Production Technologies Certificate

Why Choose Production Technologies Certificate at CLC?

95-100% placement

New advanced CNC and EDM machines that are the same as used in the industry

Articulation to BSU

High demand, high wage employment

Remodeled and updated classroom and lab

Industry experienced instructors

Multiple pathways for specialization

About the Program

The Machine Tool Technology Program at Central Lakes College uses a curriculum of technical industrial standards set forth by a strong industrial advisory board made up of industry leaders in multiple manufacturing career areas. It prepares students in the areas of geometric tolerancing, advanced CAD/CAM, and advanced CNC milling, turning, and electrical discharge machine (EDM) operations.

Instruction takes place in a well-equipped shop for a hands-on, practical experience with lathes and mills, computer-aided-drafting and design software, precision machinery, computerized equipment and training using wire and sink EDMs. The demand for highly skilled machinists grows with the increased use of technology in the industry and the need to replace retired workers.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

CMAE 1502  Technical Mathematics (3 cr)
CMAE 1506  Introduction to Computer Applications (2 cr)
CMAE 1510  Print Reading (2 cr)
CMAE 1514  MSSC Safety (2 cr)
CMAE 1518  MSSC Manufacturing Processes & Production (2 cr)
CMAE 1522  MSSC Quality Practice & Measurement (2 cr)
CMAE 1526  MSSC Maintenance Awareness (2 cr)
CMAE 1528  Career Success Skills OR CMAE 1529 Career Success SKills (1 cr)
Total – 16 Credits


Career Description: Trained in production technologies, a team assembler is part of a team responsible for assembling entire products or components of products. The assembler performs all tasks conducted by the team in the assembly process and rotates through all or most of them rather than being assigned a specific task on a permanent basis. As a team leader one may participate in making management decisions affecting the work.

Program Information: Courses give an introduction to production technologies and provide initial information to start students in a manufacturing career pathway. Students engage in technical math, introductory computer skills, print interpretation, manufacturing processes, quality control, maintenance and safety.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Gain a general knowledge of production technology processes;
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of interpreting production prints;
  • Apply technical mathematics skills to production processes; and
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills.

Transfer Opportunities: This certificate is offered collaboratively with Northland Community & Technical College, Northwest Technical College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Pine Technical College, Riverland Community College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and St. Paul College through the 360 Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. Courses are transferable within all the listed colleges.

Career Titles: Assembly line machine operator, manufacturing assembler, team assembler, assembly technician, assembly operator.


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Mike Fitcher

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8000
Staples Machine Tool Lab
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Ronn Redemske

Machine Trades Instructor
Phone: 218-894-5117
Staples A115

Student Testimonials


I chose Central Lakes College because it was close to home and the Machine Tool Technology Program is known for their great instructors and educational opportunities. The Machine Trades field has a lot of jobs and career opportunities available and allows me to be creative and to work with my hands. After I graduated in 2013, I was hired by Diamond Tool & Engineering in Bertha, MN as a Wire EDM Operator and CNC Machinist. And after only a year, I am being training to be the EDM Department Lead. The degree I earned prepared me well for this position.


I chose the Machine Tool Technology Program at Central Lakes College because it was close to home and I am able to get the diploma done in one year. It is a concentrated program and a lot of work in a short time, but it is giving me the basic foundation in all aspects of machine technology so I can go into any shop and pick up their processes quickly. When I complete this training, I will gain a promotion, a wage increase and increased responsibilities with my current employer.

Employment Statistics

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