Dec 01, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Tooling and Manufacturing Technology, A.A.A.S.

Academic Program Code: 908

The Tooling and Manufacturing Technology program prepares technicians for employment in the modern tooling and manufacturing industry. The manufacturing segment of our economy continues to offer a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities. The automation of manufacturing equipment and processing continues to change the world of work, requiring technicians to have increased skills. The manufacturing of products creates thousands of secure technician-level jobs each year, most of which do not require a four-year degree. Students will learn both the soft skills and technical skills needed to be a successful technician. Soft skills include teamwork, problem solving, quality principles, and communication skills. Technical skills (based on National Skill Standards) include machine tool operations, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming, Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Program graduates are prepared to become manufacturing engineering technicians, skilled tradespersons (tool and die or mold makers), or CNC programmers. These positions often pave the way for a career as an engineering technician in manufacturing management, industrial sales, or technical training; or owning and operating a company. Students can customize the Tooling and Manufacturing Technology program to meet their educational and training needs. The program offers the following features: Challenge exams are available for most courses. Advanced-standing credits are available for many high school students. Work experience can be gained through Co-op classes. Several career tracks are available to students. Enrollment may be part-time or full-time, days or nights. The following courses may be taken in any order and at any time they are available as long as prerequisites are met. However, students are expected to confer with a faculty advisor and to base choices on both their own goals and the strength of their previous work experience. Students seeking an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree are required to complete the following course requirements.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work from the General Education Course list.  Course work must be selected as directed from the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


Select one (1) Humanities General Education Elective.

Social Sciences

Select one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Select one (1) Natural Sciences Lab/Non Lab General Education Elective or one (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.  PH 125 - College Physics I  is suggested.

General Education Total Credit Hours

15 (minimum)

Career Elective Courses

Select a minimum of nine (9) credit hours from any of the following Tooling/Manufacturing Career Electives.  The number of credits needed will depend on the number of remaining credits needed to reach the 60 credits necessary for degree completion.

Total Credit Hours


Program Notes

If upon completion of the program, students would like to continue their education by transferring to a 4-year institution, they should consult the 4-year institution to identify specific courses that will transfer. It is also strongly suggested that students work with a faculty advisor in the Manufacturing department for course selection 

All students intending to transfer should take DR 258 , EN 101 , MA 107 , MA 108 , and PH 125  (to meet their Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective) for this program.