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This release prepared by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Rebecca Eidson, Director, 646-1507,
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate, 646-1506,

Tri-County’s New Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate Program Begins February 2


(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- Beginning February 2, Tri-County Technical College’s Corporate and Community Education Division (formerly the Continuing Education Division) will offer a new Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate program that will enable workers to build the core knowledge and skills needed in today’s advanced manufacturing workplace.  The certificate program is based on the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC) standards and can be delivered in an instructor-led environment and/or through computer-based simulations of actual production applications.

“The program’s goal is to make future associates more employable,” said Rick Cothran, dean of the Corporate and Community Education Division. 

Cothran says many times managers tell him they would hire new associates if they could just find them.  “This program can help get people into manufacturing jobs by making them more employable with basic skill sets related to manufacturing.  It can help increase the skill sets or aid in developing a pool of qualified applicants.  It’s a perfect fit for entry-level operators, for example.  They are more employable if they have a strong, basic foundation.” 

The new Manufacturing Production Technician certificate will be offered as a training tool to develop skills for entry-level employees.  Offered though MSSC, the course has four modules:  Safety (work area safety, working in manufacturing, communication and teams, etc.); Quality and Continuous Improvement (blueprint reading, precision measurement, quality improvement, etc.); Manufacturing Processes and Production (mechanical principles, machine tooling, production components, etc.) and Maintenance Awareness (basic electrical, pneumatics, general mechanical maintenance, etc).  In addition, the training also helps enhance basic computer, problem-solving and analytical skills, and one’s ability to apply knowledge to specific situations.  A person can choose to pursue four certificates or just one.  Upon completion, students in the program will sit for the MSSC Certified Production Technician exam, resulting in a nationally recognized CPT credential.

The Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate program totals 140 hours.

For more information on how to apply and register for the program, contact Ron Humphries at 646-1723 or