Demand for Manufacturing Production Technicians is expected to go up, with an expected 14,040 new jobs filled by 2018. Manufacturing production technicians set up, test, and adjust manufacturing machinery and equipment.
The Certified Production Technician Program (CPT) was designed to align with Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Standards and to help individuals enhance their core knowledge and skills for production work, from entry to front-line supervisory level. This nationally recognized certificate is based on industry-defined and federally endorsed national standards.
The program consists of four training modules, each lasting four weeks. These modules prepare the student for the standards-based assessments, which consists of 192 hours of combined interactive, online training with instructor-led material to help individuals learn the basic skills and knowledge required for manufacturing jobs. Students will also earn the National Career Readiness Certificate.
Cost of CPT Training: $2,300
One-Time Registration Fee: $60.00
Each Assessment: $55.00
Full scholarships will be awarded by the Dan River Region Collaborative to eligible participants. Other funding assistance may be available.
Employers: Fast track online program option available. Call 276.656.0267 to learn more.
Students can start with any module! Each course combines face-to-face sessions that meet Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9AM-12PM, in Frith 133, with elearning completed independently for combined 12 hours/week.
Module One: Safety Awareness provides baseline knowledge and skills needed to maintain a safe and productive work environment and ensure the safe use of equipment.  MANF 103-01
Module Two: Quality Practices and Measurement focuses on skills necessary to: read and interpret prints, compare measurements to prints, document quality problems, and suggest ideas for continuous improvement.  MANF 104-01
Module Three: Manufacturing Processes and Production focuses on skills necessary to: identify needed resources, coordinate work flow, perform & monitor process, and document product & process.  MANF 105-01
Module Four: Maintenance Awareness focuses on skills necessary to: perform preventive maintenance, monitor indicators for correct operation, and recognize possible maintenance issues with: Electrical, Pneumatic, Lubrication, Automation, Hydraulic, Couplings.  MANF 106-01
Program supported by leading local companies, including Drake Extrusion, Inc., Eastman, Nilit, and RTI Martinsville, with guaranteed interviews upon successful completion of the program.
Job Pay and Benefits
Average starting pay for this entry level position, in surrounding areas, is around $12.36 per hour with a pathway to prepare them for an advanced, high-performance manufacturing environment with an earning potential of $17.28 per
This non-credit program is managed by:
Workforce Development and Continuing Education