This certificate provides the entry-level manufacturing technician or CNC operator with basic knowledge of machining operations using traditional machine tools and basic CNC programming/machine operation. Courses include shop mathematics and engineering drawing interpretation. The lab component offers hands-on activities in the machine shop and the CNC lab. 

As a graduate of this certificate program, you’ll have a understanding of advanced manufacturing operations for entry-level positions in traditional machining or CNC machining operations. This certificate is offered evenings only.

This program is eligible for financial aid. 

Specific Admissions Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent; submit official transcript/scores with application.
  • Mechanical aptitude and basic computer skills are recommended.

Employment Outlook

Careers in advanced manufacturing are high-quality, middle class jobs. Today’s manufacturing employees earn higher wages and receive more generous benefits than many other working Americans. A recent study of N.H. employers identified a shortage of technician-level manufacturing production workers. As the aging workforce retires, there will be a skills gap you can fill to support the growth of advanced manufacturing in N.H. as well as the overall health of the state economy.

Over the past two decades, N.H.’s manufacturing economy has been moving from manual mill work toward automated, smart manufacturing. The technology infusion and high productivity demand a safe and sustainable manufacturing workforce. This requires individuals with professionalism, applied science, technology, math, and engineering skills, as well as knowledge of manufacturing principles – all of which you will receive with your NHTI education.

Advanced Manufacturing Processes Certificate


Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
MATH 120C Quantitative Reasoning 4 0 4
MNFP 105C Engineering Drawings 2 2 3
Spring Semester
MFET 111C Manufacturing and Materials Processing* 3 3 4


Fall Semester
MFET 220C Manufacturing Processes and Machine Tools 3 3 4
Spring Semester
MFET 241C Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) 3 3 4
* All students taking the following course will be charged the following materials fees: MFET 111C, $20. CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course CR – Number of credit hours for the course

Program Outcomes

Successfully completing the certificate, you’ll have mastered:

  1. Basic shop math skills necessary to solve manufacturing-related technical problems. This includes basic algebra, solving equations, basic geometry, and right triangle trigonometry.
  2. The ability to read and interpret engineering drawings typically used in the manufacturing industry.
  3. An understanding of machining operations including turning, milling, drilling, grinding, and sawing and the various machines used to accomplish these processes.
  4. CNC machine operation including tool offsets, work offsets, and G-code programming fundamentals.
  5. A working knowledge of materials, including cutting tools and work piece materials, and their interaction.

of students qualify for financial aid