Certified Production Technician

80 In Classroom Hours

The Production Technician course provides the student the foundational, portable production knowledge-set applicable to entry-level production technician jobs in the manufacturing industry and prepares the student to sit for the four Manufacturing Skills Standards Council [MSSC] Production Technician certification assessments; Safety Awareness, Production & Processes, Maintenance Awareness, and Quality Assurance. Additionally, this course covers Employability Skills as a non-assessed portion of the training.

Recommended PrerequisitesHigh School Graduate or GED holder

Course Exam: Certifications

This course prepares the student for the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification exam.

Topics Covered:

COURSE OBJECTIVE: Understand the foundational technical information with the knowledge skills needed to prepare them for an advanced, high-performance manufacturing environment. 

Domain 1: Safety Awareness

  1. Introduction to OSHA         
  2. Managing Safety               
  3. Walking Working Surfaces
  4. Fire Safety and Exit Routes
  5. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  6. Hazard Communication
  7. Electrical Safety
  8. Hand and Power Tool Safety
  9. Machine Guarding
  10. Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Safety
  11. Ergonomics
  12. Powered Industrial Trucks
  13. Materials Handling and Rigging
  14. Bloodborne Pathogen


Domain 2: Production and Process

  1. Introduction to Manufacturing and Processes
  2. The Production Process
  3. Manufacturing Essentials
  4. Lean and Six Sigma
  5. Business Basics
  6. Supply Chain
  7. Machine Fundamentals


Domain 3: Maintenance Awareness

  1. Maintenance Principles
  2. Mechanical Systems
  3. Electrical Systems
  4. Fluid Systems
  5. Maintenance Safety


Domain 4: Quality Assurance

  1. Introduction to Quality Management
  2. Measuring Process Quality
  3. Quality Improvement Systems
  4. Industrial Print Reading
  5. Problem Solving


Textbook: The four textbooks for the class are provided with the course.

Instructional Strategies:

  • Instructor-led and Guided Group Interaction
  • Skills Demonstration, Group Processes, and Problem-Solving
  • Computer Labs and Simulations
  • Interactive Student Activities

Methods of Evaluation:

  • Hands-on Practice Activities
  • Written and Verbal Responses
  • Quizzes & Exams
  • Individual and Team Coaching
  • Written and Verbal Assignments
  • Learner-Centered Projects
  • Certification Exams

Credentials to Support US Department of Labor SOC Code(s): 49-1011, 49-9071, and 51-1011. All three positions are considered Bright Outlook jobs by the US Department of Labor with significant job growth over the next few years.

49-1011.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and RepairersDirectly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

Median wages (2014)
Job Growth:

$29.88 hourly or $62,150 annual

Sample of reported job titles: Crew Leader, Electrical Foreman, Facilities Manager, Facility Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance Foreman, Maintenance Manager, Maintenance Planner, Maintenance Supervisor, Production Crew Supervisor, Superintendent

49-9071.00 - Maintenance and Repair Workers, GeneralPerform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.

Median wages (2014)
Job Growth:

$17.39 hourly, $36,170 annual

Sample of reported job titles: Building Maintenance Mechanic, Building Mechanic, Equipment Engineering Technician, Facilities Manager, Maintenance Engineer, Maintenance Man, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Worker

51-1011.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers – Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant / system operators.

Median wages (2014)
Job Growth:

$26.69 hourly, $55,520 annual

Sample of reported job titles: Assembly Supervisor, Department Manager, Manufacturing Supervisor, Molding Supervisor, Plant Manager, Production Manager, Production Supervisor, Shift Supervisor, Supervisor, Team Leader

Instructor Biography:

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Grading System:

Student must pass all quizzes, exams, and national exam (if applicable) at a passing rate to be eligible for a Certificate of Training Completion. If an internship is included in your course you will be required to complete the internship prior to receiving a Certificate of Training Completion.


Students are expected to arrive on time and participate in course discussions. Successful completion of the course of study recommends 100% attendance. If during the course period the student’s attendance level drops below 80%, they will be encouraged and given the opportunity to attend the next scheduled class for the course they enrolled in. Should materials change, student is responsible for all additional cost.

Payment Plan Policy:

Students may withdraw from the program for any reason up to 1 week prior to the start of program. In this case, the student’s payment plan agreement shall be rescinded. If the payment plan has begun a non-refundable administrative fee of $25.00 will be assessed and remaining funds will be returned to payer in check form by mail.

No Refund Policy:

No refund for course, once the first class has been concluded. If extenuating circumstances exist, case by case situations will be reviewed by ProTrain. If refund is issued, refunded amount will be dependent upon books being returned in excellent condition (i.e. no writing, missing pages; ripped or damage to pages and/or binding).

Re-Admission Policy:

Any student who has dropped out of the program, or has been suspended from the program for nonattendance may be readmitted within one year by completing a personal interview with the director of education and paying any applicable fees at the time of readmission. Students who were terminated due to conduct issues are not eligible to be readmitted.

Policy on Student Conduct:

Appropriate Conduct: All students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and professional manner. Any student not conducting themselves in an orderly and professional manner, which includes use of drugs and alcohol during school hours, dishonesty, disrupting classes, use of profanity, excessive tardiness, insubordination, violation of safety rules, improper usage of lab or classroom computers, or not abiding by the school rules will lead to either probation or dismissal from classes.

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