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fabrication technologies


    Video: Fabrication Technologies

    Program Number: 10-457-1
    School Year: 2017-2018
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Fond du Lac

    Program Description

    The Fabrication Technologies program enables students to acquire high-performance knowledge and skills needed to help boost the productivity, innovation, and competitiveness of local manufacturers. Students gain fabricating skills in automated cutting, forming and welding processes that prepare them for obtaining the Precision Sheet Metal Certification from the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association.  The coursework also includes topics in computer aided design (CAD); computer numerical control, advanced manufacturing planning and production; lean manufacturing practices; and quality applications used in today’s advanced manufacturing companies. Students will apply sustainable recycling methods throughout the program. The general studies courses in communications, economics and math prepare students for career advancement and provide transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities.

    Representatives from business and industry have identified skills that are essential to success in manufacturing. Students will be expected to demonstrate the Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS) throughout all the manufacturing classes. These skills include: work cooperatively, work productively, listen effectively, demonstrate a positive attitude, maintain a safe work environment, demonstrate integrity, communicate clearly, follow directions, apply problem solving strategies, apply mathematical reasoning, think critically and adapt to change.

    Approximate Costs

    • $132.20 per credit (resident)
    • $198.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Set-up and operate metal fabrication equipment.
    • Set-up and operate industrial welding and cutting equipment.
    • Interpret industrial prints.
    • Apply mathematical reasoning.
    • Use various fabrication processes.
    • Program automated machines.
    • Recommend lean manufacturing techniques within an organization.
    • Use computer-aided drafting and manufacturing software.
    • Apply quality assurance procedures.
    • Complete a project within a cross-functional team.

    Career Opportunities

    • Fabricator
    • Press Brake Operator/Programmer
    • Laser Operator/Programmer
    • Faster advancement opportunities on the salary scale and positions within the company, i.e., lead person, foreman, supervisor.

    Career Pathways

    Career Pathways offer a guide to help you achieve your education and employment goals. With short-term education options based on stackable credits, Career Pathways allow you to build upon your education goals as you plan your career advancement. At each step of the way, your classes will stack to more advanced certificates and diplomas, earning industry recognized credentials that provide you potentially new employment opportunities.

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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    Term 1
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    442-109Welding for Fabricators4
    457-145Fabrication Techniques4
    623-110Technical Print Reading2
    804-113College Technical Mathematics 1A3
    890-101**College 1012
    Term 2
    457-146Advanced Fabrication Techniques4
    457-148Metal Cutting and Forming Processes3
    623-162Manufacturing Processes3
    801-136English Composition 13
    804-114College Technical Mathematics 1B2
    Term 3
    457-110Integrated Manufacturing Planning - Fabrication Technologies2
    617-114CAD 3-D, SolidWorks3
    623-151Lean Manufacturing3
    623-196Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing3
    801-1xxCommunication Course3
    806-137Comprehensive Technical Physics4
    Term 4
    457-111Integrated Manufacturing Production - Fabrication Technologies2
    628-122Basic CNC Programming and Operation3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements65

    Upon successful completion of the following courses, students will earn a Manufacturing Fundamentals Certificate:

    • 623-110 Technical Print Reading
    • 623-162 Manufacturing Processes
    • 804-113 College Technical Mathematics 1A

    General Education Options

    View the Fabrication Technologies General Education Course Options.

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Academic Planner

    Current students, please see your Advisor for your academic planner.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    Student project may incur additional fees.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.