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Certified Production Technician (CPT) (0017)

Certified Production Technician (CPT): Certificate  (0017)

Are you looking for fast, hands-on training to learn the basic job skills in safety, math, measuring and blueprint reading? Our 120-hour program is not specific to one industry. Instead, we focus on meeting the needs of employers to help fill openings for qualified workers now. Join the movement to reignite and reinvent manufacturing. 


What can I do with this in the workforce?  

With the certificate, you will be prepared to enter careers for the production technician, such as machine operator, packaging machine operator, assembly-line worker or assembly-machine operator. Often, entry-level production technician positions are the starting point for a new employee to advance within the company.

In this role, you need to understand and perform tasks based upon setup or job sheets, blueprints or quality assurance drawings. If you have mechanical skills and work well with your hands, you may find this is for you. You perform various production tasks using basic hand and specific power tools. Additionally, you must have the ability and desire to meet the specifications to produce a quality product and work well as both an individual and conscientious team player.


What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like?

Our 120-hour program covers a range of topics, including safety, quality practices, measurements, manufacturing processes, and production and maintenance awareness.

For this certificate, we offer two apprenticeship programs providing you the chance to get on-the-job training while also learning the skills in the classroom. The CPT and the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeships are available at a variety of locations with different schedules to meet your needs. We have day and evening classes, and the length of the program can range from an intensive four-week schedule to 18 months.

We design the program to prepare you to: 

  • Define the importance of manufacturing
  • Display the basic computer skills needed to complete online training and search for information
  • Define and demonstrate safe work habits
  • Display proper use of hand and power tools
  • Interpret basic mechanical blueprints
  • Measure mechanical components properly using various measuring instruments
  • Describe quality procedures and interpret tolerances and dimensions

You are given the opportunity to sit for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) assessments. These are industry recognized and include national certification exams that cover each of the CPT modules: safety, quality, production and maintenance.

We also combine our training with online learning from the MSSC.  The online training helps prepare you for the certification administered by MSSC through NOCTI.


What classes will I take?

  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.


Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Upon completing your certificate, you can continue your education at HACC! The CPT programs allow you to earn up to three credits to then use to further your education in selected HACC Engineering Technology Programs.

For students enrolled in the IMT apprenticeship option, which includes the CPT curriculum and more, up to six credits can be earned towards further study in HACC’s Engineering Technology Programs.   

Additionally, we offer more than 100 programs – many of which transfer to a four-year college or university.

Where can I complete this program? 

For your convenience, you can complete the CPT program at any of our five campuses or a non-HACC location where these programs are scheduled. Customized schedules and training options are also available. Please contact us at 717-221-1338 for more assistance.


Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit for details and deadlines.


When can I apply?

You can register TODAY!  There are no application requirements or prerequisites for this program.  You can enroll in the CPT and IMT apprenticeship programs throughout the year. Please use the information below to contact us to learn start dates and enrollment deadlines.


How can I learn more?

We are passionate about providing a high-quality education and an opportunity for you to pursue your goals. Please contact Rusty Brink at 717-221-1338 or Jamie Eckrode at 717-221-1332 for more information.