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Manufacturing Engineering Technologies

Why Choose the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies Program?

Graduates of the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies (MET) degree & certificate programs are industry-ready professionals with the knowledge & skills to increase domestic and global manufacturing efficiency. Students will accomplish this through optimal use of modern and cutting-edge manufacturing & automation technologies, such as: ​

  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) & Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software programs ​
  • Manual machining processes (lathes, mills, surface grinders, tool & cutter grinders, etc.) ​
  • Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machining & Turning Centers (CNC Mills & Lathes) ​
  • Additive Manufacturing (AKA 3D-Printing) ​
  • Industrial & Collaborative Robots (FANUC, Kuka, UR, Omron, etc.) ​
  • Advanced Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) tools, including Generative Design & Finite Element Analysis ​(FEA)
  • Advanced programming techniques, including Subroutines, Macros, & Logic ​
  • Other CNC Machines: WaterJet, Plasma, Laser, & Coordinate-Measuring Machines (CMM) ​

Today’s Manufacturing Engineers & Technicians must also possess a broader range of skills and knowledge – beyond the traditional “machinist” skillset – in order to be successful in their careers. These skills focus on the entire manufacturing processes of components and assemblies throughout a factory, from raw material to finished products. To accomplish this, students will learn & practically-apply innovative manufacturing engineering techniques, including: ​

  • The Engineering Design Process ​& project planning, organization, & execution
  • Design for X (DFX) principles, such as Design for Manufacturing (DFM), Design for Sustainability (DFS), & Design for Automated Assembly (DFAA) ​
  • Lean Manufacturing / Toyota Production System (TPS)​
  • Siemens “Systems Approach” methodology ​

Students who complete the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies AAS-T Degree will also have the ability to further their education at any time following graduation, by enrolling in our Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology and Automation (BAS–META) – the first Bachelor’s degree in mechatronics to be offered in the Pacific NW. Learn more about the BAS-META program at the link.

Manufacturing Engineering Technologies prepares you for a wide range of careers in Advanced Manufacturing. Our certificate & à-la-carte options are ideal for individuals looking to up-skill or pursue specific interests/technologies. The Creative Engineering Lab (CEL) course is designed for those with manufacturing entrepreneurship and product development in mind. Whichever option(s) you pursue can lead to an associate degree, which can then lead to a bachelor's degree in mechatronics, all done here at CPTC!

How Long It Takes:

All program lengths are estimates and are not guaranteed.

Potential Careers

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Manufacturing Engineer Career & Wage Details

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Manufacturing Day Provides Hands-On Opportunities for Students

A s one of Clover Park Technical College’s seven schools, Advanced Manufacturing is a key component of the college’s offerings. The college had the opportunity to showcase those programs at its annual Manufacturing Day event on Friday, Oct. 5, with 500 local high school students in attendance to learn about the possibilities of a career in manufacturing.

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Two hundred local high school students had the chance to tour CPTC's Advanced Manufacturing labs during the college's Manufacturing Day celebration on Friday, Oct. 13.

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