Certified Production Technician (CPT)


The CPT program is a four module training, focused on providing the trainee a comprehensive skill set cluster that mirrors how industry actually utilizes such skill sets.  Therefore, the skills sets learned in CPT go hand in hand with one another, providing the trainee a complete and accurate representation of how such skills work together in industry.


MSSC issues industry-recognized, nationally portable credentials. These include:

  • An attractive “Certificate” to individuals who meet the cut score for the individual modular assessments in the 4 critical functions listed above.
  • A diploma-style, larger “Certified Production Technician (CPT)” certificate to individuals who pass all four modular assessments.

The program consists of both lecture and computer based simulated training.  Students are assessed prior to training for a baseline score.  Based on the result students are placed at with their appropriate level.  Some students may require introductory courses prior to beginning the actual CPT i.e. basic math or measuring tools.  Based on such results trainees may be placed into a short term program (80 hrs.) or long term program (176 hrs.), either of which cover the same material.  The fast track usually recommended for trainees who are in the field and working in related work.  Long term usually recommended for trainees who are new or have some related work experience.  Trainees are expected to read English at 10 grade reading level and be computer literate.  Bilingual classes are not currently offered for this course.

Trainees will be able to test out of each module and be certified after the required score is achieved, by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).  Once the trainee’s pass all four modules the trainees will receive the Certified Production Technician Certificate, a national recognized credential.  Trainees not achieving the required score a student must wait 15 days to retest.

The CPT consists of the following 4 modules:

  • Safety and Accident Prevention
  • Quality Assurance
  • Special Topics in Manufacturing Technology/Technician
  • Mechanical Maintenance

Safety and Accident Prevention (40 hrs.)

  1. Work in Safe and Productive Manufacturing Workplace
  2. Perform safety and environmental inspections
  3. Perform emergency drills and participate in emergency teams
  4. Identify unsafe conditions and take corrective action
  5. Provide safety orientation for all employees
  6. Train personnel to use equipment safely
  7. Suggest processes and produce that support safety of work environment
  8. Fulfill safety and health requirements for maintenance, installation, and repair
  9. Monitor safe equipment and operator performance
  10. Utilize effective, safety-enhancing workplace practices.

Quality Assurance (48 hrs.) 

  1. Participate in periodic internal quality audit activities.
  2. Check calibration of gages and other data collection equipment.
  3. Suggest continuous improvements.
  4.  Inspect materials and product/process at all stages to ensure they meet specifications.
  5. Document the results of quality tests.
  6. Communicate quality tests.
  7. Take corrective actions to restore or maintain quality.
  8. Record Process outcomes and trends.
  9. Identify fundamentals of blueprint reading.
  10. Use common measurement systems and precision measurement tools.

Special Topics in Manufacturing Technology/ Technician (40 hrs.) 

  1. Identify customer needs.
  2. Determine resources available for the production process.
  3. Set up equipment for the production process.
  4. Set team production goals.
  5. Make job assignments.
  6. Coordinate work flow with team members and to her work groups.
  7. Communicate production and material requirements and product specifications.
  8. Perform and monitor the process to make the product.
  9. Document product and process compliance with customer requirements.
  10.  Prepare final product for shipping or distribution.

Mechanical Maintenance (48 hrs.)

 Perform preventative maintenance and routine repair.

  1. Monitor indicators to ensure correct operations.
  2. Perform all housekeeping to maintain production schedule.
  3. Recognize potential maintenance issues with basic production systems, including. knowledge of when to inform maintenance personnel about problems with:
  • Electrical Systems
  • Pneumatic Systems
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Machine Automation Systems
  • Lubrication Processes
  • Bearing and Couplings
  • Belts and Chain Drives

Industrial Welding Program

Our customized welding program is a three course selection designed to get you the skills needed to perform at a high level within your job.

Industrial Welding Training upgrades the skills of manufacturing workers and develop a working knowledge and learn the theory behind gas and arc welding techniques, equipment, and the cutting of iron, steel, pipe, and nonferrous metals.

Trainees receive an overview of basic mathematics, blueprint reading, work safety, followed by the fundamentals of metallurgy, electricity, and weld inspection.

Our program consists of intense lab and lecture. Since welding demands repeated hands-on practice, we make sure our students have easy and frequent access to oxyacetylene and shielded metal arc (stick electrode) welding equipment.

Program graduates will develop the expertise to:

  • Select the proper tip for gas welding.
  • Read basic welding prints.
  • Explain the start up procedure for arc welding.
  • Describe the various uses of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding.
  • Discuss the use of Gas Metal Arc Welding.
  • Select the proper shielding gases for welding.
  • Describe the procedures for the inspection of welds.
  • Discuss the procedures for nondestructive testing of welds.

Introduction to Welding Metallurgy

Course Level:  Introductory

Course Description:  A study of ferrous and nonferrous metals from the ore to the finished product. Emphasis on metal alloys, heat treating, hard surfacing, welding techniques, forging, foundry processes, and mechanical properties of metal including hardness, machinability, and ductility.

End-of-Course Outcomes:  Describe technical terms used in the various phases of metallurgy, from early history to classification of steel; discuss ferrous and nonferrous metals and how they are processed and used in industry; and describe mechanical and physical properties, surface treatments, and heat treatment of metals.

Introduction to Pipe Welding

Course Level:  Introductory

Course Description:  An introduction to welding of pipe using the shielded metal arc welding process (SMAW), including electrode selection, equipment setup, and safe shop practices. Emphasis on weld positions 1G and 2G using various electrodes.

End-of-Course Outcomes:  Describe equipment and required pipe preparation and perform 1G and 2G welds using various electrodes.

Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding

Course Level:  Introductory

Course Description:  Principles of gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), including setup, GTAW equipment. Instruction in various positions and joint designs.

End-of-Course Outcomes:  Describe various joint designs; describe safety rules and equipment; and describe the effects of welding parameters in GTAW; weld various structural materials.

You can work with your Training Specialist to devise a customized program or follow the complete Industrial Welding Training course list.

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