Explore this certificate program and build a skills set that will allow you to perform standalone competencies to enhance or begin your career in advanced manufacturing. These high demand skills will lead to employment and career growth with opportunities to continue your education into the degree program and beyond.

Program Overview

What Will You Learn?


The program will provide a solid foundation of skills transferable to all advanced manufacturing roles where these skills combine into an interesting and challenging career in our modern economy. Graduates use a hands-on curriculum to reinforce good math, computer, precision measurement, CNC, and general skills to be able to perform in our high-tech industry.


In-State Tuition: $223/credit

Out-of-State / International Tuition: $429/credit

Some programs have additional program fees


2 Semesters

24-25 credits

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  • This program may be completed 50% or more online.


  • High School Diploma or GED/HiSET.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must have stable muscle control.


  • This program may be completed at QCC Worcester (Main Campus).
  • This program may be completed face-to-face.
  • Many of the courses do have Online/Remote access; however, there are many lab activities to be completed on site.


The following program(s) have connections that can be completed alongside or applied to this program:

Associate of Science

Manufacturing Technology

Become part of an ever expanding and diversifying manufacturing community. Learn about the skills needed to succeed and the vast array of high demand job functions being created by our highly advanced manufacturing community.

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Course TitleCourse #Semester OfferedCreditsPrerequisites

Semester 1

  • Apply and get accepted to this program (Program Code: MPC).
  • Register for and successfully complete all courses to graduate in two semesters.
  • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss associate degree (Program Code: MP); or create an account on the QCC job board to search for internships, co-ops and jobs.
  • Complete MNT 100 and MNT 108 (both courses include certification exams).
Introduction to Microcomputer ApplicationsCIS 111F/S/SU3 
Manufacturing SafetyMNT 100F/S3Placement into college level English, MAT 095 with a grade of “C” or higher or approp place score
Mechanical CAD IMNT 101F/S3MAT 095 with a grade of “C” or higher or approp place score
Basic Machine OperationMNT 108F/S3MAT 095 with a grade of “C” or higher or approp place score

Semester 2

  • Apply to associate degree (Program Code: MP); or if seeking employment, meet with Career Services for career readiness preparation and to learn more about QCC’s job board.
  • Submit an Intent to Graduate Form, located on The Q.
College Algebra ORMAT 100F/S/SU3-4QMAT placement score > 32 or Coreq: MAT 097
Mathematics for Technicians IMAT 147F/SUMAT 095 with a grade of “C” or higher or approp place score
QualityMNT 106S3 
Manufacturing Materials and ProcessesMNT 110S3MAT 095 with a grade of “C” or higher or approp place score
Maintenance and Instrumentation in ManufacturingMNT 115S3 
Total Credits Required:  24-25 

Program Goals:

The Manufacturing Technology Certificate is designed to introduce the principles of engineering and manufacturing. The program prepares students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to the identification and resolution of production problems in the manufacture of products. The student will gain basic knowledge of material properties and identify a variety of production processes to assist in a production environment. Along with enhanced computer skills, the student will be able to communicate effectively in a manufacturing environment and use industry standard software to operate as an entry-level manufacturing/engineering technician.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply mathematical and scientific concepts to solve manufacturing problems.
  • Practice safe working protocols to nurture ethical responsibilities.
  • Communicate technical information both verbally and in written form.
  • Use modern tooling, skills, and techniques for effective manufacturing systems practice.
  • Understand the behavior of a variety of material properties as they relate to manufacturing processing.
  • Apply accurate design methodology and use industry standard CAD software to improve quality and production.
  • Identify problems before they occur and design a solution.

Admissions Process:

Admissions inquiries should be directed to admissions@qcc.mass.edu. Prospective students may apply to the program of their choice by following the enrollment steps at www.QCC.edu/enrollment-steps.

Program Admissions Requirements:

Students should note that some first semester courses carry minimum prerequisites. Refer to the program grid.

  • High School Diploma or GED/HiSET.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must have stable muscle control.

CORI, SORI, Finger Printing & Drug Testing:

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks are not required. Fingerprinting and drug testing are not required.

Additional Cost:

See the Program Fees page.

  • Students should anticipate additional expenses for professional certification examinations.

Technical Performance Standards:

See the Technical Performance Standards page. (Note: Not all programs have technical performance standards).

Credit for Prior Learning:

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) allows students to use skills they already have towards a college degree or certificate. Work, life, volunteer and military experience may be translated into credit, allowing students to take fewer classes and earn their degree faster. CPL eliminates redundancies for students who have already earned credentials or mastered skills required for their program of study. Email experience@qcc.mass.edu for more information and eligibility.

  • To evaluate technical prior learning credit, students should contact the Center for Career & Transfer Services.

Career Outlook:

Please consult the Massachusetts Career Information System at https://masscis.intocareers.org/ or the Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/ooh/ for specific occupational information. The CIP code for this program is 15.0613.

Transfer Articulations & Opportunities:

Prospective students may learn more about transfer articulation agreements at www.QCC.edu/agreements. More information regarding transfer opportunities is available at www.QCC.edu/transfer.

Additional Information:

  • The Quinsigamond Community College Manufacturing Technology Certificate is endorsed by the Manufacturing Institute, a non-partisan affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The Manufacturing Institute launched the Skills Certification System to address the skills gap challenge and to promote a renaissance of manufacturing education across the country. For additional information, visit the Manufacturing Institute at www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/ or the Skills Certification System at www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/workers/skills-certifications/.
  • If successful graduates wish to continue their education, the courses required for the Manufacturing Technology Certificate apply to the Manufacturing Technology associate degree.
  • The courses in this program are aligned with national standards as set by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).