Nearly all MFG courses are self-directed, outcome-based curricula. This provides students with a greater degree of flexibility than other programs.
Upon starting their program, students review their desired degree outcome with their advisor, and a coursework sequence is identified. This is particularly important if developmental work is needed.
The program is designed for students planning to enter the manufacturing workforce upon graduation. Often only selected credits are considered transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions. Before starting any manufacturing technology program, students are advised to contact the institution to which they intend to transfer and identify what credits may be transferable.
Most of the skills development courses in this program require two hours a week in the welding lab for each credit. This usually means students will need to schedule 24 hours or more each week in the lab. The welding lab is staffed Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm (40 hours a week).