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Have Job Openings that You Can't Fill?

Let's Talk About Workforce

Struggling to Find Qualified Employees?

Let's Talk About Workforce

Existing Employees Need More Skilled Training?

Let's Talk About Workforce

Have Job Openings that You Can't Fill?

Let's Talk About Workforce

Struggling to Find Qualified Employees?

Let's Talk About Workforce

Existing Employees Need More Skilled Training?

Let's Talk About Workforce

Have Job Openings that You Can't Fill?

Let's Talk About Workforce

Struggling to Find Qualified Employees?

Let's Talk About Workforce

Existing Employees Need More Skilled Training?

Let's Talk About Workforce

Have Job Openings that You Can't Fill?

Let's Talk About Workforce

Struggling to Find Qualified Employees?

Let's Talk About Workforce

Existing Employees Need More Skilled Training?

Have Job Openings that You Can't Fill?

Struggling to Find Qualified Employees?

Existing Employees Need More Skilled Training?

The Alabama Community College System has the Answer!

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The Alabama Community College System is preparing and certifying a world-class workforce!

Today’s manufacturing features streamlined production lines, robotics, and computer controlled processes requiring highly developed skills in problem solving, computer and technical training, math skills, and the ability to work in a team environment. These are skills beyond the reading and writing of a standard high school degree.

What is the MSSC Certificate Program?

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is the nation’s leading industry-led training, assessment and certification organization focused on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers.

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The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. Certificates are awarded in Safety, Quality Practices &Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, and MaintenanceAwareness and Green Production.

Safety Module

  • Customer Needs
  • Communication and Leadership
  • Team Building and Decision Making
  • Safety Organization
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fire and Electrical Safety
  • Hazardous Material Safety
  • Aligned with OSHA 10

Quality Module

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Basic Measurement
  • Precision Measurement
  • Dimensional Gauging
  • SPC and Control Charts
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Inspections and Audits
  • Prevention and Correction
  • Documentation

Manufacturing Processes and Production Module

  • Mechanical Principles
  • Materials and Material Testing
  • Production Processes
  • Machining Processes and Tooling
  • Procedures & Process Documentation
  • Production Planning and Workflow
  • Packaging and Distribution

Maintenance Awareness

  • Basic Electrical Circuits
  • Pneumatic & Hydraulic Power Systems
  • Lubrication
  • Bearings and Couplings
  • Belt and Chain Drives
  • Machine Control Concepts
  • High Vacuum Systems
  • Laser Systems

Safety

Safety Module

  • Customer Needs
  • Communication and Leadership
  • Team Building and Decision Making
  • Safety Organization
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fire and Electrical Safety
  • Hazardous Material Safety
  • Aligned with OSHA 10

Quality

Quality Module

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Basic Measurement
  • Precision Measurement
  • Dimensional Gauging
  • SPC and Control Charts
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Inspections and Audits
  • Prevention and Correction
  • Documentation

Manufacturing

Manufacturing Module

  • Mechanical Principles
  • Materials and Material Testing
  • Production Processes
  • Machining Processes and Tooling
  • Procedures & Process Documentation
  • Production Planning and Workflow
  • Packaging and Distribution

Maintenance

Maintenance Awareness

  • Basic Electrical Circuits
  • Pneumatic & Hydraulic Power Systems
  • Lubrication
  • Bearings and Couplings
  • Belt and Chain Drives
  • Machine Control Concepts
  • High Vacuum Systems
  • Laser Systems

Safety

Safety Module

  • Customer Needs
  • Communication and Leadership
  • Team Building and Decision Making
  • Safety Organization
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fire and Electrical Safety
  • Hazardous Material Safety
  • Aligned with OSHA 10

Quality

Quality Module

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Basic Measurement
  • Precision Measurement
  • Dimensional Gauging
  • SPC and Control Charts
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Inspections and Audits
  • Prevention and Correction
  • Documentation

Manufacturing

Manufacturing
Module

  • Mechanical Principles
  • Materials and Material Testing
  • Production Processes
  • Machining Processes and Tooling
  • Procedures & Process Documentation
  • Production Planning and Workflow
  • Packaging and Distribution

Maintenance

Maintenance
Awareness

  • Basic Electrical Circuits
  • Pneumatic & Hydraulic Power Systems
  • Lubrication
  • Bearings and Couplings
  • Belt and Chain Drives
  • Machine Control Concepts
  • High Vacuum Systems
  • Laser Systems
The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. Certificates are awarded in Safety, Quality Practices &Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, and MaintenanceAwareness and Green Production.
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CPT and CLT are both accredited under ANSI-ISO 17024 (Personnel Certification). In the U.S., the CPT certification meets the standards of 6 million front-line production jobs, and the CLT certification meets the standards of 5.8 million front-line material handling and distribution jobs.

Certification Training Options

Boot Camp

Boot Camp

4 to 6 week boot camp style intensive training that gives the student a full CPT certificate. Great for students that want to have that extra help before starting to look for their first real job.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment

Regular school year. Begin in the 11th grade and have the full certificate by High School Graduation. The certificate travels with them whether they start a job or continue their education. Great for the student that wants to start working immediately after graduation.

2-Year Degree

2-Year Degree

Incorporate the CPT program into a 2-year program, so that the certifications begin to build up each course you take. Great for the student that has decided that they want to pursue manufacturing or production careers.

4-Year Degree

4-Year Degree

The certificates still stay with the student as he reaches for a degree. Helps with better options for part-time work while still in school. And it’s amazing how helpful it is to have floor level knowledge when you tackle that management job.

Military

Military

This package designed for military backgrounds includes 4 to 6 weeks of online training and 1 week of intensive class training at local communitycollege. Upon completion, the student will be able to be certified in CPT, CPT+ and gain an OSHA 10 card.

Boot Camp

Boot Camp

4 to 6 week boot camp style intensive training that gives the student a full CPT certificate. Great for students that want to have that extra help before starting to look for their first real job.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment

Regular school year. Begin in the 11th grade and have the full certificate by High School Graduation. The certificate travels with them whether they start a job or continue their education. Great for the student that wants to start working immediately after graduation.

2-Year
Degree

2-Year
Degree

Incorporate the CPT program into a 2-year program, so that the certifications begin to build up each course you take. Great for the student that has decided that they want to pursue manufacturing or production careers.

4-Year
Degree

4-Year
Degree

The certificates still stay with the student as he reaches for a degree. Helps with better options for part-time work while still in school. And it’s amazing how helpful it is to have floor level knowledge when you tackle that management job.

Military

Military

This package designed for military backgrounds includes 4 to 6 weeks of online training and 1 week of intensive class training at local communitycollege. Upon completion, the student will be able to be certified in CPT, CPT+ and gain an OSHA 10 card.

Certified Workers, Satisfied Companies!

”If a potential employee said they were enrolled in the MSSC program, I would hire them on the spot. If they had passed the MSSC certification tests, I would look at bringing them in above our normal starting wage.”

Ron Brown, Production Mgr., Dickson’s Inc.

Certified Workers, Satisfied Companies!

”Multi-industry and multi-functional, the MSSC’s badge of certification of rigorous foundational skills is creating the industrial athlete of the future.”

Mark Baker, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Steelcase, Inc.

Certified Workers, Satisfied Companies!

Workforce preparedness is one of the top three priorities of the President’s Manufacturing Council… MSSC represents a tipping point from the old image of manufacturing work towards the new future of knowledge workers.”

Fred Keller, CEO, Cascade Engineering

Certified Workers, Satisfied Companies!

”My training experts at Harley have high regard for the MSSC. We have already put more than 150 of our workers through MSSC assessments and are using those results to guide our training priorities. We offer tuition reimbursement for MSSC courses and take MSSC certification into account in hiring decisions.”

James McCaslin, Vice Presidentand COO, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, WI

Certification Matters!

Credentialing ensures that potential hires are evaluated from the same baseline. Employers have the certainty and confidence that new employees arrive with core competencies assessed by an objective, outside organization.

Manufacturing Institute Special Report Manufacturing Skills Certification: Employer Perspectives

Hire an Industrial Athlete!

65

of all American jobs will require some form of Post-Secondary degree or credential.

Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

27%

Of licenses & certificates earn more than an bachelor's degree

Licenses & Certificates VS Bachelor's Degree

31%

of associate's degrees earn more than a bachelor's degree

Associate's Degree VS Bachelor's Degree

43%

OF LICENSES & CERTIFICATES EARN MORE THAN AN Associate's DEGREe

Licenses & Certificates Vs Associate's degree

Missing Skills of Typical New Hires

70%

Lack Technology/
Computer Skills

69%

Lack Problem
Solving Skills

67%

Lack Basic
Technical Training

60%

Lack Basic
Math Skills

Boot Camp - Marcia Irwin

Looking for a new career, Marcia Irwin enrolled in Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) training courses at Jefferson State Community College without any manufacturing experience.

Upon completion, Marcia attended a job fair and gained employment at Schnellecke Logistics, a Mercedes supplier, within two weeks.

Dual Enrollment - Auston Ricks

Auston Ricks is a senior at Cold Springs High School in Bremen, AL and enrolled as a Fast Track/Dual Enrollment student in Wallace State Community College's Machine Tool Technology program. Upon graduation from high school, Auston will also graduate from Wallace State with an Associate's Degree.

2-Year Degree - Wes Kirkpatrick

Wes transferred to Southern Union from a 4-year institution because the outlook on jobs in his area of study were bleak. After two years of study in Southern Union Machine Tool program, Wes found immediate employment with BK Aerospace in Huntsville, AL.

4-Year Degree - Kayla Farnon

Kayla Farnon began her college career at Enterprise State Community College earning her Associate Degree before transferring to Faulkner State University.

Kayla's has worked as part of Governor Robert Bentley's press team and is now the communications coordinator for the Alabama League of Municipalities.

Dual Enrollment - Jalen Roberts

Jalen Roberts earned her welding certificate as a Drake State Community College dual enrollment student at Lee High School in Huntsville.

Jalen enrolled at Drake State two days after graduation already working as a welder.

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