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What does someone with Foundational Skills for Manufacturing do?

For those on a path towards a career in Manufacturing, this program serves as the first step towards one of several specialty pathways such as Industrial Maintenance, Machining and Welding. Ultimately, we encourage you to pursue certification as a Certified Production Technician (CPT) after completion of additional training modules (offered separately).  

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According to Burning Glass jobs data, Foundational Skills for Manufacturing will not see available jobs grow over the next ten years

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Training Options ForFoundational Skills for Manufacturing

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MedCerts Two and Four Year Colleges Other Online Programs
Program & Tuition Cost $4000 average Up to $20,000 $3000 average
Exam Fees, Books & Materials Included Up to $750 Up to $750
Job Ready In 3-6 months 24-48 months 3-6 months
Schedule/Flexibility On-demand 24/7 Set Class Schedule On-demand 24/7
Travel Requirements None - 100% online On-Campus Classrooms None - 100% online
Student Support Personal Advisors - text/call/email access Professors - scheduled office hours Support Inbox
Career Coaching Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements Exam-specific only
Content Delivery 3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning Professor lectures Varies - typically videos & presentations

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MF 1000 Foundational Skills for Manufacturing

skills gained

  • Describe basic manufacturing processes and the equipment/tools needed to produce products
  • Describe how to read blueprints and basic math concepts necessary for careers in manufacturing
  • Define materials, their properties, and how manufacturing changes these properties
  • Describe quality and how it is measured in manufacturing
  • Define safety guidelines and the importance of communication that employees and employers must follow in manufacturing occupations
Enrollment Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Web browser with internet connection
  • Course registration & payment
Materials Included
  • Expert-led video based training
  • Textbooks (printed and ebook)
  • Competency assessments
Student Services
  • Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  • Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  • Exam preparation process
  • Career Services Advisor

courses taken

EA 1012

Expanded Soft Skills

32 hours
2 Week

This course is designed to provide students with training aimed at creating, enhancing, and nurturing essential workplace skills.  In today’s workplace environment, there are many important qualities and skills that distinguish a true professional.  These characteristics are universal across most industries and can be transferred throughout virtually any department within an organization.

  • Learn how to be an effective member of a team and develop strategies for building a cohesive team
  • Understand the importance of time management
  • Become more professional and recognize communication methods for different kinds of situations
  • Learn the roadblocks to excellent listening and understand workplace ethics
  • Know how to recognize a problem and define alternative solutions to problems
CS 1011

Customer Service Professional I

16 hours
1 Week

This module is a unique and entertaining course designed to prepare individuals across all job titles with the core skills needed to satisfy customers of all types.  Each customer, patient, or client is critical whether you work within a call center, retail store or pharmacy, medical office/clinic, or business office.  No organization can afford to overlook or neglect the power of customer service skills.  The course includes six (6) modules on topics such as Why Customer Service Matters, What Customers Want, Essential Customer Service Skills Part I and Part II, Handling Complaints and Dealing with Angry People, and Customer Service as a Strategic Marketing Tool.  These modules are the components of the “Through the Customer’s Eyes” course that has been used to train a variety of front-line service providers across many industries and disciplines.  Within each module, students are assessed on the topics covered.  Students completing this course will attain the status of “Customer Service Certified” (CSC) as designated by the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE).

  • Appreciate why first-rate customer service adds value to every organization
  • Understand how to determine what the customer wants and provide confidence in your product
  • Know how to deal with complaints and apply the four core skills for high quality service
  • Create value and play a part in profitability through performance and productivity
  • Enhance your company's market position by demonstrating what differentiates your company from the competition
CS 1012

Customer Service Professional II

16 hours
1 Week

This module builds off of the first course, and contains three new modules that provide greater depth and focus on Sales, Communication, and Phone skills.  Students learn to use the Web as a tool, and to use exploratory questions to quickly identify customer needs – and match them to products and services.  Students are taught to discover and strengthen their “voice image” for an unstoppable first impression.  Since communication is so important to quality service, students are taught techniques to present complex information and ideas logically, clearly, and concisely.  Additional topics include information gathering, generating excitement, driving conversation, and techniques to manage phone calls through clarity and communication.  Students completing this course will attain the status of “Customer Service Certified” (CSC) as designated by the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE).

  • Apply techniques needed to attract new customers, develop lasting relationships, and deliver great service
  • Master effective business communication, through e-mail, phone, and in-person communication
  • Establish trust, credibility, rapport and match your products and services to customer needs
  • Increase profits with proven sales techniques, powerful listening skills and persuasion
  • Delivery bad news with diplomacy and tact, handle unhappy customers and volatile situations
MS 2000

Microsoft Office Series I

32 hours
2 Week

This set of courses will provide the range of skills needed to create professional-quality documents within an office environment. The content covered includes how to create, edit and enhance documents in Microsoft Word, and how to organize, calculate and analyze information in Microsoft Excel.

  • Create professional quality documents in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Prepare, edit and proof documents in Microsoft Word
  • Enhance Microsoft Word documents with lists, tables and graphics
  • Organize data and perform calculations using Microsoft Excel
  • Analyze information in Microsoft Excel using filters, tables and pivot tables
MF 1011

Manufacturing Fundamentals

64 hours
4 Week

This series of introductory level courses provide students with a basic understanding of manufacturing fundamentals. The broad nature o the content will prepare students for higher level courses in Machining, Industrial Maintenance, and Welding. Through engaging and interactive learning activities and assessments, students learn the foundational skills, safety guidelines, troubleshooting, math, and practical knowledge that prepares them for a variety of entry-level manufacturing jobs. This manufacturing fundamentals curriculum is aligned to the Department of Labor (DOL) Advanced Manufacturing Curriculum Model, and is the stepping-stone to the Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification sponsored by the Manufactured Skill Standards Council (MSSC), a nationally recognized industry credential.

EA 1012 2
CS 1011 1
CS 1012 1
MS 2000 2
MF 1011 4
Total Program Duration 10 Week

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Foundational Skills for ManufacturingJob Opportunities


$32000 – $53000
Estimated Salary


Manufacturing Machine Operator

$24000 – $44000
Estimated Salary

Career Potential

Manufacturing/Production Technician

$28000 – $54000
Estimated Salary