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Trades and Technology

Certified Production Technician (CPT) - Non-Credit (0017)

Are you looking for fast, hands-on training to learn the basic job skills in safety, math, measuring and blueprint reading? Are you currently working in the field and want to improve your performance and/or obtain a higher-paying job within the industry? Our 120-hour program will help you increase your productivity, performance, competitiveness and revenue. Join the movement to reignite and reinvent manufacturing. 

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With completion of this training, 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.



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Our 120-hour course is designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of manufacturing production at the front-line, through a series of certification assessments. Training topics include:

  • Orientation to Manufacturing
  • Safety in the Workplace
  • Quality Practices & Measurement
  • Production Processes & Manufacturing
  • Maintenance Awareness

This training is also the cornerstone of Pennsylvania's state-registered Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship, which is an 18-month curriculum designed to specifically for Pennsylvania's manufacturing companies and their employees. Our CPT certificate is included in that 18-month apprenticeship training.

We also offer CPT Plus training, which is training that include additional hands-on and troubleshooting exercises. 

The course is taught through a blended format in which you will spend approximately 60-hours of in-class instruction and another 60-hours in an online environment working through interactive learning modules.

Lastly, we offer customized versions of this training for employers who wish to design their own, customized training for their workforce. Employer designed programs offer flexibility that suit the needs of the organization.

This curriculum prepares 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
  • Properly measure mechanical components using various measuring instruments
  • Describe quality procedures and interpret tolerances and dimensions

This training allows you to sit for four individual certification modules offered through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC):

  • Safety
  • Quality Practices & Measurement
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production
  • Maintenance Awareness


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

Although this course is designed to lead you into the workforce, or improve your current employment opportunities within the manufacturing industry, you can continue your education at HACC in one of our associate degree programs within the Engineering and Technology department. Upon completing this training, you can have the hours awarded towards the completion of HACC's GTEC 106 - Introduction to Manufacturing course, which can be used as an elective course in one of HACC's Engineering Technology Programs.

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

For your convenience, you can complete the CPT certificate at any the Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses provided you take some of the required coursework through Virtual Learning. Customized schedules and training options are also available.



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



You can register TODAY!  There are no application requirements or prerequisites for this program.  You can enroll in the CPT training course throughout the year. Please use the information listed in the "How Can I Learn More" section to contact us to learn start dates and enrollment deadlines.



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