Manufacturing Production Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Manufacturing Production Technology program prepares students for employment as operators, technicians, and managers in the manufacturing industry. The program provides applied skills in process design, quality control, Computer Numeric Control (CNC), and Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) programming for current and future needs of the manufacturing industry. Embedded Certificates of Completion (CCLs) in CNC Machine Operator, CNC Machining I, and CNC Machining II are also available.


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Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Manufacturing Production Technology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
Effective term
Fall 2020

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

This program replaces:
AAS/3255 Production Technology
AAS/3616 Manufacturing Technology

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Practice safety rules and regulations applicable to a manufacturing environment.
  2. Apply mathematical reasoning to the manufacturing process.
  3. Analyze technical documentation and materials to make informed decisions in manufacturing processes.
  4. Evaluate compliance using standardized industry inspection techniques.
  5. Demonstrate personal and professional accountability.
  6. Effectively communicate with diverse audiences orally, visually, and in writing in the manufacturing environment.
  7. Effectively work within a cross-disciplinary team structure.
  8. Use the appropriate hand, measuring and cutting tool for a given task according to industry standards.
  9. Program, set up, operate, and adjust manual and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing machinery or equipment using a combination of diverse materials and technologies.
  10. Analyze processes and problems within manufacturing to make appropriate decisions.
  11. Design mechanical components and assemblies to industry standards for additive and subtractive manufacturing processes.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators
  • Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers
* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the award.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Full-time Sequence

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Part-time Sequence

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Restricted Electives:

Students should complete 6-7 credits from the category below that best aligns with their academic and professional goals.

Quality and Inspection:
MPT215 Workplace Quality Systems 3
+ MPT216 Applied Statistical Process Control Methods 3
+ MPT217 Lean and Six Sigma Applied Concepts 3

Industrial Design:
+ MPT152 Solid Design: Certified SolidWorks Associate/Certified SolidWorks Professional Test Preparation 1
+ MPT250 Solid Design II: Advanced Part Modeling: SolidWorks 3
+ MPT255 Solid Design 3D Printing 4
+ MPT261 MasterCam Certified Programmer Mill Level I: Test Preparation: CPgM1 1

Manual Machining:
MPT220 Manual Machining: NIMS Level I Certification 3
MPT221 Manual Machining: NIMS Level II Certification 3

Related Experience:
AIT100 Industrial Safety 1
AIT105 Maintenance Operations 3
+ MPT282++ Volunteerism for Manufacturing: A Service Learning Experience 1-3
+ MPT290++ Manufacturing Production Internship 1-3
+ MPT296++ Cooperative Education 1-4
WLD101 Welding I 3

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Production Technology (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Previous Catalog Years

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 5/24/2021