Certified Production Technician


Course Overview:

The Production Technician course provides the student the foundational, portable production knowledge-set applicable to entry-level production technician jobs in the manufacturing industry and prepares the student to sit for the four Manufacturing Skills Standards Council [MSSC] Production Technician certification assessments; Safety Awareness, Production & Processes, Maintenance Awareness, and Quality Assurance. Additionally, this course covers Employability Skills as a non-assessed portion of the training.

Target Student: This course is intended for a career seeker in a manufacturing environment or for a manufacturing entry level or supervisory level employee looking to grow their career.

Prerequisites: Basic end-user skills with the word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications from any suite of office productivity software, such as Microsoft® Office®. 

Course Dates:  November 2 - December 7, 2017 

Course Time:  3-5 pm EST

Instructor Bio: Paul Steeger is currently a Certified Production Technican (CPT) and Certified CPT Insrtuctor. Mr. Steeger is a member of the National Board for the certifying body of CPT, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) and is on the standards committee for the CPT curriculum and exam. Additionally, he also is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is OSHA certified. Mr. Steeger hold a Bachelor of Arts degree with multiple certifications including being a Certified Life Coach. He brings many years of work experience and application to this program and is considerred to be a Master Subject Matter Expert and Instructor.  

Software Requirements: Each computer requires the following software Microsoft® Office® 2003 or later.

Course Outline:

Domain One: Safety Topics

  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Managing Safety
  • Walking Working Surfaces
  • Fire Safety and Exit Routes
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Hazard Communication
  • Electrical Safety
  • Hand and Power Tool Safety
  • Machine Guarding
  • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Materials Handling and Rigging
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Test Prep

Domain Two: Production and Processes Topics

  • Introduction to Manufacturing and Processes
  • The Production Process
  • Manufacturing Essentials and Instruments
  • Lean and Six Sigma
  • Business Basics
  • Supply Chain
  • Machine Fundamentals
  • Test Prep

Domain Three: Maintenance Topics

  • Maintenance Principles
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Fluid Systems
  • Maintenance Safety
  • Test Prep

Domain Four: Quality Topics

  • Introduction to Quality Management
  • Measuring Process Quality
  • Quality Improvement Systems
  • Industrial Print Reading
  • Problem Solving
  • Test Prep

Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to the MSSC CPT Test Objectives


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**