Manufacturing Technology

The Manufacturing Technology program at KCC offers four specializations:

Machine Tool Industrial Maintenance Welding TWDL
A.A.S. A.A.S. A.A.S. A.A.S.
Advanced Certificate Advanced Certificate Advanced Certificate Advanced Certificate
Intermed. Certificate Intermed. Certificate Intermed. Certificate Intermed. Certificate
Certificate I Certificate I Certificate I Certificate I
Basic Certificate Basic Certificate Basic Certificate Basic Certificate
Mfg. Production Certificate Mfg. Production Certificate Mfg. Production Certificate Mfg. Logistics Certificate

These programs provide students with fundamental theories in technology processes within manufacturing industries.

Each specialization offers a learning sequence designed to give flexible training options depending on the students’ goals. Students can finish a number of short-term training certificates as they progress through the program, and can join the program at multiple points, depending on assessment results and educational goals.

Each program specialization stresses Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) criteria. The MSSC is an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. The Manufacturing Technology program was created as part of the Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing, which includes 21 Illinois community colleges.

Employment opportunities

Local and regional opportunities in manufacturing technology occupations are currently available.

Illinois companies will hire more than 30,000 employees in advanced manufacturing positions each year over the next five years (source: Illinois Manufacturers Association). The average salary, nationally, in manufacturing is $74,000, according to the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, "Training Skilled Workers," Sept. 10, 2012;

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of industrial production managers to grow 9% through 2020.

Helpful links

"KCC answers push for more skilled manufacturing workers" - The Daily Journal, May 25, 2013

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council YouTube video

Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) - Statistical and general manufacturing information

Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing


Mark Anderson, program coordinator