Manufacturing Technologies

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The Bakersfield College Manufacturing technologies program provides students a comprehensive, hands-on educational experience in metal fabrication technologies. The program develops students’ knowledge and skills in modern manufacturing processes to prepare them for a variety of roles in the manufacturing sector, including production, quality control, supply chain management, and more.

Students gain hands-on experience through lab work and a spectrum of tools utilized in the manufacturing industry, including manual machining, computer-controlled machining (CNC), welding, computer aided design, and mathematics. Students learn precision measuring techniques with the use of traditional machine tools such as drilling machines, saws, lathes and milling machines. CNC instruction covers the principles of set-up, operation, and programming of computer numerical control lathes and milling machines.

Students can earn certificates and degrees that prepare them for a successful career in manufacturing.

What is Manufacturing?

Manufacturing is the process of producing goods through the conversion of raw materials into finished products using various tools, machinery, and technologies. It involves a series of steps that may include designing, planning, engineering, assembling, testing, and packaging. The manufacturing industry plays a critical role in the global economy, providing employment opportunities and contributing to the growth of various sectors, such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, and pharmaceuticals, among others. Advances in technology have transformed the manufacturing industry in recent years, allowing for greater automation, efficiency, and sustainability in production processes.

Is Manufacturing Technologies right for Me?

The manufacturing industry is ideal for individuals who enjoy working with their hands, have a strong attention to detail, and possess problem-solving skills. There are several key traits and skills that would make you a good fit for studying Manufacturing, including:

  1. Attention to detail
  2. Problem-solving skills
  3. Technical aptitude
  4. Teamwork and collaboration
  5. Time management
  6. Adaptability
  7. Strong work ethic


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Examples various careers in the manufacturing industry:

  1. Production supervisor: overseeing the production process, ensuring quality control, and managing staff.
  2. Manufacturing engineer: designing, improving, and optimizing manufacturing processes and systems.
  3. Quality control inspector: inspecting and testing products to ensure they meet quality standards.
  4. CNC machine operator: operating and programming computer-controlled machinery to produce precision parts.
  5. Industrial engineering technician: helping engineers design and implement manufacturing systems.
  6. Supply chain manager: managing the movement of materials and finished products through the supply chain.
  7. Materials engineer: developing and testing new materials for use in manufacturing processes.
  8. Technical sales representative: selling products and services related to manufacturing equipment and processes.
  9. Maintenance technician: performing maintenance and repairs on machinery and equipment used in the manufacturing process.
  10. Operations manager: managing all aspects of the manufacturing process, from production to distribution.
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Beyond BC

Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Industrial Technology

Career & Learning Pathway: Industrial Technology and Transportation Pathway

Courses: Manufacturing Technology (MFGT)

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