Manufacturing technology is now “product and process technology” at Monroe County Community College (MCCC) in Michigan, reports Community College Times. The name change is meant to reflect the new, high-performance manufacturing techniques students can learn.
Manufacturing is coming back in Michigan, says Bob Leonard, an instructor in the new program.
“I’m getting calls now for CNC (computer numerical control) technicians. They need people who know the machines and the codes,” he said.
To keep up with industry, the program added high-speed machining machines and “more safety, more CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing),” Leonard said.
Students can earn certificates in CNC or CAD/CAM or earn an associate degree in product and process technology. Pay starts at $15 to $25 an hour.
In the future, Leonard hopes to add small tools to train students to work in the medical manufacturing industry. He also wants to add an art class to teach design.