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Online Manufacturing & Industrial Career Programs

Summer registration is open and classes are underway for new students. Enrollment is open throughout the summer which allows you to register at any time up until July 31, 2014.


Online Manufacturing & Industrial Classes

CPT Fast Track  

(Certified Production Technician)


  • Advance your career and sustain a lifelong, successful career in manufacturing.
  • Re-enter the manufacturing workforce and achieve the skills that local employers are seeking.
  • Validate your skills with a nationally recognized credential.

Learn skills for work success! Advanced Manufacturing offers some of the highest paying and most satisfying career opportunities available today. The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) developed the Certified Production Technician (CPT) as the industry standard for production workers. CPT is the national certification supported by the National Association of Manufacturers. 

The Fast Track CPT course is an accelerated version of the Certified Production Technician. It is recommended primarily for individuals with at least 5 years manufacturing experience or dislocated workers who have limited time available for study. It is also recommended that individuals be at a 9th-grade math and 10th-grade reading level.

This program is strictly online with an online instructor. Independent study requires a computer with high-speed internet access. There are four modules which are approximately 15-18 hours/ module. We recommend that you take the classes in the order they are shown. They consist of:

Manufacturing and Safety- This course provides the student with an introduction to the manufacturing world and provides specific instruction to facilitate safe work practices in industrial environments. Introduces manufacturing specializations such as mechatronics, precision machining and welding. Covers fire safety, pressurized gases, electrical hazards, and safe machine usage. Cost includes the one-time registration fee, required by MSSC, and testing fee.

Course Number: CEU-5317-05       $259


Quality and Measurement- This course provides an introduction to controlling and improving quality in a manufacturing setting. Explore ways that manufacturers use data and analysis to improve quality. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Quality and Measurement Certification through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). Cost includes testing fee.

Course Number: CEU-5318-05       $199


Manufacturing Processes- This course introduces the basics of how manufacturing transforms materials into products. Students will learn about the varying types of production and will learn about the materials that are used in production and the types of processes used in manufacturing including machining, casting and assembly. Cost includes testing fee.

Course Number: CEU-5319-05       $199


Maintenance Awareness- This course provides a basic understanding of tools and equipment used in manufacturing and knowledge of how to improve productivity through predictive and preventive maintenance. Cost includes testing fee.

Course Number: CEU-5320-05       $199

Students are required to pass a final examination and will earn a certificate of completion after each module. Once all four component examinations are completed, the nationally recognized Certified Production Technician credential is awarded. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule examinations. Call the Assessment Center at least 1 week prior to the desired testing date at 815-224-0542. 

Note: Prior manufacturing experience is highly recommended for success with this online program.

There are two textbooks required and they apply to all four modules. Both can be purchased at the IVCC Bookstore.



1)      Register and pay at IVCC via phone, online, fax, or mail. We accept online registration and payment for courses at www.ivcc.edu/onlinecec. You can phone your registration to 815-224-0447. Mail or fax registrations using the form on page 32. Be sure you registered at IVCC and have paid no later than the day before your class starts.

2)      Register with MSSC at http://candidates.msscusa.org.

3)      Once both registrations have been completed, you will receive an email with additional information on how to begin your classes. Please allow one week from date of registration to begin your classes.


For more information contact Jennifer Sowers at 815-224-0280 or email Jennifer_Sowers@ivcc.edu


Endorsed by these local employers as a

preferred credential for employment:

American Nickeloid Company

The Black Bros. Co.

           Carus Corporation

Eakas Corporation

Hart Electric

HCC, Inc.

James Hardie

Maze Nails

MBL (USA) Corporation

Plymouth Tube Co USA

SABIC Innovative Plastics

Transco Products

Vactor Manufacturing, Inc.