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Estimated Completion Time

18 Weeks


Think about the last time you visited your favorite store. Have you ever wondered how the products you buy make it to the store shelves? Whether it’s video games, clothing, or sports equipment, the goods we purchase must go through a manufacturing process before they can be marketed and sold. In this course, you’ll learn about the types of manufacturing systems and processes used to create the products we buy every day. You’ll also be introduced to the various career opportunities in the manufacturing industry including those for engineers, technicians, and supervisors. As a culminating project, you’ll plan your own manufacturing process for a new product or invention! If you thought manufacturing was little more than mundane assembly lines, this course will show you just how exciting and fruitful the industry can be.

During this course, you will learn career-related skills and earn a badge for this accomplishment. A badge is a digital certification of your career-related learning that you can share on social media or with higher education platforms, colleges, potential employers, peers, and colleagues. Select this link to learn more about badges.

Major Topics and Concepts

  • Soft Skills
  • TeamworkManufacturing Applications (Hard Skills)
  • Engineering Applications (Hard Skills)
  • Workplace Safety
  • Careers in Manufacturing
  • Culminating Manufacturing Project


Credits .5


  • Manufacturing Overview
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of manufacturing disciplines, processes, and risk management by explaining how these concepts are tied to new product development, marketing, and manufacturing a project.
  • Soft Skills and Teamwork
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to effectively work with a team by analyzing how proper communication and conflict resolution influence the development of a team, its productivity, and effective problem-solving.
  • Manufacturing Applications
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of manufacturing applications by researching and describing the roles, tasks, and work systems found in the field.
  • Engineering Applications
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of engineering applications in manufacturing, such as engineering drawings, by comparing lean engineering with lean manufacturing as well as comparing manufacturing engineering and systems engineering.
  • Workplace Safety and Careers in Manufacturing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of manufacturing career opportunities and safety considerations by researching and explaining how education, training, and personal goals can influence those in manufacturing careers.



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