You’re smart, career-oriented and ready for a well-paying career with attractive benefits right now. With the AMT (Advanced Manufacturing Technician) Program you can dive into a challenging career as a multiskilled technician while receiving the education and experiences needed to build your resume and make you very highly marketable to manufacturers of almost any product. Further, it puts you into a nationally unique program – the Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways – in which you can continue to grow if you desire to sustain your education. What’s your passion? What’s your potential? How far do you want to go? The AMCP is a hop-on/hop-off pathway that can last you for decades of growth and success.
Once you’re accepted into the AMT Program you will start a work/study program to earn an associate degree and certification as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT). You will attend classes at a local community college two days a week (8 hours or more each day) and you will work at least 24 hours a week (8 hours or more each day for three days) for a local, sponsoring employer – all while being paid a competitive wage for your work. Your college curriculum and accompanying activities will focus on three core areas for workplace success: Technology, the Professional Behaviors, and the Manufacturing Core Exercises. There is no college degree like it in the U.S. After five semesters you will have earned an associate degree, 65-79 college credit hours (depending on location), two years of highly valuable work experience and the AMT certification. At that point, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce full time with the skills needed to succeed—and with the potential of graduating college debt free!
What will a typical week look like?
You will attend classes two full days per week (8– 10 contact hours) at your local participating community college while working three full days per week (24+ contact hours) at a sponsor’s facility for a competitive wage. While at school you will attend classes, participate in a number of different activities that simulate ideal workplace practices in what is known as the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), and collaborate with your fellow students that belong to your special cohort, which will remain together for the entire two years. At work you will experience a modern, advanced manufacturing floor environment, accompany highly experienced skilled technicians as they do their work, learn from them and from other mentors, and do actual work as you learn and master the tasks of your company. You will find that what you learn at school has immediate application – often the very next day – at your company.
What will I learn?
As a participant in the AMT Program, you will engage in hands-on training and education to develop you as a well-rounded worker, including:
- Mastering a multiskilled technical skill set, including electricity, robotics, fluid power, mechanics, fabrication (welding and machining), industrial troubleshooting, and more
- The Manufacturing Core Exercises will prepare you to contribute to a safe and highly efficient, cost effective workplace. These include Safety Culture, Visual Workplace Organization, Lean Manufacturing, Problem Solving, and Machine Reliability
- The Six Professional Behaviors, including Work Attendance, Initiative, Diligence, Interpersonal Relations, Teamwork, and Verbal and Written Communication will provide you with critical skills and capabilities to be a successful and accomplished employee.
What happens when I complete the program?
- An Associate degree (2-year college degree)
- 60 to 79 credit hours
- Approximately 2 calendar years/1,800 hours of on-the-job training and work experience
- Potentially zero student-loan debt so that you can graduate college debt free
- Opportunity for full-time employment with a sponsoring employer
- Or possibly continue your education in Advanced Manufacturing Business at Northwood University or as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at an AME participating engineering university if your sponsoring company selects you for AME.