Certified Production Technician

80 Hours / Schedule Varies / Instructor Led

Course Overview:

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.

Target Student: This course is intended for a career seeker in a manufacturing environment or for a manufacturing entry level or supervisory level employee looking to grow their career.

Prerequisites: Basic end-user skills with the word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications from any suite of office productivity software, such as Microsoft® Office®. 

Instructor Bio: Paul Steeger is currently a Certified Production Technican (CPT) and Certified CPT Insrtuctor. Mr. Steeger is a member of the National Board for the certifying body of CPT, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) and is on the standards committee for the CPT curriculum and exam. Additionally, he also is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is OSHA certified. Mr. Steeger hold a Bachelor of Arts degree with multiple certifications including being a Certified Life Coach. He brings many years of work experience and application to this program and is considerred to be a Master Subject Matter Expert and Instructor.  

Software Requirements: Each computer requires the following software Microsoft® Office® 2003 or later.

Course Outline:

Domain One: Safety Topics

  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Managing Safety
  • Walking Working Surfaces
  • Fire Safety and Exit Routes
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Hazard Communication
  • Electrical Safety
  • Hand and Power Tool Safety
  • Machine Guarding
  • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Materials Handling and Rigging
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Test Prep

Domain Two: Production and Processes Topics

  • Introduction to Manufacturing and Processes
  • The Production Process
  • Manufacturing Essentials and Instruments
  • Lean and Six Sigma
  • Business Basics
  • Supply Chain
  • Machine Fundamentals
  • Test Prep

Domain Three: Maintenance Topics

  • Maintenance Principles
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Fluid Systems
  • Maintenance Safety
  • Test Prep

Domain Four: Quality Topics

  • Introduction to Quality Management
  • Measuring Process Quality
  • Quality Improvement Systems
  • Industrial Print Reading
  • Problem Solving
  • Test Prep

Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to the MSSC CPT Test Objectives

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.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.

** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **