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Exploring Manufacturing Careers

20-420-8 Certificate (C) 14 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If you want to pursue a career in manufacturing, but need more direction on which specific career field best matches your personality and abilities, this program will help. You’ll learn about a variety of manufacturing job opportunities, along with the pay and benefits you can expect. You will also explore the necessary steps to get into the program you choose.


Course Title
Course Number
Fluid Power
Covers hydraulic and pneumatic control circuits. Basic hydraulics, hydraulic activators, accumulators, values, pumps, motors, fluids and filters will be studied. Students also will learn about basic pneumatic principles, air compression, work devices, control devices and circuit diagrams. Closed loop proportional control is introduced in theory and lab.
Measurement & Benchwork 1
Builds a foundation for subsequent training in machining, industrial maintenance or other industrial areas requiring correct and accurate use of hand tools and precision measuring instruments in a safe manner. Prepares students for entry-level machine operator or maintenance machinist position in an industrial plant.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Math for the Trades (31804307) with a C or better OR Program Prep and ACCPL Reading >= 54 OR ACT Read >= 18 OR Program Prep
Welding, Applied Arc-TIG-MIG-Practice
Acquaints students with the common welding techniques and procedures for arc and oxyacetylene welding in all positions. Topics include fusion welding, brazing, cutting, metal identification, selection of electrodes and American Welding Society symbols. Students also develop skills needed for working with other people.
Electrical Safety, Industry
Describes hazards of electrical work and basic approaches to working safely. Students learn skills to recognize, evaluate and control electrical hazards. Includes personnel protective equipment and how to perform construction tasks safely. Introduces OSHA mandated Lockout/Tagout procedures and prepares learners for additional safety training. Upon successful completion, the student will receive a Department of Labor OSHA General Industry Safety and Health 10-hour completion card.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
College and Career Success
Participants examine career options, develop academic and career goals, and learn specific skills to enhance their success in meeting their professional and personal goals. Topics include personal and academic assessments, determining career fits, and personal development skills including learning styles, time management, test-taking, how to access academic resources, and goal setting.


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