Manufacturing Technology

Manufacturing skills, particularly CNC/machining skills, are in demand by companies such as The Boeing Company, Boeing suppliers, Lockheed Martin, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and many others. The aerospace industry hires many with manufacturing skills, and predicts they will see significant increases in employment capacity over the next few years. In addition, many workers in this industry are approaching retirement age, which means the industry will need to fill those positions. 


Certificates of Completion

Certificates of Recognition

For the Composites Manufacturing Technology program, click here.


At the end of the program, successful students will be able to:

  • Use basic communication skills (writing, reading, speaking, listening and computing) to work effectively as a team member in a manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of safety rules for equipment, personal protective equipment, interpret Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS), and safety features of machines in a manufacturing laboratory.
  • Identify basic types of drawings, prepare resources for production, develop an effective process plan and create dimensioned drawings of parts to be produced.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform programming calculations and handwrite numerical control codes, as well as program, trouble shoot, safely set-up and operate CNC lathes and milling machines.
  • Program, run, edit and troubleshoot NC codes.
  • Create 2D drawings using Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, apply tool paths and post NC code for the production of parts.
  • Operate common manual machine tools in a safe and efficient manner to accurately manufacture parts to customer specifications.
  • Interpret engineering drawings and geometric dimensioning and tolerance symbols.

 To learn more about the Manufacturing Technology program, view the program brochure.


For up-to-date information, go to http://www.onetonline.org/ and simply enter the job title in Occupation Search field.


Current wage information can be found for each career option. After finding the career option in O*NET online, click on Wages & Employment, select Washington in the State & National field and GO.


  • Currently no license is required for manufacturing technology careers in Washington State. Students are encouraged to research career goals as more employers are seeking employees with degrees and may also require specific certifications (i.e. CNC).
  • Information regarding employment and training can be researched at the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) website.


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Olympic College is an approved National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) test site. As part of a national endeavor to build and maintain a globally competitive workforce, NIMS operates under rigorous and highly disciplined processes as the only developer of standards, for the nation's metalworking industry, accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). OC's Manufacturing-Precision Machining program is aligned with the skills standards for NIMS Certification and students completing this program can test for this credential.


Brian Petty
Phone: 360.473.2827
Email: bpetty@olympic.edu

Source: 2012 Olympic College Workforce Development "Red Book"