What is Manufacturing Technology?
Manufacturing Technology is a program designed to prepare students for a variety of entry-level positions in the manufacturing environment. College of the Canyons (COC) offers Certificates of Specialization in: Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) using the CATIA and SolidWorks CAD packages, Computer Aided Manufacturing using Mastercam, and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machining. In layman’s terms, manufacturing and product development is all about designing and making products that people want and need. Classes are designed for first-time college students, re-entry students, and current industry employees requiring skill enhancement or upgrade training. Learned skills may include the ability to operate conventional and CNC machinery, program CNC machinery, operate various CAD/CAM software systems and interpret blueprints.

Where are the Manufacturing Technology classes held?
The majority of the manufacturing courses are held at COC’s Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) located on-site at Aerospace Dynamics International (ADI), located in the Valencia Industrial Park. ADI is one of the largest aerospace manufacturers in Santa Clarita, employing upwards of 500 employees. Holding classes at the CACT located within ADI’s facility allows students real-world experience using technology and equipment in the same type of company where they would be eligible to work upon program completion.

How does Manufacturing Technology affect the California economy?
Manufacturing and product development are an important part of California’s economy, with the industry producing a wide range of products from sophisticated electronic/ computer-related equipment to the simplest of toys. Adjunct manufacturing professor Phil Murg explains, “The manufacturing industry is making great strides in producing parts directly from computer aided design models. In the next 10-20 years, CNC machine tools will have a new role in the way parts are produced, which may restrict machining operations to just finishing.”

According to Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, California is the global leader in advanced manufacturing, with the state’s economy being renewed through the manufacturing industry.


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For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Gainful Employment Information found on the Financial Aid web page.

For more information about this program, please contact Regina Blasberg, department chair, at Regina.Blasberg@Canyons.edu or 661-362-5096.

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" The really “cool” thing about earning an education in this field is the fact that you can learn to design anything, from simple components to an entire aircraft, automobiles and similarly sophisticated products."

Joe Klocko
CACT Director, Manufacturing Technology

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