Advanced Manufacturing

Your Path to a Career in Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing invents and creates the products that we use daily. American companies are reinvesting in manufacturing jobs, resulting in 60,000 jobs added back into the U.S. economy in 2014 with more jobs projected to return in the future. Despite this industry growth, The National Association of Manufacturers reports that a significant business challenge is finding and retaining qualified workers.

Be a Part of a Growing Industry

Community College of Philadelphia is offering three technical skills training programs that will prepare you for a career in advanced manufacturing and an opportunity to earn a rewarding salary: Welding, Precision Machining (CNC) and Electro-mechanical/Mechatronics Technology. Classes will be offered during the evening, Monday through Thursday, or during the day on Saturday.


Welding Technology

Program Hours: 300 | Cost: $6,000
(Tuition: $5,700; Materials: $300)

You will learn welding fundamentals that prepare you for entry–level employment in this comprehensive training program that covers:

  • Welding safety
  • Drawing and welding symbol interpretation
  • Stick, TIG and MIG welding
  • Thermal, manual air carbon arc and oxy-fuel gas cutting
  • Welding inspection and quality

When you successfully complete the program you will be prepared to take industry-recognized certifications that are respected by employers.

If you have basic math problem-solving skills and enjoy working with your hands, then this is an exciting training opportunity for you.

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people operating a CNC Machine

CNC Precision Machining Technology

Program Hours: 625 | Cost: $8,999
(Tuition: $8,774; Materials: $225)
Financial Aid Eligible

Learn the core skills needed to become a CNC Precision Machining operator. Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery is used by CNC operators to cut and shape metal and plastic for various types of manufacturing. This hands-on program prepares you to sit for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification.

Key skills covered:

  • CNC mill, lathe and grinder setup and operation
  • Tool identification
  • Machine setup, use and operation
  • Machining processes
  • Quality and cycle time optimization
  • CNC program operation
  • Fixture setup and operation
  • CNC troubleshooting

If you are someone who enjoys working with your hands and you have basic math and problem solving skills, then this career might be for you.

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Electro-Mechanical Technology (Industrial Maintenance)

Program Hours: 625| Cost: $9,520  (Tuition: $9,220, Material: $300)
Financial Aid Eligible | Earn up to 27 college credits

Prepare for an entry-level job with manufacturers that use automation. Job opportunities include robot installation and maintenance, automation equipment installation, troubleshooting and maintenance and Programmable Logic Controller programming. You will learn to install, maintain and repair the mechanical controls, fluid power systems, and electrical and electronic equipment found in various industries.

Students completing the training modules are prepared to sit for the PMMI Mechatronics Certification Tests which are based on industry-developed standards and recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. They are also recognized by the Manufacturing Institute's Skills Certification System, which is endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturing. (Note: The cost for certification is not included in the training.)

  • Power-Source & Process
    Fundamentals Modules: 461 hours
  • Technical Foundation: 100 hours
  • Industry Overview: 16 hours
  • Essential Skills: 48 hours

Power–source Fundamentals include:

  • DC-AC Electricity
    Hours: 44
  • Electrical Wiring
    Hours: 57
  • Hydraulics 1 (power that’s transferred by fluid)
    Hours: 57
  • Pneumatics 1 (power that’s transferred by air)
    Hours: 57

Process Fundamentals include:

  • Mechanical Systems
    Hours: 57
  • Motor & Motor Controls
    Hours: 63
  • Intro to Programmable Logic Controllers
    Hours: 69
  • Intro to Robotics
    Hours: 57


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The Welding, Precision Machining (CNC) and Electro-Mechanical programs require math and reading comprehension, mechanical aptitude, and a high school diploma or GED/equivalent .

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