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This certificate is designed to provide the entry level manufacturing technician or CNC operator with the basic knowledge of machining operations using traditional machine tools and basic CNC programming and CNC machine operation. Included are courses in related shop mathematics and engineering drawing interpretation. The laboratory component of the machining courses will provide the student with hands-on activities on actual machines in the machine shop and the CNC lab. The graduate of this certificate program will have a basic understanding of advanced manufacturing operations and may be able to be hired for entry level traditional machining or CNC machining operations. This certificate is offered evenings only.

This program is financial aid eligible. 

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 and today’s manufacturing employees earn higher wages and receive more generous benefits than many other working Americans. A recent study of New Hampshire employers identified a shortage of technician-level manufacturing production workers. As the aging workforce begins to retire there is already of evidence of a skills gap in the current workforce. An adequate supply of skilled workers is needed to support the growth of advanced manufacturing in New Hampshire as well as the overall health of the state economy.

Over the past two decades, New Hampshire’s manufacturing economy has been moving away from manual mill work and toward automated, “smart” manufacturing. The technology infusion and high productivity that dominate the advanced manufacturing landscape demand a smart, safe, and sustainable manufacturing workforce. This requires individuals with professionalism, applied science, technology, math, and engineering skills, as well as knowledge of manufacturing principles.

Advanced Manufacturing Processes Certificate


Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning404
MNFP 105CEngineering Drawings223
Spring Semester
MFET 111CManufacturing and Materials Processing*334


Fall Semester
MNFP 110CCNC Programming & Operation I334
Spring Semester
MNFP 112CCNC Programming & Operation II334

* 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

Students who successfully complete the certificate will have mastered the following skills:

  1. Basic shop mathematical 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 basic engineering drawings typically used in the manufacturing industry.
  3. Understanding of basic machining operations including turning, milling, drilling, grinding, and sawing, and knowing the various types of machines to accomplish these processes.
  4. Basic CNC machine operation including tool offsets, work offsets, and G-code programming fundamentals.
  5. A basic working knowledge of materials, including cutting tools and work piece materials and their interaction.

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