2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Manufacturing Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Program Requirements

Manufacturing Technology, AAS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Manufacturing Technology?

This degree gives you hands-on experience in a variety of manufacturing-related technologies. This mix of experience and related technologies results in a solid foundation on which you can build your career.

You will develop both knowledge and skill in precision machining, 3-D parametric solid modeling, CNC programming and machine operation, fixture design and build, advanced CNC applications, and custom project design and development.

All courses feature project-based learning in well-equipped facilities. Course projects focus on processing and problem solving and are designed to ensure that students understand both the science and methodology behind manufacturing systems.

Although graduates can go directly to work upon graduation, many use this as a stepping stone to a related bachelor's degree program.

Career Opportunities for Graduates in Manufacturing Technology

Because nearly every industry requires skilled professionals with a solid foundation in manufacturing, graduates of the Manufacturing Technology program are in high demand and have an array of options to choose from upon graduation.

The Manufacturing Technology degree is designed to prepare students to enter industry directly.  These career opportunities include working as a machinist, toolmaker, CNC programmer, tooling technician, and quality technician.

With additional experience and/or education, graduates can move into occupations such as Process Engineer, Tooling Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Project Engineer, and Technical Instructor, as well as all levels of management. Graduates who decide to continue their education can stay at Ferris and with two additional years, earn a bachelor's degree in one of many related programs.

For More Information

School of Design and Manufacturing
Manufacturing Engineering Technology Programs
915 Campus Drive, SWN 220
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2511

Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

Required Courses
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