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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. 

View also the Composites Manufacturing Technology program.

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

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.

Current wage information can be found for each career option. After finding the career option in O*NET OnLine, click on Wages & Employment, click Local Salary Info, select Washington, and click 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.

Gainful Employment regulations passed by the federal government require colleges to disclose how certain programs (i.e., programs that meet certain criteria) prepare students for "gainful employment." Click on the link below to view gainful employment information for this program.

Manufacturing Technology: Principles of Precision Machining - Gainful Employment Disclosure