Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Production Technology

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Field of Interest: Applied Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Manufacturing Production Technology program prepares students for employment as operators, technicians, and managers in the manufacturing industry. The program provides applied skills in process design, quality control, Computer Numeric Control (CNC), and Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) programming for current and future needs of the manufacturing industry. Embedded Certificates of Completion (CCLs) in CNC Machine Operator, CNC Machining I, and CNC Machining II are also available.


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Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Manufacturing Production Technology (DEG)
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Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

This program replaces:
AAS/3255 Production Technology
AAS/3616 Manufacturing Technology

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Practice safety rules and regulations applicable to a manufacturing environment.
  2. Apply mathematical reasoning to the manufacturing process.
  3. Analyze technical documentation and materials to make informed decisions in manufacturing processes.
  4. Evaluate compliance using standardized industry inspection techniques.
  5. Demonstrate personal and professional accountability.
  6. Effectively communicate with diverse audiences orally, visually, and in writing in the manufacturing environment.
  7. Effectively work within a cross-disciplinary team structure.
  8. Use the appropriate hand, measuring and cutting tool for a given task according to industry standards.
  9. Program, set up, operate, and adjust manual and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing machinery or equipment using a combination of diverse materials and technologies.
  10. Analyze processes and problems within manufacturing to make appropriate decisions.
  11. Design mechanical components and assemblies to industry standards for additive and subtractive manufacturing processes.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below, with links to salary information for the United States as a whole (if available):
  • Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators
  • Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers
* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Restricted Electives:

Students should complete 6-7 credits from the category below that best aligns with their academic and professional goals.

Quality and Inspection:
MPT215 Workplace Quality Systems 3
+ MPT216 Applied Statistical Process Control Methods 3
+ MPT217 Lean and Six Sigma Applied Concepts 3

Industrial Design:
+ MPT152 Solid Design: Certified SolidWorks Associate/Certified SolidWorks Professional Test Preparation 1
+ MPT250 Solid Design II: Advanced Part Modeling: SolidWorks 3
+ MPT255 Solid Design 3D Printing 4
+ MPT261 MasterCam Certified Programmer Mill Level I: Test Preparation: CPgM1 1

Manual Machining:
MPT220 Manual Machining: NIMS Level I Certification 3
MPT221 Manual Machining: NIMS Level II Certification 3

Related Experience:
AIT100 Industrial Safety 1
AIT105 Maintenance Operations 3
+ MPT282++ Volunteerism for Manufacturing: A Service Learning Experience 1-3
+ MPT290++ Manufacturing Production Internship 1-3
+ MPT296++ Cooperative Education 1-4
WLD101 Welding I 3

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Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Manufacturing Production Technology program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2021-2022 (Current)    5/25/2021 – 5/23/2022
2020-2021 5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021