According to the Fabricators and 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."
Prepare now for a career as a manufacturing professional.
- Average hourly pay is about $24 an hour, commensurate with experience and credentials.
- Prepare for this career in as little as 12 months.
- U.S. News and World Report says 2-year degree may be better investment than 4-year degree.
- Your education includes a "Learn and Earn" paid internship with an area manufacturer.
- Enjoy lifetime job placement assistance.
Choose the Degree or Certificate That Meets Your Goal
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator I
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator II
- Manufacturing Production (Palatine Campus and Learning and Career Centerin Prospect Heights option)
After you complete the Manufacturing Production Certificate, you may choose to continue your education and specialize in Mechatronics/Automation, Precision Machining, Welding Fabrication or Supply Chain Management. This certificate also prepares students for a nationally recognized credential offered by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). You can go on to earn an associate of applied science degree.
Harper College Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship
Complete three years of state-of-the-art training, gain hands-on experience, earn your Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Technology degree and begin a career as an industrial manufacturing technician.
Harper Career Paths
- Learn how to progress in this field. Includes occupation and wage information
Manufacturing Program Resources
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
— 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
Harper Manufacturing Program Goes to Washington D.C.
Harper President named to White House Committee working to solve the shortage of skilled workers in manufacturing.
WGN-TV Features Harper Students
Harper Manufacturing students Andrew Castro and Andrea Zito share their stories.
Why Manufacturing Education Matters, Northwest Quarterly, 2014
"Manufacturing accounts for nearly 10 percent of all jobs across Illinois, and about 8 percent in greater Chicagoland. It’s true that more Chicagoland jobs..." Read more.