Manufacturing Essentials Certificate

The Manufacturing Essentials Certificate prepares you for a rewarding career in the manufacturing industry. The skills you learn can be applied to careers in precision machining, automation, robotics, automotive technology, engineering technology, or welding and fabrication. You'll learn basic skills in machining, machine setup, blueprint reading, precision measuring, MIG welding, as well as safety practices.

Contact (815) 479-7521 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $3,914.55

Credit Hours to Complete: 24

Weeks to Complete: 32


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Total Manufacturing Essentials Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $2,916 $7,899.6 $11,105.52 $11,105.52
Additional Costs $998.55 $998.55 $998.55 $998.55
Program Total $3,914.55 $8,898.15 $12,104.07 $12,104.07

What makes MCC's Manufacturing Essentials Certificate program better than, or distinct from, similar programs at other institutions?

  • This certificate allows students to explore different career paths and then transfer credits into Automation, Robotics and Mechatronics AAS, Precision Machining AAS, or Welding and Fabrication AAS programs.
  • Classwork is focused on providing hands-on experience with the tools, equipment, and software used in industry.
  • You’ll learn from faculty with industry experience.
  • The curriculum was developed with input from our industry partners to teach you the skills that matter to them.

How will MCC's Manufacturing Essentials Certificate program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

  • Turn your classroom knowledge into real-world skills through internships with local industry partners.
  • Guest speakers and workplace tours connect you to employers and provide insight into what it is like to work in the industry.
  • Faculty with industry experience help you explore career paths and be better prepared to enter the workforce.

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.