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Production Technician

The purpose of the Production Technician Program (PTP) is to document an individual’s mastery of the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing and other production-related occupations.

The goal of the PTP is to:

  • Provide a pathway to advanced training and specialized training based on industry requirements for potential new hires and incumbent workers
  • Provide instructor-led and online training to address identified technical skill gaps
  • Provide a customized fast-track pathway for 21st Century advanced technology careers in the industry
  • Develop a workforce pipeline capable of meeting the requirements of existing and emerging employers in advanced technology industries, such as manufacturing


Week 1: Safety

Days 1 & 2

OSHA 10 hr with optional modules added – 12 hrs – OSHA 10 hr certification received: The OSHA Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

Day 2

LO/TO (Lock Out/Tag Out) – 2 hrs: Workers performing service or maintenance on machinery and equipment may be exposed to injuries from the unexpected energization, startup of the machinery or equipment, or release of stored energy in the equipment. The Lockout/Tagout standard requires the adoption and implementation of practices and procedures to shut down equipment, isolate it from its energy source(s), and prevent the release of potentially hazardous energy while maintenance and servicing activities are being performed.

Confined Space Training – 2 hrs: Workers often perform tasks in confined spaces – work areas that (1) are large enough for an employee to enter, (2) have limited means of entry or exit, and (3) are not designed for continuous occupancy. These spaces can present physical and atmospheric hazards that can be prevented if addressed prior to entering the space to perform work. This training provides information about these spaces, the hazards they may present, and ways to safely work in them.

Day 3

Hazwoper Training – 8 hrs: This training provides information on The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) and the five distinct groups of employers and their employees who are impacted. This training provides information about these groups, the hazards they may present, and ways to safely work with Hazardous Waste.

Day 4

Fire Extinguisher Training – 2 hrs: This training applies to the placement, use, maintenance, and testing of portable fire extinguishers provided for the use of employees.

Forklift Safety Training – 5 hrs:
The revised OSHA standard for powered industrial truck training requires that an employer provide training to truck operators on a variety of topics. Among these topics are vehicle inspection and maintenance that the operator will be required to perform. This course meets OSHA requirements.

Day 5

CPR/AED/First Aid Training – 7 hrs – CPR certification received:
This course covers the basics of CPR, (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), AED (automated external defibrillator) and First Aid. This course will include lecture and hands-on training and testing.

Week 2: Production & Processes and Maintenance Awareness

Days 1 & 2

Yellow Belt Training – 12 hrs: This course is designed as an introductory course to familiarize participants with the basics of Lean Six Sigma and to be able to participate in a Lean Six Sigma team project. The principles of Lean and Six Sigma are covered along with the DMAIC problem-solving methodology. The basic tools of Lean Six Sigma are introduced and demonstrated during a simulation where participants actively gather data, conduct a simple analysis of the information and make recommendations on how to eliminate root cause errors within a process. Cost of poor quality, the Voice of the Customer, the five stages of DMAIC problem solving: define, measure, analyze, improve and control, process mapping and error-proofing are demonstrated.

SPC (Statistical Process Control) – 2 hrs: Participants learn the elements and purpose, methodology and special cause tests that impact process variation. Discussions on the various types of charts used to analyze process variation are held, identification of common and special causes, control limits and how they are established, the sources of variation, sampling frequency, use of the correct chart for an attribute or continuous data, and the rules used in chart analysis to determine problems. Basic SPC can be performed without a computer.

Days 3 & 4

Manual & Power Tool Safe Usage: Teaches the participant how to properly use pneumatic pulse, battery-powered and DC electric torque tools.

Fasteners: Identifies common threaded fasteners, describes their components and applications. Participants are taught how to identify Metric versus English hardware, identify bolt grades and what they mean; determine three elements needed to size a bolt. Describes the concept of bolt stretch and correct methods for installing threaded fasteners. Discusses the results of over-torquing and under torquing.

Hoses: Introduces the function of hydraulic hoses. Teaches the proper handling and storage of hydraulic hoses. Introduces the O-ring face seal (ORFS) and its use in hydraulic hose assembly. Inspection of the mating surfaces and O-ring seal is taught as well as the correct assembly procedure. Split flange couplings and their assembly procedure are also introduced.

Contamination Prevention: How to control contamination, identification of the types of contaminates and proper component handling are covered to ensure that the participant understands the safeguards needed to prevent contamination in products or in the manufacturing process.

Day 5

Introduction to Manufacturing and Production Processes – 8 hrs:
Concepts covered in this course begin with “What is Manufacturing?” and lead the participants through effective use of production processes from raw materials to completed products. This course will also explore the types of manufacturing jobs available in our region from aviation, automotive, food manufacturing, computer chip, textiles, etc. An overview will be made of how raw materials are converted into consumer goods through manufacturing processes from a variety of industries in our region.

Week 3: Quality and Maintenance Awareness

Day 1

Blue Print Reading – 8 hrs: The Basic Blueprint Reading class provides students with instruction and hands-on application that
enables them to understand the various types of blueprints, shop prints, and schematics used in an industrial environment. Participants learn to comprehend and interpret the different types of standard symbols and abbreviations found on drawings, schematics, and wiring diagrams.

Day 2

(Precision Measurement) /Shop Math – 8 hrs: Precision Measurement: Participants will learn how to use micrometers, calipers, plug gages, dial gauges and other common measuring tools utilized in modern production facilities and in quality assurance processes. Participants will interpret blueprints and be introduced to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). Basic math instruction – Shop Math: – Participants will learn basic math skills that are required in areas such as reading and interpreting blueprints or performing math calculations for statistical process control and precision measurement.

Day 3

Maintenance Training – 8 hrs: This course provides an overview of what items need to be checked daily at the worksite: oil levels, pressure levels, control settings, etc. Additionally, participants will learn how to determine when maintenance is required versus preventative measures used to prevent equipment downtime. This course focuses on hands-on and problem-solving through the use of 840D controllers, a common type of controller used in modern manufacturing. The primary goal of this course is to introduce participants to the concept of standard work procedures and troubleshooting. Also included in the is course is the hands-on use of tool setters to reinforce troubleshooting processes and apply a standard operating procedure to simple tasks while emphasizing lessons learned from metrology.

Day 4

Interviewing/Resume Skills – 8 hrs

Day 5

Lessons Learned/Wrap-up 4 hrs.

Assessment: Production Technician Program assessments measure individual skills attainment in 4 critical technical areas. Safety; Production & Processes; Quality; and Maintenance Awareness.

Eligibility Requirements: Any individual may take the training for the Production Technician Program Skills certificate; however, it is strongly encouraged that an individual attains a Silver National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) prior enrollment in the PTP.

Note: The PTP is designed in a modular format; companies can develop customized curriculum and programs to meet their immediate and long term needs.

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