The Manufacturing Program provides you with in-depth training of industrial processes to prepare you for the manufacturing industry. The A.A.S. in Manufacturing or the certificates in manufacturing will allow you to enter the workforce as a Manufacturing Technician. The program includes a specialized curriculum in manufacturing technology. Technicians set up, test, and repair manufacturing equipment using a combination of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and/or computer skills. The program allows the student to achieve seven stackable certificates while progressing through the program. Any of the stackable certificates will allow the graduate to enter the workforce while at the same time completing the remainder of certificates.

The Manufacturing Program teaches to the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM) standards.  NIMS is a collaboration of the metalworking trade associations. It was created in 1995 to ensure that America’s workforce is competitive in the global metalworking industry. NIMS is the only standard accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This certification program has been developed to focus on 9 duty areas that prepare technicians for the problems that they face today and, in the years, to come. Our interactive curriculum teaches industry knowledge, dynamic problem-solving, a variety of techniques for addressing problems, and industry-relevant procedures.

Arizona Western College teaches the following 8 duty areas which are fully stackable, enabling technicians to start working as they pursue certifications in additional duty areas.

  • Maintenance Operations
  • Basic Mechanical Systems
  • Basic Hydraulic Systems
  • Basic Pneumatic Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Electronic Control Systems
  • Process Control System
  • Maintenance Welding

 

Programs

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
DFT 100 AutoCad 1- Drafting 3 Major Requirement
ECT 105 Basic Electricity 3 Major Requirement
MFG 185 Quality Control and Inspection 3 Major Requirement
TEC 125 10-Hour OSHA Construction Card 1 Major Requirement
WLD 107 Basic Shop Tools and Welding for Beginners 2 Major Requirement

ENG 100

or

ENG 101 or ENG 107

Introduction to Composition

or

Freshman Composition 1/GE

GE- Composition
MAT 105 Mathematics for Applied Sceinces or approved higher level math 3 GE- Mathematics
    18  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
DFT 180 CAD with Solidworks 3 Major Requirement
ECT 210 Control Circuits 4 Major Requirement
MFG 195 Materials Science and Metallurgy 3 Major Requirement
WLD 123 Manufacturing/Welding Technology Survey 3 Major Requirement
ENG 101 or ENG 107 Freshman Composition 1/GE 3 GE- Composition
or      
ENG 102 or ENG 108 Freshman Compostion 2/GE 3 GE- Composition
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 GE- Social and Behavioral Sciences
  (NOTE: prerequisites to ECT 210 are ECT 105, 110, 115 & 205) 19  

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
CNC 101 CNC Machine Operator 3 Major Requirement
ECT 230 Programmable Logic Controllers 2 Major Requirement
MFG 201 Machinery/Indust. Valve & Pump, Maintenanace & Repair 3 Major Requirement
WLD 106 Techniques in Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/GE (recommended)  3 GE-Additional Courses
PHI 105 Ethics (recommended) 3 GE-Humanities
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Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
CNC 201 Computer Aided Programming for CNC Machines 3 Major Requirement
ECT 240 Power Generation Operations, Maintenance, and Repair 4 Major Requirement
WLD 127 Welder Certification and Code Application 6 Major Requirement
TEC 165 Employee and Occupational Safety 3 Major Requirement
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE-Physical and Biological Science
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Manufacturing Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
DFT 100 Auto CAD 1 Drafting 3 Major Requirement
ECT 105 Basic Electricity 3 Major Requirement
MFG 185 Quality Control and Inspection 3 Major Requirement
TEC 125  10 Hour OSHA Construction Card 1 Major Requirement
WLD 107 Basic Shop Tools and Welding for Beginners 2 Major Requirement
    12  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
DFT 180 CAD with Solidworks 3 Major Requirement
ECT 210 Control Circuits 4 Major Requirement
MFG 195 Materials Science and Metallurgy 3 Major Requirement
WLD 123 Manufacturing/Welding Technology Survey 3 Major Requirement
    13  

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
CNC 101 CNC Machine Operation 3 Major Requirement
ECT 230 Programmable Logic Controllers 3 Major Requirement
MFG 201 Machinery/Indust. Valve & Pump, Maintenanace & Repair 3 Major Techniques in Shielded Metal Arc Welding
WLD 106 Techniques in Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
    12  

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
CNC 201 Computer Aided Programming for CNC Machines 3 Major Requirement
ECT 240 Power Generation Operations, Maintenance, and Repair 4 Major Requirement
WLD 127 Welder Certification and Code Application 6 Major Requirement
TEC 165 Employee and Occupational Safety 3 Major Requirement
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Advanced Manufacturing CAD Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
DFT 100 Auto CAD Drafting 1 3 Major Requirement
CNC 101 Machine Operator 2 Prerequisite for CNC 201
    3  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
DFT 180 CAD with Solidworks 3 Major Requirement
CNC 201 Computer Aided Programming for CNC Machines 3 Major Requirement
    6  

Basic Manufacturing CAD Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

One Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
DFT 100 Auto CAD 1 Drafting 3 Major Requirement
CNC 101 CNC Machine Operation 3 Major Requirement
    6  

Basic Manufacturing Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
MFG 185 Quality Control and Inspection 3 Major Requirement
MFG 201 Machinery/Indust. Valve & Pump, Maintenanace & Repair 3 Major Requirement
    6  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
MFG 195 Materials Science and Metallurgy 3 Major Requirement
    3  

Electrical for Manufacturing Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 105 Basic Electricity  3 Major Requirement
ECT 210 Control Circuits 4 Major Requirement
    7  

Second Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 230 Programmable Logice Controllers 3 Major Requirement
    3  

Basic Power Generation Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

One Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 240 Power Generation Operations, Maintenance, and Repair 4 Major Requirement
    4  

Welding for Manufacturing Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
Complete one from:   3 Major Requirement
WLD 104 Techniques in Flux Core Arc Welding    
WLD 105 Techniques in Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting     
WLD 106 Techniques in Shielded Metal Arc Welding    
WLD 109 Techniques in Gas Metal Arc Welding    
    3  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
WLD 123 Manufacturing/Welding Technology Survey 3 Major Requirement
WLD 127 Welder Certification and Code Application 6 Major Requirement
    9  

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Manufacturing program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations and annual median wages. Some occupations may require additional education or training.

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators 
Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.
$32,656
Manufacturing Production Technicians
Set up, test, and adjust manufacturing machinery or equipment, using any combination of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer technologies.
$55,819
Milling and Planing Machine Operators
Set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.
$48,709 
Multiple Machine Tool Operators
Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.
$34,148 
Programmers of Computer and Numerically Controlled Machine Tools
Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.
$56,154
Quality Control Inspector
Quality control inspectors examine materials and products for any hazards, defects, or deviations.
$38,087
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Set up, operate or tend welding, soldering or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder or heat treat metal products, components or assemblies.
$35,300
Power Generation Technician Salaries
Control the amount of power by maintaining the electricity and voltage throughout the plant.
$41,395

Contact Information

Kenia Lopez
Senior Secretary, Construction and Technology Programs
(928) 344-7752

Pasquale Lamaestra
Director of Construction and Technology Programs
(928) 317-6005

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