Manufacturing Technology

Welding Program at Harper College

The annual Manpower Talent Shortage Survey of 40,000 employers found that 34% of them are having trouble filling skilled trades and engineering positions. Now is the right time to prepare for the right career.

The more you learn, the more you earn.

  • Average hourly pay is about $24 an hour, commensurate with experience and credentials.
  • Prepare for this career in as little as 12 months.
  • Your education will also include a "Learn and Earn" paid internship with an area manufacturer.
  • Enjoy lifetime job placement assistance.
  • Hear how two adults are changing their futures by changing their careers. Watch WGN-TV student success stories now.

Prepare for a Career as an Advanced Manufacturing Professional

Career advantages for manufacturing professionals include good pay and benefits and ample job openings in the area. According to the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, "Manufacturers simply cannot find the skilled labor needed today to handle the kinds of sophisticated production processes and tasks required on the manufacturing shop floor." 


Certificates: Credentials That Build Toward Your Associate Degree

After you complete the Manufacturing Production Certificate, you may choose to continue your education and specialize in Mechatronics/Automation, Precision Machining, Metal Fabrication and Supply Chain Management/Logistics. You can also go on to earn an associate of applied science degree. 

This certificate also prepares students for a nationally recognized credential offered by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

Download Your "Learn and Earn" Program/Internship Brochure to Learn More

Advanced Manufacturing Professional Education Pathway PDF

Local Manufacturers Support Harper College Students

"Our first intern demonstrated competencies in safety, general work ethic and shop math.  The training he brought from Harper was instrumental to his success here at KOMET of America.  We consider the Harper program a great feeder source of entry level production candidates."
Joanne Snarich, KOMET of America, Inc., Schaumburg

"The manufacturing industry is facing a severe shortage of qualified machinists and programs like this gives me hope that manufacturing is solidifying its’ comeback in this country. I have had an intern working for us for the last year and I have been very pleased with his knowledge and work ethic. I look forward to hiring more interns from Harper's program in the near future."
Steven Godek, Operations Manager, GPM Mfg Inc., Lake Zurich

"Aquion’s experience has been quite favorable with the students we have had the pleasure of engaging through the internship program.  We have found them to be enthusiastic about practicing what they have learned in the classroom and further expand and explore their horizons with practical, hands-on experience."
Steve Swiderski, Vice President of Operations, Aquion, Inc., Elk Grove Village

Manufacturing Highlights

Harper Manufacturing Program Goes to Washington DC
Harper College President Dr. Ken Ender has been named to a high level White House Committee working to solve the shortage of skilled workers for the resurgent manufacturing industry.  More...

Harper College Lead Participant in iNAM
Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing.