conflict Management
17.3WXPD102-XX03XEN-E1Managing Conflict